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Social Worker (Family Consultant) – North East Region

Outstanding opportunity for an experienced Social Worker (Family Consultant) to join our growing elder abuse prevention team.

  • Career location pin North-East region
  • Career location pin Part-time

Better Place Australia has a vision of “An Australia where all people experience positive relationships, truly value each other and live safer, more confident lives”. As a community-focused not-for-profit organisation with an ever-growing range of psychological and community support services, Better Place Australia is taking a leadership role in the provision of high-quality, effective services for a wide range of community groups across 23 locations in Victoria.

Better Place Australia has been selected to provide counselling and mediation services by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) through the provision of service delivery at the Orange Door in Heidelberg.

The Role

The appointee assumes responsibility for coordinating all client activity within the program with key work activities including the following:

  • Undertaking high level client assessment, care planning for clients, acting as a consultant with older clients in mediation services and referring clients to services that best meet their needs;
  • Provision of counselling services to older clients where appropriate and coordination of all referrals to other services within Better Place Australia;
  • Promotion of elder abuse prevention services through liaison and networking with relevant community services organisations, Aged Care Services, hospitals and alike.

Required Qualifications and Experience

To be considered for appointment to this role, prospective candidates must be a qualified Social Worker (AASW member or eligible for membership) preferably with post graduate qualifications in Community Services, Aged Care or Counselling or possess another equivalent relevant qualification and/or professional experience.  The appointee will have extensive experience in undertaking high level client assessment, care planning and coordination in both community and hospital settings and will have experience in and an understanding of the Aged Care sector.  High level skills in screening and assessment of elder abuse are essential as is well developed knowledge of complex care options and services available to the aged.  Other essential criteria include outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, excellent time management skills and highly developed problem-solving ability.  A background in family violence would be distinct advantage.

Employee Benefits

Better Place Australia is serious about being an employer of choice, to back that claim we offer:

  • Generous above award salary rates
  • Salary packaging (which increases your take-home pay)
  • Additional annual leave (between Christmas and New Year)
  • Annual leave loading of 17.5% loading
  • An 11% superannuation contribution
  • 12 weeks paid parental leave
  • Up to 20 days family violence leave
  • Paid study leave and extensive professional development opportunities

Workplace Flexibility

This position is available on a part time basis 0.6-0.7 FTE (days and spread of hours flexible).  This is an outreach role which covers the North East region of Melbourne and can be based from either Oakleigh or Croydon.

Here at Better Place Australia we embrace flexible ways of working including work from home.  We encourage you to talk to us about what flexibility might look like for you and your individual needs.

Apply Today

 Enquiries from prospective candidates may be addressed to Ms Dominique Horne – Clinical and Program Lead Elder Services via email dominique.horne@betterplace.com.au.

Here at Better Place Australia we embrace flexible ways of working including work from home.  We encourage you to talk to us about what flexibility might look like for you and your individual needs.

Better Place Australia offers a workplace culture reflective of a vibrant, learning organisation where our people are highly engaged in their work and committed to making a difference. As an equal opportunity employer, we aim to create an inclusive environment where differences including gender, age, culture, disability, sexuality and family and caring responsibilities are valued.  We invite you to be part of a not for profit organisation that fosters a diverse workplace.

Our organisation is committed to child safety and satisfactory completion of a Working with Children Check and National Police Check are mandatory for the preferred candidate.

Whilst we appreciate the interest of all prospective candidates, please note that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.  Apply today – we look forward to hearing from you.

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