Best Start Facilitator Maryborough District Health Service


MDHS services the Central Goldfields and Pyrenees Shire with campuses in Avoca, Dunolly and Maryborough. The strong clinical and social links between the three campuses ensure that the community is cared for by qualified staff who are committed to high standards of person-centred care. MDHS is one of the largest employers in the region, providing the perfect setting to become part of our team and community.

Best Start Facilitator

Permanent Full Time – 80 hours per fortnight

Classification: Community Development Worker – ON15

Award: Allied Health Professionals (Victorian Public Health Sector) Single Interest Enterprise Agreement 2021-2026

Best Start is a prevention and early intervention program that aims to improve the health, development, learning and wellbeing of all Victorian children from conception through to transition to school (up to eight years old).

The Best Start program operates in 30 locations across Victoria. There are 24 mainstream sites and six Aboriginal Best Start sites in rural and metropolitan locations.

It is based on formal partnerships of local agencies and service providers to improve the outcomes for children.

To achieve this, we are seeking a Project Facilitator with project management experience and working knowledge of the developmental needs of 0 to 8 year olds and associated services. 

We are looking for someone with the following qualities:

  • Embrace and promote the values of MDHS – Genuine, Respect, Excellence, Accountability & Togetherness
  • Strong communication and engagement skills
  • Ability to monitor/review children’s participation in programs
  • Identify prevention strategies/provide referral pathways
  • Network with sector and local relevant agencies
  • Work with indigenous communities
  • Community development
  • Liaise with a range of stakeholders and families within the scope of the project
  • Basic Life Support Certificate

What’s in it for you?

  • Great Working Environment – Join a group of motivated health care professionals with a permanent contract. Opportunity to join the Social Club, offering a wide range of social events and local retail discounts.
  • Fantastic Earning Potential – Generous Base Salary under the Allied Health Professionals EBA with Salary Packaging available.
  • Supportive Culture with Continuous Improvement Opportunities – Culture that promotes and embraces the organisational values of GREAT (Genuine, Respect, Excellence, Accountability, Togetherness) and encourages and supports employees to engage in professional development with access to the Centred of Inspired Learning and Simulation Lab.


Influence and Negotiation

  • Builds behind-the-scenes support for ideas to ensure buy-in and ownership
  • Gains agreement to proposals and ideas
  • Involves experts or third parties to strengthen a case
  • Uses chains of indirect influence to achieve outcomes

Conceptual and Analytical Ability

  • Deals with concepts and complexity comfortably
  • Has creative ideas and can project how these can link to innovations
  • Uses analytical and conceptual skills to reason through problems
  • Uses analytical skills to identify patterns and   trends in community and service data
  • Has a growth mindset, i.e. open to change, sees failure as opportunity for learning, is curious

Strategic Planning

  • Entertains wide-ranging possibilities in developing a vision for the future
  • Thinks at the big picture level
  • Translates strategic direction into day-to-day activities
  • Works across a number of timeframes

Stakeholder Management

  • Finds innovative solutions to resolve stakeholder issues
  • Identifies and responds to stakeholder’s underlying needs
  • Identifies issues in common for one or more stakeholders and uses to build mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Uses understanding of the stakeholder’s organisational context to ensure outcomes are achieved
  • Demonstrates capacity to facilitate, coach and/or capacity build others

Relationship building

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with people at all levels
  • Promotes harmony and consensus through diplomatic handling of disagreements
  • Forges useful partnerships with people across business areas, functions and organisations; builds trust through consistent actions, values and communication; minimises surprises

Problem Solving

  • Analyses issues from different perspectives and draws sound inferences from information available
  • Identifies and proposes workable solutions to problems
  • Implements solutions, evaluates effectiveness and adjusts actions as required
  • Liaises with stakeholders
  • Seeks all relevant information for problem-solving (e.g. ‘Gets A to show B so B will tell C)

For further information, please contact Meagan O’Halloran via [email protected] or on 5461 0407.

Applications for this position close on Sunday, 13th August 2023. 

Applications are to include a covering letter, resume and written response to the key selection criteria (find in the attached position description), and be submitted by selecting the “Apply Now” button below.

MDHS is an equal opportunity employer. Appointments are subject to a satisfactory National Police Check, Working with Children Check and Disability Worker Screening.




Maryborough District Health Service

Job Salary

Part time