- Utilise lived experience of mental ill health to support LGBTIQA+ clients with holistic supports to achieve wellbeing goals and enjoy a positive future
- Fixed term 8 month role | Part time 15 hours/week
- Abbotsford Location
Mind strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people with a lived and living experience of mental distress and recovery, and applicants from all cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds.
Mind Australia is one of the country’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers with a range of residential, mobile outreach, centre based and online services. We have been supporting people living with the day-to-day impacts of mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers for over 40 years.
We provide practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. It’s an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life. Mind is committed to diversity and social inclusion.
About the role
The Aftercare service offers a safe place of psychological healing and holistic support for people from the LGBTIQ+ community who are having thoughts or intentions of suicide and experiencing mental health challenges at no cost. Aftercare delivers short-term, peer-based recovery-focused outreach, counselling and therapeutic services to support clients, families, carers and loved ones move forward with a life of meaning and purpose. The service works collaboratively with clients providing warm, affirming care, tailored supports and clinical interventions and addresses contributing factors to LGBTIQA+ suicide through support coordination, community advocacy, access to service providers, meaningful referrals and ongoing supports to achieve recovery and wellbeing goals.
We are seeking a highly motivated, compassionate The QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous People of Colour) Aftercare Peer Practitioner for a 8 month fixed term, part time (15 hours per week) opportunity to work in the Abbotsford area. You will utilise your lived experience of mental ill health and recovery to deliver intake and assessments, brief interventions, access to support services, referrals to external providers and care coordination for people experiencing suicidal crises and psychosocial disability.
- Utilise your own lived experience of mental ill health and understanding of LGBTIQA+ QTBIPOC issues and suicidal crises to inform your work and that of the team.
- Manage intake and assessments, provide counselling and support coordination, deliver brief intervention, access to support services and offer meaningful referrals.
- Support LGBTIQA+ QTBIPOC people to manage mental and physical health, remain in the community, promote their wellbeing and enjoy a positive life through a staged approach to recovery.
- Provide information and mentoring to clients to establish relationships with families and carers, create community networks and access to relevant services.
- Collaborate with a range of services and the community to ensure a co-ordinated, integrated response to client’s recovery goals.
What you’ll bring
- Tertiary qualifications (minimum Certificate IV) in Mental Health, Peer Work, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or other health related field as designated by Mind.
- Expertise in working with LGBTIQA+ people with mental health issues, suicidal ideations, complex needs and collaborating with families and carers.
- Proven experience in Community Services, Mental Health, Disability, Social Welfare, Housing, Healthcare or Government sectors is required.
- Demonstrated understanding of the LGBTIQA+ community, Community Services sector and capacity to build strong relationships with service providers, clinical teams and key stakeholders.
- Proven capability to implement therapeutic, recovery oriented frameworks and practices including harm reduction therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma informed care and family inclusive practice.
- Salary packaging up to $15,899 p.a. allows you to allocate a portion of your pre-tax income to cover living expenses (e.g. rent, mortgage, child care, car leasing expenses etc.)
- Generous leave entitlements including 8 weeks paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading.
- The opportunity to engage in professional peer support training
To obtain a position description and apply online visit Mind Careers – reference number 494110. Online applications must be submitted by 11pm Wednesday 4 October 2023. Please contact the person below for more information.
Bree Stewart, LGBTIQA+ Peer Practice Lead
Aftercare considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).
The successful applicant is required to complete comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check, NDIS Workers Screening Check and the ability to obtain vaccinations against COVID-19.