Sexual Assault Worker Hunter New England Local Health District


Remuneration: $53.00 – $54.78 per hour + 11% super + salary packaging
Location: Wallsend Campus
Employment Type: Permanent Part Time
Position Classification: Social Worker Lvl 3
Hours Per Week: 20
Applications Close: Thursday, 3 August 2023


This is a targeted position in accordance with Policy Directive (PD2016_053) NSW Health Good Health – Great Jobs: Aboriginal Workforce Strategic Framework 2016 – 2020. Preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who meet the selection criteria. Exemption is claimed under S21 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Aboriginal applicants must demonstrate Aboriginality by providing documentation before the interview in addition to addressing the selection criteria. For information on Confirmation of Aboriginality requirements click here.

In the event there are no suitable Aboriginal applicants then applications from non-Aboriginal applicants will be considered.

Applicants must be female under Section 31 (2) (h) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

About the service:

  • The Newcastle Sexual Assault Service sits on the land of the Awabakal people and operates out of the Harker Building at the Wallsend Health Campus where this position is based. The Service also operates a 24-hour crisis response from the John Hunter Hospital.  
  • As a team we are passionate and enthusiastic about working within a trauma informed framework and building a workplace that values diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

About the role:

  • This role promotes and provides culturally appropriate service provision to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients through direct service delivery, cultural consultation, and collaboration with the Newcastle Sexual Assault Service and the Violence Abuse and Neglect stream.
  • You will provide psychosocial assessment and counselling to victims of sexual assault (children and adults) and their non-offending family members, to address the effects of sexual assault.
  • You will prioritise sexual assault service provision to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients to promote timely, effective and culturally safe health interventions.
  • This role works with the Team Leader to ensure that clinical practice is undertaken within the Newcastle Sexual Assault Service in a culturally sensitive and respectful manner for all people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
  • The role also participates in the sexual assault crisis service for victims of sexual assault to ensure timely and effective counselling and medical/forensic intervention.
  • You will be supported by the Team Leader and other clinicians of the Newcastle Sexual Assault Service. The Team Leader will organise and support a robust orientation period. There are many training opportunities available through the Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)
  • Clinical and cultural supervision will be made available. You will have opportunities to connect and collaborate with the Aboriginal Family Wellbeing and Violence prevention worker (VAN) Attached to the Child Protection Counselling Team located in the same building as the Newcastle Sexual Assault Service.  



  • Must hold a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or other qualification deemed equivalent by the employer, which provides eligibility or membership of the relevant professional association / full registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Must participate in the Sexual Assault on-call roster and provide consultation and/or supervision to other staff regarding sexual assault.
  • Must participate in regular clinical supervision.
  • Eligible to drive in NSW.

About You:

Our successful candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Demonstrated experience in providing clinical intervention to children, young people and adults, and their non-offending family members who have experienced sexual assault.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with Aboriginal community members.
  • Willingness to support team members to increase their cultural competency and culturally sensitive service provision. 
  • Commitment to helping to build a workplace that values diversity, inclusion and cultural safety.

Need more information?

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For role related queries or questions contact Alison Porter on [email protected]



Hunter New England Local Health District

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