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Youth Justice Aboriginal Health Worker – Full Time

About Indigenous Employment Partners

Indigenous Employment Partners is an Indigenous operated charity and social enterprise with a mission to provide culturally appropriate employment, recruitment and training services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the organisations who employ them.

About this Employer

This employer delivers primary healthcare, and organises the delivery of secondary and tertiary healthcare, to Victorian correctional centres.

Job Summary

The successful person will be responsible for working in a collaborative manner with health staff, Aboriginal patients, other stakeholders at Youth Justice Precincts, Aboriginal community health services and community members in order to facilitate provision of appropriate multidisciplinary care to achieve better health outcomes and deliver a culturally safe health service for Aboriginal patients. The Aboriginal Health Worker will assist Aboriginal patients to take a role in controlling and managing their health and lifestyle.


Job Responsibilities

  • Engage in provision of clinical services at Youth Justice Precincts within scope of practice, training and qualification level, for example history taking, physical assessment and observations, administration of medications and specimen collection
  • Provide appropriate, best practice care as a member of the primary healthcare team to Aboriginal Patients, source multidisciplinary support where needed and advocate for the rights and health needs of Aboriginal Patients
  • Provide advice and guidance to healthcare staff on methods and approaches to engage with Aboriginal Patients
  • Assist with access for Aboriginal Patients to follow up and specialist clinics and programs to ensure appropriate health assessment and promotion
  • Communicate with, and facilitate access to, multidisciplinary healthcare teams, Youth Justice stakeholders and other community support services in order to ensure provision to healthcare, development of healthcare plans and Chronic Disease Plans as required, that meets the physical, social, emotional and cultural needs, and allows the Aboriginal Patient to make informed decisions about their health care
  • Attend, advocate and contribute to Aboriginal Patient case review meetings and discharge planning activities and other relevant meetings as required
  • Accurately interpret and respond to complex situations in a culturally appropriate manner that achieves better health outcomes for Aboriginal Patients
  • Participate and develop Aboriginal health promotion and education strategies, ensuring feedback from Aboriginal Patients and elders is incorporated into the planning and aligns with Correct Care Australasia goals
  • Ensure that the education and communication of health issues are culturally appropriate, easily accessible and understood by Aboriginal Patients
  • Work with Patients due for release and encourage them to attend health/medical appointments and access health services post release
  • Develop strategic relationships with other primary and specialist care organisations. This includes comprehensive knowledge of the services and programs available and offered to children and young people in Youth Justice Precincts
  • Contribute to the development of the clinical business plan for the provision of primary health care to support Aboriginal Patient health needs and align with the Justice Health Youth Health Primary Healthcare Quality Framework 2018.
  • In conjunction with Clinical Nurse Educator, develop a clinical teaching and training role in relation to Aboriginal health


Position Requirements

  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as an Aboriginal and be accepted as such by the community in which they live or formally lived
  • Minimum of Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Health Care (Practice) or willingness to work towards
  • An ability to provide leadership, advocacy and commitment to clinical practice improvement in primary health issues relating to Aboriginal Patients and influence the achievement of required health outcomes
  • Intermediate to advanced PC skills, including word processing and spread sheet applications and other data bases as required
  • Professional written, oral and verbal communication skills, including computer literacy
  • Current Victorian Driver’s License
  • Valid Working with Children check
  • Police check clearance



  • Experience in a primary health care setting
  • Knowledge and or experience providing health services to children and/or young people
  • Demonstrate a high standard of communication skills including, written, oral and presentation
  • Engaging with and experience in primary health services and health education and promotion to the Aboriginal community
  • Experience with Opioid Substitution Therapies
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate and where appropriate adopt and facilitate new clinical practice in accordance with emerging trends
  • Demonstrated computer skills and the ability to learn new software
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and as part of a team


How to Apply

Indigenous Employment Partners builds capacity aimed at fostering inclusive workplaces and increasing employment and training opportunities for Indigenous job seekers. We actively support Indigenous applicants to learn and achieve your career goals.

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The information provided in this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed within this job. It is not designed as a comprehensive description of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and working conditions required of employees assigned to this job. Our client has sole discretion to add or modify duties of the job and to designate other functions as essential at any time. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.

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Job Details

  • Role Category
  • Job Type Full Time
  • Location Melbourne
  • Job Posted 27/11/2019
  • Application Close
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