Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer

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Work type: Fixed Term
Location: South Brisbane
Categories: Community Services & Development

About the role

The Mater Aboriginal Health team is seeking an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer to join our service on a Temporary Part-Time (22.48 hours per week), fixed term contract until 30 June 2022.

In this role you will work within a small team, providing a cultural and liaison link between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients, their families and external agencies, and Mater employees and services.

Salary range: $38.87 - $42.83 (MCA Level 4) per hour plus superannuation

What you’ll be doing

As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officer, you will provide a range of practical supports to patients and to Mater employees with the aim of delivering exceptional culturally responsive and safe healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

Your key responsibilities will include:

    • Liaising with Mater clinical and clinical support areas in adopting an interdisciplinary approach to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families accessing healthcare through Mater.
    • Communicate and work alongside patients and their families from diverse backgrounds and geographic locations for the purpose of supporting them in the lead up to, during, and following their hospital or healthcare experience.
    • Provide person specific cultural advice and support to individual patients and other clinicians providing direct care.
    • Input to sustainable organisation-wide strategies, policies and programs relating to healthcare for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
    • Advocate for the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families accessing healthcare at Mater as well as those being admitted from and discharged into other service provider organisations.
    • Liaise with external agencies and communities with regard to improving the quality and continuity of care delivered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients.

About you

To be successful in this role you will possess the following:

  • Understanding of and commitment to work within the mission, ethos and values of Mater.
  • Indigenous to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Community. Under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, there is a genuine occupational requirement for the incumbent to be Indigenous to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Community.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the barriers of access to healthcare experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Knowledge of and experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.
  • High level interpersonal, communication, presentation, adult education and negotiation skills in order to liaise effectively and build relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to function as a team member, maintain confidentiality, creatively problem solve, work with minimal supervision, effectively time manage, and be flexible in order to meet organisational objectives.
  • Knowledge of or experience working in healthcare (particularly acute) settings.
  • High level of commitment to principles of privacy and confidentiality.

Demonstrated understanding of the principles of workplace health and safety, equal employment opportunities and anti-discrimination as they relate to the workplace.

Why join us?

In return for your skills, effort and enthusiastic commitment you will have the opportunity to work for an Australian leader in the field of Health, Education and Research and work with a team who make a real difference to the lives of our patients, consumers and community.

Mater provides benefits not offered in other workplaces. In addition to being part of a workplace that offers compassionate care in the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, you will have opportunities to increase your take-home pay with our salary packaging options.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 8 December 2021

For further information, please contact Michelle Somlyay, regional Executive Director on 07 3163 1155

*Please note we will be reviewing and contacting applicants prior to closing date so please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible.

It is a requirement of this role that you are and remain fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please note proof of vaccination (MyGov Medicare Vaccination Certificate or Medical Certificate) will be required as a pre commencement requirement.

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