Disability Advocacy Officer

FULL TIME

Disability Services Team

Disability Advocacy Officer is part of the Disability Services Team of Mawarnkarra Health Service. The service’s objective is to provide holistic, primary health care services to the Aboriginal people of the West Pilbara region.

LOCATION
20 Sholl Street, Roebourne, WA 6718

LINE MANAGER

Disability Services Manager

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Other conditions of employment are identified in your contract for employment.

All Mawarnkarra employees are required to comply with all policies in force at the time of commencement of employment and those implemented from time to time.

As part of the orientation program, employees are required to sign declarations and agreement pursuant to policies of the Health Service.

POSITION OBJECTIVE

The disability advocacy officer aims to improve the lives of people with disabilities, including those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, through advocacy and capacity building for individuals and their communities.

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES

  • The ability to establish strong relationships with people with disability and families and service providers in community.
  • The ability to communicate clearly and sensitively when talking to people and their families
  • The ability to work independently in your community, and with your team at Mawarnkarra
  • A strong commitment to your community, linking in and compassion for people with disabilities
  • Excellent listening and relationship building skills
  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills, initiative, good judgment and extreme reliability
  • Must have a non-judgemental attitude regardless of a participants needs
  • Be approachable, positive and
  • Have the ability to cultivate professional working relationships with participants and their
  • Have demonstrated skills to communicate culturally and appropriately with community
  • Local language skills is advantageous.
  • Build strong relationship with local organisations, the NOIA and mainstream services.
  • Respect confidentiality and build trust.
  • Comply with legislation.
  • Manage potential conflicts of interest and if required seek assistance to do so.
  • Other reasonable duties as directed by your line manager

DUTIES

  1. To provide advocacy assistance to people with disabilities to represent their own views, needs and expectations to disability service providers, mainstream service providers, government departments, statutory authorities, courts and other bodies as required.
  2. Educate people with a disability, family, carers, and community to improve understanding of disability and disability issues.
  3. Enable people with disability to participate in the decision making processes that safeguard and advance their human rights.
  4. Support individual people with disability to exercise their rights, through either one-to-one support, or by supporting people to advocate for themselves individually, through a third party or on a group basis.
  5. Systemic advocacy seeks to introduce and influence longer term changes to ensure the rights of people with disability are attained and upheld to positively affect the quality of their lives.

EDUCATION

Attend and participate in the professional development program and relevant external seminars and conferences, as approved.

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

Performance will be appraised on an on-going basis and formally at the first 3 months and annually thereafter.

Consent to a Working with Children Check, a National Police Certificate and NDIS Worker Screening.  Employment is conditional pending the outcome of these checks.

Current Driver’s Licence.

Current CPR Certificate.

COVID-19 Vaccinated.

All employees are subject to regular random drug and alcohol screening.

Please email your resume and application for a role through to hrofficer@mhs.org.au. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Should we progress your application to interview, we will contact you to arrange.

MHS may commence appointment proceedings immediately, appoint by invitation or make no appointment at all. This opportunity is only open to candidates with the right to work in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Explore local and northwest attractions near Mawarnkarra Health Service

Our service is located within the City of Karratha 40 minutes from Karratha.

The Pilbara is home to several beautiful beaches with opportunities for diving and snorkelling. The area is perfect for fishing and other water-based activities such as boating, sailing and whale watching. Millstream Chichester National Park is famous for its watering holes and camping spots. Within just a few hours’ drive are the world heritage listed sites of Karijini National Park and Ningaloo Reef. There are regular community events such as the Dampier Markets and horse racing and the recent development of the Karratha Art’s Precinct has opened the region up to more artistic pursuits including exhibitions, dance and theatre performances. We enjoy easy access to attractions such as Indigenous Rock Art accessed through guided tours on the Burrup Peninsula.

Explore more about the Pilbara here.

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