Pilbara Community & School Project Officer

Programs Team

Pilbara Community & School Project Officer is part of the Programs 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.

20 Sholl Street, Roebourne, WA 6718.

Programs Manager

37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:45pm with 45 minutes (unpaid) for lunch daily. You are to be ready for work no later than 8:30am daily.

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.


The focus of the Pilbara Community & School Project Officer is to enable community engagement and collaborative design vital to the development and implementation of a place based version of Be You, in whole of school communities across the Pilbara.


  • Maintain a friendly and safe working environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all clients, staff members and service providers.
  • Work effectively with clients and their families, where confidentiality and cultural appropriateness are essential.
  • Ability to provide support in highly stressful circumstances for both clients and staff.
  • Ability to problem solve effectively on a day to day basis.
  • Ability to negotiate complex issues with clients.
  • Ability to prioritise workload.
  • Build and Maintain positive working relationships with other external support services providers.
  • Motivation to provide service excellence.
  • Ability to seek the advice and support of the Line Manager, and MHS staff when necessary.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment and assist staff with daily tasks.
  • Commitment to ongoing participation in education, professional development, evidence based research and quality assurance for all staff.
  • A demonstrated capacity for multi-tasking and an ability to work under pressure when required.
  • Ability to travel regionally as required.
  • Qualifications in a health, education, social science or related discipline.

1. Administration & Finance:

  • Prepare and provide project updates and reports as required.

2. Project Development and Coordination:

  • Contribute to the development of a collaboratively designed, place-based implementation model of Be You for the Pilbara regions that is responsive to stakeholder needs.
  • The building of a trusted connection with the community and key personnel in the school as well as identifying sustainable practices for exit.
  • Intensively implement the place-based model with educators and community members linked with the school.
  • Facilitate the development of a transfer plan with the educators and the community members linked with the school which aims to supportively and safely move away from the intensive engagement at the end of 2020.

3. Evaluation

  • Set key performance indicators and collect relevant data to evaluate impact and outcomes for each activity.
  • Capture, collate and report on the results from activities.
  • Assist evaluators to conduct activities and aid required introduction to relevant community members.

4. Capacity Building and Advocacy

  • Builds the capacity of the educators and community members linked to the school, to plan and implement sustainable mental health promotion initiatives that have their foundations embedded in the Be You content base.
  • Actively promotes the benefits of mental health learning environments and availability and access to mainstream to individuals and appropriate agencies across the region.
  • Provides warm referrals to suicide postvention support services when required.
  • Presents at seminars and deliver training sessions as appropriate

5. Professional responsibilities:

  • Maintain and follow the highest standards of professional conduct.
  • Work within an Ethical and Legal Framework.
  • Ensure security and standards of the Program are maintained in a professional manner and to report any faults or any inconsistencies to direct Line Manager.
  • Demonstrates understanding of child protection processes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and compliance of all Mawarnkarra policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate good understanding and knowledge of Mawarnkarra’s OH&S policies and procedures and maintain a safe working environment for both Clients and Staff.
  • Other duties as directed by your Line Manager.

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


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

Undergo a Working with Children Check and a National Police Certificate. Employment is conditional pending the outcome of these checks.

Must hold a current drivers licence.

All employees are required to adhere to Smoking policy and be willing to undertake a 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.

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