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Program Support Officer - Suicide Story

Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory
  • Responsible to: Social Emotional Wellbeing Team Leader
  • Work Unit: AMSANT Darwin Office
  • Designation: AMSAN Agreement 2018 Step3-6, Level 3 
  • Hours: 0.6

The Suicide Story Admin Officer will join the Social Emotional Wellbeing team within AMSANT, to provide administrative duties for the Suicide Story program. There is opportunity for development within this role to develop skills and knowledge around Suicide prevention activities for Aboriginal people within the Suicide Story Program. This position will be provided with support and management from the Suicide Story Coordinator as well as the Social Emotional Wellbeing Manager.  

Suicide Story is a suicide prevention program developed specifically with and for remote Aboriginal communities of the Northern Territory. The program is a three-day skills-based workshop, that creates a safe space for Aboriginal people to share knowledge and learning about culturally appropriate ways to address suicide awareness and create more resilient, suicide-safer communities. The Suicide Story Aboriginal Advisory Group (SSAAG), is an essential component of the Suicide Story program success and ensures that cultural safety is upheld whilst providing oversight in many aspects of the program including governance and strategic direction.

Program Aims

  • To increase suicide awareness  
  • Build culturally appropriate suicide prevention skills among participants, facilitators and advisors.  
  • To increase the resilience and protective factors within Individuals, Communities and Partner Organisations involved.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Work closely with the Suicide Story Coordinator to implement the Suicide Story program and fulfil the program requirements by providing Administration support, this includes but not limited to booking travel and stocktake of program resources
  2. Take part in Suicide Story Workshops and contribute to supporting the facilitators and delivery of the workshops
  3. Develop collaborative, consultative relationships with relevant stakeholders and promote an understanding of the objectives of Suicide Story.
  4. Undergo training and professional development in suicide prevention activities that will enhance the role and support the Suicide Story program 
  5. Provide the Secretariat role for the SSAAG including coordinating logistics; planning and conduct of meetings. 
  6. Support the coordinator in provision of timely advice to SSAAG and Suicide Story Facilitators and support the preparation of correspondence, reports and briefings.
  7. Update the correspondence and records management System used within Suicide Story.

Selection Criteria


  1. Academic and/or work experience in mental health, administration, social work  
  2. Highly developed administration and organisational skills including: sound computer literacy and experience in using standard Microsoft Office programs; records management procedures, protocols and practice.
  3. Proven ability to manage and prioritise tasks such as report writing to deliver outcomes within tight timelines.
  4. Proven ability to work and communicate with people from different backgrounds and in a multicultural environment.
  5. Experience in providing secretariat and logistical support including coordinating logistics; planning and writing minutes 
  6. Demonstrated capacity to work independently under limited supervision at times and as an effective member of a team.
  7. Demonstrated awareness, understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture.


  1. Experience in the Indigenous health sector
  2. Work experience in the community controlled sector

Appointment Factors: (Appointment is subject to)

  1. Willing to undergo a Police Check
  2. Ability to obtain a Working with Children’s Clearance
  3. Current Driver’s Licence

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