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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Engagement & Projects Coordinator

Mental Health First Aid Australia

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation focused on mental health training and research. Our core work is to develop MHFA courses, and train Instructors to deliver these courses to their communities or workplaces. MHFA courses are delivered across Australia and internationally.MHFA courses teach members of the public how to provide initial help to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate professional help is received, or the crisis resolves.


  • Reports to: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA (AMHFA) Program Manager
  • Location: Working from home or at MHFA Australia Office in Parkville, Victoria
  • Hours: Full-time contract position for 2 years with potential for renewal
  • Start date: As soon as practically available.


Typical activities will include building the profile of MHFA within Australian communities, the promotion of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander MHFA Instructor Training, and MHFA’s Champion Community Program. The role will work closely with the AMHFA Manager to deliver organisational projects efficiently, including reviewing and coordination of specialised programs designed to engage Aboriginal and Torres Islander Instructors and communities in a culturally informed and sensitive manner.The role covers a number of areas, including but not limited to;

  • Respond to routine community engagement enquiries and triage those to relevant staff as required.
  • Provide support and guidance to community groups, schools or population group representatives on AMHFA Program options, pathways and Instructors suited to their requirements.
  • Identify and profile relevant AMHFA Instructors by State/Territory and Industry expertise to assist community groups, schools or population groups to identify Instructors that will best suit their needs.
  • Complete desktop research as directed on target community or population groups as directed by the AMHFA Program Manager.
  • Prepare business proposals and presentations for community engagement prospects and groups as directed by the AMHFA Program Manager.

The role requires close and collaborative working relationships with all staff across MHFA and collaborative working relationships with partners, suppliers, Instructors and other external stakeholders.

about you

The successful applicant will have/be

  • Cultural knowledge and experience:
    • Demonstrates knowledge, skills and experience in working effectively with people and organisations in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services sector and/or promoting mental health and social and emotional wellbeing among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
    • Comprehensive understanding of the issues impacting Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander People
  • Demonstrated experience implementing projects to an agreed scope including the ability to plan, organise, establish and manage priorities, manage project budgets and required report writing.
  • Able to work both independently and collaboratively to ensure program outcomes and milestones are achieved, simultaneously focusing on both long term and short-term project goals.
  • A minimum of 3 years demonstrated experience in Community Engagement, Business Development, Project management, Stakeholder Relations or Partnership Management within a health services or non-profit environment.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in related area
  • Competent in general computer literacy (Web, social media, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Databases, Gmail, Mac OS X).


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