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Support Workers - Hunter

Flourish Australia

Kickstart your career in Mental Health with hands-on experience and support to study!

The position available is:

  • Closed-term 12 month full-time or part-time contract (minimum 60 hours per fortnight) with a view to convert to a permanent Level 3 role
  • Roles available at all of our Hunter sites (see inside application for locations)
  • Classified at Level 2 on the Flourish Australia Enterprise Agreement 2018

The rosters vary for each site. All of our rosters include weekend and evenings, some rosters include nights. Please indicate your preferences in the questions below and we can determine which site would be most suitable based on your availability.

Who Are We Looking For?

The Support Worker position with Flourish Australia is an entry-level role suitable for people who are new to the sector and looking for an opportunity to be mentored by our experienced teams.

The role would suit you if:

  • You are undertaking a relevant qualification (Certificate, Diploma or Bachelor) and are looking for practical experience working in the community with people with a lived experience of a mental health issue; or
  • You have a personal lived experience of a mental health issue and are interested in Peer Work, but haven't undertaken formal study and would like to be supported to gain a Certificate IV in Peer Work or Certificate IV in Mental Health Work.

The Support Worker positions are a pathway to our Peer Worker and Mental Health Worker roles (Level 3). They are open to anyone who doesn't meet the criteria to apply for the Level 3 positions and would like an opportunity to grow in this sector (see inside application for criteria).

What Will You Be Doing?

Support Workers work in the community and support people with lived experience of mental health issues achieve their hopes and dreams. You will play an important part in assisting people to maintain wellness and realise their goals.

This may involve:

  • Assisting people to prepare and cook meals.
  • Accompanying people on agreed routine outings such as socialisation or recreational activities.
  • Supporting people to live independently in their homes.
  • Supporting people in a group home

On a day to day basis, you will be required to:

  • Listen to and partake in activities that meet the interests and goals of people.
  • Encourage shared learning experiences and support skill development at every opportunity through self-directed learning, information and education.
  • Ensure all aspects of service delivery are provided in consultation with the key worker, are strengths based and person-led wherever possible.
  • Self-reflect and constantly review work practices.

For more information on what it means to be a Support Worker with Flourish Australia, please see the position description within the application.

How Will We Support You?

Flourish Australia is committed to your career development. We demonstrate this through:

  • Developing a Peer Worker or Mental Health Worker career pathway by supporting you to complete the relevant Certificate IV (Peer Work or Non-Clinical Mental Health Work) OR supporting you to gain experience if you are already studying/completed a relevant course.
  • Flexible working conditions based around your study needs
  • Supportive teams committed to helping you learn
  • Access to a range of training opportunities (e.g. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Trauma Informed Care, LGBTQ Awareness)

Who We Are

Our name reflects our fundamental and enduring commitment to people’s mental health and wellbeing, supporting them to thrive and live a contributing life. People are at the centre of everything we do at Flourish Australia – they’re our heart and soul.

Everyone who works at Flourish Australia is dedicated to providing people experiencing mental health issues with the day-to-day support and encouragement they need to create a rewarding life for themselves in their community.

Our Support Worker positions are open to anyone with a genuine interest in working in community mental health and share the organisation's values.

Please note, all successful applicants will be asked to provide evidence of compliance with COVID-19 vaccination Public Health Orders.

A position description is attached.

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