Carer Engagement Advisor

  • 2 fulltime positions available - 1 permanent ongoing position and 1 full time fixed term for 12 months
  • Flexible hybrid working
  • State-wide scope
  • Generous salary packaging
  • Be part of a values-driven organisation with impact
  • $91,289 - $95,421

Your new organisation

At Merri Health, we strive to enrich diverse communities through the provision of quality health care and support services.  A career at Merri will see you contributing to a culture that affects change for our clients and the wider community.  We are committed to supporting the talent and skills of our employees because we know their capability is the key to our success.

Your new role

The Carer Engagement Advisor undertakes state-wide outreach activities for the Carer Gateway program. The position undertakes promotional and profile raising activities and includes outreach activities to targeted groups from diverse backgrounds. The role works closely with the Young Carer Advisor who specialises in targeting Young Carers, to ensure consistent, high quality practices.

The role is responsible for working collaboratively with consortia partners to guide outreach activities within all regions across Victoria and that are tailored to meet the needs of local communities.

You will be responsible for

  • Working with consortia partners to identify service gaps and develop projects, initiatives and community development strategies.
  • Coordinating and conducting outreach activities such as information sessions, community forums, linking with social, health, cultural and education providers to raise awareness of and promote the Carer Gateway.
  • Developing strategies to engage carers from diverse communities such as; LGBTIQA+, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, newly emerging communities.
  • Supporting consortia partners to conduct outreach activities that raise community awareness of the Carer Gateway, improve the health and wellbeing of caring families and promote community participation/social inclusion.
  • Advising and guiding consortia partners of evidence-based principles and interventions that are effective in working with various carer groups.
  • Implementing robust evaluation and reporting methods on the effectiveness of outreach activities.
  • Developing partnerships and referral pathways with organisations to support the Carer Gateway outcomes.
  • Using evidence based community development principles and strategies.

To succeed in the role you will have

  • Tertiary qualifications in Community Development, Health Promotion, Social Work, Public Health or equivalent discipline or experience.
  • Sound understanding of collective impact principles.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and maintaining effective partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • High-level gap analysis and research skills with demonstrated ability to search for, appraise, analyse data and provide recommendations to inform practices and decision making.
  • Experience in delivering information sessions and presentations to a range of audiences.
  • Experience in planning, developing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating community initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the community care sector, including the challenges faced by carers and carers of people with a disability, chronic illness, mental health condition and older people.
  • Knowledge of issues impacting carers from Indigenous, CALD and LGBTIQA+ backgrounds.

What we offer

We offer a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which encourages you to bring your whole self to work.  As the successful applicant you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills to reach your potential.

You will also have access to generous salary packaging, purchase leave and flexible work arrangement options.

What you need to do now

Start by reviewing the attached position description. If this peaks your interest, take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website. If you have any questions, contact Anita Craike, Carer Engagement Coordinator on (03) 9495 2512. When you're ready to apply, email your CV and cover letter to jobs@merrihealth.org.au 

Applications close 16/09/2022.

What else do I need to know

Preferred candidates will be subject to comprehensive reference and pre-employment background checking conducted by Merri Health prior to an offer of employment, including criminal record history check, NDIS worker screening and other employee screening and credential checks as determined by the position description.

All candidates must have the right to work in Australia. Merri Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people.

We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the LGBTIQA+ community and those living with a disability to apply.