Vacancy: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peer Support Worker

Applicants must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. This is a special measure under section 12 of the Equal Opportunity Act 2010 (Vic).

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 Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Community Peer Support will work with the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community to assist people looking after family and friends to take a break. 

As a part of the CarerLinks North Program at Merri Health you will:

  • Facilitate opportunities for carers to connect, interact, meet socially and share experiences with other carers
  • Promote CarerLinks North services, support groups, events and activities to carers in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Hume, Moreland, Darebin, Whittlesea, Yarra, Nillumbik and/or Banyule.
  • Assist staff with administration of CarerLinks North support groups, events and activities.
  • Provide advice to CarerLinks North regarding matters related to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community living in the norther region of Melbourne.

Based at our Chifley Drive site located in Preston, this is a casual position on a fixed term basis until 30 September 2019. In order to be considered for this position you must have the right to work in Australia. 

What you’ll need to succeed

To be successful with Merri you will go above and beyond to achieve great results for our clients, the organisation and yourself. We’re looking for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individuals with:


  • Demonstrated active leadership and connection within the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
  • Ability to regularly attend meetings and actively support facilitation of group activities
  • Ability to engage with all participants at support groups, events and activities
  • Ability to engage and relate to a diverse group of carers
  • Experience in coordinating / facilitating support groups, events and activities
  • Basic Microsoft Office computer skills


  •  Experience in working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • First Aid Certificate

What we offer

This role will give you the opportunity to make a difference in the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community by building awareness and understanding of the support available to families, getting involved in planning and facilitating events, working with a team to support the local community and gaining experience in a local community health setting

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.

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, please contact Diana Mastrantuono, Coordinator Service Development & Carer Engagement on (03) 9495 2536 or

When you’re ready to apply, please email your CV and covering letter to Applications close 31 March 2019.

Please note that due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates may be contacted.

What else do I need to know

Successful applicants will be required to have a current National Police Check and, if relevant to the position, a Working with Children Check, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and full Drivers Licence.

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 Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the GLBTIQ community and those living with a disability to apply.