Community Engagement Worker (Tobacco)

Job No: 85774
Location: Adelaide, SA

  • Become part of the team improving health programs for Indigenous communities in Adelaide
  • Provide culturally appropriate education sessions making a positive difference to people's lives
  • Competitive remuneration circa $51,262 - $55,601 plus salary sacrifice options

About the Organisation

Nunkuwarrin Yunti is the foremost Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in Adelaide, South Australia, providing a range of health care and community support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

First incorporated in 1971, Nunkuwarrin Yunti has grown from a welfare agency with three employees to a multi-faceted organisation with over 100 staff who deliver a diverse range of health care and community support services.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti aims to promote and improve the health and well-being of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the greater metropolitan area of Adelaide and to advance their social, cultural, and economic status. The Organisation places a strong focus on a client-centered approach to the delivery of services, and a collaborative working culture to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.

About the Opportunity

Nunkuwarrin Yunti has an exciting opportunity for a Community Engagement Worker to join their team in Adelaide on a full-time basis, as part of the ‘Tackling Indigenous Smoking’ program.

The focus of the program is to reduce smoking prevalence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities within metropolitan Adelaide by providing an innovative population health program that encourages changes in smoking behaviours and attitudes. The program targets various audiences, including young people, pregnant mothers, families with young children, community organisations, and any other stakeholders that may engage or work with Aboriginal people.

Reporting to the Team Manager, you will deliver culturally appropriate community education sessions and workshops that deliver key messages and strategies supporting and encouraging quit attempts. You will be responsible for coordinating and delivering targeted population and preventative health activities that promote lifestyle changes and reduce the risk of chronic disease caused by tobacco.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Building the capacity of the Aboriginal community to understand the harms, risks, and health impacts associated with smoking;
  • Conducting and facilitating information sessions/workshops and community events that promote practical ways to change attitudes and behaviours associated with smoking;
  • Implementing program activities to address identified community health needs in line with program plans, community, and organisational guidelines;
  • Maintaining established networks and partnerships with relevant organisations to encourage a coordinated approach to tackling smoking; and
  • Working within established procedures that encourage innovative ways of engaging with the Aboriginal community to support quit attempts and promote smoke-free homes and workplaces.

The successful candidate will have vocational experience in Health/Community Services or Certificate III or higher in Aboriginal Primary Health Care, Community Recreation, Health Promotion, or Population Health. You will need a sound understanding and knowledge of social, health, and cultural issues affecting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as a knowledge of tobacco quit/cessation programs and health strategies.

Well-developed written and verbal communication skills will be essential for presenting to groups and effectively engaging with diverse Aboriginal audiences, including young people, pregnant mothers, and those living with respiratory-related chronic disease. You must also have strong networking abilities and negotiation skills for liaising with a range of human service organisations and government agencies.

As you will often be working without direct supervision, you must be confident and tactful dealing with confidential information and be able to set priorities and monitor your own workflow. You must also be competent in using computer software.

Please Note: To be eligible for this role, you must hold a current Class C Driver's License, and be willing to drive in the course of work activities. Employment will also be subject to a National Police Clearance. 

Applications for this position will close 5pm, Monday the 9th of January, 2017.

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About the Benefits

As a member of the Nunkuwarrin Yunti team, you will have the opportunity to expand your horizons and develop your skills working in a multicultural environment. You will find this role challenging and rewarding as you see the positive changes you promote making a real difference to people's lives.

For your hard work and dedication, you will receive a competitive remuneration circa $51,262 - $55,601. Additionally, salary sacrificing options will be offered to significantly increase your take-home pay.

Don't miss this chance to make a change in the community in this rewarding role - Apply Now!

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