Program Coordinator (PHaMs)

Job No: 89157
Location: Katherine, NT

  • Are you a Mental Health professional looking for a new and rewarding opportunity?
  • Make a difference to community mental health across the Northern Territory in an exciting leadership role!
  • Attractive remuneration package, circa $59,085 - $94,110 plus super, generous allowances and salary sacrifice options!

About the Organisation

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation's (SHS) main purpose is to improve the health and wellbeing of the people in the region east of Katherine in the Northern Territory using a holistic approach that includes a high standard of medical care, the promotion of social justice and the overcoming of the sickness that affects so many people in the region. This is done through the organisation's health clinics and health education, mixing together traditional Indigenous culture and the best of mainstream medicine.

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation works in partnership with Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN), who provide support services to health professionals and organisation across the Northern Territory. NT PHN offers support and assistance to eligible nurses and allied health professionals who are relocating the to the NT for the purposes of employment.

Most importantly, the Sunrise approach involves community people taking part in controlling their own health. Everything from financial management and governance, staff selection and service delivery priorities are directed by the organisation's Aboriginal Board and Community Health Committees. The organisation proudly boast ISO 9001 and AGPAL accreditation.

Sunrise provides a fulfilling and stimulating work environment in a diverse range of areas for those seeking a career in Indigenous Health.

About the Program

The Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs) service aims to provide increased opportunities for recovery for people whose lives are severely affected by mental illness. This Program takes a strengths-based recovery approach and assists people aged 16 years and over whose ability to manage their daily activities and to live independently in the community is impacted because of severe mental illness. 

PHaMs workers provide practical assistance to people with severe mental illness to help them achieve their personal goals, develop better relationships with family and friends, and manage their everyday tasks. Some PHaMs services provide specialist support, either through funding for a targeted service or as part of an existing general PHaMs service. 

About the Opportunity

Sunrise Health Service has an extremely rewarding opportunity for a Program Coordinator (PHaMs) to join their dedicated, multidisciplinary team in Katherine, on a full-time basis. 

Reporting to the Population Health Program Manager, you will be responsible for leading, managing, and coordinating of the Personal Helpers and Mentors Program (PHaMs). This program assists by providing a range of skill development and support programs and is non-clinical in its focus.

Your primary responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Participating in the ongoing development and evaluation of PHaMs services in consultation with people seeking support from the program;
  • Ensuring services are provided within the contractual requirements, program guidelines, and the National Mental Health Standards, and National practice standards for the Mental Health Workforce;
  • Providing direct support to the team leader of the PHaMs program;
  • Liaising with relatives of participants and external service providers to organise activities when required in accordance with the PHaMs guidelines; and
  • Ensuring any health and safety concerns are forwarded on to the Executive Management Team for attention and action.

To be considered, you must hold a tertiary qualification in a relevant Mental Health discipline with a demonstrated ability to engage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in non-clinical Mental Health or related programs. You will also have previous experience in Communicare.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in developing and facilitating service delivery from a recovery-oriented practice framework including current trends, principles and practices relating to service delivery to people with mental health issues, especially in community-based mental health support facilities.

Sunrise Health Service is seeking a driven and passionate leader who displays a high level of verbal and written communication skills and has the ability to provide supervision and ongoing support to program staff. 

This role will see you living and working in the remote Ngukurr Community and, as such, you will need a current driver's license, 4WD drive experience, and the willingness to travel on light aircraft.

Candidates with the ability to speak an Aboriginal language from the Sunrise region and/or understanding of traditional kinship systems in the region will be highly regarded.

Please note: The successful candidates must be willing to undergo a Police Check and a Working With Children Check.

About the Benefits

This is an integral role in improving the mental health outcomes in remote Aboriginal communities. There is a large amount of scope for a candidate with drive and passion to grow and develop this role over time. In addition, you will receive ongoing professional training opportunities to ensure your future career excels.

Your dedication will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package circa $59,085 - $94,110.

This package includes:

  • 6 weeks leave per year;
  • Up to 10 days study leave;
  • Salary packaging options;
  • Full support from the health team; and
  • Relocation assistance

Working at Sunrise Health Service and living in the Katherine region has lifestyle benefits that are unique to the Northern Territory. With Australia's most stunning landscapes on your doorstep and an incredible outdoor lifestyle on offer, the Northern Territory is the place to be to make the most of life’s adventures.

Please Note: to apply, you will be required to upload a current resume as well as respond to the questions below.

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About Us

Established in 2003, we are proud to be the second largest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in the Northern Territory. Headquartered in Katherine, just a short three-hour drive from Darwin, we extend our services to nine remote communities to the east of Katherine, catering to a population of approximately 3,800, predominantly Aboriginal, with a focus on early detection and management of chronic illnesses.

At Sunrise Health, we believe in the holistic approach to healthcare, as reflected in our organisational plan - the Sunrise Way. Our dedicated staff collaborates closely with the Board, communities, and management team to provide comprehensive family-based services that not only address medical needs but also the social determinants of health.

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation