Workforce Support Unit

 

The Social and Emotional Well Being (SEWB) Workforce Support Unit at Nunkuwarrin Yunti is tasked with providing work support to you alongside what your management and agency are offering. The Workforce Support Unit (WSU) organise events annually that are attended by members of the Social and Emotional Well Being workforce. These events are designed for peer networking, sharing best practice information and hearing invited guest speakers.

What we do

The WSU’s aim is to assist in sustaining and developing a culturally appropriate and effective Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workforce. The Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (DPMC) provides funding for the WSU to monitor and coordinate training and professional support to the SEWB workforce, which comprises of DPMC-funded Bringing Them Home and Link-Up Counsellors, Link-Up Case Workers, Mental Health Workers and Substance Abuse Workers.

The WSU supports the SEWB workforce through:

  • Peer support;
  • Development of cross-sector linkages;
  • Inter-agency cooperation;
  • Identification of training needs;
  • Coordination of mental health and SEWB training delivery with Registered Training Organisations;
  • Sourcing additional avenues of funding;
  • Supporting agencies in which SEWB workers are employed.

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How do these services help?

  • By ensuring that the SEWB workers have attained or are working towards the minimum qualification required for their role;
  • Facilitating training towards recommended qualifications;
  • Increasing access to additional training and development;
  • Reducing levels of burn-out;
  • Reducing staff turnover;
  • Supporting healthier workplaces.

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WSU actions and involvement

  • Agency visits;
  • Annual state forums and role-specific network meetings;
  • Training needs analyses;
  • Connection to professional development;
  • Connection to cultural mentors;
  • Linkages to RTO and other agencies;
  • Connection to supervisors;
  • Supporting workplace development.

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General support

The WSU Project Officers are there to back you when you need them. In addition to more formal actions and services, you can call on them to help you sort out day-to-day personal and professional challenges, such as finding time to undertake training, developing a rapport with people in the local community or managing the personal challenges of working in a remote location.

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Who are your Project Officers?

Sitiveni (Siti) Rogoimuri
(08) 8168 8300
sitivenir@nunku.org.au

Toni Arundel
(08) 8168 8300
tonia@nunku.org.au

Bec Edser
(08) 8168 8300
rebeccae@nunku.org.au

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Forums and network meetings

As a part of the funded Social and Emotional Well Being workforce, you are required to attend at least two (2) of the Workforce Support Unit organised events annually.

Regionally, there are three role specific meetings and statewide there are two forums organised annually. These meetings and forums are designed for peer networking, sharing best practice information and hearing invited guest speakers.

You will be sent information about these events as we plan them. The Workforce Support Unit covers travel, accommodation and catering for all these events. All that is needed of you is to advise your management about your interest to attend and negotiate time off to attend (well in advance).

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Training needs analysis

SEWB Workforce Support Unit at Nunkuwarrin Yunti is tasked with providing work support to you alongside what your management and agency are offering. This support is mandated by the Office of Indigenous Affairs, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

A part of our task is to find out the professional needs of each member of the workforce in terms of the skills required to enable workers to better handle their specific role as outlined in their Job Description.

This is done through the Training Needs Analysis (TNA) survey that we do with all members of the SEWB workforce once a year.

Your agency is now aware that we need to up skill all members of the workforce to a minimum of Certificate IV level qualification in your specific service area. The Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care is one course that could be considered.

The Workforce Support Unit role is to work with your management in supporting you through pathways towards that minimum qualification (if that has not been attained).

This is a link to current courses that appear relevant to the SEWB workforce in South Australia:

SEWB Training Calendar

If you are interested in doing any of these courses, please contact your WSU Project Officer.