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 peprsonal 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).

Below are the programs, evaluations and hand-outs from 2017:

  • Statewide Forum held in Port Adelaide on 31 October – 2 November

 Program

 Evaluation

  • Managers Forum, 21 September

This was the first time that Forum with SEWB Managers had been arranged. Much of the time was devoted to discussing the importance of clinical/professional supervision. Some reports on the profile of the SEWB workforce by organisation were also presented and the importance of data collection was also discussed.

 Program

 Evaluation

 A Practical Guide to Clinical Supervision Video (AHMRC)

  • Case Worker Network Meeting, 21 – 22 August

 Program

 Evaluation

  • Counsellor Network Meeting, held in Adelaide on 12 – 13 July

 Program

 Evaluations

 What is supervision? (brainstorm)

 A Practical Guide to Clinical Supervision Video (AHMRC)

 Ethical Approaches when working with complex issues

  • Statewide Forum, held in Ceduna on 2 – 4 May

 Program

 Evaluation

 Fiona Meade slides: Supporting Resilient Workers: Addressing vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue and burnout

 Self-care assessment worksheet

 Self-care plan template

 ProQOL Life 5 English self-score

  • Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Forum held in Wilpena Pound on 11 – 12 April

 Invitation

 Program

  • AOD Network Meeting held in Coober Pedy on 1 – 2 March

 Program

 Evaluation

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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 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).

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Tools and resources

This Framework provides a dedicated focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. It sets out a comprehensive and culturally appropriate stepped care model that is equally applicable to both Indigenous specific and mainstream health services. It will help guide and support Indigenous mental health policy and practice over the next five years and be an important resource for policy makers, advocates, service providers, clients, consumers and researchers.Designed to complement the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and contribute to the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2012-2023. It therefore forms an essential component of the national response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Designed to complement the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and contribute to the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2012-2023. It therefore forms an essential component of the national response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

This Framework provides a dedicated focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing and mental health. It sets out a comprehensive and culturally appropriate stepped care model that is equally applicable to both Indigenous specific and mainstream health services. It will help guide and support Indigenous mental health policy and practice over the next five years and be an important resource for policy makers, advocates, service providers, clients, consumers and researchers.

Designed to complement the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan and contribute to the vision of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2012-2023. It therefore forms an essential component of the national response to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Plan 2013-2023 was developed to provide an overarching framework which builds links with other major Commonwealth health activities and identifies areas of focus to guide future investment and effort in relation to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework monitors progress in Indigenous Australian health outcomes, health system performance and broader determinants of health.

The PHN and ACCHO Guiding Principles recognise the commitment by Primary Health Networks and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to work together to improve access to health services and improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) was established to evaluate the effectiveness of existing suicide prevention services and programs.

ATSISPEP aim to:

    • prioritise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of working
    • establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth forum
    • strengthen the evidence base for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention
    • develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural framework for suicide prevention services and programs.

Four more regions across Australia with higher than average suicide rates will be the latest communities to take part in a $46 million trial aimed at delivering better mental health services.

 

Clinical supervision

 

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