Harm Minimisation Clean Needle Program Worker

  • Are you passionate about improving health and wellbeing in the community?
  • Exciting career opportunity exists with one of South Australia’s renowned health services!

About Nunkuwarrin Yunti

Nunkuwarrin Yunti, the foremost Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in Adelaide aims to promote and deliver improvement in the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families in the greater metropolitan areas of Adelaide and regional areas 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 Program

Harm Minimisation aims to build healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by minimising the harm that substance misuse has on individuals, families and communities inclusive of responding to people who inject drugs and reducing the transmission of Blood Borne Viruses.

About the Opportunity

Nunkuwarrin Yunti has an exciting casual opportunity for a passionate Harm Minimisation Clean Needle Program Worker in Adelaide, SA with outreach to other service locations.

In this pivotal role you will primarily be responsible for building healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities by minimising the harm that substance misuse has on individuals, families and communities inclusive of responding to people who inject drugs and reducing the transmission of Blood Borne Viruses.

A key role of the position is to contribute to the delivery of a culturally safe Clean Needle Program both onsite and at outreach locations. The Clean Needle Program is an important public health initiative that reduces the spread of blood borne viruses among people who inject drugs and the wider community by delivering culturally appropriate harm minimisation programs which concentrate on reducing the risk of exposure to blood borne viruses, especially Hepatitis C and HIV.

The primary role of the Harm Minimisation Clean Needle Program Worker includes, and not limited to:

  • Provide a culturally safe, anonymous and confidential service at both the Wakefield St. clinic and outreach to the parklands surrounding the Adelaide CBD;
  • Distribute sterile needles and syringes, disposable equipment and other related equipment;
  • Provide information and education about safer injecting practices and safe disposal practices;
  • Provide referrals to a variety services, for example drug treatment, health, legal and social services;
  • Ensure the room and at outreach vehicle stock levels are maintained

Importantly, you’ll be able to demonstrate experience in supporting Aboriginal individuals and families, and will be driven to improve the health outcomes in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. You will have knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal societies and culture, and the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people. You will have knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal societies and culture, and the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people.

To Apply

Please note: A current SA Driver’s Licence and the ability to drive in the course of work activities is a requirement of this role. Employment will also be subject to a National Police Clearance and a Working with Children Check.

Please click here to view a full position description.

Please forward your CV, a Cover Letter and Application Form (click here). Candidates who do not complete and submit the Application Form, Cover Letter and CV will not be considered further for this position.

We encourage and thank all applicants for their time, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Should you have any queries or for further information please contact HR via hr@nunku.org.au

Due to the nature of this role, applicants from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note applications close by COB 31 January 2020.