The Mental Health Foundation ACT is recruiting several female support workers, or those that identify as female, to work closely with MHF National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) participants living in a variety of accommodation settings, who have specifically requested female support staff.

Main Responsibilities

Support workers will provide services identified within the participant’s NDIS plan, Support Action Plan and/or Designing My Journey documents.

  • Be considerate of the rights and needs of participants.
  • Comply with all MHF policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a neat, tidy, and safe working environment at all times.
  • Keep accurate and timely records of contact with participants including case notes, and incident reports.

Personal Care

  • Provide assistance with personal hygiene activities, such as dressing, showering, toileting, shaving, applying anti-perspirants/creams/make up.
  • Provide backup support to participants overnight as part of their 24/7 care.

Meal Preparation

  • Assist to draw up a menu plan.
  • Assist participants to prepare meals in accordance with a menu plan.
  • Ensure appropriate storage of all prepared food items.
  • Ensure all items and areas used for food preparation are cleaned before leaving the premises.

Shopping

  • Assist with preparation of shopping list in line with menu plans, including requirements for household cleaning and maintenance products.
  • Ensure participants have the capacity to transport all items purchased (e.g., bags and transport).
  • Assist participants to shop for selected items appropriate to their needs and within their budget.
  • Assist participant to limit impulse purchases that may compromise their budget.
  • Assist participant to store all purchased items in their home appropriately.

Social/recreational activities support

  • Assist participant to prepare for outings and to identify appropriate choices for the occasion, e.g., dress, budget, weather, and social context.
  • Provide transport to and/or from activity.
  • Provide emotional support and encouragement to the participant while attending the activities.
  • Supervision of medication if required.
  • Support participants in caring for their pets.
  • Work as a member of the Team sharing relevant knowledge and experience with other program team members and residents when appropriate.
  • Promote the MHF with all relevant stakeholders in line with the organisation’s current Strategic Plan.
  • Comply with all MHF policy and procedures.
  • Actively participate in professional development processes including self-reflection, work evaluation, clinical supervision meetings, training, and staff appraisals.
  • Other activities as requested by MHF.

Selection Criteria

Essential:

  1. Mental health, individual support, disability care or similar certificate and experience in providing personal care, meal preparation, shopping, or social-support services.
  2. Knowledge of workplace health and safety precautions related to personal care, meal preparation, shopping and/or social-support tasks.
  3. Ability to work independently with minimal direction.
  4. Excellent English oral and written communications skills.
  5. Effective computer literacy.
  6. Australian Drivers Licence.
  7. ACT Working with Vulnerable People General Registration.
  8. Unlimited work rights and extensive availability.

Desirable:

  1. Ability to speak another language in addition to English would be an advantage.
  2. Insured motor vehicle.
  3. First-Aid certificate.
  4. Mental Health First Aid or ASIST certificate.

MHF values diversity and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

Applications will be considered as they are received so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.  While these positions are casual, part-time or full-time can be negotiated after successful completion of the probation period.

Only applications that address the essential and desirable criteria will be considered, and should be emailed to .

 

If you have any questions about the position please contact the Corporate Services Manager on 02 6282 6604, or 0438 207 798.