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					    CENTRAL AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL ALCOHOL PROGRAMMES UNIT
                     POSITION DESCRIPTION



Position Description: Care Worker

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Section: Treatment

Supervisor: Treatment Manager

Location: Alice Springs



About The Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit (CAAAPU)

CAAAPU is an Aboriginal Corporation which delivers culturally appropriate Aboriginal
alcohol and other substance abuse rehabilitation, treatment programs and services
to assist the Aboriginal people of Central Australia.

CAAAPU is chartered to and endeavours to:

1. Provide a safe and effective healing place that equips Aboriginal individuals and
families with the tools to lead a healthy, sober, active and productive life;

2. Increase the recognition of the unique spiritual and cultural strengths of Aboriginal
people to assist in healing choices and;

3. Provide leadership in the Aboriginal community in the areas of alcohol and other
drug dependency.

Care Worker

The Care Worker provides care and assistance to CAAAPU clients and monitors the
behaviour of both adult clients and young people. The Care Worker contributes to
the overall maintenance of a healthy, safe and equitable environment and supports
CAAAPU Counsellors and additional Care workers with the facilitation of treatment,
rehabilitation and education programs.
SECTION 1

Key Attributes

The Care Worker will:

      Maintain sober habits and abstain from other substance abuse.

      Knowledge of models of care for dealing with substance abuse victims,
       including the disease concept of Alcoholism.
      Have awareness of and sensitivity to Aboriginal culture and history, and
       current issues affecting the lives of Aboriginal people.

      The ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal Peoples.

      The ability to support both adults, and young people, on a one on one basis
       and in groups.

      Have the ability to deal with sensitive, and confidential information


Key Stakeholders/Clients


      CAAAPU Treatment and Outreach Counsellors

      CAAAPU Treatment and Outreach Manager

      Other CAAAPU Care Workers

      CAAAPU Carers

      Clients and families

      Aboriginal Community
SECTION 2

Key Functions:


1. To provide care and support services to both adult clients and young people on a
one on one or group basis.

2. Provide, monitor and evaluate culturally appropriate Self Care and Personal
Protection programs for CAAAPU Clientele.

3. To monitor the behaviour of clients and where necessary intervene to resolve
potential conflict situations or make referrals to appropriate treatment, or
rehabilitation programs.

4. Supervise CAAAPU clientele during the weeknights or weekends, during CAAAPU
treatment, educational and recreational activities.

5. Contribute to client reports, and oversee data and reporting on the delivery of
programs and services provided to CAAAPU clientele.

6. Promote culturally appropriate quality client and family support mechanisms that
recognise the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

7. Increase understanding, knowledge and skills about client and family well being.

8. Assist CAAAPU Treatment and Outreach counsellors to research, prepare and
deliver and/or facilitate treatment, rehabilitation and education programs.

9. Assist in the provision of integrated treatment of dual diagnosis clients.

10. Ensure client wellbeing by maintaining and applying Duty of Care Protocols.
SECTION 3:
Key Responsibilities:



1. Provide ongoing stabilising and rehabilitative care and support services to both
adult clients and young people.

2. Increase understanding, knowledge and skills of client and family wellbeing in
order for clients to lead productive, sober and healthy lives.

3. Monitor client progress, and treatment, rehabilitation and educational program
delivery and provide input and advice to program improvement.

4. Provide adult clients and young people with support and skills to cope with Alcohol
and drug abuse problems on an individual and family basis.

5. Assist to prepare and facilitate individual and group training sessions on Alcohol
and Drug issues.

6. Contribute to client reports, and oversee data and reporting on the delivery of
programs and services provided to CAAAPU clientele.

7. Assess the preparedness for potential participants to enter into after care support
programs and services.

8. Recognise and promote the importance of healthy, productive sober lifestyles and
strong families among CAAAPU Clients and communities.

9. To monitor the behaviour of clients and where necessary intervene to resolve
potential conflict situations or make referrals to appropriate treatment, or
rehabilitation programs.

10. To supervise and oversee CAAAPU clients involvement in treatment,
rehabilitation and education courses, programs and services.
SECTION 4
Duty Statement:



1. Manage and provide regular stabilising, rehabilitative, care and support services to
adult clients and young people on a one on one and group basis.

2. Report on the client’s treatment and rehabilitation progress and provide referrals
to after care programs or support.

3. Regularly monitor the behaviour of clients and where necessary intervene to
resolve potential conflict situations and/or make appropriate recommendations for
other care and support services.

4. Regularly supervise client’s involvement in treatment, rehabilitation and education
courses, and recreational activities.

5. Maintain and contribute to client reports, case notes and program data.

6. Manage clients needs and wellbeing including rostered after-hours
support/counselling.

7. Assist to prepare and facilitate educational courses and activities on Alcohol and
Drug abuse issues.

8. Work with clients to ensure the incorporation of Aboriginal culture and traditions in
care, support and educational activities.
9. Monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of support, rehabilitation and educational
courses and activities.


10. Work closely with Counsellors and life Skills officers to ensure the CAAAPU
programs and facilities provide a healthy, safe and productive environment for
clients.
SECTION 5

Selection Criteria:

Essential

1. The Care Worker must be a sober person and practice sobriety.

2. Qualifications or relevant experience in the area of counselling, social work or
community work.

3. A sound knowledge of current developments in the treatment of alcohol and other
drugs misuse.

4. Experience with counselling clients on a one on one basis and effectively facilitate
group and family discussion.

5. Experience with caring for or supervising adults and youths with AOD problems.

6. Posses a client-centred approach, demonstrating understanding and empathy with
clients hardships and problems.

7. Awareness of and sensitivity to Aboriginal culture and history, and current issues
affecting the lives of Aboriginal people.

8. Flexible approach to support and care delivery and group facilitation and the ability
to modify communication style techniques to meet client needs.


9. Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills.


10. Problem solving, negotiation and conflict management skills.


11. Demonstrated ability to deal with sensitive and confidential information.

12. Demonstrated skills in word processing and the development of spreadsheets
and data management.

13. Demonstrated ability to work in a team, and in a complex and challenging
environment.


14. Ability to work under minimum supervision.


15. A current NT Driver’s Licence or willingness to obtain a licence.
Desirable:



1. Experience in working in a cross-cultural environment with demonstrated skills
transfer to Aboriginal people.

2. An awareness of the alcohol treatment and rehabilitation philosophy of CAAAPU.

3. Experience in working with people suffering dependency, particularly Aboriginal
people and with rehabilitation services.

4. An appreciation of personal safety in dealing with alcohol related issues in
outreach situations.

5. A current First Aid Certificate




APPLICATIONS:

All applications must specifically address the Selection Criteria and should outline
relevant work history and experience.

Curriculum Vitae, Copies of certification documents and the names and contact
details of three referees must also be included.

Application Closing Date: COB Friday 8th January 2010

Please mail your application to:

CAAAPU Jobs
PO BOX 4005 Alice Springs, NT 0870

Or Email
krystalmperkins@gmail.com
.

For further information about the position contact Krystal Perkins on T: 08 8952 2706
or CAAAPU on T: 08 89 55 4600 or Visit: www.caaapu.org.au.

				
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