Recognising the need to ensure the Karinya House practice framework is culturally appropriate and draws on traditional wisdoms and ways of knowing, Karinya House has been successful in securing a grant from Calleo Indigenous Community Foundation to deepen the skills and experience of the Karinya House Care Team.

In the 2020/21, 15.3 % of women Karinya House walked alongside identified as Indigenous, and this is indicative of the average percentage over the last 24 years. Karinya House is therefore looking to employ an individual who can bring knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and cultures and an understanding of the issues impacting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in contemporary Australian society, particularly in the context of homelessness, domestic/family violence, mental health or drug and alcohol issues.

Based on the successful Health Professional model at Karinya House, the successful applicant would form part of an individual’s ‘care team’ to support women who are pregnant or parenting, and who identify as Indigenous, or whose children are Indigenous.

Each ‘care team’ member works in partnership with an individual woman to identify her priorities, co-design and work towards goals. Goals are often linked to safe housing, health, wellbeing, future learnings, and employment.

The individual will assist the Karinya leadership team in the development and refinement of organisational policies and practices to ensure services are culturally responsive to Aboriginal and Torres Strait families, increasing knowledge, respect and recognition.

The available funding allows for the engagement of an individual equivalent to a Grade 5 – Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010, on a part time basis (24 hours per week) for three years.

Please note this is a designated position in accordance with s42, the Discrimination Act 1991 and is only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage is considered essential and therefore a Confirmation of Aboriginality may be requested.

Further information on the role, and how to apply is available here.

Applications for the role close 9am, Monday 11 April 2022.

Enquiries about the role can be directed to Belinda Munn, Executive Officer via [email protected] or on 0408 095 243.