Suicide Prevention Coordinator

Applications close September 30th. Download the position description.

The Suicide Prevention Coordinator will work under the direction of the Health Promotion Unit Manager to coordinate the development and delivery of evidence-based, effective and culturally safe initiatives to support those affected by or vulnerable to suicide.

The position holder will play a key role in the management, delivery and evaluation of programs and coordinate the efforts of team members and the Suicide Story Aboriginal Advisory Group (SSAAG) to ensure the efficient, effective and culturally safe implementation of the Suicide Story program.

The position will work across the organisation and provide, support and advice to suicide prevention and postvention activities. Priorities will be guided by MHACA’s Health Promotion Unit Plan.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Coordinate all suicide prevention and postvention programs within the organisation;
  • Work with community partners to map gaps in services and identify potential strategies to reduce suicide rates in Central Australia;
  • Network and collaborate with local and National Suicide Prevention organisations;
  • Initiate and manage projects and identify opportunities for funding, and write quality grant applications;
  • Manage the delivery of Suicide Story in accordance with the agreements with funding bodies;
  • Manage Suicide Story program staff in accordance with the policies and procedures of MHACA;
  • Provide a secretariat role to the Suicide Story Aboriginal Advisory Group including logistics, communications and professional support as related to Suicide Story;
  • Develop and foster positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure efficient, effective delivery of projects in a timely and brand consistent manner;
  • Establish and coordinate Suicide Bereavement Support Groups;
  • Actively participate in the Life Promotion Network;
  • Ensure contracted performance outcomes for programs supporting suicide prevention are delivered according to appropriate funding agreements.
  • Contribute to a culture that builds upon MHACA’s vision, principles, values and behaviours;
  • Perform all other tasks as required by the organisation that would reasonably be consistent with classification and responsibilities.

SELECTION CRITERIA:
Essential

  • Qualifications in community development, health promotion, community services or other relevant field/s.
  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision.
  • Demonstrated skills in grant writing, scoping and project management
  • Demonstrated ability to work under minimal supervision and manage multiple projects, deadlines and competing demands.
  • Excellent relationship management skills. An ability to develop, nurture and manage positive working relationships to deliver excellent services with both internal and external collaborators.
  • The capacity to work in a culturally diverse environment with mutual respect and attention to cultural safety and be sensitive around the issue of loss and grief and other suicide-related pain and/or mental health related issues
  • An understanding of the issues surrounding mental health, suicide and grief and loss, and the capacity to appropriately and sensitively represent these issues in public mediums.
  • Experience with, or awareness of the issues affecting the lives of indigenous people in Central Australia, and how those issues might impact on mental health and suicidality.

Desirable

  • Knowledge and understanding of the key issues of the National Mental Health Standards and the Life Framework for the prevention of suicide.
  • Experience in adult education and training in a cross-cultural environment.

MHACA REQUIREMENTS

  • Hold a current driver license
  • Hold, or be eligible to apply for an Australian Federal Police Check
  • A valid Ochre Card
  • Flexibility to travel locally and nationally

Please view the following attachment on how to apply for the position;

Suicide Prevention Coord