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About the Women’s Trauma Recovery Centre

The Illawarra Women's Trauma Recovery Centre (the 'Centre') is an Australian first community-led initiative, codesigned with women with lived expertise, professional experts and service providers to offer comprehensive and long-term support to women recovering from the trauma of domestic, family and sexual violence (DFSV). Strongly aligned with local, state and national priorities, including The National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 2022-2032, the Centre will support women to heal from trauma arising from domestic, family and sexual violence, and to improve the long-term health and psychosocial outcomes for women and families. The Centre is a project of the Illawarra Women's Health Centre. Established in 1986, we are nationally accredited and provide a safe place for women to access specialised high-quality women's medical and health care services. We also offer various health and well-being workshops, programs, community-based group activities, and support groups. Our services evolve in response to the needs of women and girls in the region, shaped by evidence of effective practice and local, state, and national policy contexts. Our services and programs are provided at little or no cost to all women in the Illawarra. Incentives include

  • Salary packaging
  • Additional week of leave at Christmas
  • External supervision and four paid mental health days included

About the role

The Domestic Family and Sexual Violence Healing Clinician (DFSV) plays a critical role in the provision of person centred, evidence based and trauma informed care to women impacted by DFSV. Working collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team environment, the DFSV Healing Clinician offers discipline specific and individualised interventions to clients including but not limited to intake, assessment, care planning, treatment, and client care coordination. The position is required to carry out all duties in accordance with the Centre’s model of care, policies, and procedures with the aim of creating a safe, supportive, and sustainable environment where victim survivors of DFSV can access the support they need.


Applications CloseDecember 8, 2023
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Job CategoryPsychology & Counselling
Job FieldWomen
Employment BasisFull Time, Part Time
Salary Range$90K-$100K

Essential Criteria

  1. Appropriate tertiary qualifications including Psychology, Social Work, or Counselling and eligibility or membership of the relevant professional association and/or registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  2. Demonstrated experience providing therapeutic intervention to victim survivors of DFSV including a commitment to trauma informed service delivery principles and practices.
  3. Demonstrated ability to provide culturally responsive counselling to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, with an understanding of the needs of Aboriginal communities particularly in relation to intergenerational trauma and the stolen generations.
  4. A commitment to ongoing cultural learning and critical self-reflection in relation to race, privilege, and power.
  5. Demonstrated experience working collaboratively and effectively in a diverse workplace environment with multidisciplinary professionals to support the recovery and healing of women from DFSV.
  6. Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and evaluate individualised client-centred care plans in partnership with women impacted by DFSV.
  7. Knowledge of and experience using a trauma and violence informed approach, including for the delivery of group work and casework.
  8. Capacity to develop effective working relationships and collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  9. Commitment to ongoing professional development, evidence-based practice and continuous quality improvement to promote recovery and healing from DFSV.
  10. Commitment to feminist and social justice principles and the Centre’s values.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Training or experience in delivering somatic based therapeutic interventions.
  2. Experience working with diverse communities or lived experience of diversity including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LQBTQIA+, migrant, culturally and linguistically diverse, neurodivergent and people with a disability.
  3. Experience advocating for and promoting gender equality and women’s rights.
  4. Fluency in a community language other than English.

How to Apply

Please ensure you include a CV and a cover letter responding to the essential criteria. If you have any questions please email Katy Blackley at

Illawarra Women's Health Centre

ContactKaty Blackley
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