Indigenous Health Program Officer

Positive Life NSW Inc

Applications Closing: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 17:00

Project Officer - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs

Part-time Project Officer to December 2020

(48 hours per fortnight) Fixed-term Contract

Positive Life NSW is seeking a suitably skilled person to work as an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Co-Design Project Officer up to December 2020 to coordinate a needs assessment of the Indigenous community of NSW, regarding and with consideration to: accessing and engaging with services (including health and social determinants of health-related services); accessing Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral (ARV) medication; transience; rates of incarceration/custody; and public health orders.

The position will work closely with our policy team to conduct a co-designed needs assessment exploring program/service models that are culturally sensitive and achieve higher health and social determinants of health outcomes for Indigenous people in NSW, both living with HIV and at risk of acquiring HIV. The ideal applicant will have experience in community engagement and capacity building with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, with a demonstrated understanding of the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PLHIV and commitment to HIV populations throughout NSW.

This is a fixed term contract working 3 days (24 hours) per week in Positive Life’s Sydney office; hours may be negotiable for the ideal candidate. The position may include some weekend and after hours work.

The position is employed against the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Industry award (2010), based on the applicants demonstrated experience against the selection criteria. Salary packaging is an option for all employees.

Category: Community Development
Field: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander, Community
Employment basis: Contract
Salary Range: $35,000-$50,000
Job Location: Inner City Sydney
About us

Positive Life NSW works to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination.

Position details
Essential Selection Criteria:

1. Tertiary qualifications in health, community services, social work or a related field and/or extensive experience in service provision, community consultation and development and/or program design.
2. Demonstrated detailed knowledge of HIV and Indigenous health, and related health and social issues, with a preference for lived experience of HIV and/or Indigenous identity.
3. Understanding of chronic and complex care issues, particularly mental health, alcohol and other drug issues, and incarceration/custody.
4. Recent experience in Indigenous or HIV health services, along with a demonstrated understanding of the needs of PLHIV and commitment to HIV and Indigenous populations throughout NSW.
5. Able to work independently and productively as a team member, contributing to a respectful and cohesive office environment and the ability to prioritise workload demands.
6. Commitment to consumer engagement, consultation and participation in service planning and implementation of quality improvement programs.
7. Demonstrated experience in developing and delivering culturally sensitive, co-designed program/ service models.
8. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including verbal, written and internet skills and the ability to communicate effectively and credibly with a wide range of people.
9. Ability to establish, develop and maintain links and partnerships with peers, community organisations, and health and Indigenous service providers.

Other Information:

1. Convene, coordinate and provide secretariat support to the Indigenous Health Program Advisory Group to meet throughout the funding term with an ongoing review of membership and seek opportunities for new members as appropriate.
2. Apply for ethics to conduct culturally safe interviews with Indigenous people for the purposes of development of the program.
3. Develop foundational evidence for program development by conducting an environmental scan of the population of Indigenous PLHIV in NSW, utilising aggregated data from the NSW Ministry of Health and the Kirby Institute's treatment cascade data to ascertain the demographic profile and treatment uptake and adherence.
4. Coordinate and conduct culturally safe conversations/consumer engagements with Indigenous PLHIV and Indigenous people at risk of acquiring HIV throughout Sydney, outer metropolitan, regional and rural NSW for the purposes of development of the program, through:
a. where they are accessing sexual health services;
b. men’s business and women’s business;
c. joining Positive Life's established Regional and Rural Outreach Program; and
d. other consultation and engagement mechanisms that are culturally appropriate.
5. Gather evidence and data that quantifies and qualifies Indigenous PLHIV and Indigenous people at risk of acquiring HIV’s access and engagement in care considerations, as well as self-determined health and social determinants of health outcomes.
6. Develop and provide information resources to Indigenous PLHIV and Indigenous people at risk of acquiring HIV regarding the consultation/co-design process and existing HIV and health care services, via phone, face-to-face, and internet dissemination.
7. Develop targeted strategies of health promotion, testing, treatment, engagement in care, and facilitate greater access to and uptake of PrEP and other forms of prevention initiatives specifically tailored for Indigenous people.
8. Facilitate referral and engagement with Indigenous, community, health, HIV and social services, including HIV treatment and care providers, mental health professionals, housing support etc. throughout the consultation/co-design process.
9. Continuously build and enhance partnerships with HIV, health and Indigenous service sector agencies to ensure Indigenous PLHIV and Indigenous people at risk of acquiring HIV are appropriately referred and supported in a timely manner.
10. Engage and conduct consultations with HIV, health and Indigenous service sector partners to identify access barriers and system navigation difficulties, influencing the program design health and Indigenous service system design and policy agenda.
11. Develop a co-designed, evidence-based, transparent, locally-driven, effective and culturally sensitive program/service model tailored by community for community which achieves higher health and social determinants of health outcomes for Indigenous people in NSW, including those living with HIV and those at risk of acquiring HIV.
12. Report on program activities and participate in monitoring and evaluation of the Indigenous Health Program, including recommendations.
13. Exercise a high level of interpersonal skills and professionalism in dealing with clients, Positive Life NSW staff and volunteers, and partner agencies.
14. Participate in and actively contribute to service planning activities as requested.
15. Develop, implement and maintain data and recording systems that enable Positive Life to appropriately represent the needs of Indigenous PLHIV, as they identify and experience service access barriers and system navigation difficulties.
16. Represent Positive Life and PLHIV in a range of interagency forums and sector meetings.
17. Work collaboratively with other agencies and participate in joint agency programs and projects as directed.
18. Undertake other activities as directed by the Deputy CEO or delegate.

1. Maintain strict client confidentiality and privacy.
2. Provide reports and briefings to the Deputy CEO on emerging and ongoing program activities and the needs of Indigenous PLHIV and Indigenous people at risk of acquiring HIV in NSW, and influence the Positive Life policy and advocacy agenda aimed at improving the health and quality of life of Indigenous PLHIV.
3. Participate in Quality Improvement activities to promote continuous improvement of service delivery.
4. Be familiar with and operate according to Positive Life vision, mission, objectives, policies and procedures.
5. Ensure all Positive Life documentation and client records are kept confidential and secure.
6. Participate in and contribute to regular internal and external meetings including but not limited to staff meetings, clinic meetings, and BBV and STI sector meetings.

1. Maintain professional education and standards.
2. Maintain a high level of HIV health, Indigenous health and social service knowledge.
3. Work cooperatively with other staff, volunteers and Board members.
4. Participate in all human resource activities including (but not limited to) training, professional development and performance appraisals.
5. Support and maintain privacy and confidentiality provisions, especially in relation to Positive Life business and client information.
6. Participate in regular supervision with the Deputy CEO which includes work planning, debriefing and critical incidents.

Contact details
Contact Name: Neil Fraser
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: (02) 92062177
How to apply

Interested applicants must briefly address the selection criteria in the Job Description and provide the names of three work related referees:

Click here to download the Job Description

Please forward your Expression of Interest to Neil Fraser, Deputy CEO by email to

Closing date: 5:00pm Friday 28 February 2020

For more information: Neil Fraser, Deputy CEO, on 9206-2177 or email

Date posted: 30 January 2020

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