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Employment Opportunity: Early Childhood Intervention Key Worker/Speech Pathologist

Early Childhood Intervention Key Worker/Speech Pathologist 0.6 EFT

For more than 30 years, Cobaw’s vision has been to create a healthy, resilient community through excellence in health and wellbeing services for all in the community. What attracts, engages and unites our passionate staff is the desire and commitment to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable clients and groups within the local communities we service.

As an Early Childhood Intervention Key Worker you will be responsible for providing direct therapeutic (professional discipline specific) and key worker services to children aged from birth to six years and their families. The Key Worker will be working as part of a trans-disciplinary team, and will liaise with other health professionals to ensure a coordinated approach to early intervention for families.

For further information contact Prue Southey, Children’s Services Coordinator on (03) 5421 1666. A clear police check and current Working with Children Check are required. As an employer, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all cultures and backgrounds.

To be considered for a role, your application must include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria, which need to be submitted to:

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd
PO Box 146, Kyneton VIC 3444
Or hr@cobaw.org.au

Applications close: 9am, Friday 6 October 2017

Position Description: Early Childhood Intervention Key Worker/Speech Pathologist PD

Employment Opportunity: WayOut Project Worker

WayOut Project Worker 0.4 EFT

For more than 30 years, Cobaw’s vision has been to create a healthy, resilient community through excellence in health and wellbeing services for all in the community. What attracts, engages and unites our passionate staff is the desire and commitment to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable clients and groups within the local communities we service.

As WayOut Project Worker, you will be responsible for:

  • Raising awareness of the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGTBIQ+) people across the lifespan
  • Working with local community members and agencies to support the planning and delivery of initiatives
  • Contributing to the development of knowledge, practice and policy in the field and in mainstream services.

For further information contact Jenny Cowan, Youth Senior Practitioner & Team Leader on (03) 5421 1666. A clear police check and current Working with Children Check are required. As an employer, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all cultures and backgrounds.

To be considered for a role, your application must include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria, which need to be submitted to:

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd
PO Box 146, Kyneton VIC 3444
Or hr@cobaw.org.au

Applications close: 9am, Monday 9 October 2017

Position Description: WayOut Project Worker PD

Employment Opportunity: Manager Community Wellbeing

Manager Community Wellbeing 0.8-1.0 EFT negotiable

For more than 30 years, Cobaw’s vision has been to create a healthy, resilient community through excellence in health and wellbeing services for all in the community. What attracts, engages and unites our passionate staff is the desire and commitment to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable clients and groups within the local communities we service.

As Manager Community Wellbeing, you will be responsible for the overall leadership, service delivery operations and performance of the Community Wellbeing team. You will cultivate high-performing counselling, alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and youth teams that are inspired to make a difference in the communities they serve; to improve the client experience and client outcomes through co-designed, consumer-focused services that rely on clinical practice excellence, innovation and integration.

This position is 0.8 part time or 1.0 full time (negotiable).

For further information contact Colin Hatcher, General Manager Health Services Development on (03) 5421 1666. A clear police check and current Working with Children Check are required. As an employer, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all cultures and backgrounds.

To be considered for a role, your application must include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria, which need to be submitted to:

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd
PO Box 146, Kyneton VIC 3444
Or hr@cobaw.org.au

Applications close: 9am, Monday 2 October 2017

Position Description: Manager Community Wellbeing PD

Upcoming Positive Parenting Course

Group Triple P
Takes the guesswork out of parenting
New positive parenting course starts soon

Presented by Cobaw Community Health for parents and carers of children 0-12.

DATE Four Friday sessions: 20 October- 10 November 2017
TIME 10am-12noon
VENUE Cobaw Community Health: 47 High Street, Kyneton
PRESENTER Deanne Brogan.

Course is free for participants. A book fee of $23.00 per participant is required. Participants must be able to attend all sessions and are required to complete assessments before and after program. Weekly phone consultations for 3 weeks post-training are provided as part of this program.

BOOKINGS AND INFORMATION
Expressions of interest accepted by Deanne Brogan on 5421 1666 or admin@cobaw.org.au. Expressions of interest close 11 October 2017 however places fill quickly so please make contact before this date to secure a place.

See attached flyer for more information on this evidence based parenting program or visit www.triplep-parenting.net.au/

For further information on the Triple P program please see the attached flyer here.

Employment Opportunity: Senior Finance Manager

Senior Finance Manager 0.8-1.0 EFT negotiable

For more than 30 years, Cobaw’s vision has been to create a healthy, resilient community through excellence in health and wellbeing services for all in the community. What attracts, engages and unites our passionate staff is the desire and commitment to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable clients and groups within the local communities we service.

This position will add capability to the Executive team with the experience you have gained within the private and not for profit sectors. As Senior Finance Manager you will be responsible for leading the accountability of the financial frameworks and systems. You will achieve this through effective financial management and transformation of business systems and processes to improve client outcomes and support business efficiencies.  In this role, you will continuously improve the effectiveness of finance and corporate systems and processes, and lead the finance and infrastructure functions that support the achievement of Cobaw’s Strategic Plan.

This role will enable you to apply your skills gained in managing the accountability requirements for major infrastructure projects and support the delivery of the new Healthy Community Access Hub infrastructure project in Kyneton.

A clear police check and current Working with Children Check are required. As an employer, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all cultures and backgrounds.

For further information contact Julie Cairns, General Manager Organisational Systems Development on (03) 5421 1666. To be considered for a role, your application must include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria, which need to be submitted to:

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd
PO Box 146, Kyneton VIC 3444
Or hr@cobaw.org.au

Position Description: 2017-09-12_Senior Finance Manager

Applications close: 9am, Tuesday 26 September 2017

Expired: Employment Opportunity: Family Services Practitioner

Family Services Practitioner Part-time 0.5 EFT

For more than 30 years, Cobaw’s vision has been to create a healthy, resilient community through excellence in health and wellbeing services for all in the community. What attracts, engages and unites our passionate staff is the desire and commitment to make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of vulnerable clients and groups within the local communities we service.

As Family Services Practitioner you will contribute to the development and provision of an effective, quality service by ensuring a coordinated service response to families, potential referrers, community networks and professionals. The position will also provide a case management service to children in the context of their families in response to referrals from Child FIRST and the community. The Practitioner will be expected to be able to operate with minimal day-to-day supervision.

A clear police check and current Working with Children Check are required. As an employer, we value diversity and encourage applicants from all cultures and backgrounds.

For further information contact Sarah Lappin, Family Services Coordinator on (03) 5421 1666. To be considered for a role, your application must include a cover letter, resume and responses to the Key Selection Criteria, which need to be submitted to:

Cobaw Community Health Services Ltd
PO Box 146, Kyneton VIC 3444
Or hr@cobaw.org.au

Position Description: 0.5 Family Services Practitioner September 2017

Applications close: 9am, Monday 25 September 2017

Marriage Equality – Victorian Community Health Sector Joint Statement of Support

The recent decision of the Australian Government to conduct a survey to determine the level of support for the right of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people to marry, represents a significant risk to the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ Victorians.

As leaders within, and advocates for, the health of our communities we want our LGBTIQ clients, community, consumers, families and staff to know that we understand the sadness, anger and frustration this decision causes, and that we stand with you in our commitment to contribute constructively to this process. We believe the case for marriage equality has been accepted in Australia and the vast majority of like nations.¹

We consider that holding a popular vote on matters of equity is disrespectful and potentially divisive. For these reasons activists and advocates have worked strenuously to have this matter dealt with by the Parliament. Despite this, it seems possible that a postal survey may still proceed.

The benefits of equity to the health of communities are well established, as are the adverse impacts of discrimination.² As community and primary health organisations we will actively support individuals and communities to understand and participate in the survey process, and we will advocate for a YES vote in order to help achieve community equity.

We will promote the opportunity this debate presents to optimise the social inclusion of LGBTIQ people. We will share what we know about the vital role rights and participation play in supporting good health and health equity.

We will be alert and ready to address the potentially negative health impacts of stigmatisation, vilification and discrimination, particularly on young people, children, those without support and those with mental health support needs. Where we can, we will offer support to LGBTIQ organisations and individuals to manage any adverse impacts.

We are optimistic that this public discussion will amplify the voices of those seeking more equitable and healthier communities. We call on our colleagues, community partners, professional associations, families and friends to join us in making clear their support at this important time.

¹ http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2017/06/01/factbox-same-sex-marriage-around-world
² http://www.acon.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Marriage-Equality-Evidence-Review_web.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2072932/

Download our joint statement of support

Merger between Cobaw and Castlemaine District Community Health not to proceed

The proposed merger between neighbouring community health services, Cobaw Community Health (Cobaw) and Castlemaine and District Community Health (CDCH) will no longer proceed following six months of discussions.

The two community health services announced plans to formally explore a merger in March 2017. Both organisations agreed from the start to make sure the proposed amalgamation would ensure positive outcomes for the services, employees and the Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shire communities.

As the talks progressed a decision was made that, for now, both organisations would be best served continuing to operate as two entities. “The purpose of entering into formal Board merger discussions and beginning a due diligence process was to apply careful and thorough consideration to every aspect of the merger,” Cobaw CEO, Margaret McDonald said.

“We both reluctantly agreed that, despite our similarities, our strategies for the future in our respective communities were different,” said Ms McDonald.

The future is very bright for community health services and in the current climate, communities are best supported by a local place-based community health services focussed on the unique needs of communities.

CEO of CDCH, Anne Bates, said that there is a strong commitment from both organisations to ensure the continuation of locally-based, quality community health services. “We will continue to collaborate with Cobaw to serve the region and will draw upon the expertise in each of our organisations.”

Both organisations are optimistic about the future opportunities to work together. “Our already positive working relationship has been strengthened by this experience and we will continue to support each other to provide quality services”, Ms Bates said.

“Whilst it is disappointing that this proposed merger has not proven to be the solution we needed to meet our respective goals, we have made the right decision for the sustainability of community health services in our region,” Ms McDonald concluded.

Volunteering made easy

Have you ever considered volunteering in our community but don’t quite know where to start? Free advice and guidance on open volunteer roles across the Macedon Ranges is now available every first and third Monday of the month from 11.00am to 1.00pm at the Woodend library.

Hosted by Cobaw Community Health’s Central Victorian Volunteer Service, the space will enable interested community members to drop in and find out about various opportunities to volunteer across a wide range of community groups and organisations. The service will provide locals with no obligation information about volunteering, open roles and can assist people to apply for roles on the spot.

Volunteering in our community not only benefits the organisation you’re helping, but is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills and feel truly connected.

The service will launch on Monday 4 September and no appointments need to be made – just head in and someone will be there to answer any questions you may have.

Location: Goldfields Library Woodend, Cnr Forest Road & High Street Woodend, every 1st & 3rd Monday of the month.

For further information, call 5421 1666 or visit volunteering.cobaw.org.au

Our Physiotherapy Growth is Your Business

Interested in supplementing your current Physiotherapy role with some casual work within our Adult Allied Health team? We are presenting an exciting opportunity for a casual Physiotherapist in this growing multidisciplinary team based at our Caroline Chisholm Drive site in Kyneton, Victoria. This will support the existing team of four physiotherapists to create a more sustainable base and grow with demand.

You’ll love the supportive, dynamic, humorous team we work with, the beauty of the Macedon Ranges region (great walking/hiking, restaurants, wineries and farmers’ markets) and the mix of community-based, centre-based, telehealth and/or development work available. Take advantage of our flexible work conditions with a terrific client base.

If you’re a Physiotherapist Grade 2 and would like to set up a confidential conversation to discuss this great opportunity, call Caroline Sarah (Coordinator) on 03 5421 1666. In the meantime, take a look at the position description: Physiotherapist Casual PD.