Civil Voices

Carer/Family Engagement and Co-design Lead

Location : Australia, Melbourne, Victoria (Footscray & Collingwood)

Organisation : Cohealth via Big Splash

Work Type : Part-time

Salary Type : Annual Package

Application Closing Date : 25-02-2018

About the Role

Part time 0.6 – 0.8 EFT negotiable,

12 months contract

Based across Footscray & Collingwood


Our search is for a dynamic individual with;

  • Lived experience as a carer, of a person with mental illness;
  • An understanding of community engagement models and experience based co-design;
  • Well-developed skills in facilitating community participation and focus groups; and
  • Relevant Tertiary qualification in community development, social work, community services, child youth and family services, psychology, public health, other health qualifications or any qualification with a focus on social research complemented by significant relevant experience.

We believe in developing our people to assist in driving continuous improvement within the organisation. At the same time we are dedicated to creating a working culture where staff members can flourish. We work hard to ensure that all our positions are challenging and rewarding, where you can utilise and further develop your skills to truly make a difference


Our Program:

Our programs are delivered within a framework of strengths-based, recovery-oriented practice. We are committed to applying a co-design approach, working with consumers, carers and staff, to improve and re-design services, or create new ones. We deliver consistent, high quality recovery-oriented services by using the Collaborative Recovery Model (CRM) and ensuring competency in trauma informed care and family centred practice.


About the role:

The Carer/Family Engagement and Co-design Lead as been developed to work closely with members of the Practice, Research and Consumer and Carer Leadership Program, to provide leadership of key co-design initiatives. The Carer/Family Engagement and Co-design Lead will develop relationships with a broad range of stakeholders and implement a comprehensive co-design plan, creating pathways for greater involvement of consumers, carers/family and staff in service improvement and re-design.


Your duties and responsibilities within this role will comprise of:

  • Providing leadership in the delivery of key co-design activities either through facilitation of key co-design projects or co-design secondary consult to other community mental health staff;
  • Analysis and interpretation of information about experience and facilitation of co-design focus groups with consumers, carers/families and staff to re-design aspects of service delivery;
  • Develop systems for and lead the dissemination of action plans and recommendations generated through focus groups;
  • Assist community mental health programs to operate within the Carers Recognition Act 2012 (Vic) and National Standards for Mental Health Services;
  • Contribute to the development of a team approach where carer/family participation is a shared responsibility of all staff; and
  • Assist carers/families to participate effectively in co-design activities by providing orientation and guidance.

About the Organisation

Organisation Name : Cohealth via Big Splash

For more information about cohealth and the services provided, please visit our website:

This position will be paid under the Victorian Stand-Alone Community Health Services (Health and Allied Services, Mangers and Administrative Officers) Multiple Enterprise Agreement 2011-2015, Grade 4

Apply for this Job

To be considered for the role, you must address the Key Selection Criteria (with clear headings) within your cover letter. The Key Selection Criteria can be found via the APPLY button.

Applications close on 25th February

People accepting employment with cohealth are unable to access our services, some exemptions may apply.

Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


Please quote in application: Carer/Family Engagement and Co-design Lead via Pro Bono Australia.


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