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HIV Elder Advocate

Organisation : Living Positive Victoria

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Part-time

Profession : Community Services

Sector : Community Support Services

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : SCHCADS Award level 5.1

Application closing date : 17 Aug, 2020

About the role

Living Positive Victoria is delighted to have received funding from the Gilead Together Grant Program to employ an HIV Elder Advocate to work with people living with HIV who are 50 years and over.

Living Positive Victoria CEO, Richard Keane, says that “upon applying for this grant in 2019, we could not have foreseen how crucial this opportunity would be for older people living with HIV in the context of, what for many, is the second life threatening pandemic we have experienced across our lifetimes.

At the time of announcing the grant, Amy Flood, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs, Gilead Sciences said, “we believe that strong community partnerships can have a significant impact in the communities affected by serious diseases. The Gilead Together Grant is a testament to this belief and is a unique programme that supports projects that place people at the centre of care. We look forward to partnering with organisations to create an environment supportive of people living with HIV to enable them to reach their fullest potential each day and live a fulfilling life.”

This unique position will be aligned to our Peer Navigation program and provide one-to-one support for older and Pre-AART people living with HIV, promote the health and wellbeing of people 50 and over to build capacity to self-manage their health, navigate community support and aged care services, build their resilience, extend a sense of agency and enjoy optimal health and wellbeing. A key part of this important pilot program will be to ensure that those most isolated remain connected to care and community, working to address the significant psycho-social issues that have arisen for older and pre-AART members of our HIV community. The comprehensive required training and support attached to the role will ensure strong integration into the Peer Navigation Program with our clinical partners and the provision of professional debriefing and reflective practice as part of our peer navigation team.

We’re interested in candidates with extensive knowledge and experience of the HIV sector and the passion and drive to bring new ideas to the organisation that will support clients who are 50 and over to achieve optimal health and emotional wellbeing. Working in a small team of dedicated, dynamic staff and volunteers committed to social change and action, you will have excellent program coordination, time management and communication skills, and strong attention to detail. You will be client focused, an excellent communicator and exhibit strong empathy, compassion and cultural awareness. This SCHCADS Award level 5.1 position is offered part time (0.4 EFT). Generous salary packaging is available.

To apply for this position you must fulfil the requirements of the Position Description and provide a written response to the Key Selection Criteria. Submit your application by 5pm Monday 17 August 2020.

This position will operate remotely during this period and is a wonderful opportunity to join the diverse team at Living Positive Victoria in supporting our community during this time of change.

Living Positive Victoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People living with HIV and people who identify as culturally, sexually or gender diverse are particularly encouraged to apply. Living Positive Victoria takes the safeguarding of the health of our staff very seriously and have put work from home practices in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Living Positive Victoria

Living Positive Victoria is a community-based organisation that works to advance the human rights and wellbeing of people living with HIV.  

Values

Dignity – We are proud of who we are, where we have come from, and the path we are leading.

Innovation – We are agile in our responsiveness to the needs of our community, effecting change from within.

Respect – We respect and support our members’ autonomy over their individual life-decisions and experiences.

Diversity – We support, and in turn are strengthened by, our community’s diversity and their confidence to express it in all aspects of life.  

Vision

Living Positive Victoria shares the vision of the National Association of People with HIV Australia of a world where people living with HIV live their lives to their full potential, in good health and free from discrimination.  

Mission

To enable and empower all people affected by and living with HIV in Victoria to be part of the response that seeks an end to the HIV epidemic.

How to apply

To apply for this positon, please provide a cover letter, a written response to the Key Selecton Criteria and your CV to Ms Suzy Malhotra, Director Programs and People at smalhotra@livingpositvevictoria.org.au.

You can also mail your application to: Ms Suzy Malhotra, Director Programs and People Ground Floor, 95 Coventry Street Southbank VIC 3006.

For a confidential discussion about this role, please contact Sara Graham, Peer Support Manager, at sgraham@livingpositivevictoria.org.au or on 0423 081 988 during business hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

Applications close 5pm on Monday 17 August 2020.


Please quote in application: HIV Elder Advocate via Pro Bono Australia.


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