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Victims Support Worker

Organisation : Merri Health

Location : VIC Regional (Wangaratta)

Work type : Full-time

Profession : Client Services, Community Services, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Development, Families, Mental Health, Other

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 5 Aug, 2021

About the role

  • Merri Health – Victims Assistance Program
  • Hume Region Victoria
  • An exciting opportunity exists for a full-time Victim Support Worker in a dynamic and supportive team that provides a range of services to clients who have been affected by violent crime.
  • The VAP office is based in Wangaratta and this role requires outreach across the Hume region and possible co-location with other organisations as required.


Your new role

As a Victims Support Worker you will be responsible for:

  • Providing case management services for victims of violent crime including: support through the criminal justice system,
  • practical support, assessment, case planning, advocacy, education and referral
  • Promoting recovery through providing a range of mental health and wellbeing supports including:  psychological first aid,
  • safety planning, risk assessment and assisted referral to formal therapeutic interventions
  • Liaising with internal and external services to maintain relevant links and networks to strengthen services to victims of crime
  • Providing centre based, outreach and co-located services as appropriate


What you’ll need to succeed

To be successful with Merri you will go above and beyond to achieve great results for our clients, the organisation and yourself. We’re looking for individuals with:

  • Tertiary Qualification in Social Work or other related discipline determined as appropriate by Merri Health
  • An understanding of issues for people affected by violent crime
  • Sound knowledge base and demonstrated experience in working with trauma and recovery.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in information provision, intake, risk assessment and case management
  • Experience/knowledge of basic counselling techniques, utilising a variety of intervention methods
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written)
  • The successful candidate will also have the capacity to work creatively, demonstrate initiative, contribute ideas and be active in a supportive team environment

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Merri Health

Your new organisation

At Merri Health, we strive to enrich diverse communities through the provision of quality health care and support services.  A career at Merri will see you contributing to a culture that affects change for our clients and the wider community.  We are committed to supporting the talent and skills of our employees because we know their capability is the key to our success.


What we offer

We offer a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which encourages you to bring your whole self to work.  As the successful applicant you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills to reach your potential.

You will also enjoy excellent benefits including attractive remuneration, generous salary packaging and purchase leave options and opportunities for ongoing training and professional development

How to apply

What you need to do now

If this position captures your interest, take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website.  If you would like to review the position description or have any questions about the role please refer to our Career Portal for further information. 

Merri Health will only accept applications that are submitted via our Career Portal. 


What else do I need to know

Preferred candidates will be subject to comprehensive reference and pre-employment background checking conducted by Merri Health prior to an offer of employment, including comprehensive criminal record history check, Working With Children Check and other employee screening as determined by the position description. 

All candidates must have the right to work in Australia. Merri Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people. 

We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the LGBTIQA+ community and those living with a disability to apply.


Please quote in application: Victims Support Worker via Pro Bono Australia.


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