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Aboriginal Family Violence Workforce Researcher

Organisation : Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service 

Location : VIC Regional (Croydon)

Work type : Part-time

Profession : Community Services

Sector : Community Development

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : 70,000

Application closing date : 31 Oct, 2021

About the role

  • Exciting opportunity for a researcher to join a passionate team dedicated to making a genuine difference in the lives of Aboriginal people impacted by family and domestic violence
  • Attractive salary circa $70,000 + super!
  • Great benefits including ongoing professional development!

About the Opportunity

BWAHS has an exciting opportunity for a part-time (0.4 FTE) Aboriginal Family Violence Workforce Researcher to join their team in Croydon, on a 9-month fixed term contract.

Reporting to the Practice and Development Manager, your key responsibility will be to support the development of BWAHS evidence-informed training by conducting annotated literature reviews and developing resources to support a range of family violence training programs and activities. You will also be working in close contact with the Training and Education Lead, Technical Consultant and members of the Training and Development team. 

Your key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Performing literature review/s of current and historical information sources specific to the project subject matter, including government reports, policy statements, issues papers and resources produced by organisations, using established academic guidelines for such reviews;
  • Producing annotated bibliography and literature review for the project against established procedures and academic guidelines for these documents;
  • Contributing to peer-reviewed papers, and publications, reports and briefing papers as required; and
  • Assisting in the establishment and ongoing coordination of a research committee and project steering group.

To view the full position description, click here.

About You

To succeed in this role you will need to have demonstrated ability to identify, understand and research key issues in Aboriginal family violence, and the work of family violence practitioners, international and Australian policies and programs. You will also have to have experience in research, including conducting literature reviews and engaging with organisations and government departments.

It is paramount that you are either undertaking or have completed a higher degree or post-graduate qualification in a relevant field such as education, social work, health or similar.

You will need to be a proactive and determined individual, with strong interpersonal and written communication skills, and the ability to work together with colleagues in a culturally-safe and respectful manner to meet objectives and outcomes of their role.

Please Note: You will be required to hold a current Victorian Driver’s Licence, hold a satisfactory Police Check and a Working with Children’s Check or be willing to obtain one, and hold a current basic first aid qualification or be willing to obtain one. 

About the Benefits

In return for your hard work, you will be rewarded with an attractive salary package in line with SCHADS level 4 reward (circa $70,000) PLUS super. You will also receive a great range of benefits including a wellbeing package, in-house training, and ongoing professional development.

This is a highly rewarding opportunity to join a team and make a genuine difference in the lives of Aboriginal men, women, children and families who are impacted by family violence.

If you are looking for a new and exciting research opportunity – Apply Now!

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service 

Established in 2006, Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (BWAHS) provides a range of services and programs to Aboriginal individuals and families who are experiencing, at risk of experiencing family violence, or use violence. Currently BWAHS is one of 4 Aboriginal specific state funded healing services in Victoria. 

BWAHS has skilled qualified staff and comprehensive experience with culturally safe delivery of child, youth and family services for Aboriginal people. They provide family violence risk assessment, safety planning, case co-ordination and support including referrals to the Risk Assessment Management Panel. They have developed an excellent record for providing high quality family violence and trauma informed Intensive Case Management, Integrated Family Services responses and evidence-based therapeutic programs to individuals and groups for a whole of family approach.

Boorndawan Willam, derives from the Wathaurong and Woiwurrung languages. Boorndawan (Wathaurong) meaning ‘safe’ and Willam (Woiwurrung) meaning ‘house’, combine to create a ‘safe house’. The healing service acknowledges the use of these words in the development of the organisations name. 


How to apply

To view more details and to apply:


Please quote in application: Aboriginal Family Violence Workforce Researcher via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services
Sector: #Community_Development

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