Sexual Assault Counsellor Advocate

Full Time
Melbourne VIC
Posted 30+ days ago
Job description

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Southern Metropolitan

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Monash Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 53114

Grade 2 Counsellor/Advocate - SECASA and Strength to Strength


Monash Health, in partnership with Family Life are seeking a full time Grade 2 Counsellor/Advocate to work across SECASA and in the Strength2Strength program.


Monash Health is the largest public health service in Victoria, employing over 18,000 people across a range of specialities. Monash Health Emergency Departments treat over 150,000 emergency patients a year at Monash Medical Centre Clayton campus, Dandenong Hospital and Casey Hospital. Patients have access to a full range of treatment options, including intensive care.


The South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SECASA FV), is a specialist sexual assault and family violence service. SECASA is the largest family violence and sexual assault service provider across the South-East Metropolitan Melbourne with responsibility for the DFFH Southern and Bayside regions. SECASA provides;


  • Time limited therapeutic interventions and counselling following sexual assault and/or family violence, to victim/survivors and other affected family members.

  • 24/7 sexual assault crisis response for people who have been sexually assaulted in the past two weeks, or disclosed past sexual assault for the first time.

  • Assessment and Intervention for children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours, and their families.

  • Community education and prevention work, including programs in Early Learning Centres, Primary Schools and High schools.

  • Secondary consultation.

  • Professional training.


These services are provided in the Southern and Bayside Metropolitan Regions of Melbourne that includes the south-eastern metropolitan region of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula, the Greater Dandenong area, and Cardinia and Casey Shires. The service operates in various locations across the region including Dandenong, Cranbourne, Pakenham, Hastings, McCrae, East Bentleigh, St Kilda, Monash University (Clayton and Caulfield). Crisis Care Units are located at the Clayton Campus of Monash Medical Centre, Monash Children’s and at the Multidisciplinary Centre’s (MDC) in Seaford and Dandenong South.


The Strength to Strength Program is a client-centred trauma informed therapeutic response for children and their mothers who are victim survivors of family violence, which includes therapeutic services delivered via outreach and through centre-based sessions. A partnership response has been activated to maximise client access, safety, empowerment and therapeutic outcomes. The Therapeutic Family Violence Response, Strength2Strength operates through a partnership of key service providers including: Family Life, Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Australia New Zealand, SECASA and Peninsula Health.


The interventions target children and their mothers from diverse populations, with the aim of;


  • Strengthening therapeutic responses and improving outcomes.

  • Building evidence about effective practice approaches for responding to victim survivors of family violence, including victim survivors from diverse populations;

  • Determining, through evaluation, how these approaches might be incorporated into future service delivery frameworks and organisational operating models; and

  • Increasing access to a broad range of therapeutic approaches to family violence victim survivors including adults and/or children across diverse cohorts.


This full time position is for a fixed term (12 month) contract and the role will be split 0.2EFT working with SECASA clients, and 0.3EFT delivering S2S.


About You


You have been developing your social work/counselling skills or you are an accomplished Social Worker; either way, you are ready to take this next step in your Career. You lead by example, thrive working in a dynamic, fast paced environment and are truly passionate about delivering a high standard of evidence based nursing care to all patients. You are an advocate of Monash Health’s Strategic Guiding Principles


You Are Also


  • dedicated to safe best practice & quality care
  • committed to delivering patient centred care & a patient advocacy

  • enthusiastic, compassionate & able to work collaboratively
  • excited to be accountable for and manage specific portfolios in our relentless pursuit of excellence


What You Need


  • Relevant Qualification in Social Work

  • Demonstrated experience in working with survivors of sexual assault and/or family violence

  • Current AHPRA registration
  • eligible for registration with AASW

  • Australian working rights

What We Offer


  • access to Monash Health in-house learning portals to further expand your acute clinical skills & knowledge base
  • avenues to further develop your leadership & project management skills
  • mentorship & career guidance
  • support to attend relevant forums & conferences
  • a supportive learning environment, should you wish to undertake postgraduate studies

Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.


Applications will only be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System only. Email applications will not be considered.


Existing Monash Health Employees should apply using your Monash Health employee account. For any queries regarding employee accounts contact Recruitment Services by email –
[email protected].


Offers of employment can only be made once all required probity checks have been completed. These include:


  • reference checks;

  • a clear Police Check conducted within the last three months;
  • a current Victorian Employee Working with Children’s Check (or proof of payment for same);and
  • proof of immunisation.


A request to conduct probity checks does not guarantee that an offer of employment will be made.


As part of our selection process, you may be invited by email to participate in an on-camera video interview.


Under the Victorian Public Health orders, all employees working within the Public Health system must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are required to provide acceptable evidence of their vaccination status. The current orders require evidence of three doses.
All applicants to positions with Monash Health will need to upload acceptable evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 as part of their application. Acceptable evidence is a copy of your Immunisation History Statement or your COVID-19 Digital Certificate, which can be accessed via MyGov.

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