Program Worker, Personal Helpers and Mentors (PHaMs)

  • 5 years ago

Job Information

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    Posted On Sep 7 ,2014

Job Description

  • Join a leading provider of community mental health services
  • Opportunity to be part of a vibrant team
  • Make a difference to people living with mental illness
  • Access to ongoing support and development opportunities
  • Part time opportunity (15.2 hours per week), based in Rosebud (fixed term until 30th June 2015)

About the program:

This is an opportunity for a Program Worker to provide support to people whose lives are severely affected by mental illness.

The Personal Helpers and Mentor Support (PHaMS) is a voluntary program that is also accessible for people who do not have a formal diagnosis but do meet the relevant criteria. The PHaMS program uses a strengths based, recovery focused approach that recognises that a person can live a satisfying contributing life within the limitations imposed by their illness

About the role:

Under the guidance and support of the Coordinator, PHaMS, the Program Worker will:

  • Work in the context of the individual, family and community to engage participants and develop professional and trusting relationships with the participant
  • Develop individual service plans with each participant which incorporate individual goals focusing on skill and knowledge development while working towards recovery
  • Encourage linkages into a range of activities to support achievement of goals, including all other MI Fellowship services
  • Work with participants, to regularly monitor and update their individual plans and progress in line with the plan
  • Work as part of the PHaMS team and the wider Mental Illness Fellowship team on the basis of an ethos of collaboration, co-operation and mutual support

Skills & experience:

To be considered, you will possess the following:

  • Qualifications in social science or similar discipline or relevant experience
  • Previous experience working in community services or mental health is advantageous
  • A strong understanding of the biopsychosocial model of mental health
  • Be comfortable working independently as well as an active team member
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills excellent organisational skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding and genuine commitment to social inclusion and diversity.
  • Willing to obtain a Working with Children check

Applications from individuals with a lived experience of mental illness are welcomed.

About the Mental Illness Fellowship:

Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria works with people with mental illness, their families and friends to improve their well being. We employ over 250 staff who work across sites within Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT, on a range of innovative education, support, advocacy and rehabilitation programs.

How to apply for this opportunity:

For a confidential discussion about the role, we encourage you to contact Judi Haysom, PHaMS Coordinator on phone 0488 458 182. To apply please send a copy of your resume and a covering letter to

Applications close Thursday 11th September, 2014, close of business