Psychosocial Coordinator - Warburton Community

About us:  

Ngaanyatjarra health service is an Aboriginal community controlled health service located in the Ngaanyatjarra land that strives to work with indigenous and non-indigenous people the malparara way [two-way learning] as a part of the Ngaanyatjarra community to promote the health and wellbeing of people in the Lands.

Life on the Ngaanyatjarra lands:

The Ngaanyatjarra Lands cover a vast area of approximately 250,000km2 in the east of Western Australia, up to the Northern Territory and South Australian borders. The communities we service are scattered across the Great Victorian and Gibson Deserts. Approximately 2,000 Ngaanyatjarra people live in the communities on the Lands. Most people in the region speak Ngaanyatjarra as a first language. Some people may also speak English, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara, Noongar and other regional Indigenous languages.

The Ngaanyatjarra Lands are serviced weekly by a regional air service, Chartair, providing RPT (regular public transport) flights into each community. Each community has Telstra mobile phone coverage (excluding Kiwirrkurra) and broadband internet.



About the role:  

The Psychosocial Coordinator role will deliver psychosocial and wellbeing services to clients in Warburton and support the transition of mental health clients from the Personal Helpers and Mentor Service (PHaMs) to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).


The Psychosocial Coordinator will have a logical approach to decision making, collaborative and consultative in their professional practice and willing to take advice and direction from Cultural Mentors, working in the ‘Malparara Way” (two-way learning). 

The successful applicant will have a tertiary qualification in relevant field/s and/or experience in social emotional wellbeing and mental health, particularly with Indigenous Australians living in remote communities or be Registered Nurse with AHPRA

The successful applicant will be highly self-motivated and driven and provided the experiences of a life time travelling by 4WD or plane in remote areas and learn about the Ngaanyatjarra people and their culture.


This position is subject to the successful completion of a National Police Check, WA Working with Children Check and must hold a current Australian Manual Drivers Licence.



The Successful Applicant Will Possess


  • Tertiary qualifications in relevant field/s and/or experience in social emotional wellbeing and mental health, particularly with Indigenous Australians living in remote communities or Registered Nurse with AHPRA.
  • Highly experienced in community development programs and developing linkages with external and internal service providers.
  • An understanding of participant-focused, strength-based and recovery-oriented models of service and a commitment to helping people develop resilience, using culturally appropriate approaches.
  • Ability to effectively negotiate and undertake conflict resolution in difficult environments.
  • Knowledge of health issues, particularly mental health, affecting Aboriginal health outcomes in remote communities.
  • Skills in planning, implementing and evaluating community health programs using the principles of community development
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team across Public Health and Clinical teams
  • Ability to work independently, prioritise workload and manage time appropriately.
  • Effective interpersonal, written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact with people from a range of professional / social / cultural backgrounds.
  • Experienced in program planning and ensuring service standards including data collection, evaluation and reporting requirements.
  • Current National Police Clearance and WA Working with Children Clearance or the ability to obtain.
  • Current Manual WA Drivers Licence or the ability to obtain.
  • Ability to travel regional, remote and interstate on unsealed roads by 4WD or by light aircraft.


  • Undergraduate and/or post-graduate qualifications in a discipline relevant to Aboriginal Mental Health.
  • Experience in program management or leadership.



The application process requires a Cover Letter, resume including two professional referees and a response to the selection criteria.

To apply and for more information, please visit the website: 

Applications close 9 July 2020