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Aboriginal Case Manager
Seaton (Part-Time 0.6FTE)
  • Newly created role in a diverse and dedicated team 
  • Access to ongoing training in a supportive environment
  • Two year contract until 2022 with possibility of extension 
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Award 2010 Level 5 ($40.63 p/h)
  • Seaton base, supporting women living in central and southern metropolitan Adelaide


Multidisciplinary team of 6 workers supporting young women, aged under 25, who have experienced removal of children from their care and who may have had a care experience themselves. 


About Us

At Centacare Catholic Family Services, our mission is to provide relevant, authentic and effective services that will enhance the quality of life of our clients and enable them to participate fully in the community. We employ approximately 600 staff across our metropolitan and regional locations and we deliver services to over 30,000 South Australians each year, without regard to religion, race, culture, sexuality, gender or economic circumstance. We support people in the areas of disability, family, youth and children, health and well-being, education and training, homelessness and domestic violence. Centacare is an inclusive, child safe and a quality accredited organisation.


About the Position

Breathing Space is an innovative Pilot funded by the Department of Human Services as part of the Child and Family Service System (CFSS) redesign. The service is part of the CFSS reform for providing an early intervention response to individuals and families most in need. The program focuses on young women, aged under 25, who have experienced removal of children from their care and who may have had a care experience themselves. The therapeutic model for Breathing Space draws on the doctoral research completed by Dr J Amos in 2017 and other trauma-related literature, and clinical experience. The model is underpinned by the Aboriginal design criteria that includes privileging the voices of Aboriginal people, promoting self-determination, intergenerational trauma and the importance of culture as a strength. 


The Aboriginal Case Manager will work with young women to develop meaningful engagement and lead case planning to establish a shared understanding of personal challenges, risk factors, and strengths, and create achievable goals. The Case Manager will support the enhancement of the young women’s natural supports including family and social relationships, connection to culture, as well as to their community networks and services. Some of the key duties in this role include:

  • Implementing the Breathing Space Model in collaboration with the team
  • Establishing and developing respectful and transparent and culturally responsive engagement with young women to assess their individual strengths and areas of support need and together form a case plan
  • Working in partnership with other services, including health, education NDIS providers and other community stakeholders to provide a collaborative and holistic approach to strengthening young women’s independence and wellbeing.

Essential Criteria

  • Social Work Degree or equivalent
  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young women with complex needs
  • Sound theoretical knowledge of the impact of intergenerational trauma, grief and loss and factors affecting wellbeing as well as relevant therapeutic interventions
  • Case Management Experience
  • Knowledge of Child Protection Legislation
  • Valid Department of Human Services (DHS) Working with Children Check (previously known as ‘Child-Related Employment Screening Clearance’

Desirable Criteria 

  • Experience using Athena Penelope electronic client management system

Our Culture and Benefits

At Centacare we believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect. We value the uniqueness of individuals, we consult, collaborate and operate with integrity and professionalism. Centacare is committed to cultivating a harmonious workplace free from harassment and discrimination. Equal opportunity principles align with our mission, vision and values. We believe that treating our workers fairly has a positive impact on our clients and maintains our reputation as a great place to work! We offer benefits such as tax savings via salary sacrifice, paid parental leave, supportive work environment and on-going development through various training opportunities.


How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter (as one document) outlining how you meet the requirements of this position as outlined in the position description. To access the position description or submit your application click on the Apply button!


Applicants from Aboriginal or Torres Strait backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. 


For a confidential discussion about this opportunity please contact Michelle Warner, Manager, on 8159 1430.


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