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Family Support Practitioner
  • Rewarding role based in Yarraville
  • Be a part of a supportive, inclusive Family Support team
  • 12 month fixed term maternity leave contract

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically-supported respite care and end of life care and long term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help around 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

We currently have a role available for an experienced practitioner to join our inclusive team of professional staff, based throughout Victoria, responsible for the delivery of psychosocial support to families.  With backgrounds in social work, psychology, family therapy and counselling, the team provides a range of family-centred programs including counselling, sibling support, trained volunteers, group work activities and bereavement support.

Based in Yarraville, this rewarding ole will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for an existing portfolio of families and support group work programs.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, counselling, family therapy or equivalent
  • Direct significant experience working with children and families in the disability sector, community development, or the general health field required.
  • Preferably including mental health, paediatrics and palliative care/grief and loss.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide therapeutic intervention including formal counselling and emotional support to one or more family members, including children
  • Demonstrated understanding and application of counselling theoretical frameworks
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake psychosocial assessment and develop, implement and review level of support required to meet the changing needs of families
  • A genuine interest and commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQ, refugee and culturally diverse families and communities, and other higher risk cohorts.
  • Proven program implementation skills including service planning, evaluation and quality improvement activities
  • Flexibility to work independently as well as within and across teams
  • Bilingual will be highly regarded
  • A commitment to the purpose, values and philosophy of Very Special Kids
  • Current driver’s licence and willingness to travel

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including salary packaging, flexible working, a health and wellbeing program, a structured supervision support program and targeted individual development plan.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply in writing by the closing date of Monday 24 May with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager via jobs@vsk.org.au

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

 

Senior Registered Nurse

  • 4 shifts per week (.8 EFT) permanent part time position
  • Senior Nursing role in Victoria’s only children’s hospice
  • Leadership role in rewarding environment with full NFP salary packaging

Very Special Kids provides holistic care for Victorian families facing the potential death of a child with a life limiting condition.  We provide; counselling and emotional support for the whole family, medically-supported respite care and end of life care and long-term bereavement support.   Our free-of-charge services help around 850 families across Victoria, with ongoing support, from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to  bereavement or the child joining adult services.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs. Leading the shift with our staff/patient ratio of 1:2, allows the unique opportunity for high quality care and a rewarding experience.

The Senior Registered Nurse is responsible for:

  • Leading the Shift team for the rostered shift
  • Ensuring all clinical nursing practice and delivery of care of the shift is consistent with VSK and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Standards, NSQHS Standards and accepts responsibility for professional activities that support service delivery and the professional development of self and others.
  • Providing comprehensive, safe, evidence-based practice to facilitate optimal care; performing self-assessment of scope of practice and competence related to assigned responsibilities.
  • Provision of high quality care to the children and families accessing Very Special Kids Hospice is demonstrated.
  • Demonstrating leadership in role modelling, performance counselling, Performance & Development Review discussions, coaching and mentoring
  • Works effectively as a hands on part of a skilled, creative, professional and compassionate team.
  • Leadership role/s within the Hospice e.g. National Standards, Standard Lead/Support Lead. Committee participation role, support Education within the Hospice
  • Actively participates in and contributes to initiatives that have organisational impact
  • Undertakes ongoing professional development activities for self and contributes to others’ development
  • Engages in quality improvement and research activities to improve practice

To be part of our team, you will be a Senior Registered Nurse with at least 4 + years post graduation Registered Nursing experience.   You will have a passion for providing holistic, family centred care and experience working with children, families and volunteers within a health setting is desirable.  Ideally you will bring demonstrated experience with nasogastric tubes, tracheostomy care,  gastrostomy care and seizures, ventilators and preferably CVAD.  In addition, post graduate qualifications/working towards/or preparedness to work towards same, in palliative care or related field is highly desirable.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, health & wellbeing initiatives and targeted individual development plans.  Note, the role will be based at Monash Children’s Hospital during the rebuild of the Hospice due to commence in August 2021 for the period of the rebuild project.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply by Wednesday 26 May with a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and a copy of your resume to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, Very Special Kids, via jobs@vsk.org.auPlease note a cover letter outlining your motivation and candidacy is required to progress to interview.