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Jobs in Community Service

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Date: Thursday 23 March 2017
Venue: GS217, Student Lounge, Hawthorn Campus

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Interested in a career in Community Services? Do you have questions about the profession, want to know how to get into the field? Come along to this seminar to hear from Community Service professionals and get your questions answered.

Our panellists

Mind Australia

Established nearly 40 years ago, Mind Australia is a leading non-government provider of mental health and psychosocial disability support services with over 60 service sites throughout Australia. This year, we will support about 11,500 Australians whose lives have been disrupted by mental ill-health (including their families and carers).

Through the relationships we build with our clients and their carers, and the practical assistance we offer, we help people to gain better mental health and improve the quality of their lives. Each person's journey of recovery and wellbeing is different and Mind focuses on helping each individual plan and work towards their own life goals. We have a range of services, both residential and out in the community, allowing us to respond to the variety of people's support needs.

John Bamborough, member of the panel for this event, is the Service Manager - Peer Recovery Communities - and has worked with many health and welfare programs. He has worked with young people in homelessness services, mental health services, alcohol and drug services and worked for the peak body for the youth sector in Queensland. John also worked as a mediator for the Department of Justice in Queensland for a two-year period as well. John moved back into community services 6 months ago with Mind.

Peninsula Health

Julie Hurrell, member of the panel, is the Director for Prevention Access and Families for Peninsula Health Community Health Services. Peninsula Health is the largest health service in the region and employs approximately 5,200 staff and 800 volunteers. Julie’s portfolio includes: ACCESS- Intake for all Community Health Services, Health Promotion, Children Services- 0-6 years old, Family Violence and Counselling as well as Service Support. She has 4 direct line managers and approximately 120 staff under her leadership.

Peninsula Health Community Health provides a broad range of affordable centre and home-based services for people living in Frankston and on the Mornington Peninsula. Their services aim to keep members of the community active and healthy as well as provide treatment and advice to help you regain your health. Any person of any age can access their services, people can either self-refer or via their Doctor Health worker or others service. Priority is given to those with special needs, low income and chronic health conditions.

As an experienced Social Worker, Family Therapist and Adult Education Specialist, her career has spanned over 30 years and she has developed her career in both the Not for Profit and VET /Higher Education and sectors. Julie holds a BSW (Hons) and MSW as well as several qualifications in VET and Leadership and has been a clinical member of AAFT for approximately 26 years. Julie has worked in a variety of clinical/counselling, leadership and management roles dedicated to building organisational capability and/or individual staff capacity to achieve both quality community based and learning outcomes which are either client or learner centred.

As the Director for Prevention, Access and Families, she is committed to exploring innovative approaches to service delivery, engaging in reflective practice with her managers, staff and colleagues and developing the knowledge and skills of all staff in the delivery of quality programs. As a strategic thinker and innovator, her work practices are grounded in strengths based, solution focused approaches well suited to person/client centered well suited to community-based service delivery and the social model of health.

Family Life

Family Life is a small family services organisation that services in the Bayside, Mornington Peninsula and Inner South Metro areas of Melbourne. Has been providing family support services since 1970 and is community owned and managed. Family Life has 120 staff and 400 volunteers who work within the community providing prevention, early intervention and treatment services. Family Life provides services for the most vulnerable, those at-risk and all families experiencing difficult life transitions. They develop innovative solutions to complex social issues, as well as share its innovations and knowledge to support national replication of programs and government policy development.

Gabrielle Evans is a youth worker and community sector professional. Her current role is as School Focused Youth Services Coordinator for Bayside and Kingston regions which is a fancy way of saying the government pays her to run projects that keep vulnerable skills in school.

She started off as a crisis counsellor at Lifeline from the young age of 18 and while studying youth work at RMIT University, she worked as a child protection support worker, disability carer, nanny. and busker. In her final year of study, she entered full-time work as a mental health case manager during which she studied a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Outside of youth work, Gabrielle plays Aussie Rules football and runs a side-business as a professional home organiser through which she helps people declutter and reorganise their homes.

Contact Information: Centre for Career Development
Email: CCD@swin.edu.au