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Part-time – 25 to 35 hours per week

Position reference no: 2019JA013

We are currently seeking to employ Registered Nurse (Clinical) for our Help at Home Program. Registered Nurse (RN) at ADS is to ensure our consumers feel safe being cared for and by looking after the coordination and delivery of individualised consumer care through competent management of human and physical resources. ​

This position brings both personal and clinical care to our consumers, and ensures choice, independence and wellbeing in everyday activities. From liaising with consumers and families, to the coordination of planned individualised consumer care, RN delegates to bring dignity and respect to those who are supported by ADS. ​

As a RN you have a responsibility to identify skills gaps within the team and work with Managers to upskill the consumer facing team.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

Essential:

  1. I am qualified. I have a minimum of AHRPA registration clinical experience including the ability to recognise and respond to risks in older people with complex and concurrent health needs. I have a certificate with the Nurses and Midwifery Board of Australia;
  2. I have a clear understanding of the Aged Care Act, as well as the Aged Care Accreditation Standard;
  3. I embrace diversity. I have previous experience of working with people from a CALD background​;
  4. I have effective communication skills, and can speak, understand and write in English very well;
  5. I am tech-savvy. I can confidently use a smartphone and a computer, and can teach others;
  6. I am a leader. I have proven experience leading a team and demonstrated ability in managing clinical and non-clinical roles.

Desirable:

  1. Bilingual and Bicultural;
  2. Clinical nursing experience within the last 5 years;​
  3. Post Graduate qualifications in Aged Care/Palliative Care.

Conditions:

  • Nurses Award 2010, NSW and salary packaging.

For an information package please email employment@advancediversity.org.au

You must quote the Job Reference number on the subject line of your email.

For more information: Dimi Vourliotis (02) 9597 5455

Closing date for applications: Monday 26 August 2019

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The St George Sutherland Shire Employment Training and English Action Network (SSETEN) will be holding a complimentary Business Breakfast for business owners/employers in St George & Sutherland Region on Tuesday, 30 July 2019 from 8:00 am to 10:00am at Club Central Hurstville. It’s a friendly breakfast to engage local businesses to look at opportunities for growth and new ideas to expand.

Online booking: http://bit.ly/SSETENBreakfast

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Fixed term Part-time – contract up to 30 June 2022

Position reference no: 2019JA012

We are currently seeking to employ Bilingual Case Worker for our Help at Home Program which provides support services to our clients over 65 years and over. The Case Coordinator plays a key engagement role with the clients to drive effective understanding and planning for clients to access ADS services and live the life they choose.

The Case Coordinator will provide information, initial screening, assessment, individual case coordination and/or support group services to clients and carers through the enablement and client centred approach.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

Essential:

  1. Tertiary qualifications in Aged Care, Community Services or relevant field;
  2. Experience in casework in the aged  including assessment and care planning;
  3. Demonstrated Commitment to person centre practice and Sound knowledge of community aged care industry including Act, policies and standards;
  4. Speak fluently in English and Macedonian;
  5. Highly developed written and verbal communication and negotiation skills;
  6. Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as an effective member of the highly interacted aged and disability service team;
  7. Sound computer literacy including CRM;
  8. Hold a current driver’s license and a reliable vehicle with comprehensive insurance;
  9. A current National Police Check;
  10. Demonstrated skill in CALD community engagement.

Desirable:

  1. First Aid certificate;
  2. Previous experience in working with people with disability

Conditions:

  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Service Industry (SCHCADS) Award, NSW and salary packaging.

For an information package please email employment@advancediversity.org.au

You must quote the Job Reference number on the subject line of your email.

For more information: Dimi Vourliotis (02) 9597 5455

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Part-time 21 hours per week – up to 30 June 2020

Position reference no: 2019JA011

We are currently seeking a Rostering Officer to join our Aged and Disability Team. The primary role of this position will be responsible for the overall coordination of rostering and liaison with staff and clients to ensure efficient and effective support to ADS at aged care and disability services.

All applicants must obtain a job information package and submit a written application addressing each of the following selection criteria.

Essential:

  1. Previous experience in computerized rostering and coordinating rostering services;
  2. High level of computer literacy and the ability to adapt quickly to rostering software packages;
  3. Excellent prioritising and organising skills in relation to a variable workload;
  4. Attention to detail;
  5. Effective communications skills and can speak, understand and write in English very well;
  6. Ability to build relationships quickly and an effective negotiator;
  7. Ability to make sound judgement in regards to the matching of staff to clients;
  8. Current National Police Check.

Desirable:

  1. Demonstrated knowledge of community aged care (Home Care packages and CHSP) and disability services;
  2. Experience of working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse  people.

Conditions:

  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Service Industry (SCHCADS) Award, NSW and salary packaging.

For an information package please email employment@advancediversity.org.au

You must quote the Job Reference number on the subject line of your email.

For more information: Dimi Vourliotis (02) 9597 5455

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Position reference no: 2019JA010

Advance Diversity Services provides support services to people of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the South East Sydney area (Eastern Suburbs, St George and Sutherland).

We currently have a number of positions available for Community Care Workers.

This role will require you to provide daily living support or personal care for our clients over 65 years and over; in their own homes or in the community.  All services are in line with each individuals care plan. 

Our ideal candidate will have a positive, cheerful personality, have excellent communication skills and be able to support the client to assist them in living as independently as possible. 

To be considered for this role you will need to possess the following criteria:

Essential:

  1. Certificate III or above in Community, Aged Care, Disability, Home-Care or equivalent;
  2. Previous experience working with frail aged people and /or  people with disabilities;
  3. Genuine interest in working with older people;
  4. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people from a diverse cultural background;
  5. Current National Police Check;
  6. Current Australian Drivers Licence and access to a fully comprehensive insured vehicle;
  7. Smart Phone and internet access;
  8. Bilingual and Bicultural.

Desirable:

  1. Current First Aid Certificate;
  2. Experience working with people with dementia, people living with a mental illness.

Conditions:

  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Service Industry (SCHCADS) Award, NSW and salary packaging.

For an information package please email employment@advancediversity.org.au

You must quote the Job Reference number on the subject line of your email.

For more information: Dimi Vourliotis (02) 9597 5455

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Advance Diversity Services’ is deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy in Christchurch last Friday.

Our board members and staff express our deepest sympathy and condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, or whose loved ones have been injured.

We stand with the people of New Zealand in the face of this horrific terror attack. 

We also join with Muslim communities around the world in grieving.

This week is Harmony Week (March 17 to 23) — a week when we celebrate multiculturalism and respect and belonging for all Australians regardless of cultural or linguistic background.Together, we must defend our values of unity and respect of all races and all faiths, and unite in solidarity against all forms of racial and religious prejudice. 

We must also foster harmony and peace to help build safe and vibrant neighbourhoods and nations.  Please join us to ensure this tragedy unites rather than divides us.

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On December 2, our Thai women’s group enjoyed a basic accessory-making workshop at Advance Diversity Services while learning about the importance of recognising and responding to domestic and family violence. Kanyarat Tresise facilitated the information session with the help of volunteers, Tedheporn Antico and Khanung Ciserain.

Who came up with the idea of blending the making of accessories with raising DV awareness, and what was the thinking behind it?

In the Settlement Services Program (SSP) we like to provide useful and relevant information in a fun way. The reference group members suggested we run a session on domestic and family violence (DV) and family law information. Most female Thai migrants are on spouse visas, and cross-cultural family relationships, DV, divorce and other legal issues are common concerns for Thai women who feel stigmatised when DV occurs and relationships break down. Thai women also love practical and creative activities that they can apply to their daily life as a hobby or as a pre-employment skill. Combining these two sessions provided a soft entry to difficult conversations.

What accessories did the group make?

The women made necklaces, earrings and bracelets using beads – and the results were lovely (as these photos show).

What was the feedback?

Everyone was so happy and requested more jewellery making workshops! They had lots of fun and made new friends, and they found the Thai teacher Tedhiporn Antico and her assistant Khanug attentive and helpful. They were especially impressed that Tedhiporn provided all the materials and they were able to take home the jewellery for free.

Any closing comments? 

Thanks so much to Thai teacher Tedhiporn Antico and her assistant Khanug for providing the materials and the wonderful session. We look forward to another session soon.

– If you need help please call the Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463.  

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To empower our Thai new arrivals with interview and styling skills, our Thai community worker, Kanyarat Tresise, organised a workshop with Michelle Bonner at Dress for Success in Marrickville on November 15. The informative and practical session was a success – and this Q&A with Kanyarat reveals why.

What was the highlight of the Dress for Success session?

The tips for preparing for an interview were great. For example: research the job and the organisation; ask for information about the interview (i.e. how many people on the panel etc.); check transport to make sure you’ll be on time; and when you’re a candidate in the waiting room, you should always sit in a composed way to impress.

What did Michelle Bonner say, show or provide to the women in terms of dressing/styling? 

While Michele Bonner helped me organise the session, however, she was not present on the day. Susan Dunn (pictured fourth from right) presented on interview skills.

What was one practical tip that participants will take on board when they are next going for an interview?

The standout tip: The candidate should feel comfortable in their clothing and the style of the clothes should be modest and conservative – not revealing. Be on the safe side and keep it formal for any role for which you have an interview.

Tell us more about the photo: Were participants dressed by Dress for Success to appear in the shot?

I’m standing next to Susan Dunn who presented on interview skills (she is fourth from the left). There were three Thai participants and the woman beside each of them is their own individual stylist. The women were able to take home the clothes they were dressed in. If any of these women gains employment they will be able to return to Dress for Success to get five sets of clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories for their working week.

– For more information contact Kay (Sineenat Khantaracha) sineenat@advancediversity.org.au (from January 2019) or visit https://sydney.dressforsuccess.org/

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Butt Out is a quit smoking project that targets Arabic-speaking communities in the St George region of Sydney. Its goal is to reduce the high levels of smoking in these communities by developing and delivering smoking prevention awareness strategies and practices that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

In 2017, Advance Diversity Services (ADS) received an Innovations in Cancer Control Grant from the Cancer Institute NSW to implement this two-stage project over two years.

In February 2018, ADS completed stage one, which targeted the Chinese-speaking community. We are now developing stage two, which aims to reach Arabic speakers in the region who smoke, and empower them to quit.

Butt Out’s Arabic project worker, Hana Srour, and the project’s steering committee members have conducted a range of media interviews in Arabic to raise the awareness of the harms of the smoking. They have also actively promoted quitline services like iCanQuit and the NSW Quitline number 13 7848 (13 QUIT).

SBS Arabic radio interviews
In her first SBS Arabic radio interview on April 24, 2018, Ms Srour spoke about the prevalence of smoking among Arabic men living in the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District. She revealed that around 41.7 per cent of Arabic men in the region smoked as compared with 14.7 per cent of the general population. Ms Srour also translated much of the information about the project from English into Arabic to ensure she could more easily answer the interviewer’s questions.

Listen to the first interview here.

In her second interview with SBS Arabic radio on September 4, 2018, Ms Srour raised and reinforced awareness in Arabic-speaking communities of the harms of smoking. She also promoted Quitline’s services, support and contact number.

Listen to the second interview here.

Resources

• A good resource to help Arabic people understand the harmful effects of smoking is the booklet (in Arabic and English) Please don’t smoke near me.
• A video in Arabic outlining methods for quitting can be found here.
• Watch the video of Seham Gerges being interviewed by Aghapy TV about useful strategies for quitting smoking here.

Efforts rewarded
On August 5, Ms Srour was awarded a plaque at the Arncliffe Aurora Football Club community dinner to recognise her excellent work in the Arabic community to help stamp out tobacco use.

Anthony Scerri, Program Manager for ADS’ Settlement and Community Services Program, said ADS is proud of Ms Srour’s achievements relating to Butt Out. He is also confident stage two of the project will help many people recognise smoking is unhealthy and help them quit.

– For more information please email hanas@advancediversity.org.au