Work for Us

The MJD Foundation partners with and supports Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families living with Machado Joseph Disease (MJD) and Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 7 (SCA7) to live fulfilling and rewarding lives. We provide specialist supports, engage in research and provide hope for the future. We have staff working for us from a variety of locations, for example in Darwin, Cairns, Sydney, Groote Eylandt, Ngukurr and Alice Springs.

How we work 

‘Our Way’ is a self-determination approach based on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander way of experiencing the world and preferred practices. These include the centrality of family and kinship
relationships, as well as prioritising collective decision-making and place-based responses. To deliver health and disability services effectively in a non-dominant culture displaced for centuries, we find it is critical to prioritise and genuinely value the cultural and social issues that may constitute barriers to accessing these services. This requires a ‘two-way’ approach, where staff members from different cultures (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) work side-by-side and learn from each other, partnering and sharing skills and knowledge to develop solutions tailored to meet the needs of people living with MJD and SCA7 and minimising workforce power imbalances.

Do you want to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal families living with Machado Joseph disease or SCA7?

It is important that you demonstrate that you are self-motivated and that you will take key tasks through to completion. You will have strong interpersonal skills, work well in a team environment and you have the ability to interact effectively and in a culturally appropriate manner. You will build close relationships with inspiring clients and their families. The expertise that you bring to the role may be varied, including skills that you have developed in your previous roles, your life experience as a member of the community and a user of the service system.

What we offer

  • A supportive and inclusive work environment with opportunity to learn;
  • Above award level pay rate for the right person;
  • Tax free fringe benefit up to $15,900 p.a, plus meal entertainment benefit up to $2,650 per annum;
  • 6 weeks annual leave;
  • One day paid wellbeing day and gift;
  • A holistic workplace that offers flexibility.

Vacancies

Community Services Specialist (part time, 30 hours/week)

Cairns

The Community Services Specialist (CSS) will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that responds to the health and disability needs of our clients and their families by delivering holistic person-centered care in partnership with families living with MJD.  A central part of the vision of the program is working in partnership with MJDF clients and Aboriginal Community Worker staff to explore opportunities to learn from each other, integrating biomedical knowledge of rehabilitation with traditional therapies, knowledge and values to work towards clients’ goals. We are recruiting for a part time (30 hours/week) Community Services Specialist to join our Community Services team in Cairns.

The CSS will coordinate, provide, and facilitate access to health and disability care services and support to families including assessing client, family and carer needs; planning and prioritizing interventions, providing information and referral; group work; liaising with and providing access and engagement with community groups, welfare agencies, and government bodies.

The role is greatly varied in its day to day tasks and provides hands on support to MJD clients and their families. (Complex) Case management and assistance navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a large part of the role.

In addition, the role will provide support to the senior management team across all core activities of the MJD Foundation (Clinical Services, Education, Advocacy, Research and Community Services).

For more information please contact Kylie Jackson, Manager Community Services Team, at kylie.jackson@mjd.org.au or 0499 330 207.

Have a look at the Position Description here.

How to apply?

If you have the knowledge and experience we are looking for and are excited to join our team, please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the selection criteria. You can apply for the role here.

Community Services Specialist

Darwin

The Community Services Specialist (CSS) will work as part of a multidisciplinary team that responds to the health and disability needs of our clients and their families by delivering holistic person-centered care in partnership with families living with MJD.  A central part of the vision of the program is working in partnership with MJDF clients and Aboriginal Community Worker staff to explore opportunities to learn from each other, integrating biomedical knowledge of rehabilitation with traditional therapies, knowledge and values to work towards clients’ goals. We are recruiting for a fulltime Community Services Specialist to join our Community Services team in Darwin.

The CSS will coordinate, provide, and facilitate access to health and disability care services and support to families including assessing client, family and carer needs; planning and prioritizing interventions, providing information and referral; group work; liaising with and providing access and engagement with community groups, welfare agencies, and government bodies.

The role is greatly varied in its day to day tasks and provides hands on support to MJD clients and their families. (Complex) Case management and assistance navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is a large part of the role.

In addition, the role will provide support to the senior management team across all core activities of the MJD Foundation (Clinical Services, Education, Advocacy, Research and Community Services).

Please find the position description here. For more information you can contact Kylie Jackson, Manager Community Services Team, at kylie.jackson@mjd.org.au or 0499 330 207.

How to apply?

If you have the knowledge and experience we are looking for and are excited to join our team, please submit your CV (max 3 pages) and a statement (max 1 page) addressing the selection criteria. You can apply for the role here.

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