Dementia Counsellor (Tamworth, NSW)

Closing date
Location of role
Tamworth, NSW
  • Attractive salary packaging options
  • Part-time (0.4 FTE), fixed term position until June 2022

Dementia Australia is the national peak body and source of trusted information, education and services for the estimated half a million Australians living with dementia, and the almost 1.6 million people involved in their care. We advocate for positive change and support vital research.  We are here to support people impacted by dementia, and to enable them to live as well as possible. Our commitment to a shared set of values shapes our decisions, actions and behaviours towards achieving our core purpose and strategic priorities. 

  • We connect by promoting a people centred way of working and respecting all
  • We collaborate in a supportive manner with each other, other teams, clients and external parties
  • We commit to our purpose and direction, accountable for our actions and support the innovations, reshaping the way we do things

Located in Tamworth, NSW the Dementia Counsellor is responsible for providing support for people living with dementia, their families and carers to enhance their quality of life through the provision of individual, group or family counselling. Providing services with an empowerment and well-being approach and focussing on the needs of the person living with dementia and their families and carers, this role will also provide a range of education, services information and resources regarding dementia.

Reporting directly to the Team Leader, Client Services you will also be responsible for:

  • Delivering a range of psycho-educational and psycho-social group programs to people living with dementia and their families and carers
  • Identifying alternative services and supports needed by clients and making appropriate internal and external referrals as required
  • Establishing links, collaborating with and developing close working relationships with other Dementia Australia staff and a range of external stakeholders

To be successful in this role you will be a team player, show an absolute commitment to the delivery of high quality dementia services and support and meet the key selection criteria outlined below.

Key Selection Criteria:

  1. Registration with, or eligibility for membership of, a relevant professional body or association (e.g. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, Australian Counselling Association, Australian Association of Social Workers or Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia)
  2. Extensive counselling experience
  3. Knowledge and understanding of the impact of the diagnosis and progression of dementia on the person and their family.
  4. Experience in the delivery of educational information and group programs
  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written, verbal, presentation skills etc.)
  6. Well-developed case note, record keeping and report writing skills
  7. Demonstrated capacity to deliver high quality presentations across a diverse community

Qualifications:

  • Tertiary qualification in a related field of either Psychology, Social work or Counselling

In return, you will be offered a flexible and supportive work environment as well as a number of attractive staff benefits. You will be making a difference in the lives of people living with dementia, their families and friends.

The position description can be found here.

For specific role enquiries, please contact Pamela Hughes via email on [email protected]

To apply, please email a resume accompanied by a cover letter outlining your response to the key selection criteria to [email protected]

Applications close on 9  December at 9.00am. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt so do not hesitate and apply. Dementia Australia reserves the right to close recruitment for this position as needed.

Please note: 

  • Previous applicants need not apply.
  • Applications that do not contain a covering letter that addresses each of the key selection criteria will not be considered.
  • We will only consider applications directly from candidates – no agencies please.