We are currently seeking a Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker on a full-time contract until 31 October 2018. Based in Brisbane, the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker is responsible for the provision of advisory and support services to individuals and families living with younger onset dementia to enhance their quality of life. The Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker is involved in building the capacity of the service sector to meet the needs of people living with younger onset dementia.
- Providing support to people living with younger onset dementia, and assisting them to transition to the NDIS
- Providing Support Coordination to people with younger onset dementia with an NDIS plan
- Providing proactive follow up after diagnosis with information and support and the development of an individualised service and support plan, including goal setting and progress monitoring.
- Providing support at key transition periods throughout the dementia journey
- Enabling clients to navigate and link to existing services, supports and activities to meet individual needs, promoting wellness, independence, community engagement and quality of life.
- Providing advocacy, as may be required, on behalf of people living with younger onset dementia and their carers to other services
- Developing ongoing relationships with clients and assisting them to develop plans and strategies to meet current and future needs.
- Facilitating peer support by linking clients into appropriate support options.
- Facilitating, supporting (and if necessary, establishing) local dementia support options that deliver peer support.
- Providing client consultations in a range of settings, including community and in-home environments, telephone and over the internet.
- Providing up to date information on dementia and available relevant community services to people diagnosed with younger onset dementia, their families and carers.
- Creating awareness of the special needs of younger people with dementia and supporting the development of appropriate local service models in the area.
- Developing and implementing processes to enable the identification of people who may benefit from this program. Includes networking with local service providers, GPs, Practice Nurses and medical specialists to ensure that individuals with younger onset dementia are referred to the Key Worker soon after diagnosis
- Providing up to date information on younger onset dementia and available relevant community services to health professionals, general practitioners and other relevant parties.
- Promoting the Younger Onset Dementia Key Worker Program through seminars, conference presentations, publications and media as appropriate.
- Promoting and providing dementia education and training opportunities to the service sector.
- Promoting awareness of the needs of people with younger onset dementia and their carers from diverse cultural backgrounds, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people in rural and remote areas. Devise culturally appropriate strategies to improve service access and delivery.
The role spans Queensland and requires the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
To be successful in this role, you must be able to demonstrate how you meet the key selection criteria as detailed below.
Key Selection Criteria:
- Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (health / allied health / social services sectors) (Highly desirable)
- Knowledge of the aged care and disability sector including detailed knowledge of the National Disability Insurance Scheme will be viewed favourably.
- Demonstrated experience documenting confidential client information and case notes on an electronic database
- Relevant experience liaising with community organisations and other key stakeholders to source appropriate services based on the client’s needs.
- Extensive knowledge of dementia and its impact on the person with dementia and their families and carers
- Dementia advisory experience and expertise in contemporary dementia programs
- Skills and experience in effective group facilitation and group work
- Demonstrated ability to follow structured program format and to comply with approved programs
- Demonstrated ability in delivering high quality presentations, education and information sessions
- Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement
- Exceptional organisation skills
- Ability to work within agreed timeframes and prioritise tasks effectively
- Strong communication skills, enthusiastic and energetic, flexibility, adaptability, and a collaborative mindset
To express your interest in this role, please send your resume and a cover letter detailing how you meet the key selection criteria to QLD.Recruitment@dementia.org.au - applications will be screened as they are received.