16 May 2018

Permanent Cultural Support Worker – Auckland Prison

Department of Corrections – Corrections Services: Rehabilitation & Employment – Posted by Maori Pacific JobsAuckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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Department of Corrections

Job Description

Cultural Support Worker – Auckland Prison

Location: Auckland
Vacancy number: CSNR9153

Kairuruku oranga hinengaro 

Opportunity to implement, influence and refine a new Model of Care to transform intervention and support for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm or suicide.

New Zealand and international literature has established that prisoners have greater mental health needs than the general population, and have a greater risk of self-harm and suicide.

The Department of Corrections devotes significant time and resource into caring for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm and suicide. Alongside the significant recent investments in mental health services for prisoners, the Department has identified an opportunity to take a more holistic and long-term approach to improve the well-being of these prisoners.

Consequently, Corrections are developing a new, prison-wide model of care to transform intervention and support for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm or suicide. This model will be responsive, flexible and appropriate to the needs of the individual prisoner.

As a result we are creating multi-disciplinary teams whose focus will be to implement the model of care as well as having the opportunity to influence the ongoing review.

This position offers you the opportunity to work in a team solely focused on the objective of improving wellbeing for vulnerable prisoners. As part of this team you will be responsible for evaluating the cultural needs of prisoners and will provide sound cultural support, advice, coordination of cultural initiatives and operations to enhance the well-being of the prisoners.

This critical position will assess the cultural needs of patients and devise a treatment plan which will in turn inform the individualised care plan developed for of each patient.. You will then assist, mentor, and coach patients with their individual care plan, and motivate and support patients to live pro-social lives. In this role you will develop, and maintain relationships both internally and externally with whanau and cultural communities to contribute to the achievement of positive outcomes for patients.

You will be the specialist within the team, required to utilise your tikanga and reo knowledge and skills to enhance the cultural effectiveness of services to patients.

To be effective in this position you will present with:

  • Experience working in mental health settings and with multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience and knowledge in Maori Language and cultural protocols and processes within Maori Communities, and of Maori Community structures and dynamics
  • Experience in Maori models of assessment and treatment, with excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Excellent communication skills enabling effective relationships across a wide range of settings.
  • Proven ability to motivate and encourage patients to live pro-social lifestyles

Ideally you will have experience in offender facing situations and be able to speak fluently in Te Reo.

This is a rewarding and highly stimulating role. Help us lead the world in Prisoner Wellbeing. Please refer to the job description for a more detailed overview.

Corrections embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive workplace. We recognise and celebrate the uniqueness of individuals and celebrate the collective talent of all employees.

Please note: This role will work across seven days a week. The roster will be determined in conjunction with the team to ensure cover.

Follow the link below to view the Director Health speaking about this new initiative – click here.

Applications close 4 June 2018.

How to Apply

Click here to apply for the role, or to find out more. Applications close 4 June 2018.

Job Categories: Corrections. Job Types: Permanent.

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