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Current Opportunity: Tackling Indigenous Smoking Coordinator

Tackling Indigenous Smoking Coordinator

Position Type: Full Time

Classification: AHCSA Level 6

Closing date: Thu 2 February 2023 at 5:00pm

The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd. (AHCSA) is the peak body representing Aboriginal community controlled health and substance misuse services in South Australia at State and National levels.

Our primary role is to be the ‘health voice’ for all Aboriginal people in South Australia. We achieve this by advocating for the community and supporting workers with appropriate Aboriginal health programs based on a holistic perspective of health.

AHCSA has been involved in tackling smoking initiatives since 2009. The key priorities are to deliver culturally appropriate tobacco control activities tailored to the needs of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in South Australian regional areas.


The position will be expected to operate with a high degree of independence in overseeing specific projects and strategies aimed to assist ACCHSs in the dedicated Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) regions in South Australia. The role will be responsible for developing and maintaining effective communication and working relationships with existing networks across the Aboriginal community health sector and broader sector and will operate under the principles of Aboriginal community control.

The TIS Coordinator is a Full-Time fixed term position to 30 June 2023.


The TIS Coordinator reports to the General Manager, Programs. The TIS Coordinator works in close collaboration with other staff within AHCSA and health professionals within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services and government services across South Australia.

Key Outcomes and Activities of the Role:


In line with AHCSA’s strategic health outcomes, the TIS Project Officer will be responsible for assisting in the delivery of culturally appropriate smoking cessation and support programs for the TIS project in a manner which fully supports a high standard of quality care.

Accordingly, the TIS Project Officer will


Contribute to AHCSA’s vision “All Aboriginal people enjoy a high quality of health and well- being”

Advocate the importance of best practice approaches to reduce smoking in Aboriginal families, communities and workplaces

Deliver smoking cessation and support programs to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, with a particular emphasis upon women specifically in regional remote areas and pregnant women and refer people to other health programs as appropriate

Support the team and Coordinator to develop and deliver appropriate and best practice services identified through the NBPU, the TIS Action Plan and Team work plan with the AHCSA Members and key stakeholders and partners

Support the team and Coordinator, and the AHCSA Education, Training and Workforce team to develop and deliver smoking cessation and support training, appropriate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and refer to other health professionals as appropriate

Work in collaboration with others within AHCSA to improve organisational capacity and promote opportunities for broader involvements in holistic prevention activities with an emphasis on tobacco harm and strong links to the other TIS Workers within South Australia Implement local health promotion activities e.g. community forums, supporting creation of smoke-free homes and workplaces, sharing information about smoking cessation, to increase community understanding of the dangers of smoking, benefits of cessation and benefits of smoke-free environments

Contribute to an effective monitoring, evaluation and sharing best practice for tobacco control activities within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Promote and support smoke free workplace strategies and benefits of quitting smoking Network across the organisation to understand strengths and resources available


Constructively and positively participate in the development, improvement and implementation of systems and processes

Actively share ideas and resources with peers and staff

Actively promote the TIS internally and externally and exemplify smoke free behaviours Participate in continuous quality improvement activities and apply quality improvement principles to all duties performed

Utilise existing promotional material and resources for health promotion and prevention activities where required


What we offer


The opportunity to join the peak body representing Aboriginal community controlled health and substance misuse services in South Australia

Encourages work/life balance

An inclusive and diverse workplace Great salary package and benefits Generous leave provisions


Essential Criteria:


Tertiary qualifications and/or relevant experience in primary health care, community health or community development or another relevant field.

Highly Regarded Experience:


Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal communities and/or health professionals Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to exercise tact and diplomacy, deal appropriately with sensitive issues and maintain a high level of confidentiality at all times. Demonstrated organisational and analytical skills, and the ability to work under broad guidelines, determine priorities and manage workloads in order to meet agreed timelines and objectives.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team as well as independently as required.


Conditions of Employment


A valid National Police Certificate will be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

Please note that you may be required to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations. A valid Drivers License is required


How to apply


Please apply via SEEK.


You are required to submit a resume and Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Statement of key outcomes of the Job and Person Specification please contact


Julian Snook, HR Manager at julian.snook@ahcsa.org.au to request a copy of the Job and Person Specification or visit our webpage where it can be found under the Careers Tab - https://ahcsa.org.au/careers/careers.

Please note, late applications will not be accepted and no agencies please


Closing Date for applications: 5:00PM, 2nd February 2023


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply