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Current Opportunity: Trachoma Elimination Coordinator and the Trachoma Aboriginal Environmental Health

Trachoma Elimination Coordinator and the Trachoma Aboriginal Environmental Health

Employer: AHCSA

Position Type: Full Time

Classification: AHCSA Level 6

Closing date: Sun 16 October 2022 at 5:00pm

The Aboriginal Health Council of SA (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. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of who we are.

The Trachoma Elimination Coordinator and Trachoma Aboriginal Environmental Health positions are full-time fixed term position until June 2025.

The Trachoma Elimination Coordinator and the Trachoma Aboriginal Environmental Health reports to the General Manager Programs. The Trachoma Elimination Coordinator and the Trachoma Aboriginal Environmental Health works in close collaboration with health professionals within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services of South Australia and the Trachoma Project Coordinator at the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network (EFN LHN).  This position forms part of the Public Health and Primary Health Care Team.

The will work in close collaboration with all AHCSA teams the Chief Executive Officer and the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network (EFN LHN) to deliver the trachoma elimination program to Aboriginal communities. 

Trachoma Elimination Coordinator

  • Reporting project progress to the General Manager, AHCSA senior management, Board of management and ACCHO’s CEOS and appropriate stakeholders and adhering to agree KPI’s and program objectives.
  •  In collaboration/consultation with PHMOs Maintaining high level liaison with the Aboriginal Community Health Services and EFN LHN to ensure the program is implemented in accordance with the Guidelines for the public health management of Trachoma in Australia. 
  • Screen children aged 0-14 years for trachoma infection, and support the follow up and treatment of children, family and community according to current Guidelines for the Public Health Management of Trachoma in Australia.
  • Supporting Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations to screen adults for trichiasis and referral to ophthalmology where cases are identified.
  • Promoting the clean faces messages as part of a holistic personal hygiene program as described in the 'Guidelines for the Public Health Management of Trachoma in Australia’ in particular with Maternal and Child Health programs, school health, and other relevant community activities.
  • Submitting trachoma screening data to the EFN LHN Trachoma Project Coordinator as outlined in the Trachoma Elimination Program agreement between AHCSA and EFN LHN (the Agreement).
  • Supporting the submission of trichiasis screening data from ACCHS in communities listed above to the EFN LHN Trachoma Project Coordinator as outlined in the Agreement. 
  • Providing relevant training to clinical staff working in ACCHS in the at-risk communities listed above. This should include the principles of trachoma control and strengthening staff capacity and systems to undertake trichiasis screening and management of those identified with trichiasis. 
  • In collaboration with relevant ACCHO, community members and key stakeholders facilitating the development of community plans that will coordinate screening and health promotion activities to promote the SAFE strategy.
  • Participating in additional AHCSA Trachoma Program activities aimed at improving the environmental living conditions in at-risk communities as per the Agreement.

Essential Criteria:

  • Qualified Registered Nurse holding current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Authority.

Trachoma Aboriginal Environmental Health

  • Reporting project progress to the General Manager, AHCSA senior management and appropriate stakeholders and adhering to agree KPI’s and program objectives.
  • Promoting the health of Aboriginal people by providing education and information enabling Aboriginal people to take responsibility for their standards of living and home environment.
  • Contribute to strategies that address health and wellbeing issues for Aboriginal people in a participative manner.
  • Assist Aboriginal people to access appropriate health service providers.
  • In consultation with Aboriginal people identify gaps in mainstream service delivery.
  • Contribute towards health service changes which better meet the needs of Aboriginal people of South Australia.
  • Maintaining high level liaison with the Aboriginal Community Health Services and EFN LHN to ensure the program is implemented in accordance with the Guidelines for the public health management of Trachoma in Australia. 
  • Promoting the clean faces messages as part of a holistic personal hygiene program as described in the 'Guidelines for the Public Health Management of Trachoma in Australia’ in particular with Maternal and Child Health programs, school health, and other relevant community activities.
  • Submitting trachoma data to the EFN LHN Aboriginal Environmental Health Worker as outlined in the Trachoma Elimination Program agreement between AHCSA and EFN LHN (the Agreement).
  • Supporting the submission of trichiasis screening data from ACCHS in communities listed above to the EFN LHN Aboriginal Environmental Health Worker as outlined in the Agreement. 
  • In collaboration with relevant ACCHO, community members and key stakeholders facilitating the development of community plans that will coordinate screening and health promotion activities to promote the SAFE strategy.
  • Participating in additional AHCSA Trachoma Program activities aimed at improving the environmental living conditions in at-risk communities as per the Agreement.
  • Participating in relevant committees and working groups related to trachoma control activities.

Essential Criteria:

  • Tertiary and/or vocational level training in primary health care, community health or community development and/or equivalent experience relevant to the position

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 

A satisfactory National Criminal History Check and COVID-19 Vaccination will be required for this position.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.