Advocate, Independent Mental Health Advocacy


Reference: VG/1653

The Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) team are seeking a suitably experienced individual to join their team in the role of an Advocate.

  • Part time, 9 days per fortnight, ongoing position
  • Salary commensurate with experience, range: $70,578 - $91,333 (pro rata) plus superannuation
  • Attractive employee benefits including salary packaging

About the role:
You will work with mental health consumers to provide information about their rights and the mental health system, assisting to express their views and preferences, and support them to make decisions and participate in decision-making relating to their assessment, treatment, and recovery. You will assist consumers to self-advocate and where necessary make referrals to other support services.

You will contribute to the health and wellbeing of your team and the continuous improvement of service policies, procedures and guidelines. You will work to maintain a consumer-focused approach to program delivery through positive engagement with consumers, consumer organisations and other stakeholders. You will also deliver information sessions to a diverse range of stakeholders regarding Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA), this may include education sessions on supported decision making and advocacy.

About you:
You will have significant experience working with consumers and a deep understanding of the challenges impacting Victorians when accessing mental health support services. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to influence and negotiate with varied internal and external stakeholders. You will also have the ability to quickly build rapport and trust with consumers.

To be effective in this role, you will have a flexible, patient and supportive approach while remaining transparent. You will be a creative problem solver with either community, mental health advocacy or consumer advocacy experience.

About Victoria Legal Aid:
Our vision is for a fair and just society where rights and responsibilities are upheld. With over 800 staff employed in 15 offices across Victoria, we help people with their legal problems by providing information, advice and education with a focus on the prevention and early resolution of legal problems. We also provide legal representation to those who need it most.

Employee benefits:
We offer attractive employment benefits including salary packaging (making part of your salary tax-free), flexible working arrangements, family friendly policies and opportunities for professional development. Whilst the work is challenging, you will be rewarded with a culture that is focused on achieving quality outcomes for disadvantaged Victorians.

How to apply:
Please submit a cover letter, current resume and address the key selection criteria (KSC). You must address the KSC to be considered for this role. Please also include the contact details of two referees.

For further information review the attached position description or contact Emma Wilcox Davies, Senior Advocate on (03) 9093 3701.

Applications close by 11.59pm on Sunday 27 September 2020