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Purro Birik - (Healthy Spirit)
APPENDIX 3. SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND SPIRITUAL
It is proposed that a senior clinical coordinator be appointed for a fixed
period of three years. This position would encompass the responsibilities of
designing and developing the initial team process, involvement in the
recruiting of staff, and the construction of the service delivery framework.
Supervision of the trainee Koori Social, Emotional, and Spiritual Wellbeing
workers (KSESW) (Whilst in the community) and ultimate clinical
responsibility for the KSESW service.
Further, the Clinical Co-ordinator would be required to develop and
implement the following required policies and procedures: to develop in
close consultation with the Wathaurong Aboriginal Cooperative, the cross
cultural in-service program, the Koori advocate program, and the conflict
resolution process; to work in close co-operation with the Koori Mental
Health Liaison Officer; to develop and implement Q/A measures and monitoring
and review/processes; and to develop strategies and interventions to satisfy
the appropriate standards within the National Standards for Mental Health
services, as per the National Mental Health strategy.
It is recommended that the Clinical Coordinator be a qualified psychiatric
The Clinical Coordinator would be responsible to the committee of
management, which should comprise representatives from the Wathaurong Co-Op
and incorporate consultation with mainstream services.
It is proposed that the SESW service comprise both male and female workers
recruited from the local Koori community. These positions would be for Koori
people specifically and would require an exemption from the
It is also proposed that there be a minimum of two workers for the
community, it would be preferable to employ four workers to adequately cover
the service on a 24hr basis and to allow for the training component of the
positions. However it is acknowledged that there may be insufficient
resources to allow for this. If this does eventuate the Koori advocate
program and the role of the Koori Liaison Officer could be redesigned to
allow for any gaps in service delivery.
It is important that the SESW workers have a sound knowledge of psychiatry
and the psychiatric system, this will enable them to practice in an
assertive and professional manner. More importantly it will enable them to
act most effectively as advocates to ensure that all Koori clients receive
the very best in care and that, that care is as culturally sensitive as
possible in whatever environment it is being provided within.
The core concept of this team is that it will be client focused at all
times. The workers will be free to move across the region and across
services at will. Where-ever there is a situation which is considered to
have influence over the SESW of a member of the community the SESW workers
will have the capacity to liase, consult, provide advocacy, or intervene in
the process assertively as required to protect and enhance the SESW status
of the individual and/or family.
It is envisaged that the SESW workers would be able to provide a wide range
of services to the local community. They would be able to either provide
services and interventions directly or facilitate the provision of service
from a mainstream service.
It is proposed that the workers develop relationships with clinicians and
representatives of management from all mainstream organisations, including
non-government services. Some examples of the types of organisations are:
the Department of Human Services (particularly the Child Protection Agency);
drug and alcohol services, community and mental health services, Bethany
family services, Employability, and Centrelink.
It is also envisaged that the SESW workers would work very closely and
develop close, supportive relationships with the officers of the Wathaurong
Co-Operative. It is proposed that the SESW service would interact with the
Health House, it's Co-ordinator and direct service providers, the Substance
Abuse Officer, the Elders group, the Community Justice Panel, and the
Wathaurong Men's Business group.
The SESW service would also have a role in providing health promotion and
preventative programs specific to SESW issues. The service could become the
focus of the development of parenting and relationship programs. It could
interact closely and support the councillors providing the services relating
to the "National Inquiry into the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander Children from Their Families." And could participate with the
Elders' group in developing processes to promote community healing from a
cultural and spiritual perspective.
It is proposed that (specifically within the Mental Health Services), the
SESW workers would be involved in the assessment and access process, that
they would act as the case manager within the acute inpatient unit and they
would work with the mainstream clinicians to facilitate as brief admission
as possible. Through providing extensive support and follow up in the
community post discharge. They would liase extensively with the Koori
Liaison Officer and the inpatient treatment team and would provide
consultation and advice to the treatment team.
Please note that the clinical coordinators position is for a fixed period
of three years, it is intended that at the end of that period one of the
SESW workers would take on that role and another member of the community