Women’s Health Caseworker - Part-time 3 days /22.5 hours per week or Full-time (negotiable)
Médecins Sans Frontières, an international medical and humanitarian association founded in 1971, provides medical assistance to communities faced with crises endangering their survival. These crises typically take the form of armed conflict but also include epidemics, natural catastrophes and even exclusion from healthcare. Currently, MSF is present in 70 countries.
The Australian Section of Médecins Sans Frontières was established in 1995 and is one of 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices that form the MSF global movement providing oversight and expertise, funding and staff for field operations and communicating on the needs of our patients.
For this position, MSF Australia is partnering with the Illawarra Women’s Health Centre (IWHC). Nationally accredited, the IWHC has a focus on mental health, women experiencing domestic and family violence and sexual assault, and sexual and reproductive health. The community-based Centre sees over 6,000 women a year and has an exceptional reputation, providing integrated care and social support to women with complex needs using a social model of health and a community development approach to service delivery. IWHC has recently secured access to a ‘safe room’ space located at the local Stockland Shopping Centre which may serve as workspace for this position.
COVID-19 Response: Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence (FDSV)
FDSV against women is a public health emergency and occurs in epidemic proportions in Australia. The mental and physical health consequences of FDSV are significant, long lasting and evidence based - impacting women, children, future generations, our community, our economy and ultimately, our country.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has critically exacerbated this emergency, and simultaneously thrown into stark relief the lack of services available to women seeking support because of FDSV. As a direct result of the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, domestic and family violence rates have risen across all socioeconomic groupings, and in all contexts - as was widely and publicly predicated in March. The Australian Institute of Criminology's findings about women's experiences of domestic violence during the early stages of the pandemic show that of the 15,000 Australian women surveyed, 11.6 per cent (1 in 10) reported experiencing emotionally abusive, harassing, or controlling behaviour. The consensus across the sector is that the worst is yet to come after September, when much of the government financial support is removed or reduced, and we head into Christmas, a time when violence and abuse traditionally escalates.
The Illawarra Women's Health Centre is at the front line of this "shadow" pandemic. There is a significant increase in women contacting IWHC for support due to domestic and family violence. Nearly all these women have complex needs and the restrictions and safety measures of COVID have substantially increased levels of risk, fear, and anxiety. There is currently a 2-month waiting list for counselling at IWHC and existing staff are at risk of burn-out.
To provide information and practical support to women with complex needs or in difficult situations including domestic and family violence, through a case management model.
Applications MUST address individual selection criteria. You should also write a cover letter indicating why you want to work for Médecins Sans Frontières Australia and attach a copy of your CV. For information please refer to JD jd_womens_health_caseworker_final.pdf
Please note that a criminal record check and Working With Children Check is required as part of the selection process. Applicants with criminal records will not automatically be ineligible for the position they are applying for. Médecins Sans Frontières Australia has a Child Protection Policy in place and all employees are required to comply with this policy.
Médecins Sans Frontières Australia is committed to creating an inclusive workplace for all our staff. We believe that a diverse team helps us better serve those most in need, and we encourage people from a wide range of backgrounds to apply for this role, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and people with disabilities.
Applications close: ASAP (Applications will be reviewed upon submission)
Applications and enquiries to: Email: [email protected]