Goldfields - Tjuntjuntjara

Vacancy Number: 1581

Social Worker

About the Role
  • Seeking a motivated alcohol and drug counsellor to work as part of the mental health team in the indigenous community of Tjuntjuntjara, 660km east of Kalgoorlie, servicing a population of around 200 people.

    In the role you will be supported by the Spinifex Health Service Medical Director on a one month on and one month off rostered basis. You will be required to demonstrate a high level commitment to Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing, with the ability to communicate sensitively in a cross-cultural environment and an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal communities and people. The aim is to assist adults and young people to make healthy lifestyle choices, particularly in relation to alcohol and drugs.

    You will be responsible for: Increasing community and client awareness of Social & Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug services including referral services for alcohol and drug problems
  • Providing individual and group education sessions on positive/healthy lifestyles and choices focusing on community identified issues
  • Implementing and fostering participation in a range of life-skills, resilience building and diversionary activities for young clients on the Spinifex Lands Delivering individual and group education sessions on positive/healthy lifestyles and choices focussing on issues identified by the community. Establishing positive relationships with the target group, assessing individual client needs and providing case-management and support for clients on a needs basis
Experience & Skills
  • Minimum Certificate IV in counselling, psychology, social work, alcohol and drug education and mental health or a related area
  • A strong understanding of the social determinants of health affecting Aboriginal people
  • Ability to deliver culturally appropriate group facilitation work across the Social, Emotional and Wellbeing Centre
  • Excellent communication and time management skills
  • First Aid
  • Flexibility to work out of hours when required.
What's on Offer
  • Full time position
  • Competitive salary of up to $73,401 plus district allowance of $4333 annually (depending on experience)
  • Superannuation and salary sacrificing
  • 4 weeks Annual leave entitlement and 2 weeks isolation leave (inclusive of travel) every 8 weeks continuously worked
  • Subsidised accomodation of $80 a fortnight
  • Paid flights to and from Tjuntjuntjara and Kalgoorlie. 8 weeks on 2 weeks off
Practice Type Community Care
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Map of Goldfields


The Eastern Goldfields is the largest region in Western Australia. It covers almost one third of the State and has a population of about 54,000. More than half of the region’s residents live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Esperance, on the southern coast, is the second largest centre with a population of around 13,000.

The Kalgoorlie region has been historically significant in the development of Western Australia, as the centre of the gold rush in the 1890s. As well as reminders of those times in the buildings and institutions around the city, there is still a plethora of natural bounty to be enjoyed in its eucalyptus forests, wide sweeping plains and abundance of wildlife. The cultural mix found in the region is also rich, with a melding of Indigenous and European heritages that has created an area of unique character. To the southern edge of the region the pristine beaches provide a stunning backdrop to Australia’s southern ocean, reached through a corridor of National Parks and wide swathes of unspoiled natural beauty.

The primary industries in the cooler southern part of the region are fishing and farming. The warm, dry northern areas are dominated by gold and nickel mining and industry-related services.

About 50 general practitioners work in the region across 22 practices, including Aboriginal Medical Services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Kalgoorlie is well serviced by specialists.