Aboriginal Health Liaison Social Worker

City Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows
Job ID 2022-11037
Health Science Professionals (Allied Health) - Social Work / Counselling / Education
Posting Date
2 months ago(4/25/2022 11:00 AM)
Employment Type
Relief Full Time
FTE
1.00
Scheduled Start & Stop Times
Start 0830 Stop 1630
Program/Service
Aboriginal Health

Why Fraser Health?

Fraser Health is responsible for the delivery of hospital and community-based health services to over 1.9 million people in 20 diverse communities from Burnaby to Fraser Canyon on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish and Nlaka’pamux Nations. Our team of 43,000 staff, medical staff and volunteers is dedicated to serving our patients, families and communities to deliver on our vision: Better health, best in health care.

 

Effective October 26, 2021, all new hires to Fraser Health will need to have full COVID 19 vaccination (have received a full series of a World Health Organization “WHO” approved vaccine against infection by SARS-COV-2, or a combination of approved WHO vaccines).  Please note this applies to all postings, and individual medical exemptions must be approved by the Provincial Health Officer.

 

Are you someone who has a real passion for serving others? Are you a registered Social Worker looking to showcase your knowledge, skills, and abilities in a new and dynamic environment? If you've answered yes, then we want you to keep reading!

 

Fraser Health Authority values diversity within the workplace. For this position, we also want to highlight that First Nations, Inuit, Metis or Aboriginal ancestry is regarded as directly relevant to the skills and knowledge for excellence in the position. Pursuant to Section 41 of the British Columbia Human Rights Code, preference will be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

 

We have an exciting opportunity for a Temp Full Time Aboriginal Health Liaison Social Worker based out of Fraser Health sites located in Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows, Surrey, B.C.  This role gives you the chance to work as part of an Aboriginal Health Liaison interprofessional team in supporting Aboriginal clients and their families in the Fraser South area.

 

Build on your education & career experience as you:

  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team as an Aboriginal Health liaison for clients, families, service providers, and community agencies to enhance service delivery through consultation and care plans and advocate for client and family expectations.
  • Conduct client assessments and screenings that include evaluation of emotional, physical, social, spiritual, economic and mental status of client using information from all available sources.
  • Participate in a multi-disciplinary team regarding Aboriginal Health; identify clients and refer to appropriate services; communicate with and obtain assistance from appropriate community agencies to ensure the best possible care for clients and families after discharge from hospital.
  • Provide education and promote health initiatives/services to individuals, families, and Aboriginal communities to increase knowledge regarding self care and whole body health.
  • Encourage informed decision-making, personal growth, learning, and empowering the client to improve their quality of life.
  • Act in a public relations and advocacy capacity to represent Aboriginal Health to medical staff, community agencies, and other service providers.
  • Provide consultation to staff for the purpose of enhancing knowledge of Aboriginal cultures, contemporary social issues and health beliefs as well as information on social and health services available in the community for Aboriginal people.
  • Review and adapt relevant information and materials; participate in professional development activities to keep up to date with current trends and research; assist with orientation of new staff, students, and other health care professionals; maintain knowledge of community social work services and resources.

 

This is a Temp Full Time position based in Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows, Surrey available until 30/Nov/2022 OR Until Return of Incumbent.

 

If this sounds like the ideal role for you, here are more reasons why you should apply:

A career that offers you the opportunity to work in a fast growing and exciting organization with professionals who are excellent in their respective fields.

Fantastic opportunities for support and mentorship into supervisory and management roles are available as you advance within the organization.

An opportunity to make a difference every single day in the world of health care.

 

“Fraser Health Authority values diversity within the workplace.  For this position, we also want to highlight that First Nations, Inuit, Metis or Aboriginal ancestry is regarded as directly relevant to the skills and knowledge for excellence in the position.”

 

Take the next step and apply so we can continue the conversation.

 

Come work with dedicated professionals who are enthusiastic and committed to provide quality healthcare to our clients/patients/residents. We invite you to find out why more than 95% of new employees recommend Fraser Health as an excellent place to work! Work hard and have fun while you do it!

 

Curious to learn what it’s like to work here? Like us on Facebook (@fraserhealthcareers), follow us on Twitter & Instagram (@FHCareer), or connect with us on LinkedIn (fraserhealthcareers) for first-hand employee insights.

 

 

Detailed Overview

Reporting to the Coordinator, Aboriginal Health Liaison Team, participates as a member of a multi-disciplinary team in a variety of community and hospital settings. Within the context of an Aboriginal health care perspective provides culturally appropriate counselling and intermediary services to Aboriginal clients. Plans, organizes, and evaluates clinical and psychosocial health care needs and services for Aboriginal clients involving assessments, health teaching to clients, support, consultation, liaison, and referral to appropriate services. This position will facilitate connections between Aboriginal clients and service providers to enhance access to Fraser Health services, with a culturally appropriate approach.

Responsibilities


  1. As a member of a multi-disciplinary team acts as an Aboriginal Health liaison for clients, families, service providers, and community agencies to enhance service delivery through consultation, development of a care plan and forwarding necessary information to appropriate community services/agencies. Clarifies client and family expectations and acts as a client advocate.

  2. Conducts client assessments and screenings that include evaluation of emotional, physical, social, spiritual, economic and mental status of client using information from all available sources; participates in a multi-disciplinary team regarding Aboriginal Health; identifies clients and refers to appropriate services, as eligible; communicates with and obtains assistance from appropriate community agencies to ensure the best possible care for clients and families after discharge from hospital.

  3. Provides education and promotes health promotion initiatives/services to individuals, families, and Aboriginal communities to increase knowledge regarding self care and whole body health. Encourages informed decision making, personal growth and learning, empowering the client to improve their quality of life.

  4. Acts in public relations and advocacy capacity to represent Aboriginal Health to medical staff and other service providers, and to community agencies and their staff by maintaining up to date knowledge of Aboriginal Health; provides consultation to staff for the purpose of enhancing knowledge of Aboriginal cultures, contemporary social issues and health beliefs; provides information on social and health services available in the community for Aboriginal people; participates in committees that integrate Aboriginal Health with hospital and community programs by providing input and addressing Aboriginal Health issues.

  5. Provides information, interpretation and guidance to general public, agencies, Boards, etc. on Acts and Regulations applicable to social work practices and functions.

  6. Reviews and adapts relevant information material; participates in professional development activities to keep up to date with current trends and research; assists with orientation of new staff, students, and other health care professionals; maintains knowledge of community social work services and resources.

  7. Maintains related records, documentation and statistics; prepares reports as required, and in accordance with established standards and procedures.

  8. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in Social Work from an approved School of Social Work. Two (2) years' recent, related clinical social work experience in a hospital or community setting including one year of experience working with aboriginal clients. Knowledge of Aboriginal health approaches, protocol and cultural issues. Current full registration with the BC College of Social Workers. Valid BC Driver's Licence and access to personal vehicle for business related purposes.

Skills and Abilities


  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of emotional, mental health and contemporary social issues relative to the Aboriginal community.

  • Ability to provide consultation to patients, families and healthcare professionals.

  • Ability to make effective referrals, reflecting in-depth knowledge of community resources and strong collaborative skills in working with community health and social agency personnel.

  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, and theories of Social Work/Clinical Counselling as applied to Aboriginal populations.

  • Ability to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate.

  • Ability to organize and problem solve.

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Demonstrated teaching skills.

  • Ability to deal effectively with individuals, groups, and other professionals within a multi-disciplinary environment in a diverse community.

  • Ability to prioritize workload, keep accurate records and write reports.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Aboriginal culture and community resources and agencies.

  • Ability to deliver culturally sensitive services to Aboriginal populations.

  • Physical ability to perform the duties of the position.

  • Ability to operate related equipment, including personal computers and related software.

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