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Pastoral Care Officer -- Southern Cross Care, ACT and Goulburn

Date Posted: 02-Oct-2019

Permanent Part Time, 30 hours per fortnight. Travel between our ACT (Garran and Campbell) and Goulburn sites

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At Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT) (‘SCC’) we believe that our purpose is to empower older people to ‘live life to the full’. We offer a continuum of personalised, expert services and adapt to meet the needs of each person and their family, providing aged care services through home care, retirement living and residential facilities. At SCC people are at the heart of everything we do.

SCC respects the right of every person to be supported to explore/maintain their spiritual beliefs, practices and traditions. We have developed a Spiritual Wellbeing Framework to enable us to support our residents (customers) in this manner. An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Pastoral Care Officer to join our team to support our residents in exploring and maintaining their spiritual beliefs, practices and traditions.

What you will do:
*  Supporting and encouraging spiritual maturity, identity and growth;
*  Assisting residents and clients though transitions, challenging periods and grief/loss;
*  Supporting residents to identify and engage with what gives them meaning and purpose;
*  Establishing and maintaining links with faith communities to arrange activities that meet the pastoral, spiritual, and religious needs, such as facilitating visitations and prayer services; and
*  Supporting a team of pastoral care volunteers to provide holistic care to our residents.

This role will work across three of our facilities - including Garran, Campbell and Goulburn, for 30hrs per fortnight. The successful applicant will be required to travel between the three sites, spending a minimum of one day per week in Goulburn, NSW.

About you:
  *  1-2 years’ experience working within Aged Care or community services, providing spiritual, pastoral and/or religious care;
  *  Relevant qualifications in spiritual care (or similar) at a Certificate IV level or above;
  *  Acceptance and sensitivity to others’ beliefs and understanding of spiritual dimensions of older people; including the ability to support people of all cultures, beliefs and religions;
  *  Experience is spiritual assessment and facilitating activities, services and programs to meet the diverse needs of residents;
  *  Strong communication skills including reflective listening; and
  *  Experience in managing volunteers: recruitment, training and supporting volunteers (desirable). 

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