Aboriginal Student Support Officer, Curtin Medical School

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: PartTime

Job Reference: 1145030

At Curtin we are committed to embedding the voices and perspectives of First Nations peoples at the forefront of our decision making to create an environment in which everyone thrives.

In line with Curtin’s 2030 Strategic Plan, Curtin University is committed to optimising employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In an effort to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait representation in the University, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply for this role, pursuant to Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).

This position plays a key role in supporting the University in our ongoing efforts in Reconciliation through enhancing the attraction, engagement, retention and success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Your new role
Here's your chance to be part of an incredible team at Curtin Medical School, dedicated to enabling Aboriginal student success. Get ready to dive into a dynamic role where your passion for supporting a positive student experience can shine!

As an Aboriginal Student Support Officer, you'll be at the heart of:
· Empowering Aboriginal Students: Be an important point of contact for our students, supporting them from recruitment to graduation in the MBBS program.
· Navigating the Labyrinth: Help students navigate policies and processes, ensuring they have access to the support they need for overall well-being and academic success.
· Community Connector: Build bridges with community elders, organisations, and hospitals, fostering an environment where everyone thrives.
· Cultural Catalyst: Create and maintain a culturally safe learning environment that enhances the Faculty's and University's reputation as a safe space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
We're on the lookout for an individual with:
· Passion for Impact: If you’re excited about making a positive impact on Aboriginal students' lives, we’d like to hear from you.
· Cultural Fluency: Your ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal communities is crucial.
· Student Success: Experience supporting the welfare and success of diverse student groups, particularly Aboriginal, low-SES, and regional/remote students.
· Collaborative Spirit: A team player who thrives on collaboration and can connect the dots with support services.
If you're ready to be a part of a progressive and supportive team, fostering an environment where diversity is celebrated, we're eager to hear from you. At Curtin, we value unique experiences and perspectives. If your skills and potential align with our vision, please apply.
If you have any questions about this role and how it could work for you, please contact Louise Austen on [email protected].
About Us
Curtin Medical School
The Curtin Medical School - Discipline of Medicine’s mission is that our graduates will be recognised for their commitment to general practice, mental health, and aged care as well as rural, regional and Aboriginal health care. It is one of four Disciplines in the Curtin Medical School and is responsible for our five-year undergraduate medical program (MBBS) and an associated, dedicated intercalated research year (BMedSci (Hons)) for selected MBBS students. We welcomed our first cohort of 60 medical students in 2017 and celebrated our first graduating doctors at the end of 2021.
The medical school is based in a dedicated building on the University Bentley campus with tailored clinical teaching and simulation facilities and offers the only undergraduate medical degree in Western Australia. It now enrols 120 new students each year with preferential selection of students with a rural, Indigenous Australian, or disadvantaged background. In addition, the School has nine metropolitan hospital clinical placement sites, health campuses in Midland (Perth) and Kalgoorlie (Goldfields, WA), is a member of Rural Clinical School WA and has close links with metropolitan and rural primary care and other community-based health care providers.
You will find Curtin to be a friendly place where integrity, respect for one another, courage, excellence, and impact are a part of everyday life. This role is based at our Bentley campus on Whadjuk Nyungar Country, and includes a gym, day-care centre, a medical centre, art gallery, endless food options including a supermarket, beautiful gardens, end-of-trip facilities, good parking, and excellent public transport connections.
Aside from the vibrant campus life, we offer more than just a job. Think generous superannuation (17%), salary packaging benefits, work flexibility, and personal development opportunities.
We also offer

· Annual Leave: 150 hours per year.
· Personal Leave: 105 hours per year
· Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Leave: 37.5 hours per year to fulfil ceremonial obligations for staff who identify and are accepted as members of Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander communities.
· Paid Parental Leave: 26 weeks for the primary caregiver; 3 weeks for non-primary caregiver.
· Access to Long Service Leave after 7 years continuous service - 487.5 hours (65 days) entitlement for full time staff (pro-rata equivalent for part-time staff).
· Recognition of Prior Service: In some circumstances prior service is recognised for long service leave purposes. New Curtin employees may be eligible* if they have worked for an Australian University, public service or other recognised institution.
· Gender Affirmation leave: 20 days paid leave entitlement to support staff transitioning.
· Purchased leave arrangements, Community Service leave, Study leave and support
· Health insurance & Hotel Discounts (Crown Hotels, selected Perth CBD accommodation and Worldwide hotel chains).
· Curtin's Healthy Lifestyle Program: Our staff are entitled to up to 2 hours per week paid time off to participate in Curtin’s Health Lifestyle program. For information on Curtin's wellbeing locations please visit - https://s38508.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2023/02/Mental-Health-Week-Map.pdf

Please visit www.curtin.edu.au to learn more about our University.
Join Us!
To apply, please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining the below points:
· Empowering Success: Share examples of your understanding and ability to support the welfare of Aboriginal, low-SES and/or regional and remote students and break down barriers for their success.
· Cultural Connector: Highlight instances where you've effectively and sensitively communicated and collaborated with Aboriginal communities; and supported an environment of cultural safety.
· Collaboration: Illustrate your collaborative spirit, how you've provided a client focused service and liaised with support services to make a difference.
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Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a dynamic team that's dedicated to empowering Aboriginal students and creating a positive impact on their educational journey. Join us and be part of something truly special!

Applications close: Wednesday 20 December, 11PM AWST (Boorloo)
Please kindly note, Curtin University Limited-Service Period commences from 22 December 2023 – 8 January 2024 as such shortlisting will take place as soon as advertising closes, with interviews anticipated to be scheduled for Mid-January 2024.

Applicants should note that prior to appointment, you will need to have a current National Police Records check, undergo character, integrity, and reference checks. Please note that this position may be subject to a WA state government vaccination mandate. If requested, you will be required to provide evidence of your vaccination status prior to employment.

If you have any queries in relation to this application process, please contact our careers team on 08 9266 9000 (option 3,1).

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