Hunter New England Local Health District Mental Health Clinician Temporay in Newcastle NSW

Hunter New England Local Health District

Branch Newcastle NSW AU

Mental Health Clinician
Newcastle NSW

The successful applicant will be a creative clinical problem solver with the ability to contribute to the ongoing development of the service….

As part of a multidisciplinary team within Lake Macquarie Mental Health Service (LMMHS), provide assessment and care co-ordination to people experiencing mental health issues that addresses their psycho-social and functional needs. This position ensures the provision of quality, client centred interventions within a recovery framework that promotes wellness and enables functional independence, social empowerment and enrichment.

Diverse role in adult community mental health

Temporary part time position

Beautiful location with hard working, friendly team

The classification for this position is Level 3, however if there are no appropriate Level 3 applicants, applications from Level 1 and 2 Allied Health Professional, classified either Occupational Therapy and Social Work, will be considered with appointment at the level commensurate with the applicants years of experience. The selection criteria for this position reflects the requirements for a Level 3 applicant. Responses from Level 1 or 2 applicants need to demonstrate their level of competence with regard to the same criteria and their ability to work towards Level 3. The expected performance of the incumbent will be commensurate with his/her years of experience and current level at commencement of appointment.

We are looking for a dynamic, energetic mental health clinician with a passion for engaging with clients in an acute setting and working within a multidisciplinary team environment to provide evidence based interventions.

The successful applicant will be a creative clinical problem solver with the ability to contribute to the ongoing development of the service. You will be eager to continue developing your skills in the mental health sector.

A “typical” day in the service may involve:
Engaging and working with clients who have an acute mental illness

Utilising evidence based clinical models such as DBT, CBT, ACT and motivational interviewing to work with clients to assist them to manage their illness and achieve their goals

Attending meetings and discussions with colleagues to review the needs of clients, prioritise workloads and collaborate on projects

Networking and liaising with other services to ensure client needs are addressed

This position is located in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales (near Newcastle).

The Lake Macquarie area is a lovely location to work in – we have a beautiful lake that you can drive by and gaze at while carrying out your clinical work – lots of fantastic places for a lunch break! We are also renowned for our coffee spots – our team will be able to share all their insider knowledge so that you can fuel up for the work day ahead.

Hunter New England Local Health District is a great place to grow your career. We are a recognised leader in the healthcare industry, providing a range of public health services to the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast.

As the largest employer in the region, we encourage collaboration, openness and respect in the workplace to empower our employees to use their knowledge, skills and experience to meet the principle of Excellence. Every patient. Every time.

An eligibility list will be created for similar positions, both Permanent and Temporary, in the future.


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Selection Criteria

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Selection Criteria

Must hold a degree in Occupational Therapy, with full registration through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or Social Work with eligibility for membership of the AASW

Demonstrated ability to independently problem-solve and set priorities in the assessment and case management of clients with a mental illness and their families/carers

Extensive knowledge of culturally respectful interventions associated with: individual casework, clinical interventions and group work with people who have mental health issues and their families / carers

Demonstrated application of a professional value base in working as part of a multi-disciplinary team with complex presentations

Demonstrated ability to provide supervision and consultation to staff within mental health, and other professionals both internal and external to mental health services

Evidence of ability to build and maintain cooperative professional and therapeutic relationships with key stakeholders, patients and their families/carers through the application of well-developed interpersonal and conflict resolution skills

Demonstrated high level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to adapt communication style to suit patients and their families/carers

Current Drivers Licence (NSW eligibility)

This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children’s Guardian.
For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Temporary
Location: Newcastle, NSW, AU
Posted on: 2017-04-18
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