Mental Health Clinician

  • Base/Location:Njernda Medical Centre, 84 Hare Street Echuca
  • Reports To:Health & Wellbeing Services Manager
  • Hours:By negotiation
  • Award:As per Award
  • Position Scope:

    Njernda Aboriginal Medical Centre and Wellbeing Unit provides practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. Its mental health and wellbeing approach looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life. Referrals will come mostly from Njernda Medical Centres General Practitioners in the form of mental health care plans with priority to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The role would be best suited to a compassionate and self-motivated community mental health practitioners

• Respect
Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
• Accountability
Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
• Resilience
Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
• Cultural Sensitivity
Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement
• Advocacy
Working to transform the disadvantaged and challenge the causes that impact on our community

• Tertiary qualifications in Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, or other mental health related field.
• AHPRA Registration
• Appropriate state credentials and licensing
• Medicare credentialled preferred

• Provide mental health counselling to support clients to enjoy a meaningful life
• Guide clients in the development of skills and strategies to deal with their problems.
• Work as part of a multidisciplinary team offering specialised support.
• Work collaboratively with a range of services and the community to ensure a coordinated and integrated response to the client’s recovery goals.
• Develop partnerships with other mental health providers.
• Evaluate programs and services by collecting data using qualitative and quantitative methodology.
• Foster a strong team spirit within the organization.
• Participate in general staff, team, and planning meetings.
• Work as a team member in conjunction with Family Services, Health and Administrative staff.
• Participate in ongoing training and development.
• Ensure the confidentiality of client information at all times.
• Maintain appropriate data and client records.
• Other duties as directed.
• Act, at all times, in a professional manner in accordance with the policies and practices of the Corporation.

• Demonstrated effectiveness in the delivery of culturally appropriate prevention, early intervention, care treatment and recovery initiatives related to the delivery of Aboriginal mental health support services.
• Demonstrated understanding of mental illnesses and the culturally appropriate care and / or treatment of these.
• Demonstrated ability to be proactive in the development and implementation of mental wellbeing policies and programs through knowledge about the concept of community-controlled healthcare and holistic health care practices in Aboriginal communities.
• Demonstrated capacity for best practice in the case management process, including clinical liaison, crisis intervention, follow up care and client advocacy.
• An ability to communicate effectively with Aboriginal people and handle issues in a sensitive manner.
• An ability to advocate on behalf of individuals and families.
• Familiar with the primary mental health care environment.
• Familiar with the local health / medical environment.
• The ability to maintain records and manage time effectively and efficiently.
• Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and effectively as part of a multi-skilled team.
• Work with discretion and observe confidentiality and privacy provisions.
• Sound computer skills.

Other relevant information
• The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working with Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications
• Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety
principles and practices are required
• You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition.

All applications must address the key selection criteria and include a recent resume

Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.

All applicants must address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To: Trisha Williams
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
86 Hare Street,
Echuca Vic 3564

(PO Box 201)
Echuca Vic 3564


Fax: (03) 5480 2250

All applications close: Friday 8 October 2021

Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).

All applications close: 13th Oct 2021

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