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Mental Health Clinician (Youth Engagement Team)

Advertiser: Cornerstone Youth Services Inc.More jobs from this company

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Job Listing Date
13 May 2020
Devonport & North West
Work Type
Full Time
Healthcare & Medical, Psychology, Counselling & Social Work

The position: The successful applicant (full or part-time) will become a key staff member within the Cornerstone Youth Services (CYS) team and will work closely with staff in the CYS primary care team (General Practitioners, Psychologists, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Youth Health Nurses, Youth Workers) and a range of government and non-government service providers.

Other key relationships include other service providers, school communities and collocated services.

Position description: The following is a general description of the Mental Health Clinician role, with specific position descriptions to be negotiated with the successful applicant/s.

1. Engage young people and conduct bio/psycho/social assessment and the initial screening of young people referred to or who access CYS according to the CYS policies and procedures.

2. Identify young people who have disengaged from mental health services, have complex mental health needs and require assertive outreach for follow up.

3. Provide secondary consult to organisations working with young people experiencing mental health issues.

4. Document the assessment and screening results and present cases for review in conjunction with other CYS team members.

5. Maintain required activity records for monitoring and evaluation of the CYS Program.

6. Participate in and contribute to team meetings, training and planning activities, service evaluation and clinical governance activities including data collection, supervision, file auditing, performance management etc.

7. Participate in professional development activities within the CYS framework and maintain necessary knowledge and skills required to fulfill the responsibilities of the position.

8. Prepare recommendations, reports and proposals as necessary to meet CYS requirements.

9. Maintain a safe working environment by adhering to WHS policies, procedures and guidelines and by working in a responsible manner to ensure the safety of oneself, other staff members, young people and visitors to CYS or other collocated areas from where the service is delivered.

Essential Qualifications (Note: Applicants without appropriate qualifications/registration (or eligibility) will not be considered)

Degree in Nursing, Psychology (4+2 pathways or 5+1 pathway), Social Work or Occupational Therapy.

Current registration (full or provisional) with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA), as a Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist or Mental Health Nurse, OR eligibility for AASW registration as an Accredited Social Worker.


Post graduate qualifications and/or previous experience working in the mental health sector.

Selection Criteria:

1. Knowledge and understanding of the evidence-based interventions and clinical theories and practices of youth mental health and drug and alcohol intervention, as well as demonstrated excellence in the practical application of such; including experience in delivering a range of contemporary, evidenced counselling frameworks, clinical case management, with an assertive outreach approach  and secondary consultation.

2. Demonstrated knowledge of issues of clinical risk including self-harm, suicide and violence risk, and a demonstrated ability to deliver appropriate risk assessments and appropriate, clinically-indicated response to risk.

3. Demonstrated knowledge of health and social issues experienced by young people, the determinants of health outcomes, and the evidence-based ways of engaging with these issues.

4. Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver group based skills, education and/or support-based activities to assist a young person’s psychosocial functioning and to inform other community agencies working with disengaged youth.

5. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development as well as an understanding of clinical governance and ability and willingness to undertake clinical governance tasks including professional supervision, case review, quality auditing, compliance with internal and external policies, and continuous improvement activities.

6. Highly developed communication (including written) and interpersonal skills, and the ability to engage with young people, advocate on their behalf and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, young people families/carers and stakeholders.

7. Initiative and the ability to be self directed and to work with minimal supervision and manage time effectively.

8. Proven ability to build and establish partnerships with outside organisations.

The organisation: Cornerstone Youth Services Inc. (CYS) delivers a broad range of services to our community of young people aged 12 to 25 in North and North-West Tasmania. We focus on health promotion, prevention, education, early intervention and developing help-seeking behaviours. Our services to young people include access to ‘no charge’ GP's, Youth Health Nurses, Drug & Alcohol, Social and Youth Workers and Allied Health.  We also provide individual and group support and activities; school programs; advocacy to access many other services to improve general or specific health and well-being.

Where you’ll be working: This position is primarily based out of our offices on the North-West coast of Tasmania, with some travel occasionally required to client locations and other sites in the North-West region.

What's on offer: Salary will be negotiated based on experience and skills, within the framework of the Health Professionals and Services Award 2010. The successful applicant will have access to excellent Salary Packaging benefits, professional development and training allowances, and flexible work arrangements. This position may be eligible for a relocation grant of up to $5000.

Contact: If you have any questions regarding this position or the application process please contact Keryn Geard, Programs Manager, on 0499 880 039.

How to Apply: To apply for this position please send a Cover Letter, your CV and a Statement against the Selection Criteria identifying examples of how you meet that criteria to

Applications are to be received no later than 5:00 pm 3rd June, 2020.

Position requirements:

Working With Vulnerable People Precautions

This position is designated as being child-related employment. Child-related employment means any employment, where at least one of the responsibilities of the position involves direct contact with children where that contact is not directly supervised. The Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013 (Tas.) requires that people engaged in child-related employment must be registered to work as prescribed by the Act and the Regulations. 

To apply for, undertake or remain in this position you are required to:

  1. Provide proof of identity (e.g. current Drivers Licence, birth certificate or passport)
  2. Undertake a criminal history check or provide a current National Police Records Check
  3. Provide and maintain a current Working with Vulnerable People Check
  4. Maintain a current driver’s licence
  5. Have some flexibility to travel, and to work after hours (including weekends and evenings)
  6. Maintain eligibility to work in Australia
The application form will include these questions:
  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Do you have a current Working With Children (WWC) Check?
  • Are you currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)?
  • Do you have a current Police Check (National Police Certificate) for employment?
  • Do you have experience working with young people with complex needs?

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