Western NSW Local Health District

Mental Health Clinician - Suicide Prevention Outreach Team

Western NSW Local Health District

Mar 19th, 2023
$ 67,357 - 108,612 / Year
The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is one of the largest Local Health Districts in New South Wales covering an area of 246,676 square kilometres, similar to the size of Britain.

We deliver innovative health services to an estimated resident population of approximately 276,000 people. WNSWLHD is diverse in the health care it delivers boasting the largest rural mental health service in Australia, three major rural referral hospitals at Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst, 50 community health centres which provide access to a wide range of multidisciplinary primary, and community health services, 38 inpatient facilities including 25 Multipurpose Services (MPSs) and District Health Services at Mudgee, Cowra, Parkes and Forbes.

Join our dedicated and professional Mental Health Team at Dubbo and make a positive change to the health of our community.

To be considered for interview, candidates must address the Selection Criteria in the Position Description.

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Registered Nurse – Midwife ; Occupational Therapist Level 1/2 ; Social Worker Level 1/2 ; Speech Pathologist Level 1/2 ; Counsellor Level 1/2 ; Welfare Officer Level 1/2 ; Psychologist ; Dietitian Level 2
Remuneration: $67,357.32 – $108,612.00 pa (plus super)
Hours per week: 38
Location: Dubbo, NSW

Mental Health Clinician – Suicide Prevention Outreach Team

Mental Health Drug & Alcohol – Dubbo

About the role:
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 problem solver with the ability to contribute to the ongoing development of the service.

The Suicide Prevention Outreach Team is a key initiative of the Towards Zero Suicides NSW government program and this role will provide responsive, recovery oriented trauma-informed clinical support for people in crisis and their family/carers.

This initiative will provide assertive outreach and follow up for people experiencing a suicidal crisis in the community. Your support may include crisis response, proactive follow up, psychosocial support, safety planning, recovery/wellness planning, individual support, engagement with persons who have lived experience, advocacy and collaborative identification of community supports.

You’ll work with crisis services including help lines and contexts associated with high suicide risk including departure from custody, homelessness, financial distress, domestic and family violence and sexual assault. You’ll also work with youth, Aboriginal, men’s, LGBTIQ, legal aid and drug and alcohol services to ensure high awareness of the suicide prevention outreach team and referrals to the service.

This is an opportunity to participate in the co-design of unique locally focused models of care with people with lived experience of suicide, clinicians, community organisations and other stakeholders. These models will respond to local needs and integrate with existing services.

The service aims to promote a no wrong door approach and will operate after hours and weekend work will be a requirement of the role.

Western NSW Local Health District encourages suitably qualified Aboriginal people to apply for this position.

This is a targeted position in accordance with GSE Rule 26: Employment of eligible persons.Whereby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply and, where found suitable, will be given higher priority under affirmative action in order to improve access to employment and career opportunities. In the event there are no suitable Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants, then applications from non-Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be considered.

Where you’ll be working:
Western NSW Local Health District is at the forefront in the delivery of rural and remote Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol services across a catchment area of 400,000 square kilometres with regional centres – Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst – providing hubs for local and remote services.

Our vision is to be leaders in the delivery or these services to rural & remote people and we utilise a range of modalities and delivery options including virtual to provide our services.

With an early intervention and recovery focus, we place the person at the centre of care, considering individual strengths and valuing Aboriginal cultural competency in providing evidence based treatment. We provide cohesive and integrated care with our service partnerships and aim to provide the least restrictive care, closest to home.

We are consistently evolving our care model to suit the demographics of our region, in line evidence based treatment and technology available. We are well connected with research organisations, with ongoing projects and we enthusiastically host pilot programs and trials to be at the forefront of service delivery.

Dubbo has two mental health inpatient units: a ten-bed adult acute unit and a ten-bed sub-acute step-up unit, both co-located at Dubbo Health Service.

Dubbo community mental health and drug and alcohol services consists of multidisciplinary teams offering comprehensive support for adult services, older persons’ services, infant, child, youth and family services and counselling services.

Dubbo also operates an Opioid treatment facility.

Within the Dubbo region are the Wellington, Lightning Ridge and Bourke community mental health and drug and alcohol teams who provide outreach services to other rural and remote communities in the region.

About us:
WNSWLHD is the largest employer in the region, with over 7,700 dedicated staff working across 3 major rural referral hospitals, 50 community health centres, numerous corporate and executive offices and 38 inpatient facilities – which include 25 multipurpose services and 4 district health services.

We are committed to building a workplace that values diversity, inclusion and belonging, by recognising and valuing the skills and strengths each person can bring to our organisation. As a vibrant and diverse region, rich in community and culture, we welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Some of the benefits of working with us include:

  • Genuine support in an inclusive, compassionate and caring team environment.
  • Interesting and challenging work that will bring your purpose to life, broaden your scope and fast track your career.
  • Greater autonomy and responsibility to reach your full potential.
  • Opportunities to make an impact and shape the future of rural health through involvement in projects, innovations and research.
  • Opportunities for learning and development, including access to a mentoring program and in-house training with our Organisational Development Unit and eLearning system.
  • Access to Salary Packaging to save on tax, Fitness Passport and free and confidential counselling services.

How to apply:
Candidates must read the Position Description and address the Selection Criteria for the role, providing examples where required. You must also upload a copy of your current CV as part of your application. For assistance, see our Guide to Employment with WNSWLHD. For further information on the remuneration and conditions, visit NSW Public Health System Awards.

Applications will close 2 April 2023 – 11:59pm.
For role related enquiries, please reach out to Lucy Rolek on (02) 6881 4000 or [email protected]

COVID-19 Response:
All NSW Health workers are required to provide a record of their COVID-19 vaccination status if successful for this role, or have an approved medical contraindication certificate.

Talent Pool
If we identify a surplus of suitable candidates for this role, you may also be invited to an eligibility list where you could be offered an alternative position per the relevant Award.

If you require alternative methods of application or screening, you must approach Western NSW Local Health District directly to request this, as we're not responsible for the employer's application process.

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