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Commissioning Officer - Mental Health


Employer: Wentworth Healthcare Limited
Work Type/s: Full Time
Classification/s: Mental Health & Counselling, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Sydney

Job posted on: 26 October, 2018.
Applications close: No Deadline – please apply as soon as possible

  • Salary packaging of up to $18,550 tax free per year and 9.5% superannuation
  • New, modern, eco-friendly offices with open space surrounded by nature
  • Free parking on-site
  • Great company culture

About the Organisation

Wentworth Healthcare Limited, provider of the Nepean Blue Mountains Primary Health Network (NBMPHN) is a not-for profit organisation which works to improve health for the people in our community. This includes the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Lithgow and Penrith local government areas.

Our mission is to empower general practice and other healthcare professionals to deliver high-quality, accessible and integrated primary healthcare that meets the needs of our community.

Culture and Benefits

  • Wentworth Healthcare offers staff a flexible, supportive and safe working environment.
  • Attractive remuneration plus super and salary packaging options will be available.

About the Opportunity

The Commissioning Officer – Mental Health will work collaboratively with key stakeholders to commission appropriate mental health services and initiatives across the region that support the wellbeing of people with mental illness, in line with available funding and prioritised needs. This includes:

  • Assessing and prioritising needs;
  • Planning, scoping and service co-design;
  • Tendering and contracting of new services; and
  • Contract management, performance monitoring and reporting on existing commissioned services.

This role is part of the Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) team. This team currently commission a range of AOD and mental health services across a stepped care model to best meet the needs of the community, including headspace centres in Penrith and Lithgow, Partners in Recovery, low-intensity, suicide prevention, psychosocial and clinical therapy services. Engagement with healthcare providers, consumers, carers and stakeholders is an essential element of our work.

Key responsibilities include (but aren’t limited to): 

  • Design, develop and successfully operationalise approved programs from concept to implementation phase based on evidence based practice.
  • Develop and monitor the procurement and contract management of commissioned services, including performance monitoring, reporting and evaluation processes.
  • Align work practice to WHL’s commissioning processes and framework to best support the commissioning process.
  • Identify, consult and manage relationships with key stakeholders involved in potential and or existing, approved initiatives, including communication and networking arrangements and the establishment and maintenance of advisory committees where required.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of needs assessments and regional planning in accordance with defined contractual requirements and the organisation’s annual plan.
  • Maintain and manage operational plans, contracts and or service agreements with service providers and where applicable contribute to the reporting of contractual obligations and the strategic and operational plans of NBMPHN.
  • Seek opportunities to engage with research activities that support formalised evaluation of approved projects.

This position is full-time and funded for a 1 year period. Future employment is subject to ongoing funding

Selection Criteria

Essential Criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications.
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in areas that can be applied to a commissioning role such as experience in undertaking needs assessments and/or project scoping, evidence based service design, service co-design, stakeholder engagement, procurement, contract management, performance monitoring, reporting and/or other relevant areas.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Initiative, attention to detail, strong organisational skills and a positive and proactive approach.
  • Demonstrable ability to use information computer technology (ICT) effectively (to at-least an intermediate level) to support program implementation. 

Desirable Criteria:

  • Understanding of the impacts of mental health on the community and recovery oriented practice.
  • Knowledge of current mental health landscape (including clinical and psychosocial services) in the community setting.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with lived experience of mental health are encouraged to apply.
How to apply for this job

Please visit www.nbmphn.com.au/jobs to read the Position Description and to submit your Cover Letter, CV and a separate document addressing the selection criteria stated above.

Note: Applications will only be considered if accompanied by a separate document addressing the above criteria.

Applications close 11 November 2018.

Selection Process:

A selection panel, will assess your application against the criteria stated above in the “How to Apply” section.

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by phone.

Following the interviews, reference checks will be conducted and Criminal Record Checks will also be undertaken.

If you have any questions please contact Human Resources on 02 4708 8100.

Wentworth Healthcare Limited is an equal opportunity employer and encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, young people, people with disabilities and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for positions.

You must have the right to live and work in Australia to apply for this job. No Recruitment Agencies please.