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Mental Health Promotions Officer

Employer: The Mental Health Council of Tasmania
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Communications & Marketing, Health Care & Allied Health, Mental Health & Counselling, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Hobart

Job posted on: 24 June, 2013.
Applications close: 01 July, 2013. (Expired)

Location: Mental Health Council of Tasmania, Hobart.  Some travel inter and intra-state required.

Responsible to: CEO

Works With:

  • MHCT staff
  • Mental Health Consumers, Carers and Service Provider Organisations
  • Non-profit, Government, and Private organisations
  • General Public and Media contacts

Employment Conditions :

  • Fixed term contract finishing 30 June 2015.
  • 0.7 - 0.8 FTE (26.6 - 30.4 hours per week, exact hours per week will be confirmed prior to appointment)
  • Employment Conditions per Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Social and Community Services.
  • Ongoing employment subject to the successful completion of a 3 month probationary period.

Special Conditions

  • State-wide travel and occasional interstate travel required as well as additional reasonable hours which will be compensated per the TOIL Policy.
  • Flexible work arrangements may be negotiable, subject to meeting organisation requirements.

Duties – Position Specific

The Mental Health Promotions Officer (MHPO) is required to work with a high degree of autonomy in setting priorities, working with minimal supervision and exercising initiative and sound professional judgement. The MHPO will be required to:

  • Co-ordinate all aspects of Mental Health Week events across Tasmania including co-ordination of MHW grants processes, delivery of a statewide marketing and promotion campaign, preparation of materials and resources to promote approved messages and attendance at Mental Health Week events.
  • Deliver mental health promotion activity in line the Act-Belong-Commit framework, including fostering partnerships with other organisations to promote this approach.
  • Develop and promote mental health messages that promote Primary Prevention and Early Intervention approaches and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness.
  • Prepare policies and resources that support consistent and professional communications by MHCT staff
  • Organise MHCT events, including MHCT involvement in other organisations’ events, which promote MHCT messages.
  • In conjunction with the CEO, develop appropriate messages to proactively generate media coverage and raise the profile of MHCT.  Monitor Tasmanian media coverage of mental health issues and respond as required.
  • Establish and maintain MHCT’s social media presence and produce & disseminate regular communications to stakeholders.

Duties – Generic (all MHCT staff)

  • Participate in agreed / approved professional development.
  • Contribute to planning, reporting and information management processes as required to meet funder and MHCT reporting requirements.
  • Comply with MHCT policies and procedures, including Workplace Health and Safety and Anti-discrimination requirements.
  • Support and facilitate relevant advisory / reference groups.
  • Participate in relevant state and national committees / networks.
  • Pro-actively engage with members and stakeholders’ in pursuit of MHCT goals.
  • Interact with mental health consumers and carers in ways that recognise each person’s unique abilities and intrinsic value.

Selection Criteria


  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications in a communications, health promotion or other relevant discipline.
  2. Relevant work experience in communications, health promotion, project management, or events co-ordination.
  3. Demonstrated high level written and verbal communications skills that show capacity to produce high quality communications across a range of formats and using a range of technologies.
  4. Demonstrated capacity to identify, establish and maintain effective partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders ranging from community members to media and corporate leaders.
  5. Demonstrated capacity to organise and participate in events that promote positive mental health messages, including experience in co-ordinating funding processes or the ability to rapidly acquire such knowledge.
  6. Demonstrated capacity to manage competing priorities whilst meeting organisational deadlines.
  7. Demonstrated capacity to communicate positively with people living with mental illness and people and services working with them.


  1. Demonstrated understanding of the factors that promote good mental health for communities and individuals.
  2. Understanding of current issues impacting on consumers, their families and carers affected by mental illness.

Salary and Conditions: Employment Conditions per Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010 - Social and Community Services - Social and Community Services Level 6.  Salary packaging is available.

Superannuation: Standard employer contribution with any legislated increase within the contract period.

Code of Conduct: All employees of the MHCT must abide by MHCT Code of Conduct.

Occupational Health and Safety: As an employee of the MHCT, you must be aware of and comply with requirements of the Workplace Health and Safety Act and associated regulations.  This includes taking responsibility for your own health and safety and that of others in the workplace and complying with MHCT workplace health and safety policies and procedures.

Police Checks: All employees and volunteers of the MHCT must undergo a national Police Check.

Enquiries: Darren Carr.

Position Description available below or at or 03 6229 4447 or

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