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Art Therapist - Lismore, Kempsey, Armidale and Wallaga Lake

Gunawirra Limited

About the Role:

  • The Art therapist is responsible for working with children in individual and group settings in rural preschools around NSW. Along with supporting and assisting educators to understand and recognise trauma in the classroom with necessary intervention strategies.
  • The position is responsible for working in conjunction with a small team in the delivery of culturally appropriate mental health services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as a member of the multi-disciplinary primary health care team.
  • Provide high quality assessment and intervention for clients within a professional, confidential and culturally safe manner, in keeping with accepted best practice standards.
  • Work closely with the Clinical Manager and Executive team to support regular tracking of progress in monitoring client progress and care, ensuring feedback is provided to staff and supporting implementation of changes in response to identified gaps.
  • Maintain accurate client records, including the collection and collation of statistical information in order to forecast demand for services and allocation of budgets.
  • Provide periodic performance and evaluation reports to the Executive team as required.
  • Provide supervision and support as appropriate to less experienced staff, Aboriginal Health Workers, Allied Health Assistant and students and provide in-service education in areas relevant to mental health service provision as required.
  • Provide input into the development of clinical practices, procedures and protocols within the work area.
  • Actively participate in professional development including continuing education opportunities provided through the organisation and regular clinical and cultural supervision.

What you bring:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Art Therapy (e.g. Masters of Art Therapy).
  • Demonstrated ability to use a variety of art media to achieve therapeutic goals.
  • Cultural knowledge of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would be desirable.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the health issues impacting the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and children and a strong commitment to improving health outcomes.
  • Preparedness to travel intra- state where remote preschools are serviced.
  • Skill in working autonomously in a primary care setting, in particular the ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team with a sound understanding of your role as a Mental Health clinician in this context.
  • Clinical experience working with families impacted by trauma.
  • Ability to provide clinical services of a complex nature, where established principles, procedures and methods require expansion, adaptation and modification.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues, supervisors, managers and stakeholders regarding service delivery improvement opportunities and consumer outcomes.
  • Preparedness to engage in supervision of students at undergraduate levels and less experienced staff in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary health care.


  • Career progression
  • Flexible working hours

How to apply

Please write a cover letter outlining how you meet the Required Skills, Knowledge & Qualifications and send it to us with your resume to office@gunawirra.com.au, using the subject line: Art Therapist application via EthicalJobs.

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