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Community Mental Health Practitioner - Cairns

Mind Australia
  • Provide holistic person-centred supports to clients with mental ill health to achieve recovery goals and live independently
  • Fixed term 12 month role | Part time 30.4 hours/week, 24/7 Rotating Roster
  • Cairns Location

Mind strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, people with a lived and living experience of mental distress and recovery, and applicants from all cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds.

Mind Australia is one of the country’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers with a range of residential, mobile outreach, centre based and online services. Mind has been supporting people experiencing mental health and wellbeing challenges to find help, hope and purpose in their lives for more than 45 years.

We provide practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. It’s an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life. Mind is committed to diversity and social inclusion.

About the role

The Community Care Unit (CCU) is a residential service providing intensive treatment and recovery support to help people experiencing serious mental health issues whose lives have been disrupted making living independently difficult. Clients can access staff 24/7 whilst being supported to stabilise their mental health, define recovery goals and wellbeing outcomes, build daily living skills, strengthen relationships with families and carers, develop social connections and community networks and increase capacity to live independently. The CCU service provides personalised one-to-one support, shared supports, workshops and group activities based on client’s strengths and goals as identified in their individual recovery plan.

We are a seeking compassionate, self-motivated Community Mental Health Practitioner for a 12 month fixed term, part time (30.4 hours per week) opportunity to work on a 24/7 rotating roster in the Cairns area. You will deliver intensive person-centred, recovery-oriented supports to clients to build their daily living skills, develop social and community connections, achieve wellbeing goals and capacity to live independently in the community.

Key responsibilities

  • Deliver high quality services and facilitate positive educational and social experiences.
  • Support clients to return to their community, live independently and enjoy a meaningful life through a staged approach to recovery.
  • Provide information and mentoring to clients to establish relationships with families and carers, create community networks and access to relevant services.
  • Plan and deliver group programs that aid clients to build their skills and focus on recovery.
  • Collaborate with a range of services and the community to ensure a co-ordinated, integrated response to client’s recovery goals. 

What you’ll bring

  • Tertiary qualifications (minimum Certificate IV) in Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or other health-related field.
  • Able to provide a record of Vaccination Preventable Diseases or able to obtain vaccinations against Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox, Whooping Cough, Hepatitis B or other diseases as required by our Partnership with QLD Health.
  • Expertise in working with people with mental health issues, complex needs and interacting with families and carers.
  • Proven capability to implement therapeutic, recovery oriented frameworks and practices including risk mitigation, trauma informed care and family inclusive practice.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Community Services sector and ability to build strong relationships with service providers, clinical teams and key stakeholders. 


  • Salary packaging up to $15,899 p.a. allows you to allocate a portion of your pre-tax income to cover living expenses (e.g. rent, mortgage, child care, car leasing expenses etc.)
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), provided by Converge International, for you and your immediate family members.
  • Learning, development and career opportunities. 


To obtain a position description and apply online click Apply Now to visit Mind Careers - reference number 495103. Please contact the person below for more information.

Leonie Heness, Service Manager
[email protected]

The successful applicant is required to complete comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check, NDIS Workers Screening Check and the ability to obtain vaccinations against COVID-19.

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