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Community Mental Health Practitioner - Lead Practitioner - First Nations - Kaurna Country

Mind Australia
  • Provide holistic supports to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples with mental ill health to live their best lives
  • Permanent role | Part time 26 hours/week
  • Kaurna Country, North Adelaide Location

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. We have been supporting people living with the day-to-day impacts of mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers for over 40 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 Sub-Acute Eastern IPRSS program supports individuals with mental health issues within a framework of recovery that is focused on strengths and capabilities. IPRSS supports clients to maintain a sustainable purposeful lifestyle that has meaning and value, actively participate in community life and reduce social isolation, and enhance independent living skills and establish positive connection with external service providers, family and carers.

We are seeking a compassionate, experienced Community Mental Health Practitioner - Lead Practitioner - First Nations for a permanent, part time (26 hours per week) opportunity on Kaurna Country. Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, you will act as the practice lead and provide person-centred, recovery-oriented supports in line with Mind’s Model of Recovery-Oriented Practice to ensure identified goals and aspirations align with an individual’s plan.

Key responsibilities

  • Coach a team to deliver culturally safe, high quality outreach supports and facilitate positive educational and social experiences.
  • Utilise person-centred, recovery-orientated techniques and a staged approach to recovery to ensure a co-ordinated, integrated response to client’s goals.
  • Build client trust through strengths based engagement and develop relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, local communities, kinship groups and elders.
  • Support clients to reconnect or connect with the communities and services, and educate stakeholders to understand the health benefits of connection with country and community.
  • Lead the implementation of the SA Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

What you’ll bring

  • Tertiary qualifications (minimum Certificate IV) in Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or other health-related field and/or equivalent experience in similar role.
  • Expertise in working with First Nations peoples with mental health issues who have complex needs and strong experience interacting with communities, families and carers.
  • Understanding of the link between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, disconnection from community and mental health.
  • Previous experience in supporting, mentoring and coaching a team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Community Services sector and ability to build strong relationships with agencies, clinical providers, local communities and elders.


  • Attractive Not For Profit Salary Packaging benefits.
  • Flexible work arrangements to suit your lifestyle!
  • Learning, development and career opportunities.


To obtain a position description and apply online visit Job@Mind - reference number 14916.

*NB: This position is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants only, as Mind Australia considers that being Aboriginal or a Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for the position under special measures pursuant to Section 56 of the Equal Employment Opportunity Act 1984 (SA).

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