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Community Mental Health Practitioners - Dandenong

Mind Australia
  • Deliver positive, person centred wellbeing services to people with mental health and AOD challenges
  • Permanent role: Full time or Part time 22.8 hours/week
  • Dandenong 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 service

The Adult and Older Adult Mental Health and Wellbeing services, also refer to as “Locals”, are a key recommendation from Victoria’s Royal Commission into the mental health service system’s transformation. The Locals will act as the ‘front door’ service to the mental health system and will provide a continuum of care and support, including clinical interventions, wellbeing supports, and therapeutic support through an integrated mental health and alcohol and other drug framework approach. These services will have a ‘no wrong door’ policy, ensuring accessibility to all individuals seeking support. 

About the role

We are seeking a self-motivated, empathic Community Mental Health Practitioner. This is a permanent full time or part time (22.8 hours per week) with a 7 day roster opportunity to work within the Dandenong area. You will deliver one-to-one individualised support, intake and assessment, outreach support, service navigation and care coordination. In line with My Better Life model and organisational values for people with mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs challenges.

You will play an integral role in working collaboratively with consumers to achieve their wellbeing and recovery goals through, one-to-one support, and group work facilitation to enhance recovery, personal growth and activities of daily living. 

Key responsibilities

  • Provide information and mentoring to clients to establish or re-establish relationships with families, carers and supporters, create community networks and access to relevant services.
  • Collaborate with a range of services and the community to ensure a co-ordinated, integrated response to the needs and preferences of people being supported.
  • Deliver high quality in person and outreach services and facilitate positive educational and social experiences.
  • Support people to remain in the community and promote their wellbeing.
  • Plan and deliver group programs that support people to build their skills and focus on their wellbeing.
  • Collaborate with a range of services and the community to ensure a co-ordinated, integrated response to people‘s stated needs and preferences.

What you’ll bring

  • Tertiary qualifications (minimum Certificate IV) in Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Community Services or other professional field as designated by Mind.
  • Experience and expertise in working directly with people with mental health issues, AOD challenges, complex needs and with their families and carers.
  • Experience of providing empathic person-centred active supports.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the application of theoretical approaches, practices and appropriate service responses including family inclusive practice, trauma informed theory, cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing and harm reduction therapy.
  • Relevant experience in facilitating group activities alongside people experiencing mental health and/or AOD challenges.
  • 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.)
  • Generous leave entitlements including 8 weeks paid parental leave, 17.5% annual leave loading.
  • Learning and development opportunities.    


To obtain a position description and apply online click Apply Now to visit Mind Careers - reference number 495033. Please contact the person below for more information:

Brett Casey, Service Operations 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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