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Mental Health Clinician OR Mental Health Worker - STEPMI - Geelong

Neami National

Full citizenship for all people living with a mental illness in Australian society

About the Role

  • Vacancy for a Mental Health Clinician with tertiary qualifications in Occupational Therapy/ Social Work/ MH Nursing/ Psychology ORMental Health Worker or person with lived experience with tertiary or vocational qualification and mental health experience in disciplines including Division 2 nursing, youth work, Drugs & Alcohol, community services etc
  • Negotiable EFT- part time 0.6 FTE or full time
  • Maximum Term Contract until 31 June 2022 with potential for extension
  • Salary depending on qualification, skills and experience (Between 77k - 87k for MH Clinician & 64k - 69k for MH Workers)
  • Excellent employment conditions including 13 weeks parental leave, carer’s leave, and much more!
  • Location, Geelong: requirement to work mobile across the Geelong Otway catchment that includes the LGA’s of Queenscliff, Geelong, Golden Plains, Surf Coast, and Colac Otway

STEPMI – Services and Treatment for Enduring and Persistent Mental Illness

The STEPMI model (Services and Treatment for Enduring and Persistent Mental Illness) focuses on provision of primary care treatment combinations to people with enduring and persistent serious mental Illness in the community. Across the Geelong Otway region, it is intended to deliver equitable access to appropriate services that facilitate the coordinated and efficient provision of person-centered treatment and care. Shared treatment plans will underpin liaison and partnership with care teams, GPs and other care providers. STEPMI consumers are able to access to the evidence-based Optimal Health Program (OHP), co-facilitated by a clinician and Peer Support Worker.

As a Mental Health Clinician, you will have a background in and be registered as an Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse or Psychologist. As a Mental Health Worker, you may have other qualifications or certifications with experience in mental health, in areas of RN Division 2 nursing or Youth Work Applications will also be considered for those that identify with having lived experience in mental illness, and possess a certificate IV in mental health, Drugs & Alcohol or Diploma in community services.

You will work as part of a multi-disciplinary recovery-focused team providing high quality support to clients of the STEPMI program. You will work in close collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team inclusive of an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioner in partnership. Drawing on your disciplinary skills, you will engage with consumers, clinicians, and the consumer’s treatment team, their family, friends and carers to provide high quality assessments and interventions aimed at improving mental health outcomes for consumers. You will play an active role in disciplinary knowledge sharing with your Neami colleagues and creating a reciprocal learning environment for staff.

Core duties

  • Participate in a strong clinical governance culture within the team, where each practitioner takes responsibility for their own decision making and quality improvement activities
  • Coordinate client therapeutic interventions by formulating shared treatment plans in collaboration with the consumer, staff and external workers and agencies, including making internal and external referrals as needed.
  • Support the service to be accessible to CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members, and contribute to the development and implementation of strategies to monitor, and review the level of accessibility.

Qualification Requirements

  • Qualified in one of the following disciplines and membership to associated professional body: Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse or Psychologist.


  • Qualifications in and mental health experience in areas including Division 2 nursing, and youth work. Applications will also be considered for people with lived experience that possess certificate IV in MH, D&A, peer work, or a graduate diploma in community services.

What will you bring to the role?

  • Experience in working with people with a trauma backgrounds, and complex presentations
  • A clear ability to work within and to develop strong collaborative relationships
  • Extensive experience and the ability to engage consumers and carers in a positive manner
  • The ability to set and maintain clear professional boundaries
  • A commitment to consumers’ rights and to consumers’ active participation in planning their service
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Knowledge of the recovery model
  • Advanced Computer skills

Mandatory requirements:

  • Copy of relevant qualification/professional registration depending on the MH Clinician or MH Worker role
  • Police check (refer to PD) – disclosable outcomes considered
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Australian Working Rights
  • Drivers licence
  • Car available for business use, if required
  • A Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) Check will be undertaken prior to commencement
  • Neami National will require, as part of our condition of employment, that all candidates applying for any position must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19
  • Candidates will be required to provide appropriate evidence of COVID-19 vaccination to Neami National.

About Neami National

Neami National is a community mental health service supporting people living with mental illness to improve their health, live independently and pursue a life based on their own strengths, values and goals.

In our most recent Staff Engagement Survey, 89% of our Staff recommend Neami as a great place to work, with 87% of staff proud to say they work for Neami.

We acknowledge Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities as the Traditional Custodians of the land we work on and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We recognise that their sovereignty was never ceded. Neami National is committed to cultivating inclusive environments for staff, consumers and carers. We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, sexualities, cultures, bodies and abilities. We are an environmentally conscious organisation.

Incentives include:

  • Diverse and inclusive organisation
  • Induction and extensive Learning and Development Program
  • Regular Practice Development sessions and coaching with your supervisor
  • Salary Packaging providing tax benefits available for living and entertainment expenses
  • Excellent conditions including paid parental leave, generous long service leave, wellness leave
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

How to apply:

The terms and conditions of the role are listed in the attached position descriptions – Mental Health clinician OR Mental Health Worker/ CRSW. If you have any further questions not addressed in the advertising words or position description please contact:

Name: Rebecca Hoskin - 1300 050 093

Ad may close sooner if successful candidate identified sooner.

No recruitment agencies candidates need apply

We celebrate multidisciplinary teams and value the rich skills and experiences brought by applicants from a range of sectors and professional backgrounds. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged.

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