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Psychologist, Social Worker, RN, OT - Mobile Assessment & Treatment Team

  • 495357
  • Youth and Families - Casework
  • Youth and Families - Counsellor, Therapist, Psychologist and Facilitator
  • Full time closed period contract

headspace aims to reduce the burden of disease in young people aged 12-25 years caused by mental health and related substance use disorders through early identification and effective, evidence-based intervention. Services are delivered by primary care and specialist providers working together within a unified, accessible and integrated service framework. 

  •  Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Registered Nurse
  • Full time until 30 June 2022 in Mount Druitt
  • Attractive rates + Generous salary packaging benefits

Role Overview:

The overall aims of clinical care within the Mobile Assessment and Treatment Team service will include:

  • The early detection of those young people who are experiencing, or are at risk of early psychosis or a first episode of psychosis
  • To reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in order to minimise the impact of a first episode of psychosis on the normal developmental trajectory of the young person and the impact on the family/significant others
  • Intervene early and effectively with young people at risk of a first episode of psychosis to prevent the onset of psychotic illness
  • To provide a responsive and seamless access to service for young people with early psychosis and first episode psychosis and their families/significant others

Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Provide a range of comprehensive mental health assessments and clinical interventions including; mental state examinations, bio-psychosocial assessments, risk assessments, safety planning, case formulations, crisis response and the provision of home based community engagement and treatment
- Ensure delivery of high quality care based on existing evidence  and EPPIC model of care in line with Australian Clinical Guidelines for Early Intervention in Psychosis
- Work collaboratively with young people, their families/significant others and relevant service systems to engage, respond and appropriately manage their mental health, developmental needs according to phase of illness within a recovery framework for first episode psychosis and those at risk of

Essential Criteria:

  • Approved tertiary qualifications in relevant discipline and eligibility for membership of AHPRA or the appropriate professional body
  • Demonstrated experience in the mental health sector with community health experience or understanding
  • Demonstrated participation in a multidisciplinary team
  • Experience working with patients in an acute mental health setting
  • Experience with initiating and documenting mental health and bio-psycho-social assessments, understanding of short term psychosocial treatment for young people experiencing mental health difficulties
  • Demonstrable interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal), problem solving, and negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to actively engage, collaborate and treatment plan with young people, their families and/or significant others
  • Understanding of and ability to access up to date evidence based practices
  • Ability and commitment to provide home/ community based acute care in settings best for engaging, collaborating and treatment planning with a young person and their family/significant others
  • Knowledge and understanding of early psychosis and first episode psychosis rationale and principles, along with the developmental stages of young people and the impact that a first episode of psychosis has on a young person’s development and on the family/significant other
  • Ability to be innovative in clinical approaches and engagement with young people and their families/significant others
  • Ability to maintain the philosophy, standards, guidelines, policies and protocols of the EPPIC model and the organisation and to promote the early intervention and recovery of young people with a first episode of psychosis
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation such as the Mental Health Act (2007) and the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act (1998) and other relevant legislation
  • Ability to use relevant Information Technology and electronic recording systems and data management tools
  • Willingness and understanding of importance to engage in clinical supervision
  • To Apply, click the Apply button & attach your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the Essential criteria.

    What we offer:

    An attractive salary with generous NFP salary packaging benefits, along with professional development and training opportunities in a friendly work environment.

    This is your opportunity to promote hope and recovery in peoples lives!

    Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted and must be prepared to undergo a Criminal Check and Working with Children Check.

    Enquiries only to rrivera@uniting.org . To Apply do not email cv but click Apply button.

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