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Senior Clinician - Community Mental Health - Penrith

  • 499405
  • Youth and Families - Allied Health
  • Youth and Families - Counsellor, Therapist, Psychologist and Facilitator
  • Youth and Families - Nurse
  • Full time closed period contract

The Hawkesbury Outreach Service, headspace, run by Uniting aims to implement an assertive outreach service anchored by the established headspace centres at Penrith and Katoomba to address the need for youth mental health services in the Richmond/Hawkesbury local area.

  • Mental Health Social Worker or Psychologist or Nurse or Occupational Therapist 
  • Full time Senior Clinician in Penrith
  • Multi-disciplinary team in community mental health

Role Overview:

The Senior Clinician will be responsible for delivering focused assessments, brief interventions and stepped care for young people aged 12-25 with, or at risk of mental illness in the local area. This includes liaising with local stakeholders to establish referral pathways, co-locating partnerships, and joint initiatives to enhanced support for young people.

As the Senior Clinician, your role specifically will include but not limited to:

  • Promote the principles of early intervention, including establishing links with local stakeholders and maintaining/strengthening these links
  • Maintain and promote an awareness of young people’s primary health issues in the community e.g. GP’s, Service Providers
  • Provide thorough assessment and evidence-based brief intervention to young people referred to the outreach service
  • Develop a systems-based approach to young people, as well as actively facilitate the provision of appropriate services across the full range of government and non-government agencies and individuals.
  • Implement strategies to provide support to young people in a timely manner, including group work and joint initiatives with local partners

Essential Criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in Mental Health Nursing, Psychology, Social Work or Occupational Therapy
    • Registration or eligibility of respective professional body


Typically, this role will require 2 or more years’ experience in your field of expertise and relevant mental health experience.  It is expected that you will possess good skills at navigating a complex organisation, forging relationships, and managing through influence rather than direct authority as required.

  • Have extensive experience (2 year minimum) providing primary mental health intervention, with conducting assessment and providing evidence-based treatment and case management.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining relationships, ability to consult, liaise and negotiate with team members, other professionals and external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to independently apply professional knowledge and judgment on routine matters.
  • Able to work autonomously or with professional supervision from more senior members of the profession or health team when performing novel, complex, or critical tasks
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and sensitivity to the mental health needs of young people (12-25 years) and their families.
  • Demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) with a willingness to collaborate, consult and liaise with other professionals and services.
  • Ability to use relevant Information Technology and electronic recording systems and data management tools and commitment to comply with same.
  • Actively contribute to clinical review processes and planning for young people within a recovery framework. Ability to liaise with internal and external agencies.
  • Take ownership of timely documentation and data collection requirements

Even better:

  • Experience working with youth in a mental health environment.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to work innovatively with a focus on quality improvement

To Apply, click the Apply button & attach your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the Essential criteria.

Benefits & culture

As an organisation we celebrate our diversity and welcome all people regardless of ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a diverse cultural background are encouraged to apply. 

  • Salary packaging entitlements
  • Ongoing training & development, including cultural awareness training
  • Career development opportunities

At Uniting we believe vaccination to be the best way to keep our employees and clients safe from COVID-19.  We require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

Enquiries to Rose Rivera, Talent Acquisition Specialist on or 0438 206 164.  Reference 499405

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