Senior Mental Health Clinician

  • Join a well-respected Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, renowned throughout South Australia!
  • Ongoing training to support your professional development and growth!
  • Excellent remuneration depending on experience PLUS super, salary sacrifice options and more!

About Nunkuwarrin Yunti

Nunkuwarrin Yunti, the foremost Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation in Adelaide aims to promote and deliver improvement in the health and wellbeing of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their families in the greater metropolitan areas of Adelaide and regional areas to advance their social, cultural and economic status. The Organisation places a strong focus on a client centered approach to the delivery of services and a collaborative working culture to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.

About the Program

Paanthi (pronounced Baa-n-ti) means “Shine” in Kaurna language provides mental health support services through psychologists, counsellors, mental health clinicians, narrative therapists and social workers which assist people to deal with a wide range of issues including mental illness, grief & loss, depression, trauma, family and/or relationship matters, mental illness and any other issues which impact on social and emotional wellbeing.

The Royal Commission has indicated its intention to on focus violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of First Nations People with disability. Given this focus, the department is establishing counselling services focused on support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who may be affected by the Royal Commission’s inquiries.

These target counselling services will provide culturally appropriate counselling services, to support Indigenous Australians with disability, their families and carers that are affected by the Royal Commission. These services will be primarily in-person, medium-term, trauma-informed counselling,  in addition to other methods of counselling, such as telephone or online support to help those who may have complex needs and require more in-depth support and/or refer people to other services if other supports or non-related therapies are required.

The primary role of the Senior Mental Health Clinician includes and not limited to:

  • Provide culturally appropriate, trauma informed counselling services to people that have been affected by the Royal Commission that are accessible, client-focussed and meet the needs of people with disability, their families and carers.
  • Build capacity in the delivery of trauma informed counselling services specifically tailored for people with disability, including those with more complex needs.
  • Provide guidance to less experienced and/or qualified counsellors and clinicians in technical aspects of counselling and therapeutic approaches.
  • Support the Team Manager, Paanthi in providing day to day case load coordination, rostering and triage of referrals to the Disability Royal Commission Support Service.
  • Provide access to interpreting of cultural translation services as required.
  • Provide supportive referral to legal support services, advocates, financial support services, counselling and psychological care providers.
  • Refer to or collaborate with appropriate services to provide social and practical support to clients such as housing, health, mental health, financial and aged care services in order to meet the critical needs of the individual.
  • Accept referrals from the Royal Commission and other Australia Government funded support services, such as the national telephone counselling and referral service as well supporting clients that directly approach the service.
  • Support and participate in evaluation processes as required.
  • Operate within diverse therapeutic frameworks and modalities including individual counselling, group work, family inclusive practice and Narrative Therapy principles.
  • Participate in the promotion of counselling services which enhance the coping capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and individuals and which ensure that services are delivered in a culturally safe manner.
  • Provide education/awareness presentations to the wider community in relation to social and emotional wellbeing improvements for Aboriginal people as well as Disability Royal Commission Counselling services.
  • Encourage clients to access a range of social health and welfare services, which includes other Nunkuwarrin Yunti programs and external agencies.
  • Established and maintain collaborative and productive working relationships with current and potential stakeholders and partners, both internally and externally.
  • Use available information systems and best practice evidence to inform program planning and clinical decision-making and to evaluate outcomes.

About the Benefits

Working as part of a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled health professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to provide a wrap-around, holistic service for your clients. You’ll be given the chance to work closely with children and their families and make a real impact on their social and emotional outcomes, as well as working towards closing the gap in Aboriginal Health.

Your dedication and hard work will be rewarded with a competitive remuneration package plus super, commensurate on skills and experience. You’ll also enjoy extensive salary packaging options that greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you’ll benefit from the flexibility of working part-time, allowing you to establish a fantastic work/life balance.

Nunkuwarrin Yunti is committed to nurturing ongoing professional development and growth, with training, mentoring and guidance provided. You’ll be granted with a number of opportunities for career advancement, alongside the chance to build your experience within Aboriginal health.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an influential Aboriginal health organisation and deliver maternal and child health services to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in metropolitan Adelaide – 

To Apply

Please note: A current SA Driver’s Licence and the ability to drive in the course of work activities is a requirement of this role. Employment will also be subject to a National Police Clearance and a Working with Children Check.

Please click here to view a full position description.

Please forward your CV, a Cover Letter and Application Form (click here). Candidates who do not complete and submit the Application Form, Cover Letter and CV will not be considered further for this position.

We encourage and thank all applicants for their time, however only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Due to the nature of this role, the preferred applicants from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note applications close by COB 31 March 2020.