Senior Mental Health Clinician - Hospital Outreach Post-suicidal Engagement (HOPE)

Located on the beautiful Great South Coast, South West Healthcare offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and psychiatric services. The organisation serves a catchment in excess of 110,000 and comprises of a total of 282 beds and an extensive range of primary and community services. Warrnambool boasts excellent sporting, education (pre-school to university), social and cultural facilities. The city’s award winning foreshore promenade is a 5.7km path that stretches from the breakwater along the coastline to the Hopkins River mouth.
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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Health and Allied Health
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1692396
Closing Date: 05-Feb-2023
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Senior Mental Health Clinician HOPE 2023.pdf (PDF, 457KB)


Contact: Olivia Walker
(03) 5563 4333 or email owalker@swh.net.au

Position Details

About the role

South West Healthcare's (SWH) Mental Health Directorate is a high performing service providing acute and community mental health clinical expertise. The Way Back Support Service (WBSS) is a non-clinical support service focussed on providing practical psychological support to people experiencing a suicidal crisis or attempted suicide. The program is a partnership with Western Victoria Primary Care Network (PNC) and Wellways as the community support service.               

We are seeking a motivated and skilled clinician (Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Social worker, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist) to join our team.

The HOPE Program provides mental health treatment services to people aged 16+ years old who have been referred following a suicide attempt or are presenting with acute suicidal ideation. The team aims to provide evidence based individual biological, psychological and social interventions based on a persons expressed needs and goals for a period of up to 3 months. A proportion of the work of the HOPE Program can occur outside of usual business hours, including weekends. Shifts will be rostered at least 1 month in advance.

This is a permanent (64 - 80 hours per fortnight) position with a monthly ADO if eligible. This role will commence from 1st July 2023. 

This position is eligible for an incentive payment for rent, childcare, relocation costs and more, as part of the new workforce and incentive grants program administered by Rural Agency Workforce Victoria (RWAV). 

What you bring

As a health professional you will be able to demonstrate skills and broad experience in mental health clinical services including proven ability to work within a team based multi-disciplinary model. A working knowledge of recovery-oriented practices, trauma informed care, current mental health trends, legislation and relevant policy directions of mental health services also is essential for this role.

The successful applicants will have excellent written communication and interpersonal skills and initiative with proven ability to work autonomously and with a multidisciplinary team, as well as an ability to work with limited direction, be self-motivated, and provide effective problem-solving, negotiation and change management skills.

Appropriate qualifications and registration with relevant Board or Association in Nursing, Psychology, Social Work or Occupational Therapy.

What we offer

You will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Excellent salary packaging options including meals & entertainment, novated leasing and additional superannuation contributions;
  • Internal and external professional development opportunities;
  • Ongoing clinical supervision;
  • A range of internal development opportunities focusing on personal development such as resilience and mentoring workshops and comprehensive leadership programs;
  • Excellent terms and conditions of employment;
  • Relocation support available.

Who we are

As an organisation SWH prides themselves on their values; Care, Respect, Excellence, Integrity and Leadership and their overall dedication to the local community.

SWH respects all individuals and promote equity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and socio- economic status.

SWH is the major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub-region, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, sub-acute, specialist, community, mental health and aged services.

With a population of 39,000 and a catchment of 100,000 Warrnambool is the regional centre to Victoria's Great South Coast.

To learn about the vibrant town and region please visit: http://www.warrnambool.com/

How to apply

Submit your application by selecting the Apply button below and include a cover letter and resume by Sunday 5 February 2023. Please ensure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the position description.

Employment Terms and Conditions will be in line with the Victorian Public Mental Health Services Enterprise

Agreement 2020-2024.

The successful applicant will be required to be eligible for and undergo the following:

  • Police Record Check
  • Employee Working with Children's Check
  • Current Immunisation status

Note: If you experience any difficulties with this website, please email: humanresources@swh.net.au


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