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Organisation : Orygen

Location : Melbourne (Melton)

Work type : Part-time, Contract/Temporary

Profession : Advocacy, Community Services, Healthcare & Medical, Marketing, Media & Communications, Social & Support Work

Sector : Community Development, Community Support Services, Mental Health

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 24 Sep, 2021

About the role

    • Join a leader in youth mental health, revolutionising services to our young people
    • Be part of a supportive team with career development and growth opportunities in clinical care and research 
    • Access to generous NFP salary packaging and flexible work/life balance arrangements

headspace Melton is seeking an Enhanced Access to Mental Health Clinician (in schools) to support the Clinical Programs team and help to improve the mental health and lives of our young people. You will be well supported operationally and clinically to ensure your career at Orygen is both fulfilling and rewarding without compromising on your life goals. 


If you have a passion for the field of youth mental health and want to make a real difference in the lives of young people and their families and carers and share Orygen’s values of respect, accountability, teamwork, excellence and innovation, then we would love you to join the Orygen team to revolutionise youth mental health. 


The role and your impact


Part-time (0.6 FTE) fixed-term position available until 30 June 2022, with potential for further employment.

This role is part of a multidisciplinary approach to mental health care for young people. The Enhanced Access to Mental Health Clinician is responsible for providing clinical triage, intake, advice, support, advocacy, assessment and brief intervention services in order to enhance the physical and mental health outcomes of young people with mental health conditions living in the community

As the Enhanced Access to Mental Health Clinician, you will be committed to providing clinically effective, youth-friendly and individually focused therapeutic interventions that are evidence-based, best-practice assessment and intervention for a diverse range of mental health issues experienced by young persons enrolled in secondary education.  

You may also support the planning, delivery and evaluation of community awareness, education initiatives aligned to this program. With support, some in reach (on location at schools) may also be required.


About you


The following criteria must be met for consideration for this position:

  • Approved tertiary qualifications in a relevant discipline (such as psychology, social work, occupational therapy, nursing).
  • Must have full/provisional registration with AHPRA or eligibility for registration with AASW.
  • Passion, energy and determination to make a difference to health outcomes for young people.
  • Appropriate to level of experience and with ongoing supervision able to demonstrate competence in provision of mental health care, including completion of mental health assessments; risk assessment and crisis intervention/safety planning; evidence-based individual and group interventions to young people experiencing mental health and/or substance use problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to determine and plan for a young person’s recovery and support needs, employing a shared-decision making approach. 
  • Proven skills in decision-making, problem-solving and risk management, in order to demonstrate a sound ability to make decisions in relation to conducting intake and assessments and determining a young people’s suitability for ongoing treatment/support services at the centre 
  • Understanding of all key legislation and translation of such within health and school setting 
  • Competent communication skills and demonstrated ability to liaise effectively with other professionals including GP’s, student wellbeing staff at schools, etc.  
  • Commitment to supporting clinical research within the service.


To view the FULL selection criteria and learn more about this opportunity, please go to to view the Position Description or contact Amali Abayawardana at for a confidential discussion.


Salary and benefits


Depending on your skills and experience, a salary of $58,707 – $76,867 p.a. pro rata is offered plus superannuation and access to generous NFP salary packaging.


Orygen is committed to providing an inclusive work environment that supports employees to achieve their career goals without compromising their life goals. With this in mind, Orygen offers a range of employment benefits including generous paid leave, flexible work arrangement, an employee assistance program, well-regarded supervision and a supportive team, career growth and development opportunities, purposeful work that makes a real difference to lives of young people and their families and carers and career opportunities within an organisation that is the leader in youth mental health.



About the organisation

Organisation Name : Orygen

The why behind what we do is important. We believe that all young people deserve to grow into adulthood with optimal mental health. Everything we do is focused on this outcome. Orygen is leading and redefining what’s possible in global research, policy, education and clinical care. Find out more on our website.

How to apply

Please refer to the position description and submit your cover letter addressing the key selection criteria and resume to, using the subject line ‘Enhanced Access to MH Clinician - Melton’ followed by your ‘full name’.  


You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. Orygen may close the advertisement before the closing date. 


Orygen is dedicated to gender equality, diversity and inclusivity. We strive to continue to build a culturally safe workplace where our values underpin the way we work and our commitment to First Nations people of Australia, young people and their families, LGBTIQA+ people and CALD people. We strongly encourage applications from the First Nations people.


Recruitment Agencies - thank you for thinking of us, however we do endeavour to fill our opportunities through direct channels wherever possible. If we find that we do need agency assistance, we’ll be in touch.


Please quote in application: ENHANCED ACCESS TO MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN via Pro Bono Australia.


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