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Infant Mental Health Consultant – Safe Haven Initiative

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Organisation : Uniting

Location : Melbourne

Work type : Contract/Temporary

Salary type : Other

Application closing date : 28 Jun, 2022

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Uniting

About the role

  • Part-time (30.4 hours per fortnight), maximum-term position to December 2025
  • Research Initative replicating the Early Years Education Program
  • Unique opportunity supporting children living with significant adversity

About the opportunity

Uniting, in partnership with Victorian Department of Education and The Parkville Institute are preparing to open the first research replication centre for the Early Years Education Program. This service located in Richmond will seek to determine whether children, recruited with the same eligibility criteria as those in the trial project, can achieve the same remarkable learning and development outcomes. This will be one of three replication sites established in Australia.

This service will work with a multidisciplinary team of researchers to ensure the model is implemented with fidelity. The service will operate with lower child to staff ratios, with a maximum of 48 children attending 5 hours per day Monday to Friday and with most educators and teachers employed full-time.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute significantly to research that could shape the future of the early childhood sector in Australia.

‘The early years model being used in this Uniting Vic.Tas innovative centre uses an evidence informed and  practical approach for supporting families and improving children’s outcomes so that vulnerable children enter school as confident learners on par with their peers.’ – Dr Anne Kennedy

View the full position description here.

About you

The Infant Mental Health Consultant of this research replication site will have significant experience (minimum of 7 years) working with infants and toddlers in a direct clinical care role within an infant mental health service or similar.

Holding a Bachelors Degree in a mental health discipline as well as a post graduate degree or extensive training in infant and mental health, you will be experienced providing secondary consultation to non-mental health agencies working with infants and toddlers.

Your ability to work effectively and respectfully in a leadership role within a multidisciplinary team where mental health is not the core discipline or main program focus will be key to this role.

How to apply

If this sounds like you, apply today by submitting:

  • Cover letter (1 page outlining your suitability according to the position description)
  • Current resume (no more than 3 pages).


We will be conducting an online information session regarding the service for interested applicants, it is highly recommended attending this session prior to applying.

Online information session (you can join on your computer or mobile phone):

Date:           Tuesday 14th June 2022

Time:           6:30pm

Link to join: Click here to join the meeting


Applications close on Tuesday the 28th of June 2022.

Get in touch

For more information regarding this position, please contact Jonathon Mitchell, Program & Project Delivery Manager on 0429 003 123 during business hours or via

About Uniting

At Uniting we are passionate about working together to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.

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Uniting is a child safe organisation and is committed in everyday practice to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, at all times. As a ‘child safe’ organisation, employment with Uniting is subject to a satisfactory national (and international where relevant) police check and relevant Working with Children Check in your State prior to commencement of any paid or unpaid work and/or participation in any service or undertaking. It is a condition of employment that all eligible workforce in Victoria receive the COVID-19 vaccination and supporting evidence may be requested in order to perform duties at any of Uniting’s workplaces.

Uniting is also committed to equal opportunity and ensuring the workplace is reflective of the community. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with a disability.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.


Please quote in application: Infant Mental Health Consultant - Safe Haven Initiative via Pro Bono Australia.

Profession: #Community_Services
Sector: #Aged_Care_and_Seniors, #Children, #Community_Development, #Community_Engagement, #Community_Support_Services, #Disabilities, #DomesticFamily_Violence, #Drug_Alcohol_and_Addiction, #Education_and_Employment, #Education_and_Training, #Employment_Services, #Families, #Foundations_Trusts_and_Philanthropy, #Health_–_General, #Homelessness_and_Affordable_Housing, #Humanitarian, #Law_Justice_and_Human_Rights, #Media, #Men, #Mental_Health, #Social_Enterprise, #Women, #Youth_and_Young_People


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