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Mental Health Nurse (Fixed term)

Job Category
Position Type
Full Time
Application Closing Date
$116,675 - $125,349


About us

Established in 1991, Danila Dilba Health Service is a community organisation providing comprehensive primary health care to Biluru communities in the Yilli Rreung Region of the Northern Territory. We aim to improve the physical, mental, spiritual, cultural and social wellbeing of our clients through innovative comprehensive programs based on principles of equity, access, empowerment, determination and collaboration.

About the opportunity

We have a great opportunity for dedicated and experienced Mental Health Nurse to join our Clinical Programs team. Take on an important role where you will improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians by reaching out to the community and promoting better health choices. We will provide great learning opportunities, giving you the chance to grow your skills and progress your career.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing high quality mental health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with severe and complex mental health conditions. This position will work closely with a multidisciplinary team including general practitioners (GPs), psychiatrists and allied health staff to facilitate the provision of coordinated clinical care and treatment.

  • You’ll IMPACT the community, helping close the gap in Indigenous healthcare and wellbeing, one helping hand at a time.
  • You’ll be PROUD, both of the work you do and who you work for.
  • You’ll work with a TEAM, alongside people who are down to earth and truly dedicated to what we do.
  • You’ll EXPERIENCE and learn something new every day through the variety of your role.
  • You’ll embrace the OPPORTUNITY to progress your career - follow your path at Danila Dilba.

Responsibilities include:

  • Deliver high level, evidence based mental health service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with mental illness, to reduce and prevent repeated admissions to hospitals, and to reduce length of stay in hospitals where admission has occurred.
  • Apply professional judgement to a complex caseload and contribute to the development of clinical practices, procedures and protocols.
  • Ensure client care is provided in accordance with best practice and clinical guidelines, including appropriate clinical services across the mental health spectrum.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care in accordance with best practice and clinical guidelines, ensuring collaboration with clients and the multidisciplinary team to achieve health goals and outcomes.
  • Maintain close links and report to the referring GP and/or psychiatrist in the development and review of clients care and treatment goals to ensure integrated and whole client care.
  • Provide culturally appropriate interventions (including assessment, therapy and case management) to individuals and groups.
  • Establish a therapeutic relationship with client and their family/friends that supports the monitoring and review of the clients’ mental health state and informs timely clinical review. Ensure the development of Mental Health Care Plans for clients and facilitate the provision of co-ordinated clinical care and treatment for referred clients.
  • Develop, implement, and deliver contemporary models of holistic mental health services including psychological interventions, support and advocacy services.
Are you the right person?

The successful candidate will have:

  • Current registration as a Nurse with AHPRA;
  • Credentialed, or working towards credentialing, by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) as a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse (CMHN).
  • Demonstrated experience in providing mental health care across a multidisciplinary team in a cross cultural and complex environment with a proven capacity to deliver innovative, quality client services within timeframes;
  • Understanding of the principles and issues relevant to coordinated, multidisciplinary team approaches in the provision of mental health services;
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to Aboriginal culture and history and knowledge of issues impacting on Aboriginal children and families, youth and adults and those affected by Stolen Generations’ policies and practices;
  • Demonstrated recent experience in mental health assessment and treatment methods appropriate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with clients, carers and other professionals from diverse cultures
  • Demonstrated high level computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Word and Excel (or similar) as well as the ability to use clinical practice software;
  • Demonstrated high standard of written skills in the preparation of detailed reports, general correspondence and documentations with an understanding of confidentiality.

For further information, please contact Mathews David on (08) 8942 5400 at recruit@ddhs.org.au

Position Description
Closing Date

Applications must be submitted by 07 December 2020 via the online portal.

To be considered all applications must include:

  • Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria
  • Current Resume (CV)

If you experience any issues, please contact hr@ddhs.org.au


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