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Mental Health Practitioner

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Position Type
Full Time
Application Closing Date
$103,000 to $118,000 base per annum + benefits (depending on qualifications & experience)
  • Forensic youth focus
  • Full time contract to 30 June 2025

​​​​​​We are seeking a Mental Health Practitioner that is passionate about providing our youth the mental health services that they need relevant to a youth justice setting. Take on this important role where you will contribute to the improvement of the health and wellbeing of young Indigenous Australians.


Established in 1991, Danila Dilba Health Service is a community organisation providing comprehensive primary health care to Biluru (Aboriginal) communities in the Yilli Rreung (Greater Darwin) Region of the Northern Territory. We aim to improve the physical, mental, spiritual, cultural, and social wellbeing of our clients through innovative comprehensive primary health care programs and services.

In August 2016 the NT Department of Territory Families asked Danila Dilba to provide a program to support the young people detained at the Don Dale Centre at Berimah.  This role is part of that program.


Our Mental Health Practitioner(s) are responsible for the provision of high quality, culturally safe, Social and Emotional Well Being (SEWB) therapeutic counselling and comprehensive mental health services, to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in a forensic setting. Presentation issues are broad and relate to intergenerational trauma, suicidal ideation, behavioural issues, self-esteem, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, anger management, grief and loss, sleep disturbance, domestic violence, sexual problems, relationship issues and substance misuse.  The primary responsibilities for this demanding role are:

  • Deliver trauma informed based therapies to DDHS clients.
  • Providing high quality counselling and mental health services including clinical, risk assessment and specialist therapeutic treatment to DDHS clients.
  • Develop co-operative working relationships with external stakeholders and providers to optimise client service delivery and referral.
  • Communication effectively to build and maintain relationships with clients and colleagues, including those from diverse cultural backgrounds and linguistic needs, based on respect and trust.
  • Perform work within a legislative and ethical framework to ensure the provision of high-quality service delivery which supports the rights and interest of clients.
  • Undertake a range of administrative activities (including comprehensive case notes and reporting), in line with the DDHS policies, Funding Agreement and Legislative requirements.


  • Tertiary qualifications as a Mental Health Nurse or Psychologist or Aboriginal Health Practitioner (with a Cert IV in A&TSI Primary Health Care Practice and specialist mental health training) or Mental Health accreditation in Social Work along with current registration with AHPRA or practicing membership of Australian Association of Social Workers.
  • Demonstrated experience in mental health assessment and treatment methods.
  • Experience in working with multidisciplinary team structure within youth justice, youth, or child protection services.
  • Experience in the provision of case management in the youth sector.
  • 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 knowledge and ability to effectively engage and to provide support services to young people who present with challenging behaviour.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare written reports to a high standard and use of electronic information systems.


  • An organisation with 31 years history and good standing in the areas we work.
  • The ability to have a meaningful purpose driven role, with a reputable organisation who are always looking for diverse, new talent to come and join us.
  • A culture committed to diversity, with a significant amount of key leadership positions being filled by Aboriginal talent.
  • 6 weeks annual leave per annum + leave loading + an additional 5 days leave at the end of year shut down period.
  • This role attracts an additional High Risk setting allowance due to its location.
  • Generous salary packaging which we can provide due to our not-for-profit status, which typically has a significant increase your take home pay. For more information on NFP tax savings Tax Savings Calculator - GO Salary.

Danila Dilba values inclusivity and promotes a workplace that actively seeks to welcome contributions from all people. We encourage people of all abilities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, diverse cultures, and backgrounds, LGBTIQ+ identifiers, and all age groups to apply.


For further information, please contact our SEWB Manager, Donna Heller on 08 8942 5497.

Apply by sending your CV and a covering letter by 2 May 2023.


Danila Dilba Health Service is committed to protecting the rights of children in all areas where we work.  Applicants are advised that we will conduct police checks and other screening procedures to ensure we maintain and promote a child safe environment. 

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