NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time until June 2024 (with the possibility of an extension)
Position Classification: Registered Nurse, Counsellor Level 3, Occupational Therapist Level 3, Psychologist, Social Worker Level 3, Clinical Psychologist
Remuneration: Dependant on Qualifications
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ460479
Applications Close: Monday, 22nd January 2024

Mental Health Clinician
Armidale Community Health Service

This is a Level 3 position. However, if there are no appropriate Level 3 applicants, applications from Level 1 and 2 will be considered. The selection criteria reflects the requirements for a Level 3 applicant. Responses from Level 1 or 2 applicants need to demonstrate their level of competence with regard to the same criteria and their ability to work towards Level 3. The expected performance of the incumbent will be commensurate with his/her years of experience and current level at commencement of appointment. The incumbent will work towards meeting the criteria for Level 3.

About the location:

  • The Armidale region is home to breathtaking waterfalls, stunning gorges, world-heritage national parks, vineyards with a cool-climate charm, and a rich and diverse cultural heritage.
  • Armidale boasts excellent public schools, a huge number of clubs and community groups, lots of cultural opportunities (especially music), affordable housing, lots of parkland, surrounded by national parks and an easy drive to the coast.
  • Nestled amid some of Australia’s most pastoral lands, Armidale is renowned for its bountiful fresh produce. Explore and acquire these delights at the monthly Armidale Farmers Market.

About the role:

  • The Mental Health Clinician role is integral to the Tablelands Mental Health Service which comprises multidisciplinary teams that provide specialist mental health services to people and their families experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues.
  • Our successful candidate will hold a degree qualification in Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Psychology and Social Work and will have experience as a mental health clinician.
  • You will support clients and their families and carers to ensure clinical interventions and service delivery processes are targeted and enable patients to make informed decisions in relation to their health needs.
  • You will be supported in this position through an orientation program, supervision, mentorship, and excellent professional development opportunities which are highly encouraged within the service.
  • This position is full time; however, part time/job share arrangements may also be considered.

If you are qualified in any of the following disciplines, we would love to hear from you:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Counsellor Level 3 – Graduates from the Bachelor of Health Science Mental Health (Djirruwang Program) may be appointed as Mental Health Clinicians.
  • Occupational Therapist Level 3
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker Level 3


  • Four weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Up to 12 allocated days off each year (for full-time employees)
  • Superannuation contributions 11%
  • Salary packaging – Up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing.
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members
  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals

About you:

Our ideal candidate will possess the following attributes:

  • Excellent assessment, critical thinking, and care planning skills
  • High level of communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build strong professional relationships with key stakeholders will be essential to your success in this role

Need more information?

2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Melissa Rose on 02 6776 9984 or via Melissa.Rose@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:

  • Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2
  • Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.
  • This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.
  • All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.
  • To be eligible for employment in this position you must be an Australian Citizen, or permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or hold an appropriate visa that allows you to live and work in Australia. Employment of a temporary visa holder will only be offered in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.
  • Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • We are unable to accommodate visa sponsorship for applicants requiring a visa for this position.
  • HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.

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