Mental Health Clinician, Infant, Child, Youth and Family Services - Lightning Ridge, NSW

Job No: RDN868
Location: Lightning Ridge, NSW

Mental Health Clinician (Level 1)

Infant, Child, Youth and Family Services

Lightning Ridge, NSW


Are you a Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Psychologist or Welfare Officer (Djirruwang Graduate)?

We are unable to sponsor working visas for this position at this time.

About the opportunity
A rare opportunity for an experienced Mental Health Clinician to join a multidisciplinary mental health team in remote NSW.  This position accepts responsibility and accountability for the provision of quality mental health care to children, young people and their families.

There is a requirement for this position to travel to provide outreach services to surrounding towns for the purpose of service provision.

Clinical support is provided by stream clinical leads based in Dubbo, as well as through psychiatry support through stream and either by face to face or Videoconference.

What we can offer you

  • Country living with a meaningful career path
  • Paid leave entitlements
  • Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
  • Flexible work practices
  • Corporate wellbeing programs, including the Fitness Passport
  • Opportunities for learning and development, including in-house training with RTO My Health Learning
  • Professional growth and accelerated career progression

Where you'll be working

This position will be located in Lightning Ridge and managed by Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services – Dubbo and Region.

Lightning Ridge is a remote town in North West NSW.  It is well known for its opal mining, art, festivals and tourism.  Based in Lightning Ridge, this remote team of clinicians provides services to people living in Lightning Ridge, Walgett, Goodooga, Collarenebri and Grawin.

For more information on living and working in our beautiful region, visit our website Western NSW Health Careers.

What you'll be doing
The Mental Health Clinician is part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for coordinating the recovery of people with a mental illness or disorder, providing expert clinical services in collaboration with consumers, carers and other care providers, using an integrated and person centred approach.

To apply, please address the following Selection Criteria

  1. Hold appropriate qualifications and registration where applicable for employment as Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist Level 1/2, Social Worker Level 1/2, Psychologist or Welfare Officer (Djirruwang Graduate) Level 1/2 with a current licence to drive in NSW and the ability to travel occasionally for work purposes.  Please refer to position criteria for full requirements.
  2. The ability to effectively manage clinical issues, think critically and solve problems.
  3. Knowledge of contemporary Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol (MHDA) practice relevant to the service/ program/ speciality, rural/ remote service provision and practical application of relevant MHDA legislation and policy.
  4. Sound communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to document accurately, write clearly and succinctly, consult effectively with others, and develop collaborative partnerships with a range of stakeholders.
  5. Competency in the use of information and communication technology, including standard office software, for email, internet searches, analysis of clinical data, and clinical documentation.
  6. The ability to collaborate and work effectively and sensitively with a diverse range of clients, including remote communities and Aboriginal people.
  7. Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  8. Demonstrated experience within the field of Infant, Child, Youth and Family Mental Health service.

Need more information?

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases

If you are applying for a Category A position, please read and understand NSW Health Policy Directive PD2018_009. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy.


Merit Selection

NSW Health follows a merit-based recruitment and selection process per Policy Directive PD2017_040. To be considered for this position, please ensure you address the selection criteria as thoroughly as possible. For guidance with the application process, please visit:

Stepping Up – Close the Gap
The Stepping Up website aims to assist Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander applicants understand how to apply for roles with NSW Health by clarifying the recruitment and onboarding process. For more information, please visit:  

Working Visas

Applicants holding a visa with working rights may be considered for temporary appointment (up to the expiry date of their visa) where no suitable applicant for permanent appointment is identified.

Talent Pool

If the selection panel identifies more than one suitable candidate for the role, an eligibility list may be created from which these suitable candidates may be chosen and directly offered employment in other similar roles (permanent and temporary) in the near future. 

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