Northern Health Australia

Job Description 

As an organisation we have a clear focus on how we service and partner with our community, including our strategy of helping the community stay well when at home. Our reputation of community minded, inclusive and progressive is matched to none.

Northern Health is located in the rapidly growing northern suburbs with projected growth the biggest in the state. With a booming, culturally rich and diverse community, and less than an hour’s drive from the CBD, Melbourne’s North is fast becoming the place to be!


The Role:

An exciting opportunity exists for an enthusiastic Community Mental Health Clinician (Grade One Entry Level Position Social Worker) to join the NWAMHS Community Care Unit (CCU) within the Northern Health’s Mental Health Division. We are located in Broadmeadows. We are not too far from the shopping centre and public transport.

The NWAMHS CCU’s team is a supportive and dynamic team made up of staff that are truly passionate and motivated in supporting consumers and their families/carers. Our CCU provides a 24-hour recovery-focused rehabilitation in a community residential setting to people who usually have multiple and complex needs.

The CCU offers medium to long term clinical and rehabilitation support for people unable to live in other community residential options. The role at CCU involves working in conjunction with other members of the treating team to support the recovery of people seriously affected by mental illness to develop or relearn skills in self-care, communication and social skills in a community-based residential facility through assessment delivering targeted mental health interventions and offering care in a collaborative approach.


By being part of the CCU you will become part of North Western Area Mental Health & Northern Health Occupational Therapy & Social Work Graduate Program.


This involves:

  • Full Time, Graduate Program in Clinical Mental Health
  • Be part of Victoria’s longest running OT & SW Graduate Program
  • Direct clinical experience
  • Education and training with monthly seminars
  • Regular Social Work supervision & monthly peer support sessions
  • Peer networking opportunities across NWMH & RMH
  • Strong focus on self-care & wellbeing
  • Working with individuals and families impacted by mental illness using a strengths-based recovery focused model
  • Career Progression- Support transitioning into a Grade 2 ongoing role on successful completion of the 24-month Graduate Program
  • Generous salary packaging options & monthly ADO
  • New Graduates and those with less than two years’ experience can apply
  • Classifications for this position will range from Social Worker Grade 1 Year 1 – Year 4 YC35 – YC38 depending on experience
  • Commencing no later than


Being part of the ELP program means:

Be part of the transformation of Victoria’s Public Mental Health System in implementing the Royal Commission Recommendations

Work within a diverse, friendly and welcoming team

Become a member of the largest and longest running OT & SW Graduate Program in Victoria. NWMH has a proud 20-year history of supporting Graduate Social Workers

Be supported by an enthusiastic team of Social Work Educators; including Educators who commenced their Social Work careers in the NWMH Graduate program


To be successful in this role you will have:


  • The appropriate qualifications as a Grade 1 Social Worker
  • An understanding of the concept of Recovery as it relates to mental health
  • A basic understanding of the mental health service system and the Mental Health Act
  • A basic understanding of mental health social work standards and an ability to work towards achieving these.
  • Ability to undertake a range of social work assessments and interventions, including individual, family, group work and community liaison, discharge planning
  • Ability to transfer skills and knowledge to the mental health sector from previous experience
  • Ability to work with consumers, family and carers from a range of cultural backgrounds and to provide gender sensitive services
  • Ability to function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to take the learning opportunity and training available
  • Ability to receive clinical supervision


Next Steps . . .

If this opportunity sounds like the next step in your career, then we would love to hear from you.

For further details, please contact:

Ross YassineProgram Manager, 9301 7777.

Why work at the Northern Health?

We offer a range of benefits to support and reward staff both personally and professionally, which includes:

  • Health and Wellbeing programs, including our ‘Thrive’ program
  • Flexibility in the workplace and extra leave options and support
  • An inclusive and culturally safe space
  • State of the art facilities and campus partnerships
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development through our ‘Learning Labs’
  • Access to salary packaging, EAP and our online library


Work with us! Northern Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as well as applicants who are LGBTIQ+, who have different abilities, or are from culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds are encouraged.


All employees of Northern Health must comply with the health service’s Staff Health / Workforce Immunisation procedure (as amended from time to time) together with any relevant State Government and Departmental directives. This requires all employees to be vaccinated for various diseases such as, but not limited to influenza and Covid-19.


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