About Access Health and CommunityWith a history of 150 years and caring at our centre, our mission and commitment is to build healthier lives within our communities and to deliver excellent health and community services for all.  We have a dedicated and experienced team of over 300 employees and 200 volunteers operating across 18 locations. Our people are the centre of everything we do, making a contribution to the wellbeing of the community every day through our work, making a difference every day to those that need it most.About the roleAn exciting and rewarding opportunity to join our thriving community health organisation and work within a truly supportive and valued based culture and engaged workforce.The Mental Health Nurse will provide mental health nursing and clinical care coordination to consumers with complex needs in the Mental Health Stepped Care program. The Mental Health Nurse will report to the Clinical Team Leader and work as a part of the multidisciplinary Mental Health (MH) team using the clinical staging model to assess and deliver mental health treatment to consumers.A key component of the role is the assessment and management of mental health and co-occurring conditions, and clinical risk for consumers living in the community with moderate to severe mental health needs.What you will be doing Undertake comprehensive assessment of consumers which includes mental health, AOD, psychosocial, functional, and physical assessment domainsUse the clinical staging model in assessment and development of treatment plansWork collaboratively with consumers, family/carers and other health professionals to develop and implement Collaborative Care PlansUndertake initial and ongoing risk assessments of clients and develop risk management plans (including the provision of Quick Response Suicide Prevention Services under Stepped Care)Provide one-on-one clinical nursing services for clients with moderate to complex mental health needs to address recovery-oriented goals in line with the Collaborative Care PlanMonitor and support the consumer’s safe and appropriate use of medicationProvide clinical care coordination for consumers engaged with multiple services, including GPsProvide services in both face-to-face and telehealth modalities, including community outreach supportCo-facilitate group-based programs where requiredCoordinate and participate in shared care with internal and external services, including attendance at care team meetings, case coordination and clinical reviewsWork within the scope of practice defined for the role and as agreed with line manager members ensuring active participation in decision making; and the inclusion of other relevant parties, which will be reviewed during the intervention periodWhat you will bring Key Selection CriteriaApproved tertiary qualification in Mental Health NursingCurrent and ongoing registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a mental health nurseCredentialed Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)Demonstrated experience in clinical risk assessment and management, including assessing mental state and clinical risk management across multiple domainsExperience working within the primary care and primary mental health sectorsExperience in community settings, a minimum of 2 years’ desirablePossess an empathic, innovative and professional therapeutic styleExcellent organisational, time management and problem-solving skillExcellent understanding of mental health symptoms, diagnoses and treatments across the lifespanKnowledge of current psychiatric medications and medication managementAbility to work within a dual-diagnosis frameworkAbility to work creatively and safely with consumers from diverse backgrounds, including LGBTIQ, CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslandersAbility to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary teamAbility to organise workload, set priorities and meet performance targets and deadlineProficiency with electronic health record systems (such as TrakCare or FIXUS) and Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) AttributesAn ability to work sensitively with people of diverse cultures, abilities, ages, sexualities and gender identitiesHigh attention to detail and experienced in presentation and report writingEffective time management and strong analytical and problem solving skillsExcellent communication and interpersonal skillsDemonstrated behaviours consistent with Access Health and Community valuesAccess Health and Community Culture & BenefitsThe reasons why people love working at Access Health and Community:Not only will you benefit from a rewarding and challenging career; you will thrive in our collaborative and supportive culture where you will make a positive difference each day giving back to those that need it most.Enjoy the extensive Access Health and Community range of benefits that are on offer;A truly supportive and valued based culture and engaged workforceA culture of trust and empowerment for people to grow and thriveCommitment to a work-life balance with flexible working conditionsEmployee Referral ProgramAn authentic focus on staff wellbeing and health- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)A commitment to ongoing professional Development and career growthPaid parental leave and opportunity to purchase additional leaveAnnual leave LoadingAccess Health and Community have an authentic commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff: Wellbeing Connector Program  A network of 20 peer supporters called Wellbeing Connectors that are there to talk with their colleagues about mental health  Personal Resilience Plans Every staff member at AccessHC have the opportunity to complete a Personal Resilience Plan with the support of their manager. These plans are a proactive approach to addressing and navigating workplace stress  Wellbeing Information Sessions Access to recorded Wellbeing Sessions: staff have access to a number of recorded sessions facilitated by experts in the field addressing self-care, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout and dealing with difficult behaviours from clients The Wellness Well The Wellness Well: An internal grants program that provides staff with upwards of $5,000 to implement activities that benefit physical, social and mental wellbeing  Employee Assistance ProgramWe offer counseling for our people through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You can access up to three sessions in a 12-month period Wellbeing Days  Available annually to all permanent and fixed term full-time and part time employees an opportunity to take a day off from work for your self-care and wellbeingEnvironmental Impact initiativesAccess Health and Community are committed to taking action to reduce our impact on the environment and as a City Switch member we access resources, toolkits and expertise to help us become a more environmentally sustainable organisation. We have implemented a number of climate related initiatives, to reduce e-waste, by recycling old computers, monitors and ink cartridges and waste separation, and allocated a pin to print for all staff to reduce and cut down waste production and unnecessary printingApply NowAccess Health and Community is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities and people we support and advocate forWe encourage applications from people with disabilities, people with lived experience of mental health and/or AOD recovery, people with diverse genders and sexualities and actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgroundWe pride ourselves on being a client and child safe organisation and as such our staff and volunteers go through security screening and as a provider of disability services, successful applicants will be required to undertake a NDIS Workers Screening Check, WWW Check and if necessary, an International Police check prior to any appointment.Access Health and Community acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we workIf this position resonates with you and you are passionate about working alongside a collaborative and supportive team, we would love to see your resume and a paragraph or two about where you are on your professional journey and why you think the position will work well for you.Please reach out to for further information and/or the opportunity to discuss this role. Please contact: Mental Health Manager: Irina.Hart@accesshc.org.au     Please refer to the position description on our website for the key selection criteria information: https://accesshc.org.au/careers/  Apply now so you don’t miss this opportunity. We will be assessing applications as they are submittedApplications close date:  13th February 2023 90000 AUD Hawthorn 3122

Mental Health Nurse - Hawthorn

  • Permanent Part- Time 0.6, Hawthorn
  • Not for Profit with salary packaging benefits & work life balance
  • Collaborative and highly supported team environment

About Access Health and Community

With a history of 150 years and caring at our centre, our mission and commitment is to build healthier lives within our communities and to deliver excellent health and community services for all.  We have a dedicated and experienced team of over 300 employees and 200 volunteers operating across 18 locations. Our people are the centre of everything we do, making a contribution to the wellbeing of the community every day through our work, making a difference every day to those that need it most.

About the role

An exciting and rewarding opportunity to join our thriving community health organisation and work within a truly supportive and valued based culture and engaged workforce.

The Mental Health Nurse will provide mental health nursing and clinical care coordination to consumers with complex needs in the Mental Health Stepped Care program. The Mental Health Nurse will report to the Clinical Team Leader and work as a part of the multidisciplinary Mental Health (MH) team using the clinical staging model to assess and deliver mental health treatment to consumers.

A key component of the role is the assessment and management of mental health and co-occurring conditions, and clinical risk for consumers living in the community with moderate to severe mental health needs.

What you will be doing

  • Undertake comprehensive assessment of consumers which includes mental health, AOD, psychosocial, functional, and physical assessment domains
  • Use the clinical staging model in assessment and development of treatment plans
  • Work collaboratively with consumers, family/carers and other health professionals to develop and implement Collaborative Care Plans
  • Undertake initial and ongoing risk assessments of clients and develop risk management plans (including the provision of Quick Response Suicide Prevention Services under Stepped Care)
  • Provide one-on-one clinical nursing services for clients with moderate to complex mental health needs to address recovery-oriented goals in line with the Collaborative Care Plan
  • Monitor and support the consumer’s safe and appropriate use of medication
  • Provide clinical care coordination for consumers engaged with multiple services, including GPs
  • Provide services in both face-to-face and telehealth modalities, including community outreach support
  • Co-facilitate group-based programs where required
  • Coordinate and participate in shared care with internal and external services, including attendance at care team meetings, case coordination and clinical reviews
  • Work within the scope of practice defined for the role and as agreed with line manager members ensuring active participation in decision making; and the inclusion of other relevant parties, which will be reviewed during the intervention period

What you will bring

Key Selection Criteria

  • Approved tertiary qualification in Mental Health Nursing
  • Current and ongoing registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a mental health nurse
  • Credentialed Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical risk assessment and management, including assessing mental state and clinical risk management across multiple domains
  • Experience working within the primary care and primary mental health sectors
  • Experience in community settings, a minimum of 2 years’ desirable
  • Possess an empathic, innovative and professional therapeutic style
  • Excellent organisational, time management and problem-solving skill
  • Excellent understanding of mental health symptoms, diagnoses and treatments across the lifespan
  • Knowledge of current psychiatric medications and medication management
  • Ability to work within a dual-diagnosis framework
  • Ability to work creatively and safely with consumers from diverse backgrounds, including LGBTIQ, CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to organise workload, set priorities and meet performance targets and deadline
  • Proficiency with electronic health record systems (such as TrakCare or FIXUS) and Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)

 Attributes

  • An ability to work sensitively with people of diverse cultures, abilities, ages, sexualities and gender identities
  • High attention to detail and experienced in presentation and report writing
  • Effective time management and strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated behaviours consistent with Access Health and Community values

Access Health and Community Culture & Benefits

The reasons why people love working at Access Health and Community:

Not only will you benefit from a rewarding and challenging career; you will thrive in our collaborative and supportive culture where you will make a positive difference each day giving back to those that need it most.

Enjoy the extensive Access Health and Community range of benefits that are on offer;

  • A truly supportive and valued based culture and engaged workforce
  • A culture of trust and empowerment for people to grow and thrive
  • Commitment to a work-life balance with flexible working conditions
  • Employee Referral Program
  • An authentic focus on staff wellbeing and health- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • A commitment to ongoing professional Development and career growth
  • Paid parental leave and opportunity to purchase additional leave
  • Annual leave Loading

Access Health and Community have an authentic commitment to the health and wellbeing of our staff: 

Wellbeing Connector Program  

A network of 20 peer supporters called Wellbeing Connectors that are there to talk with their colleagues about mental health  

Personal Resilience Plans 

Every staff member at AccessHC have the opportunity to complete a Personal Resilience Plan with the support of their manager. These plans are a proactive approach to addressing and navigating workplace stress  

Wellbeing Information Sessions 

Access to recorded Wellbeing Sessions: staff have access to a number of recorded sessions facilitated by experts in the field addressing self-care, vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout and dealing with difficult behaviours from clients 

The Wellness Well 

The Wellness Well: An internal grants program that provides staff with upwards of $5,000 to implement activities that benefit physical, social and mental wellbeing  

Employee Assistance Program

We offer counseling for our people through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP). You can access up to three sessions in a 12-month period 

Wellbeing Days  

Available annually to all permanent and fixed term full-time and part time employees an opportunity to take a day off from work for your self-care and wellbeing

Environmental Impact initiatives

Access Health and Community are committed to taking action to reduce our impact on the environment and as a City Switch member we access resources, toolkits and expertise to help us become a more environmentally sustainable organisation. We have implemented a number of climate related initiatives, to reduce e-waste, by recycling old computers, monitors and ink cartridges and waste separation, and allocated a pin to print for all staff to reduce and cut down waste production and unnecessary printing

Apply Now

Access Health and Community is committed to building an inclusive and diverse workforce that reflects the communities and people we support and advocate for

We encourage applications from people with disabilities, people with lived experience of mental health and/or AOD recovery, people with diverse genders and sexualities and actively encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background

We pride ourselves on being a client and child safe organisation and as such our staff and volunteers go through security screening and as a provider of disability services, successful applicants will be required to undertake a NDIS Workers Screening Check, WWW Check and if necessary, an International Police check prior to any appointment.

Access Health and Community acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of this land on which we work

If this position resonates with you and you are passionate about working alongside a collaborative and supportive team, we would love to see your resume and a paragraph or two about where you are on your professional journey and why you think the position will work well for you.

Please reach out to for further information and/or the opportunity to discuss this role. Please contact: Mental Health Manager: Irina.Hart@accesshc.org.au     

Please refer to the position description on our website for the key selection criteria information: https://accesshc.org.au/careers/  

Apply now so you don’t miss this opportunity. We will be assessing applications as they are submitted

Applications close date:  13th February 2023