Senior Mental Health Worker - Bundaberg & Fraser Coast (2 positions)

Equality. Diversity. Inclusion.

The opportunity:

The key role functions for this position are to:

  • Assist individuals experiencing mental distress and adversity through intensive and ongoing support
  • Support people with moderate to severe mental illness who have been incarcerated to improve their transition back to community  using a person-centred approach and a recovery oriented, capacity building framework.
  • Work with individuals and their significant others in a planned, reliable manner to assist them to meet their individual needs and goals and review those goals on a regular basis in consultation with the consumer and relevant stakeholders
  • Provide direct support to clients as identified through self-directed recovery plans  facilitating access to recovery–focused and socially inclusive activities in the community.
  • Provide intensive support for up to 12-months to assist individuals to achieve their personal recovery goals and address their psycho-social needs in partnership with their chosen support network including clinical and non-clinical services.
  • Liaise with Bridge's suite of allied health, disability and drug and alcohol services to ensure effective, collaborative and timely service delivery and responses using "No Wrong door" practice principles.
  • Respond quickly and effectively to consumers presenting with immediate and serious mental health issues, providing effective brief interventions and linking them in/referring to appropriate services
  • Ensure collection of relevant data and maintain accurate records as prescribed in a timely and efficient manner
  • Fulfill the accountability of this role in accordance with Bridges Health & Community Care's core values, policies and procedures and contractual obligations.

About you:

We seek staff who have:

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with clients and other stakeholders with dignity and respect
  • Ability to work in diverse and challenging situations
  • Understanding of the principles of privacy and confidentiality and duty of care
  • Ability to assist clients connect with other appropriate community resources
  • Ability to implement and facilitate planned activities to promote independence
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication, and organisational skills
  • Strong computer and reporting skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and access process for client group
  • Ability to and work effectively as a member of a team and autonomously
  • Display commitment to evidence-based practice, continuous quality improvement, training and professional development

Selection criteria:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in health, social, or behavioural science fields e.g. psychology, social work, preferred. Experienced Mental health staff (diploma trained) will also be considered on merit
  • Knowledge and experience in working with people experiencing distress and adversity due to mental ill health and complex needs using principles of recovery, person-centred and self-directed skill building.
  • Knowledge and experience in working with offenders. and the associated challenges. Ability to work in a correctional centre to assist offenders prior to-release.
  • Contemporary, evidence-based skills, including suicide interventions, therapeutic tools and strength-abased recovery planning
  • The ability to communicate clearly, professionally and respectfully with consumers, families, colleagues, other agency personnel and external stakeholders;
  • Excellent data entry skills and refined writing skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills, with intermediate to advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office applications, use of smart phones or similar mobile devices.
  • Current senior first aid certificate, or willingness to obtain
  • Current Qld. open driver's licence

It is a Bridges requirement to obtain the following licences before commencement:

  • *Blue Card for working with children and young people
  • Yellow Card Exemption, and/or NDIS Worker Screening Card
  • Current Queensland Driver's Licence (open)
  • The right to work in Australia

*Bridges can assist with these applications. Conditions apply.

To learn more about this  unique opportunity, email [email protected] or call our head office on 1300 707 655 for further details.

We look forward to hearing from you.