Published December 5, 2018
Last Modified December 4, 2018
Melbourne City Mission
244 Flinders Street, Australia
Job Type
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
December 21, 2018

Job Description

MCM has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Clinician to lead a team of clinicians and provide recovery-oriented mental health triage and assessment, therapeutic intervention and case management services.

  • Full-time, fixed-term opportunity until June 2020
  • Melbourne CBD
  • Competitive remuneration package with NFP salary packaging benefits available 

Melbourne City Mission

At Melbourne City Mission we’re changing lives every day. We’ve been around for almost as long as Melbourne itself and are a responsive, creative and flexible organisation transforming the lives of people experiencing disadvantage. Our services extend across disability, homelessness & justice, palliative care, and education and early years. A career with us means you are part of an organisation making a real difference.

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About the role

To supervise a team of clinicians and provide recovery-oriented mental health triage and assessment, therapeutic intervention, case management, and support to young people who display psychological distress and may present with challenging, at risk, and suicidal behaviours. The role is responsible for care in four phases:

  1. Triage and supported rapid referral to Specialist Mental Health Service
  2. Brief Intervention and coordinated referral to specialist Mental Health service
  3. Assertive outreach & support – medium, therapeutic focus
  4. Assertive outreach & support – extended, therapeutic focus

Duties of this role may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide high quality clinical mental health care, and discipline specific therapeutic treatments that are youth-focused, developmentally informed, recovery oriented and trauma-informed in approach for young people accessing Frontyard Youth Services.
  • Provide supervision and secondary consultation to employees at Frontyard working in clinical and therapeutic roles and ensure that interventions are delivered in collaboration with the integrated services of Frontyard Youth Services.
  • Provide risk assessment and management support to employees and young people in times of critical incidents or crisis management
  • Complete, in a prompt and timely manner, all clinical documentation, screening and assessment tools, and all data collection requirements of the service.
  • Ensure service specific guidelines and funding agreements are adhered to and compliance is achieved through regular reporting, record keeping and data collection.
  • Work in consultation with the Clinical and Therapeutic Services Manager to achieve consistency and collaboration in Frontyard operations.
  • Participate in, and facilitate, meetings, debriefing, supervision, training, and forums.
  • Manage rosters, leave requests and timesheets to ensure adequate staffing levels for all shifts, and that the needs of the clients and carers are met in a timely and optimal way.

Key Selection Criteria

You will be an energetic, forward thinking leader who has:

  • A tertiary qualification in an allied health discipline, including social work, psychology (clinical, counselling), mental health nursing, and occupational therapy; and membership with the appropriate professional body.
  • Advanced knowledge and experience in the early identification, assessment, treatment, and delivering a range of psychotherapeutic mental health interventions for young people at significant risk of, or experiencing, severe and persistent mental health issues.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of principles and application of:
    • trauma informed practice;
    • family and community inclusive practice;
    • early psychosis intervention;
    • dual diagnosis (or a willingness to undergo specialised training)
    • stress-vulnerability frameworks regarding wellbeing within a social model of health; and,
    • advanced clinical skills in engaging young people (12 up to 25 years) who have experienced adverse life events, including homelessness.
  • Understanding of homelessness, and in particular, the needs of and issues affecting clients who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.
  • Experience working within an acute/crisis intervention model of care, with the demonstrated ability to deliver a range of crisis interventions and management strategies to young people experiencing social and emotional disturbance.
  • Sound, current knowledge of the Mental Health Act, relevant legislation, and current strategic directions of public mental health and primary health care services.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, and the ability to work collaboratively in high demand environments.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including weekends and afterhours.

A position description containing further information is attached here.

For enquiries about this role please contact Simone Bursey on email


We offer a competitive remuneration package including an attractive salary, access to tax-effective salary packaging arrangements and supportive work/life balance provisions. MCM recognizes the importance of investing in the training, learning and development of our staff.

How to apply

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applications should include a current CV and address the key selection criteria

Applications to Simone Bursey, Clinical and Therapeutic Services Manager on

Applications close at 5pm on 21 December 2018.

As part of Melbourne City Mission’s recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment safety screening checks process. Successful appointment to a position will be subject to, but not limited to, the following checks: National (and International if applicable) Police Check, Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Right to Work in Australia, current professional registration, and current and valid driver license. All costs associated with safety screening checks with the exception of the National Police Check will be at applicants’ expense.

Our commitment to diversity

At MCM, we embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation. We know that diversity and inclusion helps us to attract, recruit, engage and retain a team of talented people. If you require specific support to apply for this position, please advise the recruiting manager whose contact details are listed in the advertisement. We will work with you to identify the best way to assist you.