Mission Australia - Health Professional Role

Experience in Social Work, Counselling, AOD, Psychology  

  • Fixed Term FT Contract – Until June 2019
  • South Headland Location
  • Opportunity to work with our Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service (DATS)

Competitive salary + remote allowance and salary packaging benefits  

About Us
Mission Australia is a non-denominational Christian charity that has been helping vulnerable Australians move towards independence for more than 155 years.

Every day we support people nationwide by combatting homelessness, assisting disadvantaged families and children, addressing mental health issues, fighting substance dependencies and much more.

We're generously supported by our funders, partners and tens of thousands of everyday Australians, who make the work of our tireless volunteers and staff possible.

Your Opportunity
The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service (DATS) service aims to support young people to develop a positive self-image, gain confidence and cope with difficult circumstances to reduce risk taking behaviours associated with substance misuse, through appropriate treatment interventions and by creating a local service network that effectively responds to youth at risk, their families and the community.

The service aims to reduce harm to individuals with complex needs and to improve the quality of life for those individuals and their families; and to contribute to community safety and wellbeing.   

This is an excellent opportunity for a health professional to work with young people and at times families to develop strategies to deal with ongoing AOD issues within the family home. This support is provided both individually and as a group.

This role is for an individual who is looking to further develop their skill set in working within remote communities and a potential to move into management further down the track.

Your key responsibilities will to:

  • Undertake initial assessments of referred young people to develop and implement individualised case management/ behavioural and therapeutic support plans.
  • Conduct a range of culturally appropriate interventions with young people and where appropriate their families, to address psychological issues and minimise destructive/harmful behaviour and assist with improvement in lifestyle and current relationships or attachment.
  • Refer young people and families to other internal and external support services and medical practitioners
  • Liaise with other supporting services to influence existing case management plans and support activities to suit the individual needs of the young people.
  • Support employees and management in developing a greater understanding of psychological and health issues and identification of young people who would benefit from suitable interventions.

Requirements for Success

  • Tertiary qualification in a related health discipline  
  • Experience in providing clinical guidance for a mental health service.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver service outcomes on time and in compliance with funding Experience of working with ‘Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities’ (CALD) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders including the ability to work with a complex comorbid client group.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in community and social outcomes.
  • Ability to take ownership of outcomes and achieve results in line with set timeframes.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with others, engaging key stakeholders, sharing information appropriately and ensuring people are kept informed of progress, changes and issues.
  • Ability to cope with ambiguity and complexity.
  • Experience in, or willingness to work in a remote location requirements

As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History Check.

In addition, there is a requirement to possess a current Working with Children check or apply if you do not already hold one. It is unlawful for prohibited persons to apply for work with children, and, as such, prohibited persons cannot apply for this role.

Culture & Benefits  
A career with Mission Australia will offer you rewarding experiences to make a difference to the lives of Australians in need. We have an innovative and supportive culture guided by our values of compassion, integrity, respect, perseverance and celebration.

To ensure our employees feel valued, empowered and celebrated we provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • NFP salary packaging benefits reducing taxable income (details via Advantage)
  • Discounted childcare rates with participating centres
  • Generous discounts with hotels, travel insurance and major retailers
  • Free, confidential counselling services via our EAP
  • Discounted health care with Medibank Private

Diversity & Inclusion
Mission Australia is an inclusive employer. We celebrate our diversity and strive to reflect contemporary Australian society and all the communities in which we work, in order to better serve our clients. We welcome and encourage applications from Women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people, People with Disability, Sexually and Gender Diverse people, people with lived experience of adversity and from people of all ages.

Next Steps
To be considered for this opportunity, please click ‘apply’ and send your cover letter and resume today to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For more information, feel free to view the Job Description.
For further information regarding working with us visit Working for Mission Australia.

Applications close midnight, 14th of November 2018.


Level 1
1 Nash St
Perth WA 6000


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