Mental Health Practitioner

Job posted: 13/05/2022
Applications close: 26/05/2022 (Midnight)
6 days remaining

6 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 01/06/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1278763

Reference: 1278763

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience in assessing, conceptualising and analysing wellbeing issues, and providing evidence-based direct counselling for a range of mental health issues.
  2. Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing evidence-based intervention strategies for clients with complex needs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to input into the development, implementation and evaluation of policies and strategies relating to mental health and wellbeing.
  4. Highly developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills including the ability to liaise effectively with a wide range of people.
  5. Ability to provide leadership and professional learning that informs and influences the work of others involved in the engagement and wellbeing of children and young people.
  6. Clear understanding of legislative requirements regarding privacy of health information. 


The Mental Health Practitioners (MHP) initiative provides for a suitably qualified mental health professional in all government secondary school campuses.

Operating in collaboration with the Department of Education and Training's Area-based multi-disciplinary teams, this role will have the following functions:

provide direct counselling support and other early intervention services for individual students and groups identified as at-risk and/or experiencing or demonstrating mild to moderate mental health needs;
coordinate supports for students with critical needs both within and external to the school, including proactively working with regions and other health professionals to engage further support as required; and
enhance promotion and prevention activities in the school by contributing to whole school health and wellbeing plans, building the capability of teaching staff and school leadership to manage student health and wellbeing, and helping to embed mental health promotion and prevention programs and strategies in the school.

Education Support Class Level 1 Range 4

The successful applicant will be an experienced professional who will carry out their duties and responsibilities, relative to their professional discipline, with a high level of autonomy and with minimal reliance on professional supervision. The successful applicant will be responsible for the development and implementation of professional support programs within an educational environment, including guidance to other professional staff.

As an education support class position, this role supports the educational services being provided to students, but will not include duties of teaching as defined in clause 2.6.1 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic).

For more information on the responsibilities of an Education support class level 1 range 4 employee, please visit:



1. Deliver professional support service/s in a school/s, including the direct counselling for students with a range of mental health issues, applying sound theoretical knowledge and practical expertise.

2. Plan and implement evidence-based intervention strategies for students with complex needs including collaborating with families, other professionals and agencies when appropriate, and manage the associated risks.

3. Work collaboratively with the school to contribute to policies and operational practices that will guide the work of others, including other school wellbeing staff and teachers.

4. Demonstrate leadership and provide professional learning to others, such as teachers and other school wellbeing staff, to build the capacity of schools to improve students’ learning and developmental outcomes.

5. Liaise with other Department areas (including secondary school nurses and Student Support Services staff) and external service providers where necessary to provide support to students.

6. Maintain professional competence and continued professional learning, including attending professional development activities throughout the year.

7. Meet relevant policies and legislative requirements in relation to student health information privacy.

Please note:
• The relevant enterprise agreement underpinning this position is the Victorian Government Schools Agreement 2017.
• Continued professional learning is a registration requirement under the National Law, which governs the operations of the National Boards and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Who May Apply


  • Applicants must be qualified as a psychologist, social worker, mental health nurse or occupational therapist. Specifically:
    • For Psychologists, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA
    • For Mental Health Nurses, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA and hold a postgraduate qualification in mental health
    • For Social Workers, applicants must be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers
    • For Occupational Therapists must hold full registration with AHPRA
  • Have demonstrated direct counselling experience
  • Have a current Working With Children Check



  • For Psychology applicants, specialisation in education and/or developmental psychology.
  • For Mental Health Nurse applicants, hold a Mental Health Nurse Credential and membership with the Australian college of Mental Health Nurses.
  • For Social Work applicants, hold membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers and an Accredited Social Worker Trade Mark.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Other Information

  • All staff employed by the Department and schools have access to a broad range of employment conditions and working arrangements.
  • Appointment of successful applicants will be made subject to a satisfactory pre-employment conditions check.
  • A probationary period may apply during the first year of employment and induction and support programs provided.
  • Detailed information on all terms and conditions of employment is available on the Department's Human Resources website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Pages/default.aspx

Vaccination Requirement

A person is not eligible for employment in the Teaching Service unless that person meets the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Swinburne Senior Secondary College is a co-educational government secondary college which caters for Years 11 and 12 students.  The College offers Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) in a setting that enables students to focus their learning around the values, attitudes and needs of young adults.

The College’s purpose is:


  • to provide innovative and relevant VCE, VET and VCAL senior secondary programs in response to identified needs
  • to take into account the spectrum of individual differences that exists among students and help each student achieve growth, both academically and on a personal level
  • to redress disadvantage and discrimination so that all students, irrespective of gender, gender identity, sexuality, presentation, ethnic origins or socio-economic background, are provided with a curriculum that is challenging, comprehensive and purposeful
  • to provide post-secondary pathways, advice and support.


The following values are seen as being central to the life of the college.  We aim to apply these values in our everyday dealings with each other and in the development of our programs and policies:


  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Commitment


These values are supported by the behaviours that we believe are crucial to ensuring that our purpose is achieved:

  • Positive relationships including acceptance of diversity and inclusivity.
  • High expectations
  • A relevant and inclusive curriculum
  • Engaged and responsible students
  • Quality facilities
  • Genuine participation
  • A supportive and stimulating environment


The College strives to provide students with extensive and diverse post-secondary pathways.  Students are enrolled in VCE, VET and VCAL, accessing subjects across all disciplines.  The College provides an alternative choice for senior secondary students seeking greater breadth of VCE choice, a more adult setting which better suits their emerging needs or simply a new start.


Students are attracted from all parts of Melbourne and beyond, and from all education sectors, to our strong Visual and Performing Arts, Design and Technology and Humanities programs, and wide curriculum offerings in Science, Mathematics and Commerce.  Students choose Swinburne because they are seeking an adult-like learning environment where they can be accepted as individuals.  Accordingly, the College takes into account individual student difference and strives to provide all students with a curriculum that is relevant, challenging and comprehensive.


Students may commence their enrolment at the College in Year 11 or Year 12.  They have access to a broad range of some 38 VCE Studies, VCAL at Intermediate and Senior Levels and VET programs.  The College hosts 17 VET programs on each evening throughout the week (excluding Friday) and all day on Wednesday.  Students may also choose from 16 other programs through the Inner Melbourne VET Cluster (IMVC) and travel off site to study these.


Over the past ten years, the College enrolment has averaged 420 students.  Currently, the College enrolment is 424 students comprising 273 females and 151 males.  There is an expectation that the enrolment will grow towards the mid to high 400’s in coming years.  The vast majority of students were born in Australia (98%).  Students come from a wide range of localities in the greater metropolitan area and beyond with some 150 postcodes being represented.  Historically, approximately just over half or our students transfer to Swinburne from other state government schools and the other half were previously enrolled in schools in the independent and Catholic sectors.  The overall socio-economic profile, based on the College’s Student Family Occupation Index is high.


The combination of the diversity of students’ backgrounds and experiences at former schools, and the fact that they might attend the College for only one or two years, tends to complicate the task of building a strong College ethos. This factor is somewhat ameliorated as all students at the College are senior students who are provided with an adult-like environment and are expected to function as ‘independent, creative and thoughtful’ young adults.


The College is led by the Principal and one Assistant Principal.  The College has 35 teaching staff (including five Leading Teachers and two Learning Specialists), of whom 12 are part time.  The College also has seven sessional VET teachers and seven full-time and four part-time Education Support Staff.  


The College advises that many VCE teachers are involved with the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) as curriculum consultants and writers, taking positions of responsibility in VCE policy, assessment and professional development.  The College encourages this involvement believing Swinburne students are advantaged by such expertise.


Over the past ten or so years, the College facilities have either been rebuilt or refurbished.   Consequently, students and staff enjoy first class facilities that provide an exceptional young adult learning environment.  In particular, the exemplary learning spaces in the visual and performing arts and design and technology are powerful inducements to prospective students looking for studies in these studies.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job type:

Part time / From 01/06/2022

Job classification:

Not provided


Daryl Bennett | 8862 4400

Mental Health Practitioner