Mental Health Practitioner

Job posted: 23/11/2022
Applications close: 06/12/2022 (Midnight)
8 days remaining

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: North East Region | Shepparton

Job type: Part time / From 27/01/2023

Organisation: Education and Training

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1317586

Reference: 1317586

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: North East Region | Shepparton

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

Please ensure that your application includes:

  • a resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name, address and contact numbers, business and home)
  • a section addressing the selection criteria and the requirements for application under the Who May Apply section
  • names and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees

Please note that the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name. Consistent with policy, we shall advise you if we will take this action.

Conditions of Employment

  • 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


                   Possible relocation incentives maybe available to the successful applicant.

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School is seeking applicants who display an understanding of the learning and teaching of students with special needs and who are committed to their profession.

Echuca Twin Rivers Specialist School is a rapidly expanding school, providing education for children ages 5-18 years with intellectual and associated disabilities. The school enrolment is approximately 115 students. We follow Victorian Curriculum using ABLES to assist assessment.  The curriculum is based on individual needs and abilities and designed to be motivating, challenging and flexible with a significant focus on life skills and personal development.

The school successfully met all standards for Professional Development Culture and was accredited in 2008. Our 2019 - 2022 Strategic Plan has a student learning focus on Literacy, Numeracy and excellence in Education. The major emphasis is on literacy with a focus on reading, developing oral language and social skills. We believe that all our students need to be given a voice and the staff are dedicated to making the most of the school resources to achieve this goal.

Our Strategic Plan has a major teaching and learning focus on Literacy, Numeracy and Communication. All students work with iPads to strengthen literacy and numeracy skills.  We offer a significant P.E.C.S program to build communication skills across different areas of the school.

The school has a strong wellbeing culture. In 2016 the school launched The Koorie Inclusive School Wide Positive Behaviour Support (KI SWPBS) program This evidence based approach  supports positive  school culture by creating safe, inclusive  learning environments defined  by proactive whole school systems to define, teach and support appropriate student behaviours.

Inclusion is of vital importance to our Community and links with mainstream schools and local sporting clubs are facilitated through community partnerships. The school promotes inclusion of all cultures, religion and gender identities and where local history, heritage and the values of the nation’s first people can be explored and celebrated. Inclusion is promoted in our community and links with mainstream.

Family connections are vital and their continued support is greatly valued. Student wellbeing is a high priority and contact with most families on a daily basis provides holistic support not only to students but to caregivers. Our families come from a diverse background spread over a large geographical area.

Many of our students have high paramedical needs. Access to physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychologist services is provided as required. Specialised therapy and augmented communication equipment is available to support these programmes.

The school prides itself on having an open and welcoming environment that encourages parent and community participation. Links with the community are encouraged. The school plays host to students on work experience, or community service programmes as well as providing onsite training for staff from local mainstream schools.  We recognise and appreciate the challenging nature of the job and are proud of the professional commitment of all our staff.

 Our school offers:

•Excellence in Education - High quality teaching tailored to the individual

•A curriculum designed to allow students to develop to their full potential.

•Highly trained and dedicated staff, highly respected by the greater community.

•A safe and supportive environment catering for all physical, emotional and intellectual needs.

•A strong emphasis on assisting the students to develop interpersonal skills readying them for life beyond school.

•A strong student wellbeing culture, where each child’s needs are of top priority.

•An outstanding team approach to teaching and managing the students.

•Strong partnerships with parents, local disability services and the broader community.

Mental Health Practitioner

Job type:

Part time / From 27/01/2023

Job classification:

Not provided


Paul Marshall | 03 5410 7700

Mental Health Practitioner