Mental Health Practitioner - ES 1-4

Job posted: 05/08/2022
Applications close: 25/08/2022 (Midnight)
15 days remaining

15 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Gippsland | Cockatoo

Job type: Part time / From 24/10/2022 - 23/10/2029

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1287768

Reference: 1287768

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Gippsland | Cockatoo

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

Conditions of Employment

This vacancy is to replace an employee on parental absence and is for a period of seven years or until the employee absent on leave returns to duty at the school.

Vaccination Requirement

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

The successful applicant will be required to be in attendance 4 days per week, Monday to Thursday from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

College Mission Statement

Monbulk College promotes personal excellence in a caring environment. The College community has, as its highest priority, the encouragement and support of students in their commitment to the pursuit of excellence and the achievement of their potential in all endeavours: academic, physical, cultural and community.

 College Vision

Monbulk College aims to provide a challenging education in a stimulating environment which will enable students to:

  • Be creative and critical thinkers who actively contribute to society both locally and globally
  • Achieve their best in all endeavours
  • Develop into confident, healthy and resilient life-long learners.


Monbulk College believes in and values:

Respect - treating self, others and the environment with integrity and honesty

Excellence - achieving your personal best in every aspect of college life

Responsibility - taking ownership of your personal and educational development

School Motto:    Achieving personal excellence in a caring environment.


Monbulk College was opened in 1963 and is a Year 7-12, co-educational college with an enrolment of 560 students and has a SFOE index of 0.36. It is located 50km east of Melbourne in the heart of the Horticulture Industry with many parents/students working in this field. Hospitality and Tourism are also large employers in the area.

 Monbulk College provides a broad curriculum. In addition to offering a wide variety of VCE studies, the College offers the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (including School Based Apprenticeships) and VET courses and is part of a HeadStart cluster.

The College has a well-established transition program and Information Communication Technology is used extensively. The college runs an Instrumental Music program, an ADVANCE program with emphasis on Lifesaving and has a Sister School relationship with Ujiyamada Commercial High School in Ise-shi, Mieken, Japan and Schwerin Sports Gymnasium in Germany. Monbulk College has successfully participated in the annual National Schools Volleyball Competition, regularly being placed in the top ten schools.

Monbulk College is an active member of the Dandenong Ranges Network and works cooperatively in joint ventures with surrounding primary and secondary colleges. Parents of the college are regarded as active participants in their children's education and display a pride in the College as evidenced by involvement in College committees and activities. An active student body, Monbulk Student Voice, is responsible for promoting student issues and concerns.

A major upgrade of the college was begun in 2018 and includes new state of the art administration, library, and STEAM facilites along with spacious classrooms.

Monbulk College is committed to maximising educational opportunities for all students, striving for ongoing improvement and enhancing our links with the wider community. As an e-smart accredited school the college has a BYOD program and addresses cyber safety. As a government college it ensures that processes are in place to ensure student safety in all areas and team leaders and the well-being coordinator are used to ensure the child safe standards are maintained by all employees. Year Level Teams are an important focus of the college in ensuring improved student outcomes in both learning and well-being. Professional learning through peer observation is a feature of the college and is part of the performance and development process which is completed by all teachers through teams.

Mental Health Practitioner - ES 1-4

Job type:

Part time / From 24/10/2022 - 23/10/2029

Job classification:

Not provided


Mark Quinlan | 9751 9000

Mental Health Practitioner - ES 1-4