Mental Health Practitioner ES1-4

Job posted: 23/06/2022
Applications close: 10/07/2022 (Midnight)
10 days remaining

10 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 25/07/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 1284715

Reference: 1284715

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western 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. Provide leadership and 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.


  • For psychologist, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA
  • For mental health nurse applicants, must hold full registration with AHPRA and hold a postgraduate qualification in mental health
  • For social work applicants, applicants must be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • For occupational therapists, applicants must hold full registration with AHPRA

Have demonstrated direct counselling experience

Hold current Working With Children Check registration



  • 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.

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

The current position with see the successful applicant work across two separate colleges; Copperfield College (2.5 days; 19 hours) and Creekside K-9 College (2.0 days; 15.20 hours).

Copperfield College is a multi-campus school situated in Melbourne’s North-West.  The College is comprised of two junior campuses (Years 7-10) in Kings Park and Sydenham and a senior campus (Years 11-12) at Delahey. The College has a student population of approximately 2200, with 180 (EFT) teaching staff, 70 (EFT) Education Support Staff and 7 Principal Class personnelThe SFOE for the College is 0.58, indicating a significant level of social disadvantage. The College is culturally diverse, reflecting our community, with approximately 60% of our students coming from a Language Background other than English.  Copperfield College performs to expectations and better on many measures in comparison with ‘like’ schools; in particular, our VCE performance.

Creekside K-9 College opened in 2006, as a campus of Caroline Springs College. The college now caters for 1,350 students from Prep to Year 9 and also incorporates a Kindergarten and a Maternal Health Unit to support the community and each family on their learning journey. This is a commitment to the community of Caroline Springs to provide a holistic approach to childhood development, growth and education.

Each of the colleges aims to meet the individual learning needs of all students, to enhance their learning opportunities and achievement, and to do this in conjunction with families and the local community. The underlying philosophy is to facilitate lifelong development and the growth of students so that they can achieve their full potential as individuals and as members of a healthy and productive community. Parent, students and staff are strongly encouraged to work together in partnerships for improved learning and wellbeing outcomes for all students.

As a Mental Health Practitioner (MHP), the successful applicant will work at one campus of Copperfield College and at Creekside K-9 College.  The MHP will work alongside the existing Student Wellbeing Team (SWT) at each college. Collectively, the two SWTs comprise existing MHPs, Educational Psychologists and Student Wellbeing Coordinators. MHPs provide direct, high quality, counselling support and early intervention services for students, develop and implement a range of mental health promotion and prevention programs, contribute to the refinement of college policies and practices that guide the work of SWTs, student management teams and classroom teachers, and provides leadership and professional learning to teachers and support staff to build the capacity of the school to respond to identified social, emotional and educational needs of students.

Copperfield College and Creekside K-9 College are and always will be committed to Child Safe Standards.

Mental Health Practitioner ES1-4

Job type:

Part time / From 25/07/2022

Job classification:

Not provided


Michael Gruis | 0400 379 569

Mental Health Practitioner ES1-4