SAFE START Coordinator - Site Negotiable

Mental Health Clinician
REQ122953 Requisition #

Employment Type: Permanent Part Time
Position Classification: Dependent upon qualifications and experience
Remuneration: Dependent upon qualifications and experience
Hours Per Week: 20
Requisition ID: REQ122953
Applications Close: 5 September 2019
Vaccination Category A
Multi-discipline Role
Location Negotiable

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Where you will be working

Known for our innovative consumer focused models of care which are designed for the rural and regional population we serve, our Mental Health teams provide critical services within acute, sub-acute and community settings throughout the Murrumbidgee Local  Health District.

As a member of our team you will have the opportunity to work within talented multidisciplinary environments, have excellent support with ongoing development and access to key technologies connecting you with colleagues and consumers based throughout the District

Our multidisciplinary teams provide career paths for both nursing and allied health staff, new graduates and established professionals. We are committed to providing safe, effective, quality care through listening to consumers and continually exploring ways to do it better.


What you will be doing

Safe Start is a prevention, early intervention and treatment framework to improve the mental health outcomes of NSW families. The initiative focuses on the early identification and integrated service management of risk factors in early pregnancy and throughout the first 2 years of life. The model uses a community strengths approach, which has the potential to reduce the impact of mental health problems in children and families.

This position is responsible for the provision of essential perinatal and infant mental health consultation and liaison functions within the SAFE START multidisciplinary model of care. The SAFE START Coordinator will provide these functions to Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol, Maternity, Child & Family Health, Aboriginal Maternal Health and other relevant Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) services, for families with multiple complex needs during the perinatal period.

The position will also be responsible for SAFE START strategic leadership and development and ongoing support of the SAFE START Multidisciplinary Case Discussion (MCD) meetings across MLHD. The role will work in partnership with other relevant MLHD service leaders, supporting the implementation of the SAFE START guidelines, assessment and care planning and Multidisciplinary Case Discussion meeting processes e.g. Terms of References, use of Electronic Medical Records, minute taking, regular reviews, quality improvement strategies and other relevant tasks.

Selection Criteria

  • Tertiary qualification in a clinical health field, such as Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Midwifery, and Occupational Therapy with a minimum 3 years post qualification full time experience. Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if applicable. Eligibility to be a member of relevant professional body such as the AASW.
  • Demonstrated experience working with mothers and babies experiencing mental health and psychosocial vulnerabilities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the impact of untreated parental mental illness on parenting capacity, mother-infant relationship and child development.


Please refer to the Position Description for the essential requirements and full selection criteria. Your application must include a current resume and address all selection criteria.


Additional Information

  • If you are applying for a Category ‘A’ position, please read and understand NSW Health Policy Directive PD2018_009.  All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy.
  • Please note that to apply for this position you must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia, or be able to independently and legally live and work in Australia by way of your own Temporary Visa.  For visa information, please see

  • This is a child-related position. You will be required to obtain a NSW Children’s Guardian Working With Children Check (WWCC) which can be found by clicking on the below link:

  • Upon appointment the Successful Applicant will be remunerated depending upon their qualifications and as per the relevant NSW Health Awards


Find out more about applying for this position. For role related queries or questions contact Keryl De Haan on


MLHD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage all suitably qualified applicants to apply, including Aboriginal People and people from racial, ethnic or ethno-religious minority groups and people with disability.




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