Clinician Austin Health


Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across 3 campuses in the northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.  

An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic graduate social work clinician to join our Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Unit working as a case manager. The role works Monday to Friday during business hours with monthly ADOs.  This is a 18 month full time position with opportunities to apply to further roles within the mental health division upon completion of the contract. 

The Adolescent Inpatient Unit at Austin Health is a small inpatient unit that works closely with young people and their carers to achieve positive outcomes in all areas of functioning. We have 11 beds, and are based at the Austin Hospital in Heidelberg. Adolescents who have turned 13 (but are not yet 18 years of age) are admitted for mental health assessment and treatment when their presentation presents high levels of risk, or when a more specialised service is required for assessment and treatment. These young people may be experiencing significant acute and complex emotional, behavioural and/or social difficulties and have usually had some outpatient treatment. The team is also supported by Austin School teaching staff who work to keep young people connected to their home schools or to help them reconnect to appropriate education pathways. 

Feedback from our families: 

“Thank you for the time you so generously gave to understand our teenager’s condition and circumstances surrounding this. Thank you for the life-saving support and care you all have provided. Thank you!!” 

“To the team- your caring, non-judgemental approach is exactly what is needed. Thank you for catching our teenager in their time of need!” 

The case manager is a key member of the Adolescent Inpatient Unit’s (AIPU) team with in the Mental health Division. The social work graduate will be required to provide assessment, treatment (at individual and group levels), case coordination and management to adolescents and their families/carers in order to facilitate safe and effective discharge from the unit.  This role involves (but is not limited to):

  • Conducting mental state and risk assessments 
  • Risk and case formulation
  • Brief therapeutic interventions to achieve recovery in line with young person and carer’s goals for admission
  • Collaborating with the team to develop the young person’s treatment plan while on the ward, and taking responsibility for implementation of this plan
  • Coordinating with community supports to ensure recovery can continue after discharge
  • Please see the position description for more detail about the position.

Work with us!  We offer: 

  • The opportunity to grow and build your clinical practice with access to high quality child and youth mental health  experts and social work educators 
  • A dynamic and highly skilled multidisciplinary team   
  • Regular individual and group supervision  
  • Collegiate and supportive team culture  
  • Opportunity to learn and connect with highly specialist CYMHS clinicians across a wide variety of specialist roles  
  • Capacity to make real and lasting change in the lives of young people  

Our benefits:

Working at Austin Health means enjoying a strong sense of purpose, engaging in meaningful work every day.  Our people also receive a variety of rewarding benefits, including:

  • Salary packaging benefits, for living expenses, meals and holiday accommodation
  • A suite of wellness initiatives designed to support you, including discounted fitness memberships and specials on health insurance, and a comprehensive wellbeing program
  • Mentoring and career development opportunities
  • Easy access via public transport, discounted car parking and end of journey facilities for cyclists 

Inclusion at Austin:

We celebrate, value and include people of all backgrounds, genders, identities, cultures, bodies and abilities.  We welcome and support applications from anyone identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, physically or culturally diverse, LGBTQIA+, and people of any age.

If you feel this role is right for you, we encourage your early application.  All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check and if required, a Working With Children Check. If you require any reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process, please feel free to reach out to the hiring manager.