Mental Health Clinician – Suicide Prevention Outreach Team – Incentives Offered Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District


Employment Type: Permanent Part Time
Position Classification: Registered Nurse / Occupational Therapist Level 1/2  / Social Worker Level 1/2 
Remuneration: $33.97 – $49.27 per hour 
Hours Per Week: 24
Requisition ID: REQ422529
Applications Close: 10 August 2023

This position qualifies for a Recruitment Incentive Package up to the value of $10,000 under the NSW Health Rural Health Workforce Incentive Scheme.


The package is in addition to award entitlements and accommodation assistance and recognises the critical role health workers play in the delivery of rural health services.

Take up this opportunity and apply now…negotiate a package that works for you. Benefits can include additional base salary, additional personal leave, relocation benefits, Return airfares home and compassionate travel

What you’ll be doing

Work in a Suicide Prevention Outreach Team (SPOT), based in Nowra NSW, providing mobile outreach and follow-up support to people who are in or recovering from a suicidal crisis, where they live their lives. The model involves pairs of workers, one clinician and one peer worker who jointly provide a  rapid crisis response to people in suicidal distress and facilitate contact with services and people who can provide further support and address the cause of their crisis.  

Workers in the team will provide recovery-oriented and trauma-informed care for people who are in suicidal crisis. Support may include crisis response, assertive follow up, psychosocial support, safety planning, recovery/wellness planning, advocacy, and collaborative identification of community supports, risk assessment, care planning, referral to appropriate care settings, liaison with signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding under the NSW Mental Health Act (2007).

The team will deliver support that aligns with the principles of step up/step down care. This includes making referrals to a range of community-based services for ongoing support if required (step down), or escalating concerns over consumer wellbeing to other acute or emergency services (step up).

Within the SPOT service, clinicians are responsible for the timely safe and effective care of those in a suicidal crisis. The primary objective is to support people in the community wherever possible and safe and to facilitate the work of the peer workers within the team.

The service will operate from 12:00 to 20:30pm. Therefore after-hours and some weekend work will be a requirement of the role.

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed an up-to-date course of a COVID-19 vaccine (3 doses for Category A roles, 2 doses for Category B roles) which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health, or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.


Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. Please provide proof of vaccination if available.


Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.


Talent Pool

This recruitment may be used to create a talent pool / eligibility list where candidates may be offered casual, permanent, or temporary full-time or part-time positions within the next 12 months.


Please note: Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.


Successful applicants to the role must provide certified documentation of vaccination history and pathology as part of their recruitment documentation. The applicant must be certified as compliant with Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases  before employment can commence.


Criminal record checks will be undertaken on successful applicants. This position is designated as child-related employment and you will be required to obtain a Working With Children clearance from the Office of the Children’s Guardian. To apply, please go to


Your claim against the selection criteria is the most important part of your application as it will help determine whether or not you have met the standard of response required by the panel to be eligible for an interview. You should read the Position Description and then address the selection criteria for the role, giving examples where required. Applicants are encouraged to review the following information on Applying for a position within NSW Health at:



Selection Criteria

  1. Occupational Therapist, (AHPRA registered). Registered Nurse (AHPRA registered), Social Worker with a minimum qualification of a Bachelor of Social Work (eligible for full registration with the Australian Association of Social Workers), Counsellor (must hold as a minimum a bachelor’s degree in counselling or a related field, or other qualification deemed equivalent by the employer) or Qualified Counsellor having completed the Djirruwang Bachelor of Health Science Degree (Mental Health).
  2. Current knowledge and skills in relation to the effective treatment and support for people experiencing suicidality, including knowledge of the interaction between suicidality, mental health and drug and alcohol conditions.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work therapeutically under pressure.
  4. Ability to work effectively within a partnership with peer workers and within a broader multi-disciplinary team.
  5. Extensive knowledge of the NSW Mental Health Act (2007).
  6. Willingness to engage in suicide prevention co-design, community of practice and education and training.
  7. Demonstrated effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills.
  8. 8.Current, unrestricted NSW Drivers Licence (Category C).

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For role related queries or questions contact Jannette Mottram on [email protected]



Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Job Salary

Part time