Psychosocial Clinician Canteen


The Organisation 
When life should be full of possibilities, cancer can crash into a young person’s world and shatter everything. Established in 1985 Canteen was set up by a group of young cancer patients. Today Canteen is one of Australia’s leading cancer organisations.   

Canteen provides young people impacted by cancer, and their parents, with access to a team of Allied Health Professionals who deliver programs, counselling and a range of group and individual support activities across Australia. Canteen assists these young people to access the support they need to develop and maintain the skills and confidence to live healthy and happy lives.  

Canteen’s mission is to be in the corner of every young person when cancer crashes into their world.  

Culture & Benefits
Canteen’s culture is unique offering talented individuals, an inspiring, rewarding and purposeful work experience with an opportunity to grow your career. 

  • Base Salary + Superannuation + Not-For-Profit Salary Packaging (up to $15,900 of your salary tax-free). 
  • Work from Home Arrangements – Flexible Work.
  • 5 weeks Annual leave + Gifted End of Year Leave.
  • Internal Clinical Support & Supervision provided. 

The Role
To coordinate and deliver counselling and other psychosocial support services for young people and parents affected by cancer.

The Psychosocial Clinician is responsible for:

  • The provision of individualised psychosocial assessment, identifying level of need/risk for young people affected by cancer, planning and review processes, counselling, case-management, and delivering the psychosocial content of Canteen Programs.
  • Attracting referrals into Canteen’s services and promoting Canteen in the community by establishing and maintaining effective medical, psychosocial and educational networks. 
  • Ongoing individual support to young people which may include the provision of evidence based counselling interventions, psychoeducation, care coordination and therapeutic case management and support accessing other specialized services.
  • Develop and facilitate educational and recreation camps, programs and outings, weekend activities, and other programs in response to the young people’s needs.

Essential Criteria
Along with a tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Counselling or related Allied Health Field, you’re able to demonstrate:   

  • Experience administering assessments, delivering therapeutic interventions and ability to co-ordinate care for young people.
  • Innate ability to engage with young people and carers/parents.
  • Awareness and skills in assessment and management of risk.
  • Ability to liaise with internal and external agencies, and across shared-care models.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication and report writing skills.
  • Hold or be eligible to obtain accreditation, membership or licensing from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA), Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), Australian Counselling Association (ACA) or equivalent national registering body.
  • Drivers license and First Aid Certificate is essential. 

Personal Qualities 

  • Warm and approachable, ability to listen actively, friendly and professional.
  • High level of integrity, honesty and commitment.
  • Highly motivated with the ability to handle stressful situations.
  • Strong attention to detail and good initiative.
  • Adaptable to change.

Nature of Work  
Location: Newtown, Sydney – Flexible Working Arrangements
Job Type: Permanent, Full-time  
Hours of Work: 5 days / 37.5 hours per week  
Remuneration: $65,000 – $74, 000 + Superannuation + Salary Packaging

*Due to the nature of Canteen’s work, you will be required to (very) occasionally work weekends and evenings. Advance notice will be given when this is the case, and Canteen does have a Time off in Lieu policy for taking leave as agreed with the supervising manager.   

Employment Expectations 
To ensure an ongoing commitment to the success of Canteen, all applications must be able to:  

  • Successfully complete and maintain a current National Police Check and Working with Child Check relevant to the individual’s state jurisdiction. 
  • Undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment to guarantee the safety of all Canteen’s stakeholders. 
  • Provide at least two direct referees to ensure a successful reference check is completed.  
  • Provide relevant copies of professional qualification/s stated on the application. 
  • Canteen employees are encouraged to have received the recommended doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Did we say MORE Benefits?

  • Learning & Development opportunities 
  • Dog friendly workplace.  
  • Supportive work environment. 
  • Work for Australia’s most highly regarded Not-For Profit Organisation.  

Applications close on 22 August 2023. Do not delay in applying as we will be reviewing applications periodically during this time.  

So, what are you waiting for? Click the apply button and get ready to make a difference!    

Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted and must be prepared if successful to undergo a National Police Check and Working with Children Check. Canteen acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First Peoples and sovereign custodians of this land. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. Canteen is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and people of all ages. We welcome all people including those from diverse backgrounds, faiths, sexual orientation and/or gender identities.