Rural Community Counsellor, Mental Health – Lismore Northern NSW Local Health District


Employment Type: Temporary Full Time (156 weeks)
Position Classification: Clinical Nurse Consultant, Clinical Psychologist, Snr Clinical Psychologist, Occupational Therapist Lvl 4, Social Worker Lvl 4
Remuneration: $99,533 –  $122,063 per annum, dependent on qualifications
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ326537

Lismore Mental Health Servces are seeking an enthusiastic Mental Health Professional to:

Provide high quality specialist counselling and clinical services to individuals, families and agricultural groups in rural and remote disaster affected communities in partnership with Rural Adversity Mental Health Program Coordinators and Disaster Recovery clinicians. Working within a stepped care framework in collaboration with general practitioners, allied health professionals, schools, public mental health services, and private psychologists and psychiatrists.


If you have:

  • Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and a minimum of 5 years’ full time equivalent post registration experience and at least 3 years’ full time equivalent experience in Mental Health and postgraduate qualifications in Mental Health nursing or area relevant to the clinical specialty or Senior Allied Health Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Clinical or Senior Psychologist registered with or eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) or eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers. To be appointed as a Level 4 Health professional evidence must be provided of three years’ clinical experience and demonstrated experience of extensive specialist knowledge or a high level of broad generalist knowledge within the discipline as defined by the award definitions of a level 4 practitioner.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the agricultural and social impacts that drought can have on rural communities and how the prolonged periods of stress can impact on mental health and hold a valid unrestricted drivers’ licence for use in NSW/Australia and a willingness to travel in the course of employment
  • Demonstrated expertise and advanced practice skills with the ability to provide an expert consultancy and clinical service for people experiencing mental health problems as a result of rural and remote disasters
  • Evidence of ability to build and maintain cooperative professional and therapeutic relationships with individuals, families and agricultural groups within rural communities adversely affected by the drought through the application of well developed interpersonal and conflict resolution skills


We can offer you:

  • Flexible and supportive work environment
  • Diverse career pathways
  • Professional and personal development
  • Opportunities to start or build a career, or re-enter the workforce
  • Challenging, inspiring and rewarding roles, and
  • The opportunity to make a difference!


Northern NSW Local Health District embraces the diverse skills and perspectives that our people bring to the workplace. We foster inclusiveness and diversity to help us deliver quality care to our community.


NNSWLHD is committed to reconciliation and strongly encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. All applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people will be viewed most favourably.  For help with your application to this role visit Stepping Up, our online recruitment resource for Aboriginal people.


  • To apply for this position, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or be able to independently, legally live and work in Australia.  For more information please see
  • You may be subject to a probationary period of three months from the date of appointment to this position.



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For role related queries or questions contact Trent Taylor on [email protected]
Applications Close:  26 July 2022





Northern NSW Local Health District

Job Salary

$99,533 - $122,063

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