Senior Social Worker MHDA Far West NSW Local Health District


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Social Worker Level 5
Remuneration: $122738 – $125807 + Super
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ419646

Location: Broken Hill NSW

Working Remotely may be considered

What you’ll be doing

  • To provide advanced clinical services and plans, supervision and delivery of mental health services within the Adult Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol (CMHDA) team in the FWLHD by telehealth (virtual) or located in Broken Hill. 
  • Provide supervision and performance management support for students and staff across the FWLHD MHDA division.
  • Provide timely advice to the Manager of CMHDA on systemic issues relating to Mental Health service provision in the FWLHD.
  • Work in collaboration with Health Services Managers to meet CMHDA goals and key performance indicators.


• Salary packaging (pay less tax!), includes Remote Area Housing Benefit and Meal Card
• Paid Allocated Day Off (ADO) Every Month
• Special rates at local gyms
• Support through advanced education & training
• A comfortable country lifestyle that supports balance & wellbeing

About Broken Hill

A true “Oasis in the Outback”, Broken Hill is a thriving regional town in far west NSW full of diversity, history and character. Being Australia’s first city to be Nationally Heritage Listed, Broken Hill is a culturally rich town with a vibrant art scene with over 20 galleries (more than pubs)! The unique attractions, festivals and beautiful natural landscapes see tourists flock from all over, but the ones who stay quickly fall in love with the place and its liveability.

With a population just shy of 20,000, Broken Hill is small enough to allow for a relaxed country lifestyle, while big enough to provide all the desired facilities of a regional hub including major supermarkets and retail stores, excellent schools (7 primary & 2 high), multiple gyms & aquatic centre, well-known fast food franchises and a plethora of trendy restaurants, pubs and cafés.

The beautiful Murray-Riverina region is just 2.5 hours from Broken Hill, and after a short, 5-hour drive you can enjoy the beautiful Barossa Valley – South Australia’s internationally acclaimed wine region. For a town so unique, it’s really not that far away with just a short 1hr 15m flight from Adelaide, a 2hr flight from Melbourne or a 2hr 30m flight from Sydney.

Broken Hill truly is a town like no other with a supportive community that will welcome you with open arms. We can’t wait to see you soon!

Selection Criteria

  1. Relevant qualification in Social Work and eligible for membership of Social Work Association of Australia prior to commencing.
  2. Demonstrated extensive specialist knowledge and experience in the area of social work and mental health and drug and alcohol, including advanced clinical reasoning and ability to apply professional judgement on complex or critical tasks autonomously within a recovery based model. A minimum of five years clinical experience is required. If the position is undertaken virtually, some of the clinical experience from the past five years will be telehealth based.
  3. Demonstrated management experience in human resource management, work health and safety, clinical governance and quality improvement and proven ability to lead a team to achieve outcomes
  4. Demonstrated commitment to work and partner with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander consumers and their families to enhance health outcomes.
  5. Evidence of participation in own professional development and commitment to maintaining competence and enhancement of skills together with willingness to apply and share professional expertise with colleagues and students.
  6. Demonstrated leadership in effective communication through the use of information technology, written and verbal interpersonal skills with the ability to identify key messages, issues or concerns when communicating with others.
  7. Demonstrated competence in the use of electronic information systems and the ability to maintain accurate medical records utilising appropriate documentation and entering data related to activity in a timely manner.
  8. Current licence to drive in NSW

The Far West Local Health District is one of 15 LHDs under NSW Health, providing high quality public health services to the communities in far west NSW. FWLHD has a mandate to provide the highest quality care and services to its communities using the latest clinical evidence and technological enablers. Our vision is to create excellence in rural and remote healthcare.

Key to our success of course, is our people. Our workforce is inclusive and diverse. We employ well over 800 clinicians and support staff across our 9 health facilities in Broken Hill, Balranald, Dareton, Ivanhoe, Menindee, Tibooburra, Wentworth, White Cliffs and Wilcannia. In the Far West LHD, we are working together to make a real difference to the health outcomes for our communities. We encourage you to consider joining our friendly team for a meaningful and rewarding career in rural and remote healthcare.

The Welcome Experience  

The Welcome Experience in Broken Hill connects you and your family with local people and local resources to help you settle in and feel at home in your new community faster.

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For role related queries or questions contact Jodie Miller on [email protected]

Applications Close: 3/8/2023



Far West NSW Local Health District

Job Salary

Full time