Social Worker Level 3 – Manning Mental Health Inpatient Unit Hunter New England Local Health District


An opportunity for an experienced and motivated social worker to work within a multidisciplinary inpatient team setting in the beautiful Great Lakes Region of NSW.

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Social Worker Level 3
Remuneration: $102,500 – $105,932 per annum + superannuation
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ298396


Social Worker Level 3 – Manning Mental Health Inpatient Unit
Manning Hospital, Taree


This is a Level 3 position. However, if there are no appropriate Level 3 applicants, applications from Level 1 and 2 will be considered. The selection criteria reflects the requirements for a Level 3 applicant. Responses from Level 1 or 2 applicants need to demonstrate their level of competence with regard to the same criteria and their ability to work towards Level 3. The expected performance of the incumbent will be commensurate with his/her years of experience and current level at commencement of appointment. The incumbent will work towards meeting the criteria for Level 3.

Job share arrangements will be considered for this role

About the Role: 

This is an opportunity for an experienced and motivated social worker to work within a multidisciplinary inpatient team setting, providing a broad range of psychosocial assessments and therapeutic interventions to support the recovery of individuals experiencing acute mental health issues and a range of psychosocial complexity. There is significant ongoing need to build and maintain relationships with external stakeholders and families/carers to support the ongoing care needs of persons with a lived experience of mental illness.  There are additional opportunities to work on quality and service improvement initiatives.

The successful Candidate will provide high quality social work services to clients admitted to the Taree Mental Health Inpatient unit. The Taree Mental Health Inpatient Unit, is part of Manning Mental Health Service and primarily provides inpatient mental health services to individuals residing across our 4 community mental health sites  (Bulahdelah, Gloucester, Forster and Taree) located on the Lower Mid North Coast. The position is fulltime but willing to consider job sharing for the right candidate. The position is located within a multidisciplinary team and is supported by the site Senior social worker Manning Mental Health Service.

You will be supported in this position by the Site senior social worker and Clinical Care Coordinator.  Maintaining professional supervision is a requirement within the role. 

About You:

This position will primarily require you to provide intervention and consultation to adult clients between 18-65 years of age with occasions where you will be required to provide interventions to adolescents and older persons. Skills include communication skills, building therapeutic relationship, assessing risk , ability to perform mental state examination and team work within a multidisciplinary  team.

You will bring your exceptional communication skills and ability to build therapeutic relationships, assess risk and perform mental state examinations to this position.

About the Location:

Taree is located within the Great Lakes region of NSW offering white sand beaches, gleaming blue lakes and a vivid green in the hinterland, it is the heart of the Lower Mid North Coast. Four hours from Sydney and two hours from Newcastle, the region offers affordable housing, education options and a lifestyle sought after by holiday makers. A haven for water sports, Swim, surf, enjoy lagoons, rock pool exploration, fish, sailboard, scuba dive or dolphin and whale spot on a cruise. Inland recreations include Booti Booti National Park, Cape Hawke, local shopping and markets and plenty of dining options, affordable housing, a choice of primary schools and high schools, it is the ideal place to raise a family or to relax, after having one!

Information for Applicants:

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine 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. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations. Please provide proof of booster vaccination if available.

An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full or part time and temporary full or part time vacancies.

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases: If you are applying for a Category ‘A’ position, please read and understand NSW Health policy directive PD2020_017. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy

Selection Criteria: Please address the selection criteria for this position as thoroughly as possible so your application can be considered for the role.  For assistance with selection criteria, please visit:

Candidates will be assessed against the Essential Requirements and Selection Criteria for this position. Please ensure you read the position description (link in advertisement below) prior to submitting an application. Candidates invited to interview will need to bring originals of qualifications or licenses required for the position for sighting by the panel.

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Salary Packaging: Salary packaging is beneficial to most Hunter New England Health staff. You can potentially salary package a range of your personal expenses including but not limited to novated motor vehicle lease, relocation expenses and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more information by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via email at [email protected] or on 1300 40 25 23.

Working with HNE Health you will have access to a number of benefits such as long service leave, paid maternity leave and salary packaging including meal expenses. 

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For role related queries or questions contact Melissa Mills on [email protected]

Applications Close: 17 July 2022



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