Social Worker – Mental Health Allied Health Professional Practice Program SA Health – Southern Adelaide Local Health Network


  • SA Health – Mental Health Services, Various Locations
  • Salary: AHP-1  $67,466 – $82,359 (pro rata)
  • Full-time and/or part-time temporary positions from January 2024

The Allied Health Professional Practice Program (AHPPP) is a SA Health statewide mental health program open to early career Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Psychologists who are seeking to build a career in public mental health clinical and psychosocial practice. The program supports those wishing to gain confidence, skills and experience in the mental health sector and has demonstrated results in supporting participants to build a successful career. The program offers comprehensive orientation to SA Health, a 12 month professional development program, and professional supervision and support. Participants will experience working within multidisciplinary team environments and with different consumer groups. Positions are located in multiple positions across metropolitan and regional South Australia.  SALHN is coordinating the 2024 program which encompasses recruitment of positions in other metropolitan and regional health networks. Eligible applicants must have been enrolled to complete their academic course in 2023.

The Social Worker (AHP1) undertakes care coordination and is responsible for the delivery of a range of clinical activities including acute mental health and psychosocial assessments, care planning and clinical reviews. The range of recovery-focused services include specialist Social Work psychosocial and family assessments and interventions, rehabilitation, emergency assessment, acute services, crisis intervention, assertive care and clinical support as required.

The Social Worker works collaboratively with consumers, families and carers with the aim of maximising wellbeing, assisting stabilisation of mental health and building capacity for self-management to enable maintenance of community tenure.  They work as part of a multidisciplinary team and liaise closely with a network of stakeholders concerned with the delivery of services to mental health consumers with the aim of improving consumers’ clinical outcomes and occupational participation.

Successful candidates in the AH-PPP are eligible for positions anywhere across South Australian SA Health Mental Health Services (SALHN, CALHN, NALHN and Regional LHN’s)

See role descriptions for qualifications and additional job duties.

Benefits of Working at SA Health

From salary packaging to flexible working arrangements, and a large range of opportunities for movement and career progression, you’ll find there are lots of benefits of working with SA Health.

  • Salary packaging: Salary packaging is an option for saving money by paying for some of your everyday expenses from your salary before it is taxed.
  • Diversity and inclusion: SA Health supports and fosters a culture in which employees feel they belong and feel safe at work. The culture aims to encourage all people to use their talents and to be valued and rewarded for their contributions.
  • Flexible working arrangements: Voluntary flexible working provisions have been introduced to enable SA Health employees to better balance work, personal life and family commitments.
  • Opportunity for movement across the SA Health system: There are always opportunities for you to develop your skills and your career at one of our many metropolitan or regional sites.

Application Information:

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check and Immunisation compliance as indicated on the Role description.

SA Health Services are required to implement the Addressing vaccine preventable disease: Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy in the workplace.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.  Job ref: 841214

Want to Know More?

Principal Social Worker – Kathy Billinghurst: 0403 952 372

Email: [email protected]

Application Closing Date

11:55 pm Friday 29 September 2023




SA Health - Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Job Salary

Full time