Therapist (Social Worker / Psychologist) SA Health – Women’s and Children’s Health Network


  • Women’s and Children’s Health Network, Child Protection Services, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, North Adelaide 
  • Salary – Classification – AHP2 – Allied Health Professional L2 – $86,950 to $100,729 
  • Employment Full time – Term Contract (temporary up to 4 Sep 2024)

On top of this, as an employee of Women’s and Children’s Health Network, you will have access to Salary Sacrifice benefits with MAXXIA which allows for generous salary sacrifice arrangements each FBT year as a special benefit for employees of the local Health Networks. A Meal Entertainment allowance per FBT year can also be salary sacrificed out of your pre-tax income to cover costs over and above the Everyday living expenses benefit.


The Women’s and Children’s Health Network provides state of the art health care for women and children in Adelaide and South Australia.

We are the state’s leading provider of specialist care for children with acute and chronic conditions and SA’s largest maternity and obstetric service. We also provide important community-based services, of which the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is an integral part.

Join our team and contribute to providing South Australia’s women, babies, children and young people with the best health care through both within our hospital or via our many and varied community services and programs.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) is a free community-based tertiary mental health service provided through the WCHN across South Australia, providing care to those with severe and/or complex mental health needs. CAMHS provides services to: infants / children / young people up to 18 (16 in some areas) for community, statewide and hospital-based services / perinatal women.

Child Protection Services (CPS) is a specialist multi-disciplinary health service in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital that provides a range of comprehensive forensic and clinical psychosocial services to support children where there is a suspicion of child abuse and/or neglect; and treatment services to children and their families, where abuse and/or neglect has been confirmed. In addition to the provision of therapy (both short and long-term), CPS provides a number of assessment services that assist South Australia Police (SAPOL) with criminal investigations and the Department for Child Protection (DCP) with child protection investigations, including forensic psychosocial assessments of children and parenting capacity assessments.

The Opportunity

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join the Child Protection Services team as a Therapist (Social Worker / Psychologist) in a full time capacity, until 4 September 2024. 

As the Therapist, you will providing therapeutic services to children, young people and their families. This may also include therapy to address sexualised behaviours for children and young people up to the age of 12 years and families referred to Child Protection Services. The therapist will use approaches based on training and research, and receive ongoing supervision, training, guidance and peer support to develop expertise.

About You

For Psychologists – To be eligible you must have an appropriate Degree or equivalent qualification and general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

For Social Workers: Appropriate Degree or equivalent qualification which gives eligibility for full membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

To be successful in this role, you will have demonstrated clinical experience in the field of child protection and child and adolescent mental health and extensive experience in the provision of therapeutic clinical services to young children and young people presenting with complex trauma, attachment difficulties or a wide range of emotional, developmental and behavioural disturbance.

If you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, particularly in relation to, liaison, presentation of complex information and conflict resolution and knowledge of the child protection system in South Australia and a clear understanding of legislation affecting practice, then this role is for you.

To find out the specifics, including the key selection criteria and special conditions, please go to the attached role description.

Benefits of Joining us

Not only will you be able to use your skills and abilities in a both a challenging and rewarding role contributing to some of South Australia’s most vulnerable women, babies, children and young people, you will also receive and attractive annual salary package with employer superannuation contributions and leave loading as well as the opportunity to maximise your salary through salary sacrifice arrangements. 

Application Instructions

You will be required to attach a 1-2 page cover letter addressing the key selection criteria of the role and a current résumé/curriculum vitae prior to clicking ‘Submit Application’. It is recommended to allow enough time to complete the whole application as the system times out after one hour of inactivity.

Other Important Information

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working 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 appropriate immunisation requirements.


  • DHS Working With Children Check (WWCC) 
  • National Police Certificate (NPC) for employment involving unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups required for this position (E.g. work involving vulnerable clients)

Immunisation Risk for this position is – Category B (indirect contact with blood or body substances)

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: 840139


Vanessa Richardson – Clinical Psychologist

Phone:  (08) 8161 7346

E-mail: [email protected]

Application Closing Date

Sunday 27th August 2023 – 11.55PM


 AHP2_Acacia_Therapist CAMHS CPS 840139.pdf

 WCHN Competency Framework.pdf

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SA Health - Women’s and Children’s Health Network

Job Salary

Full time