Pilbara - Karratha

Vacancy Number: 828

Mental Health Clinician

About the Role The Mental Health Clinician is responsible for providing assessment and brief interventions as required for MHSRRA and ATAPS funding. The position includes managing a caseload of clients through the Medical Benefits scheme, providing evidence-based short-term psychological interventions. This includes undertaking mental health assessments, developing goals in conjunction with the client and working with parents, family members and other professionals to coordinate care.
Experience & Skills The candidate must be registered with APHRA and be able to provide ATAPS services. Eligible professions include psychologists, mental health nurses, occupational therapists and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers with specific mental health qualifications. Sufficient relevant experience in the provision of mental health consumer care in a mental health setting is required. The candidate must also have skills in mental health consumer risk assessment and a demonstrated understanding of crisis intervention, principles and practice. Mental health assessment, intervention and planning skills that are relevant to the provision of recovery focused mental health case management. The role requires the provision of professional services as a member of a multidisciplinary mental health team which offers mental health, triage, comprehensive mental health assessments, treatment, ongoing care co-ordination and discharge planning within short-term focused therapy.
Practice Type Private Practice
Full Time / Part Time Full time
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Map of Pilbara


The Pilbara is located about 1600 kilometres north of Perth, in the north-west region of Western Australia, with an area of around 500,000 square kilometres and a population of approximately 40,000 people. The primary towns are Karratha and Port Hedland on the coast, and Tom Price and Newman inland.

An area of rugged beauty, the Pilbara has a vast coastal plain, spectacular inland ranges and an arid desert region reaching into the centre of Australia. It is characterised by the rich red hues of its landscape, imparted by the abundance of natural riches in its reserves of iron ore. Mining and offshore oil and gas exploration have given rise to the Pilbara’s economic boom in recent years, drawing large numbers of people to the region on both a temporary and permanent basis.

It has a tropical, semi-desert climate with a mainly summer rainfall associated with thunderstorms. From October to April temperatures throughout the region generally exceed 32 degrees celsius every day, sometimes topping 40 degrees, particularly in inland areas.

There are approximately 46 doctors working in the region in various areas, including general practices, Aboriginal Medical Services, hospitals and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.