Wheatbelt - Northam

Vacancy Number: 1389

Mental Health Professional

About the Role
  • The Wheatbelt Health Network (WHN) is a NFP leader in the delivery of evidence based, multidisciplinary primary healthcare (GP, nursing, allied health, Aboriginal health), disability and social services to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations across the Wheatbelt.

    Services are delivered from 4 sites, as well as via outreach services. Work in a modern facility, based in Northam and is the organisations Headquarters. Services are also delivered from the Wheatbelt Aboriginal Health Services in Northam and Narrogin, and the Toodyay practice. The WHN has a large referral base of GPs.

    WHN seeks an experienced mental health practitioner who is able to treat clients suffering mental health conditions using evidence-based treatments. Applicants could be from a range of backgrounds (psychology, nursing, social work or occupational therapy) but must be mental health accredited (where relevant), are eligible for a provider number, and where relevant have unconditional APHRA registration, or are a member of their relevant association. You are a team player who is able to collaborate with other health practitioners to get the best health outcome for clients.

    Ideally applicants will be familiar with the Better Access Scheme, be willing to work from Northam and Toodyay locations and to bulk bill. Expressions of interest are sought from practitioners with an interest in treating mental health conditions amongst vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. Previous experience working with children and Aboriginal clients would be highly regarded but not essential.
Experience & Skills
  • A mental health practitioner who is eligible for a provider number and who either holds unconditional registration with AHPRA (psychologist, mental health accredited nurse, or occupational therapist) or who is a member of the AASW (who is mental health accredited).
  • Strong experience & skills in delivering evidence based mental health treatment in a primary care setting including knowledge of, and experience in, delivering mental health best practice in relation to prevention, early identification, treatment and rehabilitation.
  • The ability to work with GPs & other health practitioners in a multidisciplinary environment.
  • High level communication & interpersonal skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Willingness to be supervised in accordance with accepted professional practice
  • A Working with Children Check and a Police Clearance Desirable Experience in providing mental health care to children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
What's on Offer
  • Attractive % of billings
  • Independent Contractor arrangement
  • The Mental Health Practitioner will work up to work 37.5 hours per week
Practice Type Private Practice
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Map of Wheatbelt


The Central Wheatbelt area covers an area of approximately 85,000 square kilometres. The population is widely dispersed across the region, with major service centres at Narrogin, Northam, Merredin and Moora, with an economy based largely on agriculture.

It is a charming region of small farming communities dotted over a landscape of wheat fields and sheep pasture. The environment of the Wheatbelt is quite varied. The Avon region close to Perth is known for its lush environment, thanks to its relatively high rainfall. The coastal region supports fishing and aquaculture, while the warm, dry inland areas are suited to agricultural industries such as wheat and sheep farming.

The region has extensive educational, health, recreational and cultural services and is home to the C Y O'Connor College of TAFE and Curtin University's Muresk Institute of Agriculture. The region also offers affordable housing and business premises.

More than 40 doctors work in the region, mostly in private practice.