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Position Details
Reference Number 411733
Position Title Aboriginal Mental Health Trainee
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Entity Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
Geographical Location Penrith
Advertised Award/Classification Aboriginal Health Worker
Salary $51,608.00 - $76,009.00
Number of FTE 1.00
Purpose of Position

The NSW Aboriginal mental health traineeship program in partnership with NBMLHD mental health service is designed to increase the Aboriginal mental health workforce and meet the Ministry of Health’s target of employing one Aboriginal mental health professional per 1000 of Aboriginal population, whilst improving culturally appropriate mental health services to the Aboriginal community and organisations.

The NBMLHD traineeship program enables trainees to undertake a three year degree through Djurruwang program, Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health), Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, whilst undertaking a series of supported clinical placements across NBMLHD and working under supervision as a member of the Child and Youth Mental Health Service.



Together, Achieving Better Health

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will drive innovation and excellence in health service delivery that provides safe, equitable, high quality, accessible, timely and efficient services that are responsive to the needs of patients and the community


  • An opportunity exists for someone with passion for mental health and wellbeing in Aboriginal communities to complete an Aboriginal Mental Health Traineeship based at the Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Penrith
  • The successful candidate will be required to complete the Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health) at Charles Sturt University (Wagga Wagga) while working within a mental health service. Funding support for university expenses is provided
  • The successful applicant will be a self-starter, highly organised, flexible and adaptable: a real team player. Cultural mentoring and support will be provided.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages diversity and inclusion within our workforce.  We encourage applications from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


About Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

The Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District provides world-class clinical care, research and innovation, and is committed to providing a workplace culture that values and promotes the growth of high performing teams and individuals.  We are passionate about the work we do, and are committed to improving the health of our local community and enhancing the experience of all our patients. 

See why people like you join our local health district – and welcome to the family!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2FVDzrwYZI


To check out our diverse workforce and see some of our recent innovative and community-focused achievements, browse our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/NepeanBlueMtsLHD

If you would like more information about our Local Health district, please visit our website: http://www.nbmlhd.health.nsw.gov.au/


About Applying

If you read this and think “Wow – that’s me!” then please review the position description and selection criteria for the role.  You will need to submit an application electronically by clicking on the “Apply Now” button.  So that we truly understand how perfect you are for this role, please ensure that you detail your experience, skills, knowledge and any other relevant information by responding to each selection criteria.


To apply, you need to be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or hold an appropriate work visa.

Selection Criteria 1. Must be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent – Aboriginality/Torres Strait islander is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

2. Commitment to a three year traineeship which includes successfully completing workload clinical requirements, a university degree through distance education, attendance at residential schools at Wagga Wagga and university clinical placements across NBMLHD

3. Ability to positively contribute to Closing the Gap strategies for Aboriginal people by building networks with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders which will increase Aboriginal participation in decision making processes.

4. Have an understanding of the mental health and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal communities

5. Ability to participate as a member of a multidisciplinary mental health team and work under the direction of a supervisor

6. Demonstrated effective verbal and written communication.

7. Competent in using computers to produce documents, email and enter data.

8. Current unrestricted NSW driver’s licence (P1 or above).
This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check
Contact Person Carolyn Durrant
Contact Number 47259800
Contact Email carolyn.durrant@health.nsw.gov.au
Closing Date 27/09/2017
Supporting Documents
Position Description click here to view
Application Guide click here to view