Senior Mental Health Clinician - Outreach

Date published

23 Apr 2024


Cairns, headspace

Job ID


Senior Mental Health Clinician - Outreach

Provide intake, triage, assessment and ongoing counselling for young people in Cairns and surrounding communities.


  • Healthcare & Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Full-time

Key points

  • Become part of a highly skilled professional team driven by best practice
  • Generous not-for-profit┬átax-free benefits of up to $18,550
  • Professional development opportunities- tailored skills development


The headspace team is now accepting applications from Senior Mental Health Clinicians for a new role in our Outreach team. This role is responsible for helping young people referred to the headspace Outreach Service. They will engage with the young person, assess their needs and provide brief interventions. They will also coordinate care and refer them to other services if necessary.
The Senior Mental Health Clinician will work with the young person to find the best service pathways within headspace or refer them to other external service providers. The goal is to make sure the young person receives high-quality, coordinated, and youth-friendly services. Overall, this role is focused on providing support for young people's mental health and well-being. This opportunity will see you:

  • Provide intake, triage, assessment and ongoing counselling
  • Participate in regular case reviews and multi-disciplinary reviews
  • Engage effectively with stakeholders, clients and family members
  • Conduct risk assessments
  • Proactively contribute to the development, implementation, and refinement of headspace Outreach service delivery
  • Engage in community activities to promote headspace
As an outreach worker at headspace, your role is to help young people in Cairns and the surrounding areas by providing them with essential care, resources, and support. You will be co-located within community organisations in Mareeba, Tully, Atherton, Innisfail, and Mossman. To support you in your role you will have access to a company vehicle, and there will be a need to stay overnight in some communities. Our goal is to make sure that young people who need help the most receive it, regardless of where they live.
This role is full-time on a maximum term contract until June 30, 2025 (with the opportunity of extension).
Who are we looking for?
In addition to formal qualifications in Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Nursing (Mental Health), you will have demonstrated experience and advanced clinical skills in various mental health service settings. You will be focused on helping us do things ‘the headspace way’, living our values of Inclusion, Collaboration, Agility and Excellence. In addition, you will have:
  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) or the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Current paid employee Blue Card (Social Workers Only)
  • Demonstrated competence in mental health assessment and subsequent coordination of access to appropriate service provision
  • Demonstrated ability in risk assessment, including risk to self or others
  • Good communication (including written) skills, and the ability to engage with young people, advocate on their behalf and establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, clients, carers and stakeholders
  • Current Queensland Drivers Licence
headspace Cairns
headspace Cairns is a welcoming safe space for young people aged between 12 and 25 providing access, support and information for a broad range of concerns, including mental health, physical/sexual health, drug and alcohol, employment and education and support for families and carers. headspace Cairns (under the direction of RFDS (Queensland) Services Limited) has been making a difference in the lives of young Australians since 2006.
About our offering

We value our people, and we are passionate about making a difference for young people The team at headspace Cairns has a great workplace culture, works collaboratively to achieve excellent results, and maintains wonderful relationships with service providers. By joining headspace and the RFDS (Queensland Section), you will:
  • Become part of a highly skilled professional team driven by best practice
  • Receive a base of $109, 030.46 + superannuation
  • Have access to generous not-for-profit tax-free benefits of up to $18,550
  • Receive daily allowances when you spend time away from home
  • Be provided professional development opportunities– including leadership programs, regular line management support, and tailored skills development
  • Work with a focus on well-being – headspace Social and Wellbeing Committee, Employee Assistance Program, and other initiatives to support a holistic approach to wellbeing
  • Be committed to diversity – we welcome all people, irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity. Designed in collaboration with our employees, the headspace Reconciliation Action Plan formalises our commitment to reconciliation and to strengthening the social and emotional well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and communities.
  • Have private health insurance discounts
  • Receive novated leasing options


This role will close on the 23rd of May of May 2024 however; shortlisting will commence before the end date so don’t delay in applying!

For further information regarding this role please contact the Manager of headspace Cairns; Gabby Gill at or 07 4041 3780 or for a copy of the PD please contact

Successful candidates will be subject to a Police Check and may be required to undergo a medical assessment.  You will also be required to complete the headspace and RFDS immunisation program where you will need to provide evidence of immunity or vaccination against Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPD).

headspace and the Royal Flying Doctor Service acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation and the Traditional Custodians of the land. The RFDS and headspace are committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of healthcare. We embrace diversity and welcome all people irrespective of faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity.