Mental Health Clinician (Far North)

Date published

10 Jul 2024


Cairns Base

Job ID


Mental Health Clinician (Far North)

Provide care to clients in a way that suits their individual needs. Enjoy this rewarding experience requiring resilience & commitment to giving back.


  • Healthcare & Medicine
  • Mental Health
  • Full-time

Key points

  • Based in Cairns
  • 8 days per fortnight- FIFO to Cape communities
  • Work independently but enjoy the benefits of a supportive team


In this role, you will be committed to client-centred care and to improving the welfare of people in the communities we serve. In remote locations, you will work with locals from all cultures and have the freedom to provide care in a way that suits their needs.
In addition to being highly adaptable, you are a skilled and respectful communicator, resilient, and passionate about supporting mental health and well-being services. To be successful in the role you will have;

  • Registration with AHPRA or membership of the AASW
  • Formal qualifications in Psychology, Social Work (Accredited with AASW), Occupational Therapy or Mental Health Nursing (Suitable for Mental Health credentialing)
  • At least one year post-graduate experience in a relevant clinical field
  • Demonstrated experience in brief interventions, and therapeutic counselling with clients across the lifespan
  • Demonstrated experience and respectful understanding of cultural diversity including traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander views of health and wellness
The role

Based in Cairns, this rewarding position will see you fly in and out of Cape York communities. You will work in the community Monday to Thursday, and every second week you will have an administration day at RFDS Cairns Base. You will be required to stay overnight in the communities we visit (up to 3 nights per week), where we will provide you with suitable accommodations and additional daily allowances. In this position, you will work 8 days per fortnight on a full-time basis on a contract that runs until June 30, 2025.
What might a typical day look like?

When you become a part of our team, you will travel to various communities in Cape York, from the Northern Peninsula Area to Wujal Wujal. Typically, you will be allocated one or two communities within this region. In each community you will be;
  • Working with the community to deliver and develop culturally appropriate holistic services
  • As the clinician in the community, you will work with colleagues to complete the intake, triage, assessment and ongoing treatment of any clients referred to the program
  • Providing a range of evidence-based clinical interventions
  • Undertaking holistic clinical assessments
  • Conducting case reviews
  • Collaborating with other service providers supporting our interagency networks
Why Join the RFDS Mental Health and Wellbeing Service?

The connections you form working in small communities and seeing people flourish will be rewarding for you as you work for a trusted brand in the communities we serve. With this position, you will join a highly skilled team of professionals who are known among their peers for the complexity of their work and the high level of independence required of them. The following benefits will also be provided to you by joining the RFDS;
  • Attractive remuneration up to 94K + Super
  • Salary packaging of $18,500 increasing your take-home pay  
  • Travel Allowances (where applicable)
  • Additional Education Allowances for master’s and PhD qualifications
  • Training and development opportunities with paid study leave
  • Employee Assistance Program- advice for staff and their families (support, nutrition & financial)
  • Private health insurance discounts


If you would like any further information, please contact Talent Acquisition at  or call 07 3852 7553. Alternatively, please contact the Manager of Far North Mental Health and Wellbeing Service- Jos Middleton at 0409 154 477 or
Successful candidates will be subject to a police check and pre-employment drug and alcohol testing. Candidates are required to hold a current, unrestricted Australian driver's licence. Before the appointment, you will be required to provide certified copies of qualifications/registrations and evidence of immunity or vaccination against vaccine-preventable diseases. You will also be required to complete the RFDS credentialing process.

Please note- non-AHPRA registered professionals will need to obtain a Blue Card during the recruitment process.

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 is 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.

The closing date to apply for this position is the 26th of July 2024, however, shortlisting and screening may begin before this date, so don't hesitate to apply!