To improve health outcomes for young people aged 12-25 years affected by mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs, through client centred care, a community orientated approach and through the delivery of sensitive, accessible, and quality services.
The emphasis is on:
- Encouraging help-seeking behaviour by young people, their friends, and families. Responding and providing early intervention services utilising evidence-based practice to provide an integrated model of care for young people at risk of poor mental health and related issues.
- Increasing the communities’ capacity to identify young people as early as possible who may be at risk of mental health crisis, related issues, and substance use.
- Ensuring the key components of a young person’s social recovery, including links to education, training, and employment, are central to the care provided.
- A significant increase in the number of young people that are identified and responded to with evidenced-based interventions, at a much earlier stage to reduce the number of young people reaching crisis stage.
Functional accountabilities of this role include:
- Provide support to assist young people to engage in Headspace Services;
- Provide appropriate youth services related to AOD, education and employment;
- Conduct assessments and document/record results;
- Monitor young people and refer to external services if and when required;
- Network and form good connections with families and community;
- Plan and delivery appropriate community engagement activities.
- Qualifications in health care, youth work, community work, counselling, leadership, or a related discipline.
- Knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning evidence-based interventions and clinical practice as well as demonstrated excellence in the practical application of such, in the areas of youth mental health and alcohol and drug use.
- Demonstrated experience undertaking intake and screening activities, including comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessment to determine client needs, and to assist clients to access appropriate services.
- Knowledge and experience conducting risk assessments, including suicide and violence risks.
- Highly developed communication (including written and interpersonal skills) to engage with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a culturally appropriate manner.
- Community engagement and advocacy skills with experience establishing and maintaining effective relationships with staff, clients, carers, and stakeholders.
- Knowledge of, and/or experience with, the Mount Isa youth health sector is highly desirable.
- Ability to prioritise and manage multiple and completing work tasks and deliver to agreed deadlines.
- Current C Class Drivers License (QLD) – essential.
- Satisfactory police check – no serious Criminal/Court record.
- Current Blue Card (working with children and young people) or willingness to apply for a Blue Card.
- Willingness to work flexible hours as required, including the requirement to travel, work and stay overnight for up to several days at a time in remote areas.
- Willingness to travel by road and small plane.