Mental Health Worker (Young)
- Make a real difference to the lives of people in your community
- Attractive remuneration (negotiable) + super and salary packaging options!
- Monday to Friday role providing an excellent work / life balance!
- PRA is committed to providing opportunities for professional development!
- PRA encourages applications from those with lived experience of mental illness
About the Organisation
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia (PRA) is one of the longest established and most respected not for profit organisations providing rehabilitation services to people with mental health problems and disorders in New South Wales, and now Queensland. PRA provides a range of recovery services through community support services, employment services, structured activities programs and community businesses.
PRA is also Australia's largest specialist employer of people with psychiatric disability, each year providing training and supported employment opportunities (through community businesses) to almost 600 people with mental illness in 6 locations across Sydney. We also assist nearly 150 others with mental health issues to find and keep employment in the open labour market.
PRA's mission is to enhance opportunity, satisfaction and choice for people with psychiatric disabilities. The organisation is committed to a psychosocial philosophy that promotes recovery, dignity and respect through provision of:
- Employment and Training
- Community Support
- Structured Activities
About the Opportunity
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia (PRA) are seeking a full time Mental Health Worker to join their growing team in Young, NSW
In this role, you will assist in the planning and implementation of active and effective psychosocial programs for people who experience mental health problems and/ or disorders that are referred to PRA services and programs. The Young office will also deliver a service to surrounding areas.
In terms of direct duties delivered to consumers on a case by case basis, these may include:
- Completing needs assessment and individual goal setting;
- Developing skills for managing home and finances to maximise independence;
- Exploring mainstream community opportunities including sport, leisure, fitness, recreation, education and employment;
- Developing and presenting psychosocial activities, on an individual and group basis, that encourage people to participate in community activities;
- Mentoring and peer support;
- Developing skills for the self management of mental and general health;
- Advocacy; and
- Joint care planning with the mental health team, private psychiatrist, psychologist or GP.
The successful applicant will have tertiary qualifications in Human Services or Behavioral Sciences, and a strong commitment to consumer driven recovery and psychosocial rehabilitation. A current driver's licence is mandatory.
Experience in implementing and reviewing services policies, program guidelines and legislation will be advantageous, as will your ability to present psychosocial programs, which may include pre-vocational training.
As you will be frequently engaging with consumers, family members, colleagues and service providers, you will need to be a caring and understanding individual, with strong communication and organisational skills, and the ability to work in challenging situations. You will have experience in motivating consumers and assisting people to achieve their personal goals. An enthusiasm for working with people with a mental illness, and a genuine desire to help others and improve the community is essential!
Suitable candidates must hold a current driver's licence and have access to a fully comprehensively insured motor vehicle.
About the Benefits
You will be rewarded with an attractive salary package (commensurate with experience and qualifications) plus super.
Join this vibrant organisation that recognises and values its people as demonstrated by:
- Tax-Free Salary Packaging available of up to $16,050;
- Flexible working conditions;
- 17.5% leave loading;
- Career development opportunities; and
- Access to peer support and independent employee assistance program.
For more information about this position, please contact Cate Stanton on 0427 403 978 or email your inquiry to email@example.com.
The successful applicant will be appointed subject to criminal record and referee checks.