About the Role

The Mental Health Nurse position forms part of the Parallel Pathways Substance Misuse Team at the Living Room Primary Health Service. The Substance Misuse Team works with adult consumers with co-morbidities to provide strengths-based and therapeutic interventions designed to reduce the frequency and severity of mental health crisis and the harms of high-risk AOD use amongst Melbourne’s street homeless population accessing The Living Room.

The role will include triaging new clients, clinical assessment, screening, service consultation, care planning, and appropriate referrals and support to individuals with multiple and complex healthcare needs.

Some of what you will be doing include:

  • Providing comprehensive mental health assessments and short-term case management to assist clients who either experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
  • Provision of clinical support and expertise to members of The Living Room team, including the secondary consultations, joint care planning, and discharge planning as required.
  • Conducting assertive clinical outreach to engage and assess people sleeping rough in Melbourne’s CBD utilising appropriate nursing interventions (where appropriate)
  • Ensuring high-quality care coordination processes for people engaged through the program interventions with a focus on linkages with Living Room services and programs.
  • Triaging and assessing new clients, conduct clinical assessments and screenings.
  • Liaising with Area Mental Health Services, community, and allied health services to ensure care planning and appropriate referrals and support to individuals with multiple and complex healthcare needs.

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This can be a full time or part-time contract position until 30th June 2022 (confident of funding contract being extended beyond this date).

What you'll bring (key selection criteria):

  • Current AHPRA registration as Enrolled Nurse with further qualifications in Mental Health, or other relevant qualification.
  • 5+ years experience in Mental Health as an Enrolled Nurse
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
  • Experience and/or demonstrated commitment to working with people experiencing homelessness and marginalised populations experiencing psychiatric, medical and, substance use conditions within a harm reduction model of care
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in working both autonomously and within a multidisciplinary team
  • Understanding of the issues and implications of homelessness on clients with complex health and social needs
  • Knowledge of current health promotion and harm reduction strategies to reduce the health risks associated with multiple and complex care needs.

We’re all about cultural fit and experience, as well as developing emerging talent and giving people the opportunity to be the best they can be.

    Must Have’s

    • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency as a Registered or Enrolled Nurse
    • Current First Aid and CPR certificate
    • Valid passport/working rights
    • Police check
    • Working with children’s check
    • Local travel may be required

    What's in it for YOU!

    • Comprehensive induction and support from our training team
    • Inclusive and transparent workplace culture
    • Access to learning and development
    • Access to Employee Assistance Program
    • Diverse and collaborative team culture. Your success is our success!

    About Youth Projects

    Youth Projects is an Australian-based independent, registered charity who recognises the complex and varying needs of our clients and offers a holistic model of care and provides pathways into our award-winning employment, education, and social enterprise programs. Located at two sites (Hosier Lane and the vibrant, northern region of Melbourne) Youth Projects provides frontline support to individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues, and young people looking to re-engage with learning and employment. Our mission is to provide high impact support, no judgement, full stop.

    Our commitment to diversity

    Youth Projects values diversity and we promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates.

    Safety screening

    Youth Projects has zero-tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo a Police Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

    How to apply

    Please apply directly through SeekOnly applications that address the key selection criteria will be reviewed.

    Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected.

    For further information, please contact Jill Turnbull (Program Manager) via email.