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Job Number : 42136
Type and Location : Psychologist / Adelaide
Listed By : SA Health, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network on 10 May 2024
Senior Psychologist, Older Persons Mental Health Service
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network – Older Person’s Mental Health Services – Lyell McEwin
  • Salary: $102,641 - $110,094 p.a. – AHP3; Permanent Full-Time

About Us:

The Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) provides care for more than 400,000 people living in the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide and boasts newly redeveloped wards and Emergency and Outpatient Departments, with plans for the addition of more brand-new facilities in the near future. NALHN provides a full range of high-quality medical, surgical, maternity, diagnostic, emergency and support services. NALHN offers a range of primary health care services across the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide, with a focus on providing preventive and health promoting programs in the community, and transition and hospital substitution and avoidance programs targeted at chronic disease and frail aged.

With a workforce of almost 6,500 employees, NALHN works to ensure quality and timely delivery of health care, whilst building a highly skilled, engaged and resilient workforce based on a culture of collaboration, respect, integrity and accountability.

Our core values of respect, integrity and accountability underpin our commitment to provide excellence in care, innovation, creativity, leadership and equity in service provision and health outcomes to the Northern area communities.

At NALHN Everyone Has a Story, Everyone Matters, Everyone Contributes and Everyone Grows.

Benefits of working at NALHN:

From salary packaging to flexible working arrangements, a large range of opportunities for movement and career progression, you’ll find there are lots of benefits of working with Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

Salary packaging is an option for saving money by paying for some of your everyday expenses from your salary before it is taxed.

Across SA Health there are always opportunities for you to develop your skills and career at any of our metropolitan or regional sites.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants from interstate or overseas.

About You:

Are you a dedicated, compassionate and enthusiastic Senior Psychologist looking for an opportunity to join a dynamic, growing healthcare network where you will be part of a supportive team delivering high quality care to the community? If so, then this could be the opportunity for you. This position will offer you professional growth opportunities within a supportive and inclusive culture.

In this role you will have strong interpersonal and communication skills which will enable you to successfully problem solve, resolve conflicts and negotiate, including the ability to engage in difficult conversations, whilst building and maintaining relationships. An ability to effectively manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities and demonstrated resilience within a stressful and complex environment is essential to this role.

About the Role:

An exciting opportunity is presented to work within the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network as a Senior Psychologist within the Older Person’s Mental Health Service.

The successful applicant will work within a multi-disciplinary team and provide specialist advice, assistance, and consultancy services to the Older Persons Mental Health Service staff.

The Senior Clinical Psychologist will conduct assessments and intervention, with consumers presenting with complex mental health conditions.  Assessments may be involve formal cognitive testing, therapy readiness assessment, DBT therapy assessments. NALHN Neuropsychologists support the Clinical Psychologists by providing specialist neuropsychological assessments from which Clinical Psychologists can develop recommendations, interventions and plans for supporting staff in caring for consumers of the Service.

Interventions involve but are not limited to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, trauma-related therapies (EMDR, CPT, PL), and Schema therapy and Narrative approaches. Group work is another primary intervention modality (e.g., Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Psychosis). 

Training and supervision in the use of a range of assessments and therapies is provided on an ongoing basis.  Targeted supervision by specialist clinicians within NALHN is available.

The Senior Clinical Psychologist may be delegated to provide orientation, supervision and support to staff, provisional psychologists and volunteers.

The Senior Clinical Psychologist will contribute to the development of service aims and objectives and participate in the development and maintenance of relationships with key partners in government and non-government services.

The Senior Clinical Psychologist will contribute to research and evaluation of psychological practice and promote new information and development in the field of psychology.

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check.


  • DHS Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • National Police Certificate (NPC) for employment involving unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups required for this position (E.g. aged care employment or work involving vulnerable clients)
  • DHS Aged Care Sector Employment Screening

Immunisation Risk for this position is – Category A (direct contact with blood or body substances)

SA Health Services are required to implement the Addressing vaccine preventable disease: Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy in the workplace.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.  

Job Ref: 861425

Deborah McLean
Principal Psychologist
Phone: 08 7485 4300
[email protected]

Application Closing Date
24 MAY 2024 - 11.55PM

Role Description
861425 - Senior Clinical Psychologist - OPMHS - AHP3 - Role Description.pdf

* Refer to the SA Health Career Website - How to apply for further information

Contact Details
Deborah McLean

Principal Psychologist

Phone: 08 7485 4300

E-mail: [email protected]

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