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Job Number : 42263
Type and Location : Child & Adolescent / Adelaide
Listed By : Wavemaker on 7 Jun 2024
Principal Mental Health Practitioner

The School Mental Health Service provides appropriately credentialed mental health practitioners to allocated secondary schools. The School Mental Health Practitioners (SMHP) provide assessment and time-limited interventions for students with mild to moderate mental health concerns.

The Principal Mental Health Practitioner will take a lead role in supporting the school mental health service delivery. The position is a statewide role which provides leadership and contributes to a clinical governance framework for the school mental health service including:

· ongoing service design

· guiding the development of relevant policies, procedures, and guidelines.

· appropriate professional supervision and support to identified school mental health practitioners.

· Facilitating and directing clinical case reviews

· Contributing to and/or leading clinical portfolios

This role is one of 4 Principal Mental Health Practitioner roles and forms part of the leadership group within the School Mental Health Service.

It is intended that this role will have a regional focus supporting a portion of identified schools across Limestone Coast, Riverland, Eyre and Upper North regions. Travel to sites will need to be coordinated on a regular basis.

Office base to be negotiated, dependent on successful applicant's home location.




· A Bachelor qualification or specialist/post graduate qualification where applicable in Social Work, Occupational Therapy and or Psychology.

· Registration with the requisite professional body where applicable - OT and Psychology (e.g., AHPRA).

· Social Work applicants must be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

· Approved supervisor with appropriate registration board with Psychology Board of Australia, and or Occupational Therapy Board approved supervisor.


· Specialist qualifications in mental health service provision.


What we can offer you:

· Opportunities for professional development and growth.

· Supportive and inclusive work culture.

· Flexible working arrangements.


Why work with us: 

Every child and young person deserves a great education.

We have a strategy that aims to unlock every child's potential now and into the future, one that in partnership with learners, students, parents, and the wider South Australian community will build a world-leading public education system. One that is equitable and prioritises learning and wellbeing.

Together we will make our education system the best it can be.

When our children and young people thrive, so do our communities and our state.


Special Conditions:

The successful applicant is required to gain a Department for Human Services (DHS) working with children check (WWCC) prior to being employed which is required to be renewed every five years before expiry. 

The incumbent will be required to undertake RRHAN  -EC (Responding to Risks of Harm, Abuse and Neglect - Education Care) Facilitator Lead (Masterclass) extended course or the online (Fundamentals) course which will be required to be updated every three years. 

For all other Special Conditions please refer to the Role Description.



To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Nadine Foster, Assistant Director, School Mental Health Services, via Mob: 0497 822 507 or Email: [email protected]. 


Application Instructions:

For further information and details on how to apply for this vacancy, please go to and search for vacancy number 599682.

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.

Closing date is 23 June 2024 at 11:30 pm. 


Contact Details
Nadine Foster, Assistant Director, School Mental Health Services, via Mob: 0497 822 507 or Email: [email protected].

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