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Community Mental Health Engagement Worker - Early Psychosis

Melbourne Health - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Community Mental Health Engagement Worker (CMHEW)

Early Psychosis Stream

  • The Early Psychosis Stream team is searching for: Multidisciplinary Occupational Therapist Grade 1, Social Worker Grade 1, Registered Psychiatric Nurse Grade 2, Psychiatric Enrolled Nurse Grade 1

  • To provide high-quality clinical care based on clinical experience working with young people with serious mental illness

  • Based in Sunshine, Visy Cares Hub and satellite services at Wyndham and Melton

  • The position is a Full-Time, Fixed Term contract (18 Month)

The Royal Melbourne Hospital

As one of the largest health services in Victoria, and a team of more than 10,000 strong, we provide a comprehensive range of specialist medical, surgical, and mental health services; as well as rehabilitation, aged care, outpatient and community programs. We are a designated state-wide provider for services including trauma, and we lead centres of excellence for tertiary services in several key specialties including neurosciences, nephrology, oncology, cardiology and virtual health.

Surrounded by a Parkville Precinct of brilliant thinkers, we collaborate to set new benchmarks in health excellence – benchmarks that impact across the globe. While the work we do takes us in inspiring new directions; caring for each other, our patients and consumers is as essential to who we are, as any scientific breakthrough we make. We put people first - leading with kindness and working together, we excel as one Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Your New Team

  • Orygen Youth Health (OYH), a program of NorthWestern Mental Health, provides specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 24 and focuses on providing early intervention to young people with severe and complex mental illness

  • OYH also works alongside Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health which operates four primary mental health care headspace services in the catchment area

  • Multidisciplinary teams deliver individually tailored services that comprise assessment and crisis intervention, case management, medication, psychotherapy, family support, inpatient care, group work, vocational support, educational assistance, and intensive outreach 

  • Specialist clinical streams offer targeted interventions for psychotic disorders (including young people at ‘ultra-high risk’ of psychosis), mood disorders, and personality disorders; and also manage the co-morbid substance use disorders, eating disorders, and neurodevelopment disorders

  • A forensic stream is under development 

  • Streams are supported by the Psychosocial Recovery program and the Community Development program

  • Additional information is available at www.oyh.org.au

A Job To Be Proud Of

In 2018-19, the Government has introduced new resources into public clinical community mental health services for a new role to be implemented – initially in a selection of clinical community based mental health services – to complement the existing services provided by clinicians and peer workers. These staff members, to be known as community mental health engagement workers (CMHEWs), will take on some of the logistical aspects of engaging and supporting consumers and their families/carers. 

Newly graduated health practitioners who are nurses (Registered and Enrolled), social workers and occupational therapists will be eligible to be employed as ‘mental health engagement workers’ in community-based adult services.

Your success in this role, will be in your ability to

Improve consumer outcomes by:

  • assisting consumers and their families and carers to navigate mental health services

  • providing information to enable improved access to other services (such as general practice, other health specialists and associated clinical services, consumer or carer peer support, carer respite, the NDIS and other social welfare agencies) and

  • freeing up clinicians to focus on their therapeutic work.

The role will provide a pathway into mental health for newly registered health practitioners.

Your Contribution

  • Recently graduated health practitioner in nursing, social work or occupational therapy.

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with young people & families.

  • Ability to work independently and as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.

  • Knowledge of the rationale and evidence for early intervention in mental illness.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Our Commitment to you

Here at The RMH we strive for excellence with a strong purpose that defines the work we do for our community – Advancing health for everyone, every day. This is the Melbourne Way.

We believe our success comes from our people. We’re committed to the RMH being a great place to work and a great place to receive care. We have made a long-term commitment to strengthen our organisational culture through leadership, education and empowering our staff to Speak Up for themselves and each other.

This is a role where your passion and expertise can come together to create a truly defining career opportunity. It is a unique opportunity to help us transform the future of the RMH and ultimately ensure we continue to deliver world class healthcare.

The RMH is proud to be a workplace that champions diversity, inclusion and equality for our staff and our community. Our goal is for our people to feel safe, included and supported so that they can be at their best every single day. We encourage talented people from all backgrounds, abilities and identities to apply to our vacancies, and will consider adjustments to support such applications.


For a confidential discussion please connect via the details below.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment prior to commencement.

Enquiries: Judy Riley 9927 6200; Dylan Alexander 9927 6200; Richard Bell 0449 508 803

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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