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Senior Policy Officer, Mental Health Workforce Strategy (Vpsg5)

Department of Health - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

Application Closes: 6 April 2021

Role: Senior Policy Officer, Mental Health Workforce Strategy (Role until - 31 December 2022)

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): 50 Lonsdale Street/Work from home

Position Summary: 

The Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System Final Report sets a comprehensive and ambitious reform agenda that the Victorian Government has committed to implementing in full. We are looking for exceptional individuals to join the Mental Health Division to support implementation of the Royal Commission's recommendations, specifically Recommendation 57: Workforce strategy, planning and structural reform.

The Senior Project Officer, Workforce Strategy will work as part of small team to undertake collaborative workforce analysis, planning and strategy formulation to support development of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy will be developed in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders and give consideration to intersecting reform initiatives.

The division values and welcomes applications from people with lived experience of mental illness, mental health challenges or psychological distress, including as a family member, carer or supporter.

Are you:

  • An adaptable team player, with strong analytical skills and a background in health and human services operations or policy?
  • Able to self-manage and deliver quality work in a fast-paced and challenging environment?
  • Passionate about service system reform and improving outcomes for people with mental health issues and their families and supporters?


  • Contribute to the full life cycle of projects to meet departmental objectives including:
    • Assisting in research, analysis and implementation of projects based on defined outcomes and outputs.
    • Supporting the development and delivery of projects or sub-projects and their successful delivery and completion within resourcing, timeline and budget parameters. 
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluation of projects to ensure departmental objectives are met.
  • Work as part of a team to ensure delivery of timely, accurate and high-quality data products and reports.
  • Manage the full life cycle of projects to meet departmental objectives including project development and delivery, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Forge strong connections across the department, other key departments and other external stakeholders to facilitate a collaborative approach to the development of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy.
  • Respond flexibly and adapt approaches in order to deliver outcomes in the face of uncertainty.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact consumers and carers and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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