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Manager, Mental Health Workforce Strategy (Vpsg6)

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: Manager, 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 Manager, Workforce Strategy is a key role in the Division that will lead a 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:

  • Able to demonstrate a strong track record in health-related planning and strategy development?
  • Able to work under pressure to meet timelines, ensuring a high level of quality and accuracy in your work?
  • A team player who enjoys working collaboratively to find solutions to complex problems?


  • Effectively manage and provide leadership to a team, including:
    • defining team roles and expectations
    • leading and supporting individuals to achieve their potential and contribution to organisational goals and outcomes; providing timely and constructive feedback
    • modelling behaviours integral to good people management and departmental values
    • managing and monitoring specific improvement objectives in annual improvement plans relating to the area of responsibility
    • proactively building and maintaining positive relationships with peers and stakeholders across the department.
  • Provide high quality business intelligence, authoritative advice and sound policy recommendations to senior management and government based on comprehensive research.
  • Shape and coordinate large scale, complex workforce analyses and modelling exercises that inform the development of workforce strategy and workforce development policy.
  • Provide authoritative advice related to workforce planning to support departmental system design and service planning activities.
  • 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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