Position Details

Reference Number 182274
Position Title 2024 Allied Health Graduate (Occupational Therapists Only)
Employment Status Temporary Part Time
Program Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services
Location Multiple Locations
Salary $0.00
Hours Per Fortnight 0
Position Summary
  • Rotational programs with options across acute, community and speciality units
  • Dedicated mental health educators and Senior OTs & SWs to support you
  • Multiple discipline specific positions available- Full Time & Part Time Options (0.8 FTE)

About the service

Barwon MHDAS provides integrated and recovery oriented mental health, drugs and alcohol assessment, treatment and community support to people of all ages within the Barwon region experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental health and drug & alcohol issues, and their families.

Our service is internationally recognised for its innovative clinical programs and integrated models of practice that are client centred, accessible and family inclusive. We are fortunate to enjoy terrific internal relationships and have developed excellent partnerships with the local community that provide for seamless integrated care for our clients.

About the program

Our 2024 Mental Health, Drugs & Alcohol Allied Health Graduate Program has multiple positions available for:

  • Occupational Therapist (Grade 1)
  • Community Health Engagement Workers ( OT or SW Grade 1)

Each discipline specific graduate will complete 2 x 6 month rotations across the MHDAS service. Rotational opportunities include:                          

  • Acute Inpatient Wards  Swanston Adult Acute Inpatient Centre: Our 32 bed acute psychiatric admission unit provides recovery orientated care delivery for people aged 16 and over, experiencing the effects of major mental illness/distress.                                                             McKellar Mental Health & Wellbeing Unit (50 +): Newly developed 16 bed unit providing specialised mental health care for independent adults (50 years +), including those with complex mental health and general health co-morbidities.
  • CRF/PARC: a step up and step down service; offered as either residential, day program or outreach support.
  • Community AIS Outreach: provides assessment, treatment and support for individuals aged 16-64 years with high acuity mental health and/or AOD needs using a brief intervention model of up to a maximum of a 28-day period.
  • Hospital in the Home: Innovate program providing adult and youth acute mental health bed –equivalent care in a home environment
  • Jigsaw Youth Mental Health Team: specialist early intervention and treatment services for young people with drug and alcohol and/or high prevalence disorders.
  • Drug & Alcohol Service:  provides treatment and harm reduction services to people wanting to access services regarding their substance use.
  • Headspace Colac: a ‘one-stop shop’ for young people aged 12-25 in the Colac/Otway region who are experiencing concerns about their mental health and wellbeing.
  • Therapies: provides specialist assessment, consultation and evidenced-based psychotherapies and a comprehensive group program as part of consumer’s treatment within Barwon Health's Community Mental Health services, specifically the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Locals Service.


Each of the Community Health Engagement Workers will have the opportunity to complete rotations at the below services Community Mental Health Teams.

  • Corio, Bellarine, Geelong West, Surfcoast : The teams provide comprehensive crisis assessment, crisis management and treatment, case management of complex issues and mobile outreach to people aged between 16 and 65 years, experiencing serious mental health needs.

Please specify in your cover letter your preferences for role and rotations.

About the roles

As a Grade 1 Social Worker or Occupational Therapist, you will be responsible for the beginning practice in the delivery of evidence-based discipline specific (OT or SW) assessment, treatment and support to consumers presenting with mental health and drug and alcohol problems.

Duties of your role include but are not limited to;

  • Developing consumer centred care plans
  • Participating in clinical reviews
  • Liaising with internal and external services to facilitate care provision
  • Keeping accurate clinical documentation
  • Providing connections and assistance for consumers and their families to access services that enrich and improve their wellbeing and health.

Community Health Engagement Workers roles have the primary focus of:

  • 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).

All allied health graduates will work 8.30-5 shifts alongside a more senior Occupational Therapist/ Social Worker. You will enter a well-established multidisciplinary graduate program with opportunities to work and learn alongside fellow graduate nurses, psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists, and will be supported by a large education and training team. Graduate clinicians will be linked in to a comprehensive individual and group supervision program. Graduate clinicians will be linked in to a comprehensive individual and group supervision program. These positions include participation in study days with interdisciplinary program overseen by Mental Health Drugs and Alcohol Education team.

What we offer

  • Relocation Assistance available
  • Professional Development
  • Doorstep to the Great Ocean Road, Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast
  • Attractive salary packaging benefits! Living Expenses capped at $9,010 and Meal Entertainment & Accommodation capped at $2,650

Diversity and Inclusion

At Barwon Health we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation. We are strongly committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on the Victorian Government’s Child Safe Standards: About Child Safe Standards | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au)

If we can assist you with any reasonable adjustments in order to submit your application for this role, please email mentalhealth.recruitment@barwonhealth.org.au noting your preferred method of communication and contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.

This role must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and meet the requirements of the Barwon Health immunisation policy.

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Selection Criteria Essential: Can you please list Barwon Health's values?
Essential: Can you please choose one of Barwon Health's values and describe a situation in the workplace where you have displayed this value?
Essential: I agree, to commence employment, I am required to meet Barwon Health’s immunisation requirements (including full Covid-19 and Influenza vaccination) set out in the Staff Immunisation Policy. I acknowledge that meeting this requirement is mandatory and a condition of employment subsequently offered
Essential: OT applicants -will attain APHRA registration prior to commencement.
Essential: Formal professionally recognised qualifications in Occupational Therapy.
Contact Person Carly Vanderzeil  
Contact Person Job Title  
Contact Number (03) 4215 9624  
Closing Date 04/12/2023
Position Description
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on closing date. Please ensure your application is added before then as we do not accept late applications.