Wagga Wagga | Full-time | Fixed-term to June 2025
The Mental Health Officer role holds significant importance within the ALS' recently established Mental Health Advocacy and Referral Service program. The main goal of the program is to reduce the extent of clients' involvement in the criminal justice system and redirect them towards alternative pathways, all the while prioritising their overall health and welfare.
This position offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of achieving social justice and equity. Enjoy coming to work each day with a purpose-driven organisation that makes a real difference.
This is an Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander identified position which is a genuine occupational qualification and is authorised under section 14(d) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.
About the ALS
Born out of a protest movement, the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) Limited is the primary legal service for Aboriginal people in NSW and the ACT. Our vision is to achieve social justice and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and communities.
We offer a diverse, inclusive and supportive work environment. We’re passionate about what we do and we work hard. The ALS values the health and wellbeing of our employees and we are proud to offer flexible work practices. Staff can choose to take advantage of benefits including salary packaging to maximise take-home pay.
About the role
- Providing court support for clients with mental health and/or cognitive impairments in collaboration with solicitors
- Obtaining health records and reports from various sources, including clients, families, and medical services
- Preparing written documents and gathering supporting material for court use
- Making referrals for treatment and support, prioritising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers
- Recording data accurately and timely
- Contributing to our clients policy and advocacy on mental health-related issues
- Adhering to EEO, WHS policies
Your skills and experience
- Identify and be recognised in the community as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
- Possess knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in service delivery
- Have demonstrated experience working with individuals with mental health conditions or cognitive impairments
- Hold qualifications or relevant work experience in human services, mental health, or a related field
- Be aware of local mental health and support services
- Possess critical thinking and problem-solving skills with a person-centered approach
- Exhibit well-developed interpersonal skills and work effectively in a multidisciplinary team
- Hold a current NSW driver's license with independent travel capability
How to apply
- For a confidential discussion OR to find out more about the role please call Ebony Chalmers at abrs on 0499 984 640