Job Details
  • ReferenceBH-144943
  • LocationAdelaide
  • Salary$55 - $65 per hour
  • Job TypeContract
  • Posted23 days ago
  • ConsultantTeresa Zanatta
Chandler Macleod is an equal opportunity employer as part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people living with disability, and culturally and linguistic diverse candidates are always encouraged to apply.

****Applications close by 10am Thursday 18th of May 2023.****

***Mandatory: Australian Citizenship required to work within Federal Government***

Our Federal Government client is seeking to engage in APS6 Mental Health Programs Officer for a 5 to 10 week assignment in Adelaide CBD.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Services Division (MH&WS) currently delivers a suite of group programs to support veterans and their family’s mental and social health and their transition to civilian life. These groups are delivered through a mixed approach of direct delivery by Open Arms and in partnership or via contracts with other health and ex-service organisations managed by Open Arms or the Mental and Social Health Programs Branch.
Group programs are intended to provide a safe and supportive environment for veterans and their families where they can learn about issues that impact on mental health and wellbeing, connect with others with similar experiences and/or develop self-management skills to enhance wellbeing.
Open Arms offers a range of group programs to the veteran community. These broadly fit into two categories: therapeutic treatment programs, and mental health literacy training programs. For further information see:
  • Treatment programs and workshops | Open Arms
  • Suicide intervention and mental health literacy workshops | Open Arms
Group treatment programs allow Open Arms clients to work on specific clinical and/or psychosocial issues in a group setting, often in conjunction with counselling.
Mental health literacy training programs are delivered to members of the veteran community who may be in a position to help others. Current programs include safeTALK (suicide prevention), ASIST (suicide intervention) and Mental Health First Aid.
In addition the Quality and Safety and Mental Health Programs Section is leading a Strategic Review of the MH&WS Division’s group programs to ensure future delivery of all programs is effective and the most efficient use of resources across the division.

In accordance with the principles of workplace diversity, Work Health and Safety, participative work practices, APS values and APS Employment Principles, the successful applicants will:
  • Assist with aspects of the strategic review, including provision/collection of information/data to inform the review and reporting thereof.
  • Assist with desktop assessments of current group programs against an evaluation matrix to determine what is fit for purpose.
  • Assist with the development of a prioritised options list of recommended group programs.
  • Assist with the development of the MH&WS Division Group Program Management Strategy and Framework and associated Communications Plan to guide the future delivery and management of programs.
  • Monitor, review and report on MHWSD Group Programs, projects and community based mental health literacy initiatives, maintaining a focus on quality and national consistency.
  • Support the coordination and delivery of community based mental health literacy initiatives. (E.g. ASIST, MHFA).
  • Develop, document and maintain service delivery pathways for internal and external stakeholder relationships that integrate group program knowledge, coordination and service delivery.
  • Identify and establish processes that will support the promotion of group program delivery across internal and external networks.
  • Assist with the evaluation of current group programs to promote continuous improvement and compliance with specifications required in current contracts.
  • Coordinate and contribute to the development of advice, briefings, papers, submissions and correspondence.
  • Actively promote a culture of continuous quality improvement across MHWSD group programs and provide leadership in quality and systems improvement processes.
  • Attend the monthly meeting with the Open Arms Assistant Directors, Clinical Outreach and Groups (ADCOGs).
SELECTION CRITERIA Your application will be assessed against the APS 6 Integrated Leadership System (ILS) as per:  INTEGRATED LEADERSHIP STRATEGY: Profile APS 6 (
The five core capability clusters for the pathway for APS 6 level are:
  1. Supports strategic direction
  • Supports shared purpose and direction
  • Thinks strategically
  • Harnesses information and opportunities
  • Shows judgement, intelligence and common sense
The successful applicant will demonstrate an understanding of the nature of issues and challenges faced by military veterans and Australian Defence Force personnel and their families and carers, as well as an understanding of DVA’s business objectives and broader operating environment.
  1. Achieves results
  • Identifies and uses resources wisely
  • Applies and build professional expertise
  • Responds positively to change
  • Takes responsibility for managing work projects to achieve results
The successful applicant will contribute their clinical/specialist expertise and harness the knowledge and skills of others to achieve outcomes within established timeframes and quality standards. The applicant will respond in a flexible and positive manner to change and uncertainty; and share information with others when required.
  1. Supports productive working relationships
  • Nurtures internal and external relationships
  • Listens to, understands and recognises the needs of others
  • Values individual differences and diversity
  • Shares learning and supports others
The successful applicant will be required to liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders, to develop and maintain relationships and proactively offer assistance for mutually beneficial relationships. The applicant will demonstrate a high level of competence in the application of a range of up to date, evidence based, clinical interventions and other activities, relevant to promoting and supporting the positive mental health of the veteran community.
  1. Displays personal drive and integrity
  • Demonstrates public service professionalism and probity
  • Engages with risk and shows personal courage
  • Commits to action
  • Promotes and adopts a positive and balanced approach to work
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and a commitment to personal development
The successful applicant will consistently behave in an honest, ethical and professional way, and understand and comply with legislative, policy and regulatory frameworks. The applicant will be able to provide accurate, impartial and forthright advice, and check the accuracy of information prior to release. The application will take personal responsibility for accurate completion of work within timeframe and quality requirements, and follow up to ensure that issues are finalised. The applicant will also demonstrate commitment to self-development and seek opportunities to extend skills and knowledge.  
  1. Communicates with influence
  • Communicates clearly
  • Listens, understands and adapts to audience
  • Negotiates confidently
The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and succinctly, both orally and in writing. The applicant will understand and address the key concerns of stakeholders, and tailor communications to suit the audience. The applicant will be able to develop a clear understanding of the issues, and other people’s expectations and concerns in order to develop appropriate outcomes.  

STATEMENT OF CLAIMS Candidates apply by submitting a 1000 word statement of claims, also known as a ‘one page pitch’ that outlines their skills, knowledge and experience and why they should be considered for the role taking into consideration the duties and selection criteria (ILS).  

  • Qualifications in Psychology, Social Work or mental health related field.
  • Experience in program design and evaluation would be advantageous.
  • Policy and project management qualifications and experience are highly desirable.
  • Clinical experience in coordinating the delivery of clinical services is highly desirable.

What's on Offer?
  • Position located in Adelaide
  • APS6 $55.00 to 65.00/ph + super
  • Temporary contract for 5 to 10 week assignment, with possibility to extend
  • Standard Hours or work - Monday to Friday, 8:30 am till 5:00 pm

If you are interested in the role and you have the right experience for the position, please apply now following the link below. CM123W