- Senior role in women only service
- Focus on family, including the needs of children with a parent with mental illness
- Great leadership opportunity in a community setting
About the SPARCS:
The SPARCS provides community based residential treatment and support for women (aged 18-64) who experience mental illness. It is a 10-bed sub-acute service for women:
- who have been an inpatient on a psychiatric ward and would benefit from a supported, transitional recovery period before going home, OR
- who are at risk of relapse of mental illness and would benefit from a period of increased treatment and support to avoid an ED and/or hospital admission.
The SPARCS is managed through a well-established partnership between Monash Health and ERMHA. Clinicians and recovery support workers work together to deliver a range of comprehensive and integrated recovery focused interventions, with particular attention paid to the specific needs of women
About the Mental Health Program
Monash Health is the largest public health service in Victoria, employing over 18,000 people across a range of specialities.
The Mental Health Program (MHP) provides a range of community, bed-based and specialist services covering the Casey, Cardinia, Greater Dandenong, Kingston and Monash LGAs - a population of nearly one million. It has an operational budget of $130 million and employs approximately 820 EFT, representing over 1000 staff.
The MHP has a number of clinical units including three adult units (Casey, Dandenong and Clayton), an Early in Life Mental Health Service (comprising infant, child, and adolescent services), Young Persons’ Mental Health Service, Psychology and Specialist Services (PsySS), Drug & Alcohol service and Gender Dysphoria Clinic. Southern Synergy supports the Mental Health Programs with specialist research innovations. The program has five PARCS (Prevention and Recovery Care Services) which includes a specialist Women’s only PARCS, an Extended Care PARCS and Youth PARCS. The clinical service is supported by an aligned operational structure to enable the provision of high quality service through the creation of clinical-operational partnerships to support staff, patients, carers and their families, and a strong professional structure that supports the governance of the health professional workforce.
About the Role
We are excited to announce a new Senior Social Work position (0.6 EFT)which will focus particularly on the family support needs of the women who access the SPARCS, including those of their children.
The Senior Social Worker is a specialist clinical mental health role within the SPARCS. The Senior Social Worker will have specialist training, qualifications and experience in assessing and treating adults with mental health difficulties and working therapeutically with families, carers and children of all ages. The Senior Social Worker will also provide consultation and advice to SPARCS clinicians and ERMHA recovery support workers.
You are passionate about the needs of women with mental illness, and their families and children.
You have an extensive and well-crafted knowledge and understanding of the interconnected nature of social issues that can create social disadvantage and isolation such as race, gender, disability, and family violence and how these factors can impact on mental health when left unresolved and unsupported.
You are an innovative and enthusiastic leader.
What You Need:
- A current qualification in Social Work
- An AASW accredited Bachelor Degree or entry level Master’s Degree of Social Work that provides eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
- Experience working in a mental health setting or and/or extensive experience in a relevant area of practice
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in the field of mental health at a minimum SW2
What We Offer:
- access to Monash Health in-house learning portals to further expand your acute clinical skills & knowledge base
- avenues to further develop your leadership & project management skills
- mentorship & career guidance
- support to attend relevant forums & conferences
- a supportive learning environment, should you wish to undertake postgraduate studies
In addition, you will have access to benefits including salary packaging to increase your take-home pay, access to onsite staff discounted car parking and gym, uniform and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
How to Apply
Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.
Offers of employment can only be made once all required probity checks have been completed. These include:
• reference checks;
• a clear Police Check conducted within the last three months;
• a current Victorian Employee Working with Children’s Check (or proof of payment for same);and
• proof of immunisation.
As part of our selection process, you may be invited by email to participate in an on-camera video interview.
Please note, applications will only be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System - e-mail applications will not be considered.
Current Monash Health employeesshould apply through Mercury using their Monash Health employee account. Our Recruitment Services team can answer any queries on this matter and can be reached on9265 2776 or via email to [email protected]