Head of Clinical Services – Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation


The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation (AKKF) is an innovative, exciting and growing not for profit organisation, which provides exceptional services and support to children and adolescents who live with a family member affected by mental illness. AKKF plays an important role in providing early intervention and preventative services to a population at heightened risk of adverse mental health and psychosocial outcomes.

AKKF camps and activity days provide young people (aged 8-18) living in families affected by mental illness with psycho-education, support, and social networking opportunities in a fun, positive, and safe environment. Camps also involve a number of creative and adventurous outdoor activities such as canoeing, go carts, craft, and laser tag. AKKF camps are typically held over a weekend at various locations in NSW, ACT, QLD, NT, VIC and SA will be expanding its services to WA 2020. The position is based in the Sutherland Shire. This position is a 4 day a week position starting as soon as possible.

The Head of Clinical Services will provide leadership which facilitates the ongoing development of clinical practice within AKKF and is responsible for the development, implementation, monitoring and review of both the Defence Kids Project and mainstream program(s).

The position holder will provide clinical oversight and training to program staff, volunteers, and clinical consultants, as well as collaborating closely with the General Manager and CEO regarding clinical aspects of program and service delivery.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment, coordination, support and supervision of Clinical Consultants
  • Ensure clinical follow-up is completed appropriately and in a timely manner (ie; follow-up, referrals, mandatory child protection reports, documentation)
  • To attend 1 camp per quarter as a clinical consultant to be able to provide continuous improvement to the clinical areas of the business.
  • Provide clinical oversight, and assess and report on any clinical risk areas to the General Manager and CEO to devise strategies of mitigation
  • Work closely in partnership with the General Manager and CEO on the following
  • Reviewing and updating psycho-educational elements of camp manuals, ensuring relevancy for each target group and best practise that is supported by evidence
  • Developing, planning and delivering relevant mental health training for employees, volunteers, program staff and Clinical Consultants in line with best practice and available evidence
  • Assisting with the development of the clinical framework, policies, procedures and guidelines pertaining to clinical elements of AKKF program

Competencies and Experience Required:

  1. Child and youth mental health community experience
  2. Demonstrated experience in assessment, care planning, staff management and coordination within community youth mental health
  3. Proven clinical leadership skills with expertise in client-centered consultancy and the ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary framework
  4. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in clinical practice
  5. Criminal Record and Working with Children Checks will be undertaken on successful applicants

Qualifications Required: 

Selection Criteria:

  • Postgraduate study in Nursing, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Psychology with current AHPRA registration or mental health endorsement if a social worker;
  • Previous experience in child and adolescent community mental health with at least three years’ experience;
  • Advanced skills in assessment, treatment, and care planning of child and adolescent mental health problems and family relationship problems;
  • Demonstrated experience in multi-disciplinary teamwork including leadership, supervision and liaison skills;
  • Computer literacy and demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills;

Criminal Record and Working with Children’s checks will be undertaken on successful applicants.

To Apply:

Please email samantha.gibson@kookaburrakids.org.au with your CV and cover letter to address how you meet the skills and criteria. 


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