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Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Director

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
  • Convenient Sydney Location
  • Flexible Working Options
  • Role is available full time, fixed term contract until 30/06/25
  • Work to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people and communities at a national level
  • Salary – SCHADS Level 7 plus superannuation plus salary packaging

About Us

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people and other sexuality, gender and bodily diverse people and communities.

LHA works with legislators, policymakers and service providers to help them understand and address the needs of LGBTIQ+ people and communities. We support LHA members to have a stronger policy voice and partner with researchers across the country on issues of LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing.

About The Role

The Director Mental Health and Suicide Prevention is responsible for the successful high-level management of LGBTIQ+ Health Australia’s (LHA) mental health and suicide prevention programs. As a peak body, LHA is not a direct service or program provider. LHA works with partners across Australia to deliver programs and initiatives with LHA providing high level national coordination. This role requires demonstrated high level project and partnership management experience.

Two programs sit in this portfolio: QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, online and telephone and Teleweb peer support to LGBTIQ+ people across Australia. Mindout develops and delivers a number of activities aimed at preventing suicide and improving the mental health and wellbeing outcomes of LGBTIQ+ populations.

Mindout is funded through the National Suicide Prevention Leadership and Support program (NSPLSP). LHA manages the following NSPLSP programs:

  • National leadership in suicide prevention research translation
  • National support for lived experience of suicide
  • National media and communications strategy
  • National suicide prevention training

The NSPLSP programs will be delivered in partnership with LHA’s member organisations and key stakeholders engaged in suicide prevention activities.

The core focus of this role is to ensure that LHA’s mental health and suicide prevention programs are delivered to the highest standard and are guided by current research and models of best practice. The work of this role is guided by the key performance indicators in LHA’s program contracts.

This position sits in LHA’s leadership team and will work closely with LHA’s policy / research, ageing and aged care program, disability and palliative care and sexual violence prevention programs to ensure program integration and strategic development across the organisations’ work. As a national health peak, LHA is committed to strong leadership and building the capacity of its member organisations and external stakeholders to address broader structural inequities impacting the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ communities.

All staff are required to ensure that within their role and delivery of their work, they consider and incorporate the needs of the LGBTIQ+, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, BrotherBoys and SisterGirls.

This position reports to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Direct reports include: QLife Manager and, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Manager.

To be considered for this role, you will have the following experience and qualifications;

Qualifications

  • Minimum three years executive management experience in health, education or human services and / or extensive experience in health / welfare management, especially in the NGO sector.
  • Tertiary qualifications with relevant experience in relation to mental health and wellbeing, education, social science or other relevant field.

Experience Required

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of the LGBTIQ+ community-controlled organisations and mental health / suicide prevention sector. Strong working relationships within these sectors as well as with the government and non-government health sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience and a successful track record of programmatic management and implementation of mental health and wellbeing programs including the development, implementation and evaluation of mental health recovery models, postvention support and peer education programs within a community organisation context.
  • Contemporary knowledge of the current mental health and wellbeing issues affecting LGBTIQ+ communities.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of national suicide prevention strategies.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of research and best practice relative to suicide prevention in LGBTIQ+ communities.
  • Good knowledge and understanding of research and best practice relative to helpline services.
  • Awareness and understanding of the health disparities that impact LGBTIQ+ communities, for example, social inclusion and other health and social issues.
  • Knowledge of the current health disparities and issues affecting indigenous LGBTIQ+ BrotherBoy and SisterGirl communities.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to human rights for LGBTIQ+ people and communities.
  • Experience in working effectively and collaboratively in a small team environment, with minimal supervision.

Computer Skills

  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word and Excel).
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Planner and Nation-builder platforms.

Target Questions

  • As a national health peak, what strategic approaches would support LHA to contribute effectively to a coordinated response to mental health and suicide prevention in LGBTIQ+ communities and the broader MHSP service system?
  • In 2021, LHA launched the Beyond Urgent: National LGBTIQ+ Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy 2021 – 2026. What approach would you use to effectively engage with National Mental Health Commission’s Suicide Prevention Office, LHA member organisations, NGO’s and government organisations to achieve the goals identified in the above strategy.

Accessibility

  • If you have any access requirements or need to submit your application in alternative format, please contact us to discuss.
  • You can apply verbally over the phone or through a face-to-face meeting if you cannot submit a written application.
  • You will need to tell us about your previous work experience, your suitability for this role and your answers to the target questions.

If you have any questions regarding the position, please contact Zed Tintor on 0499 770 482.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds including people with a disability, LGBTIQ+ people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.

A position description is attached.

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