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Community Mental Health Practitioner - Peer Practitioner - Cairns

Mind Australia
  • Use your lived experience to deliver empathetic, supportive person-centred care to clients
  • Permanent role | Part time 22 hours/week, 7 day Rotating Roster
  • Cairns Location

Mind Australia is one of the country’s leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers with a range of residential, mobile outreach, centre based and online services. We have been supporting people living with the day-to-day impacts of mental illness, as well as their families, friends and carers for over 40 years.

We provide practical and motivational support that helps people to develop the skills they need to move on, thrive and improve the quality of their lives. It’s an approach to mental health and wellbeing that looks at the whole person in the context of their daily life. Mind is committed to diversity and social inclusion.

About the role

The Crisis Support Space (CSS) program enables better access to alternative mental health crisis services for adults 18 years+ experiencing mental distress and/or suicidality where substance use is a factor. CSS seeks to prevent emergency department presentations or inpatient admissions to acute mental health units by offering a café-like atmosphere which provides a supportive, empathetic and calming environment where individuals can access non-clinical peer support.

We are seeking a passionate Community Mental Health Practitioner – Peer Practitioner for permanent, part time (22 hours per week) opportunity on a 7 day rotating roster in the Cairns area. You will bring your specialist lens of lived experience with mental ill health and recovery to provide clients with person-centred supports to return to their community and live independently.

Key Responsibilities

  • Utilise your own lived experience of mental ill health and recovery to inform your work and the work of the team.
  • Support clients by delivering high quality service and facilitating positive educational and social experiences.
  • Operate collaboratively with a range of services and the community to ensure a co-ordinated and integrated response to the client’s recovery goals.
  • Plan and deliver group programs that aid clients to build their skills and focus on recovery.

What you’ll bring

  • Tertiary qualifications (minimum Certificate IV) in Mental Health, Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or other health-related field.
  • Lived experience of mental ill health and willingness to use this to inform your work.
  • Expertise in working with people with mental health issues, complex needs, AOD and collaborating with families and carers.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Community Services sector and ability to build strong relationships with agencies, clinical providers and key stakeholders.


  • Attractive Not For Profit Salary Packaging benefits.
  • Flexible work arrangements to suit your lifestyle.
  • Learning, development and career opportunities.


To obtain a position description and apply online click Apply Now - reference number 14355.

We welcome applications from Indigenous Australians, people with a lived experience of mental ill health and recovery, people with disability, those who identify as LGBTIQ and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The successful applicant is required to complete comprehensive reference and background checking prior to employment, including a Working with Children Check and NDIS Worker Screening Check.

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