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Lead - Initial Assessment & Referral - Mental Health Reform - Darwin / Alice Springs

Northern Territory Primary Health Network
  • Salary: $109,040 + Super
  • Location: Darwin or Alice Springs

Northern Territory PHN leads the development and coordination of an equitable, comprehensive primary health care system and an engaged health workforce driven by community needs.

About the Opportunity

This role is responsible for providing training and support to General Practitioners (GPs) and other clinicians on using, implementing, and embedding the Initial Assessment and Referral (IAR) tool for patients presenting for mental health assistance. This will also include the coordination and implementation of the National IAR Guidance at the regional level.

The role will also enable the PHN to support appropriate assessment, referral and service navigation for people with or at risk of mental illness and/or suicide, through the maintenance of and training in effective and efficient initial assessment and referral systems, including rediCASE.

What you will bring to the role

If you have the following skills and experience, we’d love to chat:

  • Background and tertiary qualifications and experience in the delivery of mental health services or other related discipline is desirable.
  • Strong demonstrated understanding of the mental health and alcohol and other drug treatment service sectors, in particular primary care, and interconnecting other health and human service systems.
  • Excellent presentation, oral, public speaking, and written communication skills, with the ability to build rapport, write and deliver presentations, reports and external communications.
  • Excellent engagement skills with a proven ability to build collaborative relationships with a wide range of internal and external clients, partners and stakeholders including General Practice, Local Hospital Networks, non-government organisations, and clinicians.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Northern Territory health service sector.


Working for NT PHN means being a part of an organisation with a bigger picture purpose to improve health care outcomes for Territorians along with having numerous additional employee benefits:

  • Enjoy up to $15,990 of salary sacrifice and a generous base salary
  • Enjoy a vast, fast paced and challenging work environment where you will work as a part of a dynamic, supportive and collaborative team
  • Enjoy flexible working arrangements, work life balance and a positive, professional work culture
  • Receive 6 weeks leave per annum
  • Enjoy the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and career
  • Have the freedom to apply innovative and creative thinking
  • Enjoy bring your dog to work Fridays

Commitment to Reconciliation

NT PHN is committed to undertaking all work within a culturally inclusive, sensitive and safe framework that supports Reconciliation. The NT PHN Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan shows our commitment and dedication to embedding reconciliation initiatives into business and our everyday work.

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged for all NT PHN positions.


To download a copy of the position description for this role, go to our website: https://www.ntphn.org.au/

If you have any questions or for more information about the role, please contact Ali Lloyd Executive Manager Regional Health Integration on 08 8982 1049.

Shortlisting will commence immediately.

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