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A career in Mental Health at Country Health SA

Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN) is leading the way in mental health reform, providing a number of new services in a variety of regional locations throughout South Australia (SA).

The Integrated Mental Health Inpatient Units (IMHIUs) is one of the exciting and vital developments in the expansion of country-located services for mental health consumers. Since April 2014, two new purpose built facilities situated in Whyalla and Berri have commenced. These Units have provided recovery-orientated stepped model of acute mental healthcare within these localities, whilst reducing the need for consumers living in these areas to travel to metropolitan hospitals. Recruitment for the third IMHIU situated in Mount Gambier has commenced with the Unit projected to open in April 2015.

As part of the IMHIU team, you will be part of the bigger Integrated Mental Health Team, supporting continuity of care for consumers with colleagues providing community based mental health services including Intermediate Care. This is your chance to work in a therapeutic open unit environment, as part of a holistic and integrated model of care within country SA.

Where is Mount Gambier?

Mount Gambier is situated on the Limestone Coast, south eastern South Australia. The city is often described as the city of craters, lakes and caves, because it was built on the edge of an extinct volcano, which now features a naturally bright blue lake.

With a population of over 32,000 people, it features all you could need, including restaurants, cinema, theatre, sporting facilities, pubs, art galleries, as well as great local schools, TAFE and a University and regular flights to Adelaide and Melbourne. It is close to nearby wine regions such as Coonawarra, and the beachside townships of Beachport and Robe, which are centres for Southern Ocean Rock Lobster fishing.

Build a career in a highly rewarding environment
One of the benefits of working in a regional centre, apart from the pleasures of living the country life and enjoying a strong sense of community, is that you will gain exposure to a broad range of clinical experiences and the opportunities to build relationships and to work closely with other healthcare professionals.

You will receive great support from SA Health, including greater access to training, discipline-specific supervision and ongoing professional development. You may also benefit from flexible working arrangements, including compressed hours, you'll be able to make the most of your country lifestyle.

If you're at the beginning of your career, you'll benefit from taking on additional responsibilities, developing your skill set faster, and if you're looking for lifestyle change, you will enjoy a real work-life balance in a friendly SA community.
What are the benefits of working for Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN)?
CHSALHN - Mental Health embraces strength based approaches, principles of positive psychology and aims to be a flourishing mental health service that impacts meaningfully and positively on the community it serves.

The five key benefits are:
  • Be part of an innovative new model of care
  • Join a multi-disciplinary team environment
  • Enjoy a friendly country lifestyle
  • Help your consumers navigate their own path and achieve wellness
  • Build positive long-term relationships with your consumers and their local community
In addition, employees of CHSALHN receive access to salary sacrifice arrangements and may be eligible for relocation support.

Follow Lucas, Sue and Mieka's lead and apply today.


Lucas, Clinical Senior Occupational Therapist/Mental Health Clinician, Nuriootpa

"SA Health provides a great springboard for a career in mental health." more


Mieka, Occupational Therapist/Graduate, Nuriootpa

"I'm privileged and grateful to have joined as a graduate here. I'm supported by my team leader and manager, not just as a clinician but also as a person." more


Sue, Acute Mental Health Nurse, Port Lincoln

"I enjoy being part of such a cohesive and passionate group of people, team mates who really care about what they are doing, within an organisation that cares." more

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