Mental Health Nurse – Danila Dilba - Darwin

  • Competitive Remuneration
  • 6 Month Contract
  • Opportunity to make a difference 

The Organisation

Established in 1991, Danila Dilba Health Service (DDHS) is a community-controlled organisation providing comprehensive primary health care services to Biluru communities in the Yilli Rreung Region of the Northern Territory.

The mission of DDHS is to improve the physical, mental, spiritual, cultural and social well-being of its clients through innovative, comprehensive primary health care programs that are based on the principles of equity, access, empowerment, community self-determination and inter-sectoral collaboration.

The Role

The Mental Health Nurse is responsible for providing high quality mental health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with severe and complex mental health conditions. This position will work closely with a multidisciplinary team including general practitioners (GPs), psychiatrists and allied health staff to facilitate the provision of coordinated clinical care and treatment.

 For a confidential discussion about this excellent opportunity contact the NT PHN Recruitment and Retention Team:

t 08 8982 1010


Applicants are required to provide a current CV and contact details for at least two referees.

Essential Criteria

  • Current registration as a Nurse with AHPRA
  • Credentialed, or working towards credentialing, by the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) as a Credentialed Mental Health Nurse (CMHN)
  • Demonstrated experience in providing mental health care across a multidisciplinary team in a cross cultural and complex environment
  • with a proven capacity to deliver innovative, quality client services within timeframes
  • Understanding of the principles and issues relevant to coordinated, multidisciplinary team approaches in the provision of mental health
  • services
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to Aboriginal culture and history and knowledge of issues impacting on Aboriginal children
  • and families, youth and adults and those affected by Stolen Generations’ policies and practices
  • Demonstrated recent experience in mental health assessment and treatment methods appropriate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with clients, carers and other professionals from diverse cultures
  • Demonstrated high level computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Word and Excel (or similar) as well as the ability to use
  • clinical practice software
  • Demonstrated high standard of written skills in the preparation of detailed reports, general correspondence and documentations with an understanding of confidentiality


  • Knowledge of the relevant legislation guiding clinical practice for this position
  • Adaptability and flexibility to changing work environments and requirements 

Please note, employment with Danila Dilba is subject to the following

  • Willing to undergo a Police Check
  • Ability to obtain a Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card)
  • Current driver’s license
  • Current First Aid and/or CPR Certificate or the preparedness to gain one
  • Current ‘About giving Vaccines’ (AGV) certificate or the preparedness to gain one

What you can expect in return

  • Support in a workplace culture based on honesty, integrity, fairness, transparency and accountability
  • Working alongside a team that are dedicated to what they do
  • Opportunity to progress your career within Danila Dilba
  • Salary starting at $99,581 PLUS Superannuation
  • Generous Salary Sacrifice packaging available
  • Enjoy 6 weeks annual leave per year 


Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) may be able to offer support and financial assistance to health professionals who are relocating to the NT or moving within the NT to a greater remoteness area classification for the purposes of employment in the Primary Health Sector. For further information regarding these opportunities, contact the NT PHN Recruitment and Retention Team.

The Location

The Top End region is home to Darwin, Australia's only tropical capital city. Darwin is arguably one of Australia's most cosmopolitan cities with a population consisting of more than 60 nationalities. The greater Darwin area has a population of approximately 120,500 people. The city's multicultural mix is highlighted by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets. There are plenty of activities to keep you entertained including the Deckchair Cinema, sailing, museums and shopping centres as well as being nearby Litchfield National Park for great camping and swimming. The region has a tropical climate with a distinctive dry and wet season.

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