Psychologist - Department of Health - Daly River, Wadeye/Port Keats


The Department of Health are looking to employ 2 x Psychologists to work at the Nauiyu and Wadeye-Port Keats clinics. In this role you will be responsible for working with Aboriginal residents of Top End West communities and the local Primary Health Care (PHC) teams who self-refer or are referred for psychological services addressing the needs of all clients using the bio-psychological model.


  1. Create, develop and nurture positive culturally appropriate interactions within PHC teams and the community.
  2. Make appropriate referrals and seek resources to aid team members and community residents.
  3. Perform assessment and provide brief treatment/therapy for a wide range of psychological and behavioral health needs.
  4. Maintain currency of job knowledge and skills and assist PHC team members to self-care.
  5. Utilize professional communication and conflict resolution skills with team members, various brief therapeutic modalities including group learning circles, individual, child, family, couples counselling, and family support services.
  6. Direct Caseload that involves documentation and procedural adherence; includes Medicare billing as appropriate and provide identified social and emotional wellbeing services to clients.
  7. Provide evidence-based culturally appropriate interventions (including assessment, therapy and case management) on individual, group and family levels.
  8. Ensure the development of Mental Health Care Plans for all eligible clients in the service, and facilitate the provision of coordinated clinical care and treatment for referred clients.
  9.  Follow defined service quality standards and relevant Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) policies and procedures to ensure high quality, safe services are being provided within a safe workplace.
  10. Contribute to Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) processes and service delivery outcomes.


To be considered for this opportunity, you must meet the below essential criteria:

  1. Recognized qualifications in Psychology with the (AHPRA) registration to practice as a Psychologist.
  2. Proven ability to be self-directed and self-motivated as well as working effectively as a member of a team.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of current issues, standards and trends in the delivery of mental health and social and emotional well-being services to Aboriginal people.
  4. Demonstrated recent experience in the mental health and social and emotional wellbeing assessment, treatment and rehabilitation methods appropriate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people.
  5. Proven ability to develop the behavioral health and working skills required by employees working within PHC teams.
  6. Proficiency in and commitment to the use of electronic information systems for maintenance of clinical and service delivery records.
  7. Hold a current Northern Territory (NT) manual driver’s license or ability to obtain, ability and willingness to undertake travel by 4WD or light aircraft to remote communities, and capacity to reside in a remote community.


  1. Master’s in clinical psychology qualification.
  2. Previous experience working with primary health care teams.


  • Salary range $101,433 - $113,600
  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • 17.5% superannuation
  • Work in a collaborative environment


The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce which is representative of the community we serve. Therefore, under an approved Special Measures recruitment plan, ATSI applicants will be given priority consideration and preference in selection for this vacancy if they meet all essential selection criteria and are suitable at the position level.


Department of Health has a Smoke Free Policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on Departmental premises, facilities or vehicle nor whilst working off-site. The preferred or recommended applicant will be required to hold a current Working with Children clearance notice and undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude an applicant from this position unless it is relevant to the position.

Applications close 31st January 2019 and must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and an attached detailed resume/CV

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact Karen Doyle for a confidential discussion today.

t 08 8985 8147