Protecting rights and making a difference to the lives of people with a mental illness
Open-ended recruitment pool
Next shortlisting commences 4.30 pm 12 February 2020
The Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS) is established under Part 20 of the Mental Health Act 2014. It is an independent body providing support, advocacy and rights protection for identified persons, including involuntary mental health patients and psychiatric hostel residents. The Chief Mental Health Advocate (the Chief) engages Senior Mental Health Advocates (Senior Advocates) who supervise Mental Health Advocates, Youth Advocates and other specialist Advocates.
Youth Mental Health Advocate Role
The MHAS team of Youth Advocates have the specific responsibility of advocating for and protecting the rights of children (aged under 18) and young people (aged 18-24) who are made involuntary, or admitted or seeking admission to a mental health service. The Youth Advocate role is both a challenging and rewarding position working with vulnerable young people. Youth advocates work closely with children/youth, their carers and the treatment team during acute hospital admissions. This requires a high level of professionalism, skilled communication and negotiation skills.
The role includes individual and systemic advocacy, visiting young people in mental health wards and emergency departments, representing them in Mental Health Tribunal hearings, conducting investigations, writing reports and making presentations, and supporting other mental health advocates who are assisting children, especially in regional areas.
Youth Advocates typically work in the field at three primary units: Perth Children’s Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital Youth Unit and the East Metropolitan Youth Unit in Bentley. They may also be required to support children and youth (18+) at other adult mental health units and general wards across the metropolitan area and in Emergency Departments.
Youth Advocates report to and are supported by a Senior Advocate based in the West Perth office. Extensive training is given on the Mental Health Act but applicants need qualifications, training or experience relevant to children and young people.
Working hours are not “9 to 5” and can be very flexible, but there are some restrictions in that contact must be made with children within 24 hours of involuntary orders being made and Tribunal hearings may be scheduled at short notice. It is envisaged that the Youth Advocate will work a minimum of 15 hours a week but up to full-time hours may be negotiated. Contracts may be issued for a maximum of 3 years and can be extended.
How to Apply
This is an open-ended recruitment pool with applications closing on 30 November 2020. The panel will monitor and assess applications on a regular basis; shortlisting for the next round of interviews will commence on 12 February (with interviews scheduled mid to late February). Suitable applicants will be placed in a pool from which appointments may be made when similar vacancies occur (appointment may be made even after applications close).
Please review the attached documents for further information:
- Applicant Information Package, detailing how to apply.
- Job Description and Work Related Requirements, noting that requirements 1, 2 and 3 must be addressed in written applications.
- Terms and Conditions of Engagement of Mental Health Advocates, refer also to the Code of Conduct and Payments and Availability Protocol.
- Application form, which must be submitted with the application.
To be considered for interview, applicants must submit:
- a resume which summarises your relevant experience
- a brief statement addressing work related requirements 1, 2 and 3 (the requirements are found in the Job Description and Work Related Requirements document)
- a completed application form.
These documents should be complete and ready to attach prior to applying online. Please ensure you allow sufficient time to complete the online application process as you will be required to attach your documentation.
If you experience difficulties while applying online, please contact Employee Services on 13 44 77 for assistance during business hours.
For additional job related information contact Rochelle Moukina at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (08) 6234 6300 for a confidential discussion.
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Emailed applications will not be accepted. Applications that do not include the required three documents will not be considered.
Vacancy Ref: 921347