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Counsellor, School Of Nursing And Midwifery


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Apply nowJob no:509504
Work type:Full-time
Location:Melbourne - Burwood
Categories:Human / People Services

Student and staff wellbeing is a priority at Deakin. We offer a range of specialised services to help students stay healthy and safe – physically, mentally and spiritually.

Based at our Burwood campus, this exciting new role is part of the School of Nursing and Midwifery within the Faculty of Health, and provides the opportunity for you to utilise your expertise in mental health to enhance student mental wellbeing within a supportive team environment. The position is a pilot program with collaboration between School of Nursing and Midwifery (SoNM) and the Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) service from the Division of Student Life (DSL). It is funded by the 2021 Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program (HEPPP).

In this role, you will be providing consultation, support and recommendations regarding suitable interventions for School of Nursing and Midwifery (SoNM) student psychological wellbeing, in order to maximise academic success. You will promote mental wellbeing, enhance the mental health literacy of the School’s community, and contribute to minimising negative impacts of mental ill-health on student learning and progress. As a School based counsellor, you will also be responsible for the delivery of accessible short term, evidence-based counselling that is responsive and relevant to the needs of students from all backgrounds, with a specific focus on HEPPP cohorts (Low SES, rural and remote and Indigenous students). You will have extensive experience working with students with mental health presentations ranging from adjustment issues to complex mental health.

The position:

  • Contributes to the Health and Wellbeing of students within the School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Is clinically supported by Counselling and Psychological Support Service
  • Is full time and fixed-term until 31 December 2021
  • Is a HEW 8 salary – $100,289 plus 17% superannuation

To thrive in the role, you will have advanced interpersonal capabilities in order to swiftly develop and maintain strong collaborative relationships, as well as embrace a fast-paced and a highly demanding work environment. 

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Provision of evidence-based assessment and short term psychological interventions to support the School of Nursing and Midwifery students’ mental health and improve academic outcomes and student retention.
  • Assess for, and manage, emerging, acute, and complex student mental health presentations, including student risk.
  • Identify student mental health trends to design, implement and evaluate initiatives that are based on best practice guidelines.
  • Provide expert advice and consultation to staff and students regarding student mental health.
  • Provide training and education to enhance mental health literacy and improve student outcomes.
  • Maintain appropriate records management under the requirements of Deakin University, relevant legislation and professional bodies.
  • Establish and maintain collaborative working relationships within and external to Deakin University to achieve the best possible outcomes for student success.
  • Coordinate the local counselling team response to critical incidents including the provision of psychological first aid.
  • Contribute to the development, implementation and review of mental health support services within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 
  • Develop, implement and evaluate effective psychoeducational programs/presentations.

To be successful, you’ll have:

  • Registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or membership of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW) with registration as a mental health Social Worker.
  • Expertise in the provision of evidence-based short term psychological counselling with a diverse population who present with a broad range of issues of varying complexity.
  • Advanced clinical, assessment and intervention skills to autonomously address emerging serious mental health problems and moderate risk issues.
  • Demonstrated advanced interpersonal skills to develop and maintain strong professional relationships within and external to Deakin University.
  • Experienced in producing clear, accurate and timely communications (written and oral) that are appropriate for their intended audience.
  • Demonstrated ability to organise, plan, prioritise and complete tasks, within the context of conflicting demands and changing priorities.
  • Ability to initiate, implement and evaluate effective psychoeducational programs/presentations.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously while also contributing to the wider Counselling team.


  • Relevant postgraduate qualifications in counselling with an emphasis on short-term solution focussed therapies.
  • An accredited facilitator of Mental Health First Aid training (Standard/Tertiary Blended).
  • Current AHPRA approved supervisor.

For a copy of the position description, please see below:

 PD - SoNM Counsellor.pdf

Applications for this position close on 6th April 2021.

This role requires the incumbent to apply for and maintain a Working With Children Check (refer to Deakin’s Recruitment Procedure for further details).

Please submit your updated resume and a cover letter. In the cover letter (maximum two pages), please explain your interest in and suitability for the role, including examples demonstrating capability, your skills and your aspirations for the position.

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact Karen Stuart, Manager (Burwood), Counselling and Psychological Support, on 9244 5577 or

Are you Ready?

Deakin is one of the new breeds of global universities – agile, dynamic and innovative. We are committed to making a genuine difference in people’s lives through excellence in education and research. As a Victorian university with a global impact, join us and let’s see what we can achieve together.

Our people are important to us, and we understand the significance of providing them with a dynamic and diverse working environment, with opportunities to grow and develop their careers.

At Deakin, we offer a variety of benefits including a flexible and sustainable working environment, lifestyle benefits and various discounts with our third-party suppliers.

We value diversity and aim to build an inclusive environment that champions, embraces and respects differences. We support and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and people of all abilities, cultures, sexual orientation, and genders.