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Therapeutic Worker (Psychologist/Social Worker)
Health Services Section


Location: Tennant Creek and the surrounding Barkly region

Job Title: Therapeutic Worker

Classification: Clinical/ Educational

Salary: $74,611 - $130,394per annum, negotiable with skills & experience.

Generous salary packaging: $15,899.94p/a

Professional development incentive: Allowance of $1,300p/a

Employment Type: Full Time

Reports to: Clinical Services Manager

Subsidised Accommodation: Available for candidates outside the Barkly Region. 

Employee access to Medical Services: Free Prescriptions

Employment conditions: Per AHAC Enterprise Agreement 2017 - 2020

Amazing further benefits including 6 weeks annual leave, free gym membership, free general dentistry, Remote retention allowance of $750 and Relocation assistance up to $5,000 to help you get settled into town!


     Exciting opportunity for a full time Therapeutic Worker, based in Tennant Creek.


Join this community-based organisation and make a genuine difference to our community!


This is a Rewarding role where you will truly make a difference in the lives of our Remote Communities, providing the chance to experience real job satisfaction every day - don't miss out!


You will be joining a friendly and professional team, where you will receive personal and professional development opportunities from an employer who wants to provide optimum working conditions!



About us


Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation (AHAC) is a multi-disciplinary organisation which provides primary health care services to the Aboriginal people of Tennant Creek and the surrounding Barkly region, dedicated to ‘Closing the Gap’ in Aboriginal health within remote Australia.

Anyinginyi consists of five different sections (Health Services, Business Services, Public Health Unit, Sports and Recreation, and Piliyintinji-Ki Stronger Families) which allow them to have a holistic approach to health ensuring that clients' physical and emotional health and wellbeing is given the utmost priority.


Anyinginyi's mission is to be a provider of high quality holistic primary health care services featuring prevention and treatment in the Barkly region in a culturally responsive way.


About the Tennant Creek region


Year round blue skies, stunning landscapes and vibrant, diverse and warm communities - that's life in the Northern Territory! Only a short flight from most Australian cities, Tennant Creek is not just a must-see destination renowned for its individual identity and rich cultural heritage but is a remarkable community to set up home in!


500km north of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek was once a rough and tumble droving town but is now a modern town and one of the Territory's most populated areas. It is home to a major regional hospital, a university, schools, shops and a supermarket, accommodation, bars, clubs and restaurants, banking facilities, sporting clubs and an airport - everything you need to set up a relaxing new lifestyle! People from all walks of life find themselves calling Tennant Creek home.


About the Role


Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation has an exciting opportunity for a full time Therapeutic Worker to join their Parlpuru Ninji Kari – Health Services Section, here in Tennant Creek. This role is offered on a Full Time basis.


Reporting to the Clinical Services Manager, the Therapeutic Worker will work as part of the Anyinginyi Health team, planning, implementing, coordinating and evaluating counselling and therapeutic services to Anyinginyi patients in the clinical specialty areas of Suicide Prevention, Trauma Grief and Loss, Abuse including Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Person to Personal Relationships, AOD use, some undiagnosed Mental Health issues and Pregnancy and Early Childhood Development using advanced clinical practice skills. Plan, Implements and evaluates patient safety and quality of care. Practices as a Therapeutic Worker and ensures practice is in accordance with either Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA) or the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Practice Standards 2013 and Code of Ethics 2010 and/or the Society of Professional Social Workers code of ethics and SMHS policies and guidelines.

More specifically, some of your duties will include (but will not be limited to):



  • Plans, implements and coordinates therapeutic services to Anyinginyi patients/clients in the clinic and community teams.
  • Undertakes triaging, assessment, treatment/intervention and evaluation at an advanced level of practice to Aboriginal individuals, families and groups with complex needs.
  • Advocates on behalf of Anyinginyi clients in the pursuit of a holistic services delivery framework of care to encourage both positive outcomes for individuals and families thought multi-agency work.
  • Actively priorities and coordinates own caseload including participating in clinical review meetings and case conferences as required.
  • Provides advanced clinical consultation to Anyinginyi staff.

Educational/Training/ Research:

  • Engages in continuing professional development/educational and ensures continuous eligibility for either the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or the Australian Association of Social Workers or the Society of Professional Social Workers.

SMHS Governance, Safety and Quality Requirements:

  • Participates in the maintenance of a safe work environment.
  • Participates in an annual performance development review.
  • Supports the delivery of safe client care and consumer experience at Anyinginyi including identifying, facilitating and participating in continuous safety and quality improvement activities, and ensuring services and practices align with the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards and other recognized health standards.


About you


To be successful in this role, you must be Tertiary qualified and hold relevant Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) as a Registered Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist, Mental Health Social Worker or Occupational Therapist.


Due to the nature of the role, Anyinginyi is looking for someone with clinical experience and skills in the appropriate assessment, treatment and evaluation of Suicide Prevention, Trauma, Grief and Loss, Abuse including Domestic Violence, Anger Management, Person to Person Relationships, AOD use, some undiagnosed Mental Health issues, and Pregnancy and Early Childhood Development. 


Previous experience delivering primary health care services within an Aboriginal community will be highly regarded but is not mandatory.


Please note: A National Police Clearance and Ochre Card (NT Working with Children’s) card obtainment is a requirement prior to commencement in this role. Please refer to NT Safe for further information.  


You will also need to possess the following: 


Essential skills and experience:


  • Supports and liaises with patient, carers, colleagues, medical, nursing, allied health, support staff, external agencies and the private sector to provide coordinated multidisciplinary care.
  • Completes clinical documentation and undertakes administrative tasks as required to support clinical colleagues where relevant and necessary.
  • Participates in ongoing evaluation of clinical practice.
  • Undertakes clinical intervention in remote communities as directed.
  • Participates in department and other meetings as required to meet organisational and service objectives.
  • Contributes to the Connected Beginnings updating of the Tennant Creek Service Directory on an annual basis.

Educational/Training/ Research:

  • Initiates, implements and participates in clinical research activities in consultation with the Health Services Section Manager to systematically evaluate service delivery and meet Anyinginyi client’s needs where applicable.

SMHS Governance, Safety and Quality Requirements:

  • Completes mandatory training (including safety and quality training) as relevant to the role.
  • Performs duties in accordance with Anyinginyi specific policies and procedures.
  • Abides by the Northern Territory Health Code of Conduct, Occupational Safety and Health legislation, the Disability Services Act and the Equal Opportunity Act.


If you meet the above criteria and you’re interested in contributing to an organisation where you can really make a difference in our local community, we want to hear from you!


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