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Practice Lead - Parkville Youth Justice

Parkville, Australia

Reference: 6590468

  • Full-time, ongoing position
  • $50.85 hourly rate + Super + Salary Packaging
  • Option for 1x ADO per month

cohealth and Parkville Youth Justice Precinct

Parkville Youth Justice Precinct is a youth custodial facility that accommodates children and young people aged 10 to 21 years (up to 24 years depending on age of sentencing). Parkville is the reception point for the Youth Justice custodial system and as such, all reception health assessments are undertaken at Parkville before some young men will be transferred to Cherry Creek Youth Justice Precinct. The primary health service at Parkville is a nurse-led model, with 24/7 on-site nursing coverage.

At Parkville, cohealth aims to deliver a quality, flexible, integrated, efficient service within the custodial environment to young people based on their health needs. This includes delivering primary health, allied health, dental and mental health services, and includes screening, assessing, triaging, and referring to secondary and tertiary health services based on clinical need. cohealth shares a vision for healthy children and young people in custody, supported by a health service responsive to their needs.

cohealth's inclusive workplace culture enables staff to bring their whole selves to work, where uniqueness is valued, and people experience a feeling of belonging. Our aim is for everyone to thrive in their role.

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About the role

cohealth is experienced in delivering services and support to people and their families involved with the justice and child protection systems. The Practice Lead will support the growth and development of knowledge, skill, and application of best practice care to cohealth youth justice staff and embed a best practice, evidence-based, and outcome focused service delivery approach that is underpinned by identified practice principles.

The Practice Lead contributes to optimal client experience through building discipline specific capability and leading comprehensive quality improvement and clinical governance activities.

Please refer to the Position Description for more information.

Your duties include:

  • Develops and enhances practice excellence within discipline
  • Ensures the quality-of-service delivery models for discipline are aligned to best practice and optimise impact on young people's wellbeing, through undertaking governance duties, championing organisational quality, improvement initiatives, and nurturing clinicians to lift to the top of their scope of practice
  • Approaches all interactions and delivers all educational interventions with an innovation and improvement lens, driving everyday improvements to service delivery within discipline
  • Key contributor to Service Redesign through researching and sharing knowledge of contemporary ways of working, contributing to potential alternate models of care that deliver optimum client impact.

What cohealth offers:

  • Generous salary packaging options to suit you - tax free amount of up to $15,900 p.a (mortgage, rent, or credit cards) and a further $2,650 p.a (meal, entertainment expenses and holiday accommodation). Salary packaging reduces your cohealth taxable income, meaning you pay less tax on your cohealth income
  • A generous rewards program from our salary packaging provider
  • Exciting Parental leave benefits
    • cohealth offers primary carers 14 weeks paid parental leave upon completion of only 6 months of continuous service
    • Eligible co-workers will continue to receive superannuation on unpaid parental leave as well
  • Novated Leasing available
  • Counselling services for you and your immediate family through our EAP-Access provider, and mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing programs
  • We offer inclusion, equality, and opportunity in a workplace where making a difference counts (based on our guiding principles and values).

Our ideal candidate:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in fields related to mental health, youth, health, social work, or family support
  • Working with Children's Check (WWCC)
  • A thorough understanding of recovery-focused, trauma-informed, and culturally appropriate primary health and primary mental health service delivery models
  • Current Victorian Driver's License

The roles in this program are required to undergo mandatory additional security screening. Details will be provided to successful candidates.

Application Process

Click on apply now to be directed to our careers page. You will be asked to upload your CV/ resume and answer the Key Selection Criteria. We will be conducting interviews for this role as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact hiring manager Ashley Nind Ashley.Nind@cohealth.org.


Applications Close: 22 May 2024