Senior Clinician - Tennant Creek


The opportunity:

ACF currently has recently been successful in the tender for Back on Track which is a new Northern Territory government initiative that will provide an alternative to detention and other pathways to divert young people away from the youth justice system. For ACF, the program will run across the Greater Darwin, Tennant Creek and Nhulunbuy regions for at risk children and young people aged 8 – 17 years.

We are currently seeking a part or full time Senior Clinician based in Tennant Creek who will be responsible for leading the assessment supported by the input of the Aboriginal Liaison and Support Workers who will assist with locating families, brokering critical cultural and community knowledge and contributing to the assessment process by participating in meetings/sessions where appropriate and/or leading sessions where appropriate.

About the role:

As the new Senior Clinician you will be responsible for:

  • Undertaking comprehensive trauma-informed assessments of young people in the program
  • Participating in the development, implementation, and review of the program both regional and program levels.
  • Development, implementation, and review holistic, integrated case management plans for children/young people in collaboration with Back on Track service providers and other service providers involved.
  • Establishing and convening care teams for each child/young person in the program with the aim of ensuring effective planning and coordination of services, collaboration with other professionals, and a clear exchange of information.
  • Providing primary and secondary consultation to other relevant professionals/significant people regarding the child/young person, including health and welfare workers.
  • Developing crisis response plans and safety plans in conjunction with the child/young person, family, Back on Track providers and other relevant agencies.
  • Ensuring that children/young people with urgent needs or requiring immediate action are attended to as soon as practicable.
  • Developing a trusting, honest and respectful relationship with each child, young person and family engaged in the service.
  • Contributing to the collaborative development of specialist trauma-based training to carers, staff and all relevant network members to promote a shared understanding and approach to the therapeutic care and support needs of the child and deliver training as required.

About you:

  • An appropriate tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trauma, attachment and neurobiology frameworks, and theories.
  • Substantial experience in the area of child abuse and/or in working with traumatised children, including delivering a range of appropriate therapeutic interventions to the client group.
  • A sophisticated understanding of the complexity of the service system and the issues involved in providing services to statutory clients.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and the capacity to negotiate and liaise with volunteers, including carers, Territory Families, other agencies and the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direct service in the clinical assessment and treatment of children, young people and families.
  • Highly developed ability to provide secondary consultation and advice to clinicians and other professionals.
  • Demonstrated capacity to lead and manage in an area of challenging and complex practice.
  • A current Northern Territory driver’s licence or equivalent.
  • A current Working with Children Check or equivalent.

Remuneration & Benefits:

This position attracts a competitive base salary + vehicle + phone + tablet + superannuation + salary packaging. The salary is determined on the basis of the employee’s experience and qualifications. In joining a strong, values-based organisation, you will also have access to:

  • Remote allowance of $15,000
  • Relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • Fringe benefits tax exemptions for remote employees of 50%
  • Professional Development (up to $1000 (pro-rata) per year)
  • Employee Assistance Program


To apply:

Interested in this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children? 
Please forward a copy of your current resume along with a cover letter addressing each of the Key Selection Criteria to

Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF) is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. We require all applicants to undergo an extensive screening process prior to appointment.

ACF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and people with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

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