Clinical Lead - Cornerstone Youth Services (Devonport)

Cornerstone Youth Services

Location: North West Tasmania       Occupation: Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work       Position Type: Full Time      

A clinical lead opportunity is available with a leading not for profit organisation, Cornerstone Youth Services located in the beautiful north west of Tasmania.

The Position

The incumbent will contribute to the development of evidence-based and innovative clinical services and will promote the delivery of mental health services that are of the highest quality. The Clinical Lead provides clinical support and guidance to clinical staff and ensures staff are provided with adequate supervision. The incumbent will lead activities such as multi-disciplinary clinical meetings, caseload supervision, clinical protocol and policy, and will actively manage referrals and demand for clinical services.

It is expected the Clinical Lead will carry a small caseload.

The Clinical Lead will form and maintain working relationships with key agencies in the community to establish integrated care pathways for young people.


Leadership and Management

  • Monitor and lead the ongoing delivery and improvement of high standard, evidence-based care to clients, including appropriate clinical services for young people experiencing mental ill health.
  • Provide clinical leadership, secondary consultation and expertise to clinicians, private practitioners and co-located services (as required) in the delivery of specialist mental health care to young people and their families.
  • Assist in the development and review of clinical governance policies and processes.
  • Demonstrate competency in the performance of high quality clinical and technical skills through involvement in direct service delivery.
  • Contribute to the vision, strategic planning, and relevant policy development for CYS programs.
  • Ensure the collection of all relevant data in order to measure deliverables and continuously improve and evaluate the delivery of services within CYS programs.
  • Ensure clinical staff are appropriately oriented and provided with adequate supervision, training and professional development. This may also involve the clinical supervision of tertiary students where applicable and in compliance with AHPRA requirements.
  • Ensure clinical review meetings occur regularly and that clinical documentation is completed appropriately.
  • Manage clinical resources and rosters in a flexible and efficient manner to effectively manage client loads and to ensure timely and responsive service delivery.
  • Liaise and work closely with CYS staff and external providers, to ensure the effective functioning of CYS programs.

Quality and Safety

  • Ensure compliance with relevant quality and safety professional and healthcare standards.
  • Lead and participate in clinical quality and safety activities including case reviews, auditing and other practices.


  • Build and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders involved in the provision of health, mental health and psychosocial services to young people.
  • Participate in relevant training and development activities as an effective team member.
  • Other duties consistent with the position where required and/or requested by management from time to time.


The position holder will be required to develop and maintain positive and effective working relationships with a broad range of people and organisations. They must positively represent Cornerstone Youth Services to the public, community, government and other organisations.

Reports To

Programs Manager

Direct Reports

Clinical staff

Indirect Reports


Internal Relationships

CYS programs staff

headspace centre staff

External Relationships

Local youth, health and community service providers and staff

Government departments, ministers and staff

Young people and their family and friends that access the centre

Staff from other headspace centres

Consortium partner organisations and staff

Other external partners, vendors, providers and key stakeholders



  • Approved tertiary qualification in an allied health discipline, including Social Work, Psychology (clinical, counselling, 4+2 or 5+1 pathway), Mental Health Nursing or Occupational Therapy.
  • Current full registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) or eligibility for full membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).


  • Post graduate qualifications in an area related to youth mental health.
  • Ability to provide supervision to practical placement students.



  1. Extensive experience in mental health service delivery including advanced clinical skills in managing young people at risk, including complex clinical triage, assessment and referral and managing risks associated with suicide and violence.
  2. Appropriate experience in working with relevant laws and regulations applicable to the clinical area including child protection and mental health legislation, and informed consent/mature minor principles.
  3. Experience in service innovations/development and maintaining continuous quality improvement including auditing and other clinical review activities.
  4. Demonstrated experience in the leadership of multidisciplinary teams, including the provision of clinical supervision, and the identification of learning and development needs for clinical staff.
  5. Excellent organisational and time management skills, including the ability to prioritise and manage multiple and competing work tasks and deliver to agreed deadlines.
  6. Exceptional verbal, written and interpersonal skills with proven ability in building and maintaining effective working relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  7. Ability to relate to a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds, including cultural sensitivity and cross-culture communication.
  8. Sound knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Office suite products and program specific software packages and databases.


  1. Experience in the not for profit/non-government sector.
  2. A broad understanding of the mental health service system and primary health care system in Tasmania/ Australia, and knowledge of relevant legislation.
  3. A broad understanding of the challenges and experiences facing young people in Australia, including issues facing the local demographic.

Personal Attributes

  • Passion, energy and determination to make a difference to health outcomes for young people.
  • High levels of professionalism, confidentiality and discretion.
  • Positive and collaborative team player.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to changing work environments and requirements.

Workplace Policies and Practices

All Cornerstone Youth Services employees and contractors are required to familiarise themselves with the organisation’s policies and procedures and to abide by them at all times.

It is expected that at all times employees and contractors will:

  • Be respectful towards the organisation, colleagues, clients and the general public.
  • Support CYS vision and objectives and demonstrate the values of organisation.
  • Take reasonable care for their own health and safety, and that of others in the workplace.


This position is designated as being child-related employment. Child-related employment means any employment, where at least one of the responsibilities of the position involves direct contact with children where that contact is not directly supervised. The Registration to Work with Vulnerable People Act 2013 (Tas.) requires that people engaged in child-related employment must be registered to work as prescribed by the Act and the Regulations.

To apply for, undertake or remain in this position you are required to:

  1. Provide proof of identity (e.g. current Drivers Licence, birth certificate or passport)
  2. Undertake a criminal history check or provide a current National Police Records Check
  3. Provide and maintain a current Working with Vulnerable People Check
  4. Maintain a current driver’s licence
  5. Have some flexibility to travel, and to work after hours (including weekends and evenings)
  6. Maintain eligibility to work in Australia

The Organisation

Cornerstone Youth Services Inc. (CYS) delivers a broad range of services to our community of young people aged 12 to 25 in North and North-West Tasmania. They focus on health promotion, prevention, education, early intervention and developing help-seeking behaviours. Their services to young people include access to ‘no charge’ GP's, Youth Health Nurses, Drug & Alcohol, Social and Youth Workers and Allied Health. They also provide individual and group support and activities; school programs; advocacy to access many other services to improve general or specific health and well-being.

To find out more about CYS visit

What's on offer?

Pay and Conditions: Salary will be negotiated based on experience and skills. The successful applicant will have access to excellent Salary Packaging benefits, professional development and training allowances, and flexible work arrangements.

Application Instructions

INQUIRIES: For a confidential discussion, please contact Keryn Geard - Mob. 0499 880 039 or Email:


Please send

  • a Cover Letter,
  • a copy of your Resume, and
  • address the Selection Criteria


Applications close: 11.00pm Sunday 22 November 2020

Date advertised: Thursday 5th November 2020
North West Tasmania

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