Manager - headspace Cairns

Job No: RFDS249
Location: Cairns



About headspace: 

Established in 2006, headspace is making a difference to the lives of thousands of young Australians in the area of youth mental health, by: 

  • Giving young Australians and their families the opportunity to seek help early 
  • Making it easier for young people and their families to access information 
  • Creating awareness and educating young people, families and the broader community about how to get help 

headspace Cairns (under the direction of the RFDS (Qld) Services Limited) is an innovative youth service, delivering primary and mental health, alcohol and drug services, social welfare and vocational services to young people aged  12-25 years.  

The Role: 

  • Fixed-term, Full-time until 30 June 2020
  • Located in Cairns  

The Manager - headspace will provide strong clinical leadership to the multi-disciplinary team dedicated to exceptional care to young people in the Cairns area. The role will oversee strategic planning, operational accountability, including quality and reporting, and further develop systems and relationships essential to the service. This role requires clinical expertise, including being able to respond effectively to clinical crisis and high-risk situations, and a thorough knowledge of the mental health system of care across clinical and community sectors.

Why join us? 

In return for your skills, energy and commitment to our mission, we offer you the opportunity to make a real impact in Far North Queensland communities and truly help others. You’ll lead a team of people who are passionate about our purpose and proud of their contribution to providing services to young people. 

 As a Manager of our exceptional frontline team, you’ll embrace a unique professional challenge. You’ll use all the skills you’ve worked so hard to acquire, making a difference to people’s everyday lives and delivering vital care in emergency situations.  

Your contribution will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package plus salary packaging arrangements.  In addition, you will be supported in your professional development and the unique opportunity to further develop your leadership qualities.  

Who are we looking for? 

To be successful in this role you will need to hold tertiary Mental Health qualifications in the professional areas of Psychology, Social Work, Occupational Therapy or Nursing with relevant registration or membership.  

You will be someone who has an inherent ability to balance strategic and commercial direction with operational requirements, while maintaining your commitment to the highest quality of service delivery.  Your flexible leadership and communication style will enable you to engage and influence at all levels.  

There are also three ‘must-haves’ that we look for in every employee of RFDS (Queensland section). We want people who:  

  • Are passionate about providing the finest care to people in Queensland; 
  • Go above and beyond to drive a positive, cohesive team culture – helping each other to help others; 
  • Embrace the challenges our organisation faces - have the motivation to help us thrive in a competitive, commercial, KPI-driven environment 

Please note: This role will be required to undergo a pre-employment drug and alcohol test and will be subject to criminal history check. 


For further information please contact Mike Greasley, Centre Coordinator on 07 4041 3780.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE:  28 February 2018.


The RFDS is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People are encouraged to apply. 


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