Senior Practitioner

  • Permanent Full Time, 0.8FTE considered
  • $91,289 - 95,421 + super + salary packaging
  • flexible work arrangement with some working from home
  • ADO/RDO, purchased leave schemes available

Join one of Victoria’s biggest community health providers, renown for its great work culture. Make a real difference to the lives of carers through coaching them through challenges.

Your new organisation

At Merri Health, we strive to enrich diverse communities through the provision of quality health care and support services.  A career at Merri will see you contributing to a culture that affects change for our clients and the wider community.  We are committed to supporting the talent and skills of our employees because we know their capability is the key to our success.

You new role:

The Senior Practitioner reports to the Team Leader, Assessment and Planning. The role provides line management to Service Coordinators and clinical guidance/case consultations to Assessment and Planning Officers.

Furthermore, the role undertakes assessments, is responsible for first response and develops goal directed care plans for carers with particularly complex presentations.

Full time role but we will consider a 0.8 for the right candidate.

You will be responsible for

The Senior Practitioner:

- Provides clinical guidance and case consultations to a team of Assessment and Planning Officers.
- Is responsible for triage and allocation of cases to ensure prompt and responsive assessment and service delivery in line with Carer Gateway requirements.
- Manages client emergencies and escalations.
- Provides training and support to staff to enhance their practical skills and sector knowledge.
- Undertakes holistic assessments (using the Carers Star) and develops goal-directed care plans for carers with particularly complex presentations.
- Contributes to policy and process development to ensure best practice approaches are implemented in supporting carers.
- People management through the employment life cycle, including recruitment, orientation, performance management, development, leave, and separations.

To succeed in the role you will have:

- Tertiary qualifications in social work, community services, nursing, disability support, health promotion, allied health or equivalent discipline or experience.
- Advanced skills undertaking needs assessments and goal-directed care planning
- Highly-developed skills and experience to lead multi-disciplinary teams
- Sound knowledge of the community care sector

What we offer

We offer a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which encourages you to bring your whole self to work.  As the successful applicant you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills to reach your potential.

Merri Health also supports its employees with other benefits such as:
-Information and advice on work/life balance
-Leave options including Purchase Leave Scheme, ADO/RDO arrangements, Parental Leave and recognition of prior service
-Proactive approach to employee health and wellbeing including wellness programs and initiatives, ergonomic assessments, free flu vaccinations and Employee Assistance Program
-Training will be provided to the successful applicant to undertake the requirements of this role.
-Employee partnerships including discounted movie tickets, discounted membership for Coburg Leisure Centre and discounted BUPA Health Insurance

What you need to do now

Start by reviewing the attached position description. If this peaks your interest, take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website. If you have any questions, contact Shamini at When you're ready to apply, email your CV and cover letter to 

Applications close 28/09/22.

What else do I need to know

Preferred candidates will be subject to comprehensive reference and pre-employment background checking conducted by Merri Health prior to an offer of employment, including criminal record history check, NDIS worker screening and other employee screening and credential checks as determined by the position description.

All candidates must have the right to work in Australia. Merri Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people.

We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the LGBTIQA+ community and those living with a disability to apply.