• Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network, Port Augusta
  • Salary: $121,537 – $126,970 p.a – RN/M3
  • Temporary Full Time (up to 6 December 2024) – 1.0FTE

 The Role

The Nurse Consultant – Mental Health Nurse Consultant will provide clinical, educational and professional mental health services within the general medical/emergency department setting. The Mental Health Nurse Consultant works in partnership with a range of stakeholders from regional South Australia (SA) and Rural and Remote Mental Health Service (RRMHS) and supports the development of MH clinicians in the Flinders and Upper North LHN to provide an integrated mental health response. The Mental Nurse Consultant will work closely with the FUNLHN Community Mental Health Teams and will be responsible for providing education and mentoring to Flinders and Upper North LHN staff to improve skills in managing mental health consumers.

Employees classified at this level provide clinical, educational, nursing expertise to contribute to the improvement of high quality, safe mental health services and provides clinical and consultancy services that support the recovery of mental health consumers across community acute and rehabilitation service settings.

Employees classified at this level are experts within their area and stream of practice and have a significant degree of autonomy and decision making.

Various practice models may be used to enact this role, including but not limited to:

  • Primarily providing expert mental health nursing care;
  • Providing clinical leadership to nurses; and
  • Coordination and leadership of projects and/or programs that contribute clinical expertise to improve consumer/service outcomes

Employees in this role accept accountability for their mental health nursing practice, the outcomes of nursing practices for the specific patient/consumer group, the professional advice given, delegations of care made and for addressing inconsistencies between practice and policy

This vacancy is currently a full-time position however consideration will be given to part-time contract availability and hours of work will be by negotiation and salary will be adjusted according to hours worked.


Must be registered or eligible for registration as a Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and who holds, or who is eligible to hold, a current practicing certificate.

Must hold a Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing (or equivalent)

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check and appropriate immunisation requirements.


  • DHS Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • National Police Certificate (NPC) for employment involving unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups required for this position (E.g. aged care employment or work involving vulnerable clients)

Immunisation Risk for this position is – Category A (direct contact with blood or body substances)

SA Health Services are required to implement the Addressing vaccine preventable disease: Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy in the workplace.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply. Job Ref: 867030

Please refer to the job pack below for more detailed information on the position, responsibilities and qualifications.

Why work in FUNLHN?

Access to support and training: 

  • Regular supervision – as per the Regional LHN Allied Health Supervision Framework
  • Access to professional development funding – eg. through the Country Allied Health Clinical Enhancement Program Plus (CAHCEP+)
  • Scholarships available to undertake a Certificate of Rural General Practice/ Graduate Diploma of Rural Generalist Practice via the Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway (AHRGP) Rural Generalist Program – JCU Australia
  • Access to contextual Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Training – specific to the Flinders & Upper North Region
  • Access to Aboriginal Liaison Officers and Aboriginal Health Practitioners
  • Links with RSS (Rural Support Service) – for useful resources and professional support and/or Clinical Governance

Work/life balance:

  • No weekend work!
  • Flexible work options – The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.
  • Family-friendly towns.
  • Large population of young tradespeople and professionals
  • Access to a range of leisure activities and social and competitive sports.

Financial benefits:

  • FREE accommodation – available for the first three months whilst you find your feet!
  • Relocation allowance – available for eligible applicants. For information about Relocation Support working for SA Health can be found here.
  • In addition to the annual salary and entitlements (superannuation & leave loading), we also offer salary sacrifice benefits, watch a short video about what salary packaging is.
  • Guaranteed salary, no need to negotiate pay (see SA Modern Public Sector Enterprise Agreement AHP rates)
  • Access to corporate rates at a range of facilities
  • Reduced cost of living!

Job satisfaction:

  • Vibrant, welcoming and inclusive Allied & Community Health Workforce
  • Diverse job prospects and opportunities for career progression
  • Opportunities to visit more rural and remote communities – providing Regional Service Delivery
  • Opportunity to work as part of discipline specific and multi-disciplinary teams

The Region

When you join our dynamic workforce in the Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network, you will escape the hustle and bustle of city life and be able to take advantage of the endless possibilities for adventure, relaxation, recreation and sightseeing. In the Flinders and Upper North region you can experience cultural diversity, outback locations and regional city conveniences, whilst working to improve the community’s health outcomes and wellbeing.

View the below for more information about working for Flinders and Upper North Local Health Network.

FUNLHN Information Page.pdf

Looking for a change in scenery? – Nursing

Port Augusta is located 3 hours drive north of Adelaide at the top of the Spencer Gulf. Often known as the “Crossroads of Australia”, the junction of 3 major highways. A good-sized country town with real estate opportunities, plenty of shopping facilities, outdoor activities, local cinemas and many eateries. Walking trails, fishing opportunities, natural wonders and heritage sites to explore.

Closing Date for Applications: Saturday 1st June 2024, 11.55pm
Name of Contact Person: Jessica Dendunnen
Telephone Number of Contact Person: 08 8668 7800