Clinical Educator

About us

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

At Orygen, our leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.

The company has three members: the Colonial Foundation, The University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health.

The University of Melbourne has an agreement with Orygen for designated employees to be made available to undertake activities for Orygen, and this arrangement will apply to you. University employees working at Orygen are required at all times to continue to adhere to University policies, procedures, regulations and statutes, as well as to Orygen policies and procedures, but the University’s policies and procedures shall prevail in the event of any inconsistency. For the period of participating in activities at Orygen, you will be subject to the reasonable control and direction of Orygen. You consent to the University disclosing to Orygen your personal employment information solely for the purposes of facilitating your secondment to Orygen, and that such disclosure will not be a breach of any of your privacy rights.

A clinical educator works within a dynamic team of clinicians and academics who contribute their skills and knowledge to the service innovation, workforce development and research translation initiatives of Orygen. These initiatives are undertaken by Orygen’s Research and Translation staff in order to grow the capacity of the youth mental health (YMH) workforce to improve the lives of young people experiencing mental ill-health.

In collaboration with the research and translation team, the clinical educator will plan, develop and deliver evidence-based workforce education programs to the YMH workforce, including face-to-face training, seminars, factsheets, manuals, text books, online modules and more.

You will report to, and work under the direction of the National Projects Manager, Research and Translation.

The role

Full-time fixed term position available for 12 months​

In collaboration with the research and translation team, the clinical educator will:

  • Plan, develop and deliver evidence-based workforce education programs to the youth mental health workforce, including: face-to-face training, lectures, seminars, mentoring and supervision; YMH products and services, such as factsheets, manuals, text books, scholarly articles, research projects, online modules; online training, lectures, seminars mentoring and supervision; and related administration assessment, marking, evaluations and reports.
  • Provide consulting services to support YMH service innovation, such as site visits, mentoring, advocacy, needs analysis, reviews, audits, reports and recommendations, with direction and support from senior research and translation staff.
  • Negotiate and prioritise workload with supervisor and other staff responsible for initiatives and projects to enable the successful delivery of initiatives and projects.
  • Travel nationally and internationally as required for the successful delivery of initiatives and projects.
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively and appropriately with staff, stakeholders and key dependencies within Orygen and external partners and clients in Australia and overseas.
  • Contribute thought leadership to influence decision making processes, such as quality and continuous improvement and organisational planning and reporting.
  • Maintain professional certification and accreditation and undertake professional practice, professional development and/or research in order to maintain currency in existing expert skills and knowledge and to acquire new expert skills and knowledge.
  • Any other tasks as indicated by the Director or leadership group of Research and Translation.

About you


  • Tertiary qualifications in psychology, occupational therapy, nursing or social work.
  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency or equivalent registering authority.
  • A youth-friendly, optimistic and professional approach to work and a passion and commitment to achieving positive change in Youth Mental Health.
  • An advanced level of skill in youth mental health clinical practice, including assessment, case formulation and intervention across a range of diagnostic categories, demonstrated experience at a senior clinician/clinical coordinator or extensive clinical experience within an autonomous role.
  • A robust knowledge of the rationale, current evidence base and treatments for early intervention in youth mental health.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop, implement and evaluate knowledge transfer and training activities for the youth mental health workforce. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of consultation processes and issues related to provision of consultation to external agencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with clinicians, community workers and managers across a range of organisations and foster effective working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively lead, develop, implement and evaluate projects.
  • Experience, interest and knowledge of research and its role in knowledge development and service improvement.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal).


  • Ability to prepare written reports and submissions.
  • Well developed analytical and evaluation skills.
  • A working knowledge of community-based organisations and human services organisations.
  • A commitment to ongoing professional development: maintains and develops knowledge through access to current literature, continuing education, supervision and attendance at seminars conferences etc.
  • Understanding of Acts and legislation relevant to working with young people in a mental health setting.
  • Knowledge of relevant guidelines, plans and strategies related to the mental health service system (E.g. Victorian Mental Health Reform Strategy, National Standards for Mental Health Services, etc.)
  • Experience across various health service jurisdictions locally within Australia and internationally.

To apply

Please submit your resume, cover letter and a supporting statement that addresses the key selection criteria to using the subject line Clinical Educator.

For further information about the role, please contact: Caroline Crlenjak, National Projects Manager, Research and Translation at

Closing Date for Applications: 01 May 2019

Orygen is an equal opportunity employer. We are dedicated to attracting, developing and retaining our staff irrespective of gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability and age. Applications are encouraged from all sectors of the community. We strongly encourage applications from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

Orygen reserves the right to close the advertisement before this date is reached. Therefore, it is encouraged that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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