Associate Lecturer in Rural Mental Health Education

Wangaratta, Australia
Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super
13 May 2022
End of advertisement period
02 Jun 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Wangaratta
Role type: Full time (part-time negotiable); Fixed-term till December 2023
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Rural Health 
Salary: Level A – $75,289 – $102,163 p.a. plus 17% super

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About the Department of Rural Health

The Department of Rural Health is a department within the Melbourne Medical School at the University of Melbourne. The Department is based in Shepparton, Ballarat, Bendigo (in partnership with Monash University and La Trobe University) and Wangaratta and has associations with more than 40 smaller rural towns in Victoria.

The Department of Rural Health is a rural health training program aimed at supporting, enhancing and increasing the recruitment, retention and quality of the rural health workforce in Victoria. This position is available in the University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) program which supports nursing and allied health student placements, provides education in Aboriginal Health, and undertakes rural health research.

About the Role

The UDRH seeks an educator to develop, support and teach into community-based rural mental health and wellbeing student placements for its newly funded project, Mental Health and Wellbeing for Remote and Aboriginal Victorians. The role works from an interprofessional, service learning model to support and educate students to provide rural mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention in grassroots community groups in more rural areas of northeast Victoria. The position is funded as part of a larger project across rural Victoria focusing on student placements in mental health and wellbeing.

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Develop interprofessional service learning placements in wellbeing and mental health and wellbeing promotion, prevention and early intervention in rural communities east of Wangaratta.
  • Provide student orientation and facilitate mental health and wellbeing education for students to prepare them to provide tailored mental health and wellbeing promotion, prevention and early intervention with specific groups in rural communities. 
  • Recruit and manage casual supervisors for specific student placements, train supervisors for service learning placements and ensure supervisors focus on student learning needs.
  • Ensure placements are evaluated by students, supervisors, participants and other stakeholders.

Please note a job share arrangement is possible so if you are interested in this position but only wish to work part-time, please apply.

About You

You are a confident communicator with high-level interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships with community organisations, health services and community stakeholders in rural communities.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • Tertiary qualification in Nursing, Allied Health, Community Development or similar discipline
  • Demonstrated experience of developing partnerships with stakeholders in a rural community setting
  • Experience of providing education in mental health and wellbeing at the tertiary level
  • Experience of supporting and supervising student placements and practicums
  • Knowledge of evidence and current research on rural workforce issues in Australia

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us

In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself

At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, we are currently prioritising applications with current valid working rights in Australia and candidates who are not affected by travel restrictions. Please see the latest updates to Australia's immigration and border arrangements:

The University of Melbourne is required to comply with applicable health guidance and directions issued from the Victoria Health Minister. The University of Melbourne requires all University of Melbourne employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless an exemption order applies. All applicants therefore must meet this requirement when submitting an application.

Position Description: 0056025 Assoc Lecturer in Rural Mental Health Education PD.pdf

Applications close: 02 June 2022 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time