Associate Lecturer, Rural Mental Health Education

Wangaratta, Australia
$77,171 – $104,717 p.a. (pro-rata for part time) plus 17% super
12 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
28 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Location: Wangaratta
Role type: Full time/Part time (0.5 FTE) - one full time role or two part-time roles available; Fixed-term until 31 December 2023
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Department of Rural Health, Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Level A – $77,171 – $104,717 p.a. (pro-rata for part time) plus 17% super

The University of Melbourne would like to acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which our campuses are situated, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung Peoples, the Yorta Yorta Nation, the Dja Dja Wurrung People. We acknowledge that the land on which we meet and learn was the place of age-old ceremonies, of celebration, initiation and renewal, and that the local Aboriginal Peoples have had and continue to have a unique role in the life of these lands.

About the Department of Rural Health, Melbourne Medical School

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

The key purpose of the Department is to provide professional health education and research training in a rural context with an aim to increase the rural health workforce.

About the Role

This position is available within 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.  Part of this program supports nursing and allied health students from all universities to come to rural Victoria for a clinical placement as part of their health degree. 

The Going Rural Health team have been supporting rural placements for many years and this position will work with the team and their structures and processes.

Going Rural Health seeks an educator to develop, support and teach into community-based rural mental health and wellbeing student placements for its Mental Health and Wellbeing for Remote and Aboriginal Victorians project. 

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 community settings in northeast Victoria.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engaging with health services, community groups and local organisations in Myrtleford, Mansfield, Benalla and other small communities in the region to identify student placement opportunities.
  • Recruiting Nursing and Allied Health students for these mental health and wellbeing placements.
  • Developing and providing student orientation and facilitate mental health and wellbeing education for students.
  • Supporting students throughout their placement with access to accommodation, financial support, mentoring, tutoring and general support as required. 

About You

You will have experience providing education in mental health and wellbeing. You will have demonstrated experience in developing partnerships with stakeholders in a rural community setting.

You will also have:

  • Tertiary qualification in Nursing, Allied Health, Community Development or similar discipline
  • Experience of supporting and supervising student placements and practicums
  • Knowledge of evidence and current research on rural workforce issues in Australia
  • High-level interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • A Victorian driver’s licence.

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

Please note: To be considered for this role you must have current valid work rights for Australia.

About the University

The University of Melbourne 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.

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, 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
  • Funds towards your professional development

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Be Yourself

We value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and encourage and celebrate diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages, with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse people are encouraged to apply. 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 apply with your CV and cover letter outlining your interest and experience.  Please note that you are not required to provide responses against the selection criteria in the Position Description.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact us at

Applications close: 28 March 2023 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Daylight Time

Position description: 0056025_Associate Lecturer in Rural Mental Health Education_PD.pdf