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Academic Lead, Mental Health Strategy

Melbourne, Australia
$140,433 - $186,288 pa (pro-rata) plus 17% super
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

Job Details

Job no: 0053147
Location: Parkville
Role type: Part-time (0.5/0.6FTE); Fixed-term until 30 April 2026
Faculty: Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
Department/School: Melbourne Medical School
Salary: Academic C – $ $140,433 - $161,926 pa (pro-rata) | Academic D – $169,094 - $186,288 pa (pro-rata) plus 17% super + Clinical Loading - $19,608 

  • Lead development and implementation of mental health education programs
  • Aligns with Victoria's Mental Health System recommendations, fostering comprehensive care
  • Salary packaging, subsidised health and wellbeing services, fitness and cultural clubs, Myki discounts, and a 25% discount on graduate courses to our staff and their immediate families!

About the Role

The Academic Lead for the Mental Health Strategy at the Melbourne Children’s Campus spearheads the development and implementation of health professional education programs aligned with the campus's Mental Health Strategy. Collaborating closely with key stakeholders, the role focuses on identifying needs, creating content, and researching outcomes. As a pivotal member of the Mental Health Strategy Implementation Team, the Academic Lead ensures effective realisation of educational goals campus-wide.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Lead the development, curation and delivery of education activities and resources to support the Mental Health Strategy working closely with consumers, key stakeholders and end-users. Educational activities and resources may include face-to-face and online education sessions, Communities of Practice and technology-enhanced learning methods such as podcasting, or multimedia education on existing learning platforms, supported by job aides, guidelines or other self-directed learning materials. 
  • Lead the implementation of new education initiatives or projects and develop capacity and tools on Campus to sustain education initiatives in the longer term. 
  • Participate in relevant education related activities in the Department of Paediatrics (Department) and across the broader Campus. 
  • Lead the development of the education research strategy, and education research activities for the Mental Health Strategy. 

Who We Are Looking For

The ideal candidate demonstrates highly developed interpersonal skills, effectively communicating and collaborating with clinical, academic colleagues, and diverse stakeholders to design and implement strategy activities. They also excel in teamwork, contributing to achieving outstanding educational outcomes. 

You will also have:

  • PhD or equivalent 
  • A health professional qualification with AHPRA registration in Australia (or eligibility for registration) 
  • Experience and training in infant, child and adolescent mental health (including knowledge and experience in assessment and treatment and the principles of family-centred and trauma-informed care.)
  • Ability to engage, work with and integrate lived experience and peer support roles and consumers (children, young people) and their carers and families in co-design, consultation, and implementation. 
  • Experience in delivery of mental health education to a multidisciplinary audience 

For further information regarding responsibilities and requirements, please refer to the attached PD.

This role requires that the successful candidate must undergo and maintain an up-to-date Working with Children Check. This is essential to guarantee a secure environment for all individuals at the University. In the case the selected candidate doesn't have a valid Working with Children Check, they will be able to apply for the WWCC as part of the initial onboarding procedures.

Please note: Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. This role requires current valid work rights for Australia.

Your New Team – Department of Paediatrics

The Department of Paediatrics, a flagship representation of the University's partnership with the Royal Children's Hospital, offers a unique opportunity for impactful work in child and adolescent health. With a diverse team of academic and professional staff, the department is dedicated to delivering high-quality teaching and research. As a member of this department, you will contribute to shaping child and youth health policy at a national and state level, making a significant difference in the lives of children, adolescents, and their families. 

What We Offer You!

In addition, we offer the opportunity to be part of a vibrant community and enjoy a range of benefits, including generous leave provisions, salary packaging, health and well-being services and discounts on graduate courses. For more information, check out our benefits page!

About the University of Melbourne

We’re tightly connected with the community, both at home and abroad. We take pride in our people, who all contribute to our mission to benefit society through the transformative impact of education and research. Discover more via our website and stay connected with our stories and people on LinkedIn.   

Be Yourself

The University of Melbourne values the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community and welcomes and celebrates diversity.  First Nations people, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, parents, carers, people of all ages, abilities and genders, and people of diverse ethnicity, nationality and faith are encouraged to apply. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live. For more information please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.

We are dedicated to ensuring barrier free and inclusive practices to recruit the most talented candidates. If you require reasonable adjustments, please contact the employee listed on the first page of the Position Description found below, with an email containing your name and contact details for a confidential discussion. Please ensure your email is titled "Reasonable Adjustments Request".

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

We aspire to be the University of choice for Indigenous Australians, with unprecedented investment to attract, nurture and retain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and staff. Tangible support through a range of programs and initiatives will ensure that you personally succeed and flourish while at the University of Melbourne.

For further information, including our 2023-2027 Indigenous strategy please visit -

Join Us!

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with the following documents: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter outlining your interest and experience
  • The responses against the Selection Criteria^ (found in the Position Description)

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

If you have any questions regarding the recruitment process, please feel free to contact Walid via email at, ensuring that you include the Position Number and the Job Title as the subject. Please do not share your application to this email address.

If you have any particular questions regarding the job please follow the details listed on the Position Description.

Position Description

Applications close: 05 Jun 2024 11:55 PM AUS Eastern Standard Time


The University of Melbourne enjoys an outstanding reputation with world rankings consistently placing us as Australia’s leading comprehensive research-intensive university, and one of the world’s top 50*.

Melbourne attracts the best and brightest students and researchers and, with a history of over 160 years, we occupy a special place at the heart of our city’s cultural scene.

Melbourne is a leading research university, widely renowned for its teaching and the social and economic contributions it makes through knowledge transfer. The University’s performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education in the Asia-Pacific and beyond.

Internationally, the University is consistently ranked among the leading universities in the world, with its international peers placing it in the top 20 worldwide, and employers placing it in the top 10. In the recent Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 200 universities, Melbourne ranked top in Australia and 33 in the world.

Melbourne’s international research pre-eminence was also acknowledged with a top 100 ranking in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings. Ranked No. 44 in 2015, the University has climbed steadily in the rankings since first appearing at No. 92 in 2003.

The Melbourne Model introduces undergraduate programs characterised by both breadth and depth, followed by a graduate professional degree, a research higher degree or entry directly into employment.

In 2008 Melbourne commenced offering six New Generation undergraduate degrees in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Environments, Music and Science. The Melbourne Model also introduces a new graduate school experience to Australia, providing the best and brightest with a more focused, intense and professionally relevant degree in areas such as Law, Architecture, Teaching and Nursing. With the Melbourne curriculum now aligning the University with the world’s top universities in Europe, North America and Asia, we enable our students to develop the skills and attributes required by employers all over the world.

More than 50,000 students from over 120 countries take courses in the University’s 12 faculties and graduate schools.

For more information please visit:

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015 – 2016 and Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015

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