Fortem Careers: Psychologist/Clinical Psychologist/Social Worker

Do you want to be part of an exciting not-for-profit committed to making a difference in the community?

As an evidence-based community support organisation, Fortem Australia (Fortem) provides Australia’s first responder families (working as employees or volunteers) with comprehensive and integrated wellbeing support.

Our Mission: We support first responder families to proactively look after their wellbeing and mental fitness.

Psychologist - Fortem Careers

Who we are and what we believe


We empower our employees to deliver services that achieve measurable and positive outcomes for those we support, while ensuring collective advocacy and collaboration towards our mission.


Our can-do mindset, resiliency, and emphasis on simple but effective methods, encourages and enables us to be focused on our delivery of impactful change.


Our open-mindedness to different ideas, best practice solutions, and drive to hire the best people, ensures we can be adaptable yet united towards our purpose to provide the best outcomes for each other and for those we support.

A role that makes a difference in people's lives...

Multiple Psychologist/Clinical Psychologist/Social Worker positions available, based in Bega, Wollongong, Port Macquarie and Varsity Lakes. 

The positions are fixed term, part time role (22.8 hours per week/3 days per week) with a contract end date of 31 December 2021 with the potential for extension.

In this role, you will support the success of Fortem by providing high quality clinical services via both traditional face-to-face and telehealth forums to emergency service families involved in the Bushfire response in 2019-20.

What you will be doing

  • Provide locally delivered and telehealth treatment, education, and trauma-informed activities to the serving members and their families
  • Play an active role in the intake assessment, triaging and suicide prevention of clients engaging with Fortem Australia.
  • Deliver treatment via individual, group, couples, and family therapy. This includes adjusting psychological interventions to the needs of the client within the scope of current best practice.
  • Participate in program evaluation and research activities.
  • Embed trauma-informed and consumer-focused care principles in localised activities and therapies.
  • Operate as a part of a multidisciplinary care team for Fortem’s cohort and liaise with the consumer, other health professional and community supports to ensure they receive the most comprehensive care plan
  • Participate in service promotion activities and provide feedback to Fortem Australia about the community presence, impact, and continued need for support service provisions for emergency service families.

What the role requires

  • Current registration with Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency (AHPRA) and Psychology Board of Australia. Clinical endorsement desirable.
  • Mental Health accredited Social Worker, registered with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Current working with children check.
  • Varied clinical experience, particularly with PTSD and other psychiatric conditions, including complex and at-risk presentations.
  • Minimum of 2 years of clinical experience.
  • Experience with implementation of psychological therapies with children, adolescence, adults, couples, families, and groups.
  • Demonstrated high level skills in intake, biopsychosocial and risk assessment, triage and safety planning and case management.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a changing and complex environment.
  • Excellent attention to detail and administration skills.
  • Intermediate or above level of competency with Microsoft Office.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a virtual and in person team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate with individuals and groups from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Ability to work after hours as required.
  • Current working with vulnerable people card/working with children check.

What we can offer you

  • Supportive and challenging work environment in an exciting community support organisation.
  • Capacity to work with the whole person and the family network across a stepped model of wellbeing activities, education and intervention.
  • Liaison and relationship building with emergency service agencies at the coalface to improve wellbeing, welfare and mental health of service members and their families.
  • Opportunity to work in a diverse role with considerable autonomy.
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Generous salary packaging benefits.
  • Additional annual leave which includes birthday leave and Christmas shutdown period.

Are you ready to make a difference?

To apply to this exciting opportunity, please email a copy of your resume and a cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to careers@fortemaustralia.org.au.