When are applications due?
Applications for the role of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Youth Mental Health Advocate are due at 9am AEDT, Monday 30 November 2020 via the link HERE
If you need us to adjust the application approach for accessibility, please contact Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can talk through options.
How long does the role go for?
Your position in this role lasts 18 months. This means you’ll be recognised as an Australian Youth Advocate for Mental Health (AYAMH) from the end of 2020, all of 2021 and through to around May 2022.
What do I need to submit with my application?
Your up-to-date CV / resume
The contact details for two referees that can tell us a bit more about you. Preferably one referee is part of the organisation you are affiliated with.
What options are there for me to submit my application?
The application questions are all the application form. You’re welcome to choose one of the following approaches:
Give us a call and tell us your answers over the phone
Video yourself talking through your answers
We’re open to other ways as well - contact us at email@example.com if you’d like to take an approach we haven’t listed here.
What is expected at the in-person meetings?
Sometimes extra activities may be arranged in the evenings (eg walks, team bonding), however these are not compulsory and really depend on how you feel.
Do I organise my own travel, and accommodation?
You will be staying at a hotel near the office in La Trobe Street, Melbourne. headspace National office is a quick 5 minute walk away. If you live in Melbourne, you’re more than welcome to stay with the team at the hotel.
What about meals?
What is expected day to day, outside of in-person meetings?
We’re quite flexible. We try to put Zoom meetings outside of regular work hours, and give you as much time as possible to review or complete tasks by a deadline. We will try our best to consult with the team to find times that suit you, your other commitments, and your mental health. If at any point you need to take a back seat in the project, this is a viable option.
Your first big commitment will be to go through the Visible process, where you’ll be matched with an artist, share your story, and develop a creative expression through collaborative facilitated workshops. We ask that you try and stay up to date with all the emails / information that comes your way to ensure you're in the loop when attending meetings.
What’s the structure of the team?
The Program coordinator who supports the youth participation aspect as well as coordinating parts of the project day-to-day.
The Communications and Marketing Advisor who provides expertise and coordinates aspects of the work relating to communications, PR, media and marketing.
Clinical Support staff who ensure the AYAMH program, the advocates themselves, and the Visible project are clinically safe.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Cultural Support staff who ensure the voices and experiences of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people are heard and that group members from First Nations backgrounds feel supported.
What cultural supports are available for young Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people in the program?
Our program is supported by our Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Participation Advisor who’ll be around at in-person meetings, and working with the team to provide support and advice from a cultural perspective. They will be available to have a yarn to if you need extra support.
How old can you be to apply?
What do I do if I become unwell or my mental health escalates throughout the application and working process?
We really value open communication; from us and from you. Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions, no matter how silly or strange they may seem. If at any point things do escalate, our participation and clinical staff are available to help out. There is always an option to step back from your duties for a little while.
I have never used Zoom. Can someone talk me through this process?
Do I get paid? What are the conditions?
Is this like a regular job?
Not really! While you do get paid for what you do, some weeks will have no work, and others might have four full days of meetings! If assigned work, it’ll be up to you to complete that in your own time, with a member of the team checking progress with you along the way.
If you’re looking for a regular job, this role probably won’t meet your expectations. That considered, you will be paid for all the work you do. This is about recognising you for your expertise, the hard work you put in, and to help make it easier to balance this role with any other work, study or life commitments you might have.
I have some very specific needs in relation to my health or accessibility. Will these be taken into account?
I haven’t been involved in a youth participation or lived experience program with one of the listed organisations, can I still apply?
If you’re not too sure about this, please do contact us to talk through a bit more about what the role involves: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens once I have applied?
Successful applicants will then be contacted by someone from the participation team.
In order to be appointed, you’ll need to complete a Working with Children Check in your state / territory, and a police check via headspace National. Headspace also conducts reference checks and credentialing (we’ll provide more information about this all during the interview stage).
In late 2020, the 12 new advocates will be paired with a Visible creative ally and they will participate in a Visible creative collaboration to gain firsthand experience of the Visible program. This will involve bringing your lived experience and mental health advocacy messages to a series of facilitated online workshops, where an artist will interpret your experiences and produce an artwork that captures your key themes and messages. The 12 advocates will then meet for an initial handover meeting in early 2021. This meeting is planned to occur in Melbourne, depending on any border or physical distancing restrictions. Supported by headspace National staff, former AYAMH members will brief the incoming AYAMH team on the scope of their role for the next 18 months.