Consortium Chairperson

Employer: Flourish Australia

headspace is an exciting initiative funded by the Primary Health Network designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people (12 – 25 years). Using an early intervention approach, headspace utilises a “wrap-around” service model specifically to meet the needs of young people at risk of developing mental illness, substance use disorders or other issues. 

 

headspace Parramatta/Castle Hill is made possible through the collaboration and contribution of a range of local service providers, led by Flourish Australia forming the headspace Parramatta/ Castle Hill Consortium. The Consortium provides expertise, support and advice to support the strategic operation of headspace Parramatta/ Castle Hill. 

 

The Independent Chairperson will provide leadership to the Consortium, ensuring members work effectively together to best achieve the mission of headspace Parramatta/ Castle Hill. 

 

Mission and Objectives 

The mission of headspace Parramatta/ Castle Hill is to improve young people’s mental, social and emotional wellbeing through the provision of high quality, integrated services when and where they are needed. 

 

headspace Parramatta/ Castle Hill does this by: 

  • offering a range of integrated comprehensive services across four core platforms: primary health, mental health, drug & alcohol services and educational/vocational support 
  • assisting young people to reconnect to their family / carer / friends and community 
  • undertaking health promotion activities that increase community awareness of the headspace Centres and an understanding of mental health with the aim of encouraging help seeking behaviour in young people 
  • engaging in community development initiatives that challenge the stigma of mental illness, encourage social inclusion and promote the well-being of young people 
  • supporting the development of a more youth-friendly and mental health proficient workforce 
  • undertaking advocacy to address issues affecting young people and effect service sector reform 
  • underpinning our work with a commitment to youth participation – supporting young people to actively contribute to the development, implementation and evaluation of programs which affect their well-being 

 

Conditions: 

Location: headspace Parramatta/Castle Hill

 

Employment Status: This is a voluntary position, supported by Flourish Australia as lead agency of the headspace Parramatta/ Castle Hill consortium. 

 

Commitment: The Consortium meets bimonthly on a Wednesday for 2 hours from 10.30am to 12pm. There may be occasions where this is more frequent.  Reading of information and consultation around agenda and minutes will be required between meetings. 

 

Remuneration: Nil. 

Tenure: 2 years

 

Organisational Relationships and Support: 

This position is accountable to the Chief Executive of Flourish Australia, Lead Agency for headspace Parramatta/Castle Hill.

 

Responsibilities: 

The duties and responsibilities of the Chairperson include: 

  • presiding at meetings of the Consortium and ensuring that business is conducted efficiently and that meetings are conducted properly including formation of sub-committee structure when required 
  • supporting members of the Consortium to understand and discharge their roles, responsibilities and accountabilities and to build skills and capabilities necessary for the Consortium to fulfil its obligations 
  • encouraging and enabling participation by all members of the Consortium including ensuring Consortium workload is shared between all members 
  • ensuring meetings focus on the strategic and advisory role as defined in the Terms of Reference 
  • ensuring that there is an effective process for identifying and managing conflicts of interest 
  • ensuring that members operate in an ethically, environmentally and socially responsible fashion 
  • Represent headspace Parramatta/ Castle Hill as required 

 

Skills (Selection Criteria): 

  • Demonstrable leadership experience 
  • Experience as a Chairperson in a range of different roles 
  • Sound knowledge of governance requirements and processes 
  • A collaborative style of decision making 
  • Effective communications skills 
  • Knowledge of community-based organisations 
  • Demonstrated interest in the health and wellbeing of young people 
  • Independence – not currently employed by Flourish Australia. 

For more information contact:

Name: Aniela Gokiert - Clinical & Operations Manager
Phone: 0427 942 576
Email: Aniela.Gokiert@flourishaustralia.org.au