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Young Carer Mental Health Clinic Lead

Career Description


We’re Little Dreamers, Australia’s leading non-profit organisation working with Young Carers around the country.

A Young Carer is anyone under the age of 25 who currently provides, or intends to provide, care in their family for a parent or sibling who has a chronic illness, mental illness, disability or addiction.

Founded in 2009 by a Young Carer, we love building and delivering high quality programs that create deep and meaningful impact in the lives of young people providing care in their families. And we’re pretty good at it too. To date, we have supported over 5,000 Young Carers, we deliver eight core programs alongside ad hoc supports, advocacy and community awareness campaigns. We have strong corporate partnership and funding relationships and have raised over $5 million to improve the quality of life for Young Carers around Australia. We have even received recognition from Queen Elizabeth II and have been named as an internationally best practice organisation for Young Carer support.

Our team is made up of 50 incredible humans working across VIC, NSW, QLD and SA. We are humble, hungry and kind and work hard to reach our goals. We believe in a world where every single Young Carer is supported by someone or something by 2030. Sounds fun right?!

By joining the Dream Team, you will play an integral part in supporting young people who often miss out on having a childhood.

A bit about the role:

The Young Carer Mental Health Clinic (YCMHC) is a comprehensive health and wellbeing offering, designed to address the unique mental health needs of Young Carers. 

The YCMHC is a comprehensive and holistic approach to supporting Young Carers, offering a wide range of therapeutic offerings from counselling to art and play therapy, addressing emotional wellbeing alongside physical and social health. 

We are now on the hunt for a passionate individual to lead our YCMHC in Victoria. This role is responsible for the design, development and successful launch of the YCMHC, including but not limited to program design; consultations with clinicians; working to pre-set KPIs; engaging with existing funders; hiring and training a team of clinicians; and ensuring that Young Carer voice is represented throughout. 

This role requires a combination of clinical expertise, project management skills, and experience in program design and budget management.

Let’s talk about you!

You hold a degree in psychology, social work, or a related field (with postgraduate qualifications preferred) and have extensive experience in delivering clinical or therapeutic services, particularly to young people. You possess knowledge of various therapeutic modalities and have proven experience in managing and reporting on budgets. Additionally, you have a track record of managing projects from inception to completion, strong organisational skills, and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks and stakeholders. A deep understanding of the challenges faced by young carers and a commitment to improving their mental health and well-being is crucial. The ability to manage competing priorities and meet deadlines is also necessary.

Core responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to:

Project Management, Design and Development:

  • Develop a detailed project plan outlining key milestones from concept to launch;
  • Coordinate with stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, community organisations, and funding bodies;
  • Oversee the implementation of the project plan, ensuring timelines and budgets are adhered to;
  • Create a comprehensive service delivery model that includes individual and group-based therapeutic services; 
  • Register the YCMHC with relevant bodies for revenue generation including Medicare and Private Health Insurance; and
  • Ensure that the clinic’s design aligns with best practices in mental health care for Young Carers.

Therapeutic Service Delivery:

  • Design, develop and launch the Little Dreamers Delivery Model for a range of therapeutic services, including psychology, art therapy, and play therapy;
  • Ensure services are evidence-based and tailored to meet the specific needs of Young Carers; and
  • Recruit a team of qualified therapists and clinical staff.

Budget Management:

  • Develop and manage the clinics budget, ensuring financial sustainability;
  • Prepare regular budget reports and updates for senior management;

Risk Management:

  • Identify potential risks associated with the clinic’s operations and develop mitigation strategies; 
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and standards;
  • Implement policies and procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of clients and staff.

Evaluation and Reporting:

  • Establish metrics and evaluation processes to assess the clinic’s impact and effectiveness.
  • Prepare regular reports on the clinic’s performance for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Use feedback to continuously improve the clinic’s services and operations.

Other duties as required by the CEO

Key Selection Criteria
  1. A degree in psychology, social work, or a related field (postgraduate qualifications preferred)
  2. Extensive experience delivering clinical or therapeutic services, preferably to young people
  3. Knowledge of a range of therapeutic modalities
  4. Proven experience managing and reporting on budgets
  5. Proven experience in managing projects from inception to completion
  6. Strong organisational skills and the ability to coordinate multiple tasks and stakeholders
  7. A deep understanding of the challenges faced by young carers and a commitment to improving their mental health and well-being
  8. Ability to manage competing priorities and ability to work to a deadline

We’ll be stoked if you also have this experience or knowledge:

  1. Understanding of the carer or Young Carer space
  2. Direct experience working with vulnerable young people
  3. Lived experience as a Young Carer

We’re looking for someone who is committed to being a humble, hungry and kind human, who is friendly, excited by the Little Dreamers purpose and mission, positive, proactive and action-oriented.


When you join the Little Dreamers Team, you join a community of people committed to making a difference. We come together with shared values, passion and a collaborative culture. We are a rapidly growing organisation with access to a lot of development opportunities. We operate within a leadership structure that accepts and embraces everyone’s ideas and hard work to create the world that we want to see for Young Carers.  

You also get access to salary sacrifice packaging, internal EAP program,  up to 10 days of paid carers leave, and generous parental leave packages.

Finally, we care as much about you as we do about our Young Carers. The Little Dreamers team is a family and we offer flexible working and regular team bonding events.

Application Process

Get your Resume and Cover Letter ready and show us how your skills and experiences make you the perfect person to fill this position. None of this “To whom it may concern” stuff – show us what you’ve got!

Email your application (resume and cover letter) to careers@littledreamers.org.au with the subject line: Young Carer Mental Health Clinic Lead

Shortlisted applicants will be notified and we’ll begin the interview process which may consist of a phone chat and then probably some more traditional interviews (they’ll be fun, don’t you worry).


This position is classified as a Level 7, permanent part time (22.8 hours per week) employee under the Social Community Home Care and Disability Industry Award 2010 (MA000100). 

The Little Dreamers team lives, works and plays on Aboriginal land. Our HQ is located on the land of the Woi Wurrung and Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, and we share our respect to elders past, present and emerging leaders. To learn more about Wurundjeri history, head to www.wurundjeri.com.au

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