Job advertisement: Mental Health Promotion Officer

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Do you have an interest in working directly with people and building positive relationships? Are you a compassionate person who enjoys communicating with and helping others from different backgrounds? If you’re passionate about helping your community and improving the lifestyles of individuals, you might consider a career in health promotion.

Read the job advertisement for a Mental Health Promotion Officer to get an idea of what this type of role involves, and what employers look for in applicants.

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Rural Refugee Outreach Centre. Now hiring: Mental Health Promotion Officer

Mental Health Promotion Officer

Rural Refugee Outreach Centre

Waldein, VIC, Australia

  • Full time
  • $90,885 gross salary* p.a.
  • Generous superannuation contribution
  • Leave loading and salary packaging*
  • Based in Waldein, with regular travelling (personal vehicle required)

About the role:

The Mental Health Promotion Officer’s role will be focused on increasing the mental health literacy* of the refugee population in Salty Shire and surrounding areas. They will do so by working with our Health Team to deliver mental health promotion* initiatives. They will also be responsible for working directly with community members with a refugee background, building positive relationships and providing support.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Developing and strengthening partnerships between state and national support foundations* and the local refugee community, focusing on mental health promotion
  • Collaborating with local healthcare providers to deliver mental health services
  • Delivering mental wellbeing workshops and group programs, as well as providing support to community members on an individual level
  • Researching the latest data and studies on mental health (with a focus on the refugee community) to support the Centre’s work in mental health education and promotion
  • Helping to plan, evaluate and report on our Mental Health Promotion Strategy to ensure any project plans and other work are in line with the strategy’s principles, goals, and objectives
  • Coordinating with external stakeholders* to obtain funding for mental health programs and workshops

About you:

You have a degree in health promotion, public health, or social work. You are committed to mental health promotion, human rights issues, and refugee rights. You can work collaboratively with a diverse range of people (peers, colleagues, community members, and external stakeholders) both online and in-person. You have good interpersonal and cross-cultural communication* skills and can work effectively both within a team and independently. You have excellent organisational and time management skills. An ability to communicate effectively in any additional community languages is also desirable.

To be considered for this role, applicants must provide a satisfactory Police Check, a current Employee Working with Children Check*, a current valid driver’s licence, and proof of the right to live and work in Australia.

Applicants must submit:

  • Their resume
  • A brief cover letter that addresses the selection criteria (no more than two pages).

FAQ transcript


Mental health promotion is just one small area of health promotion. Health promotion refers to “the process of enabling people to increase control over, and to improve, their health” (International Conference on Health Promotion, 1986).

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has divided health promotion into four elements:

  1. Good governance: The idea is that governments should prioritise legislation that protects people from illness and/or injury (for example, passing legislation to reduce pollution, or introducing taxes on things like tobacco).
  2. Health literacy: giving people the knowledge, skills and information to make their own healthy choices (for example, what food they should eat). This also allows people to help improve the health of others in their community and hold governments accountable when it comes to creating health equity.
  3. Healthy settings/healthy cities: Healthy cities are a gateway to healthier countries, and ultimately, a healthier world. Healthy cities mean using urban planning and local governance to build up and maintain the healthy lifestyles of communities (for example, making your local area more walkable to promote fitness and accessibility).
  4. Social mobilisation: raising awareness of and demand for better health care. It also includes things like delivering resources and services and managing individual and community involvement (for example, a group of young people advocating for better sexual health education at their school).


International Conference on Health Promotion (1986), Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion, World Health Organisation website, accessed 30 January 2023.

World Health Organisation (circa 2016), Health promotion, World Health Organisation website, accessed 30 January 2023.

World Health Organisation (2016), Health promotion (Q&A), World Health Organisation website, accessed 30 January 2023.

Badge for the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 3 'Good health and Well-being' Health promotion is also linked to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It particularly relates to SDG 3, ‘Good Health and Wellbeing’, which means ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages. Some targets include things like reducing the number of deaths and illnesses caused by hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination by 2030.

Source: United Nations (2022), Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages, United Nations SDGs website, accessed 30 January 2023.


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