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Schools mental health pilot set for take off

Mental health pilot starts to take off
4 July 2022

Applications are open for mental health and learning support specialists for a new pilot program that will launched in the state's public schools .

The department is looking to employ around 55 school mental health practitioners, including senior professionals to provide supervision and support.

School mental health practitioners will provide an early intervention service, but they won't provide clinical diagnosis or treatment.

People who're seeking to take part in the pilot program could have a background in psychology, social work, occupational therapy, nursing or similar.

The school mental health service is in addition to services and staff that are already in public schools, and won't replace or duplicate what they do. 

They'll work across select secondary and primary schools as part of a statewide pilot program.

The pilot schools are located in three metropolitan locations: 

  • Western Adelaide – Ocean View College and Le Fevre High School
  • Southern Adelaide – Seaford Secondary College and local primary schools
  • Northern Adelaide – Para Hills High School and Parafield Gardens High School

Plus three regional locations :

  • Lower Mid-North – Balaklava High School and Clare High School
  • Upper Mid-North – John Pirie Secondary College and local primary schools
  • South East – Penola High School and local primary schools.

Following the pilot, the service will be refined and then expanded during 2023.

The pilot will commence during term three, of 2022.