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Career Medical Officer 1

ACT Government Health - Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin

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Full Job Description
Canberra Health Services

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400, 000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including early childhood services, youth and women’s health, dental health, mental health and alcohol and drug services.
Overview of the Work Area and Position
Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provides support to youth and adults via inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, justice health facilities and other community settings, including people’s homes. MHJHADS aims to be socially inclusive and operate within a recovery-focussed and/or harm minimisation approach.

Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS) provides voluntary and involuntary psychiatric care and treatment for people with a mental illness who require hospitalisation.

Services include:
Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) provides a safe and supportive environment for person receiving short term individualised care with acute mental illness or disorder to return to the community.
Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) provides a safe environment for persons experiencing a mental health crisis.
Mental Health Consultation and Liaison (MHCL) provides as mental health triage, crisis and risk assessment, treatment, education and management planning to patients at the Emergency Department, Canberra Hospital.

The successful applicant will have experience in psychiatry, including the assessment and management of people presenting with risk taking behaviours. Opportunities exist for the successful candidate to get experience and contribute to the team across a variety of the settings described above.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:
Relevant registration or be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and proven performance in both undergraduate and postgraduate general practice education and registration is mandatory.
Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks
Current driver licence is preferred

Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other related legislations is desirable.
Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011
Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
Note: The successful applicant may need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work, with access to overtime.


Under limited direction of the Clinical Director you will be expected to participate in the mandatory administrative, governance and training requirements of medical officers within the Division. Emphasis on recovery focus and person-centred care are essential. You will:

Provide specialised assessment and care for people presenting to the AAMH service, within a multidisciplinary setting.
Provide specialised clinical supervision to the AAMHS clinicians.
Teach and supervise psychiatry trainees and Medical students where necessary.
Liaise and collaborate with medical practitioner, voluntary and government agencies concerned with care of adults with mental health problems.
Participate in clinical governance activities and as a medical representative of the Division as required.
Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Proven extensive experience in psychiatry
Demonstrated commitment to the maintenance and further development of skills applicable to the area of specialisation, including involvement in further education and quality assurance activities to the standard expected of a senior career medical officer.
Demonstrated capacity at a senior level to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, whilst providing leadership in clinical care, systems and MDT management and participating in the mandatory requirements of medical officers within the Division.
Demonstrated experience and commitment at a senior level in the provision of teaching at all levels, including medical, nursing, scientific and allied health professional staff, both postgraduate and undergraduates.
Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.

Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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