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Health Professional Level 2 - Mental Health Clinician

ACT Government Health - Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency
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Health Professional Level 2 - Mental Health Clinician (Job Number: 01W9G)


Job Title: Mental Health Clinician
Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Position Number: 49493
Annual Salary: $67,892 - $93,203
Branch: Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services
Section: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS)
Vacancy Type: Permanent full-time
Closing Date: 25 June 2021
Contact Officer: Delia O'Shea 0435 652 168 Delia.O'Shea@act.gov.au

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

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.
  • Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provide a range of health services from prevention and treatment through to recovery and maintenance at a number of locations and in varied environments for people suffering from mental health issues.
  • Five Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Seven 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, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Overview of the work area and position:
Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance and harm minimisation. Consumer and carer participation is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with consumers, carers and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including peoples’ homes. These services include:

  • Rehabilitation and Speciality Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS)
  • Alcohol & Drug Services (ADS)
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services (JHS)
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provides assessment and treatment for children and young people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues.

Under the direction of the Manager of CAMHS Acute Services the Health Professional Officer positions work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary assertive team to provide assessment and therapeutic intervention to young people at high risk of developing serious, long term mental illness. For example, those experiencing early psychosis and those who are experiencing severe high prevalence mental illness. Health Professional Officers within the unit are expected to be actively involved in professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team. Additionally, the role is required to be available to work within all program areas of CAMHS, as service needs arise.

The role will also require the team member to undertake evening and weekend work, professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:
Mandatory:For Occupational Therapy:
  • Be registered or eligible for registration with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia,
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months paid work experience, post qualification, in a related/relevant organisation/service,
  • Must hold a current Drivers Licence.
For Psychology:
  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Psychology Board of Australia,
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months paid work experience, post qualification, in a related/relevant organisation/service,
  • Must hold a current Drivers Licence .
For Social Work:
Degree in Social Work,
  • Professional membership or eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW),
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months paid work experience, post qualification, in a related/relevant organisation/service,
  • Registration or eligibility for registration under the Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011
  • Must hold a current Drivers Licence.
Highly desirable for all disciplines:
  • Experience in working with children and young people.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
Note: The successful candidate will be required to;
  • Be available for evening and weekend work on a regular rostered basis
  • Be available to work within all program areas of CAMHS as service needs arise
  • Within a recovery framework, provide assertive engagement, assessment, therapeutic intervention, for young people at high risk of developing serious in a long term mental illness.
  • Work collaboratively with young people, their families and carers, the multidisciplinary team and other health and community service providers to develop and implement cohesive, recovery oriented responses to the needs of young people and their families and carers.
  • Provide clinical leadership, support, consultation and liaison to other ACT Health employees and to external health care and community service providers, such as general practitioners and non-government agencies.
  • Maintain high quality health care records, including accurate and timely completion of risk assessments, file notes and outcome measurement tools as to data retention policies and procedures.
  • As an active team member contribute to team development and initiatives and be involved in service development through membership of committees and working parties.
  • Undertake and provide clinical supervision and professional development activities.
  • Work within the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation
  • Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high quality person and family centred, safe and high quality patient care.
Selection Criteria:
These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

1. Demonstrated ability to provide assessment and treatment in a community service / hospital environment to children and adolescents with moderate to severe mental illnesses within a recovery framework.
2. Demonstrated ability to effectively liaise and consult with families, carers and other health professionals and agencies.
3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team and to provide consultation on professional issues to non-clinical staff.
4. Demonstrated participation and willingness to participate in clinical research, quality improvement activities, training, teaching and clinical supervision.
5. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to http://www.health.act.gov.au/employment/how-apply. For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist please contact the Contact Officer above.

Job: Allied Health
Salary Range: 67,892.00 - 93,203.00
Closing Date: 25/Jun/2021, 8:59:00 AM

Canberra, ACT

Government, Defence & Emergency


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