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Health Professional Level 3 - Eating Disorders Day Program: Dietitian

ACT Government Health - Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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Health Professional Level 3 - Eating Disorders Day Program: Dietitian (Job Number: 01WBT)


Job Title: Eating Disorders Day Program: Dietitian
Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Position Number: 52121
Annual Salary: $95,883 - $101,033 (up to $106,044 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Branch: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) - Eating Disorders Clinical Hub
Division: Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS)
Vacancy Type: Temporary part-time (18.375 hours per week)
Duration: Six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.
Closing Date: 25 June 2021
Contact Officer: Kalvinder Bains (02) 5124 3133 Kalvinder.Bains@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) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: https://www.health.act.gov.au/

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 several 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)
The Eating Disorder Clinical Hub (The Hub) is part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) Program within the Division of Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS)

The Hub is a specialist community based single point of entry service for children, adolescents and adults who are experiencing an eating disorder as their primary presenting issue. The Hub’s core business includes, assessment and treatment, group psychotherapy, consultation and liaison, education and training and system integration to strengthen eating disorders services across the Territory.
The Hub is seeking 0.50FTE Dietitian. The position is temporary for six months with a possibility of permanency

The successful applicant will be based within The Eating Disorders Clinical Hub and will provide nutritional expertise to the newly established Eating Disorders Day Program and The Hub. The Day Program will focus on supporting individuals to establish regular and adequate eating, through the provision of supported meals and group psychotherapy focusing on psychoeducation, motivation, distress tolerance, and improving quality of life. The Day program will have in-reach and step-down capabilities from medical wards and step up from the specialist eating disorder program.
Under the direction of the Senior Manager of the Eating Disorders Clinical Hub, the successful application will conduct comprehensive nutritional assessments, therapeutic group interventions and provide evidence-based interventions within a multidisciplinary and recovery framework. The ability to provide meal supervision, and therapeutic group interventions to educate and promote healthy living behaviours is essential.

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

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.
Behavioural Capabilities
  • Commitment to achieving positive outcomes for all people and their families and carers.
  • Ability to respond to and prioritise competing demands in a calm and efficient manner while maintaining high work standards.
  • High level written and oral communication skills. Additionally, ability to communicate at different levels with multiple stakeholders i.e. from consumers to other health professionals.
  • Tertiary qualifications in Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Eligibility for membership of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia.
  • Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.
  • A current unrestricted drivers’ licence
Highly desirable for all disciplines:
  • Experience and or knowledge of Eating Disorders
  • Experience working with children, young people, and adults with a Mental Illness.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional after-hours work, with access to time off in lieu.
  • 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.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Undergo reference checks.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
The successful candidate will be required to;
  • Be available to work within all program areas of CAMHS as service needs arise
  • Be available for weekend and on call work when necessary.
Note: This is a temporary part-time position available at (18.375) hours per week for six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.. The above full-time salary will be pro-rata. Appointment may be made upon written application only.

Under limited direction of the Senior Manager for the Eating Disorders Clinical Hub the Dietitian:

  • Conduct recovery orientated nutritional assessment, intake and evidence-based interventions, including group psychotherapy for people with eating disorders and co-morbid mental health presentations within a community and hospital setting, including developing treatment plans in collaboration with individuals and their families/carers and multidisciplinary team
  • Provide meal supervision and promotion of collaborative evidence-based treatment approaches within a recovery and multidisciplinary framework
  • Develop and facilitate in-services, training and education on nutrition and eating disorders, comorbid mental health issues and health promotion to stakeholders, carers/families, government and non-government organisations
  • Provide clinical leadership, support, consultation and liaison to carers/ families and other Government, Non-Government, and external community service providers
  • 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, participate in clinical supervision, professional development activities, clinical governance, quality improvement, monitoring, research, and evaluation of care.
  • Work within the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation.
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.
These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

1. Proven ability to conduct recovery orientated nutritional assessment and provide evidence-based treatments, for individuals with eating disorders and/or complex comorbidity mental health presentations in a hospital and/or community setting
2. Proven ability to develop and facilitate education, training, and group psychotherapy regarding nutrition, eating disorders and co-morbid mental health conditions.
3. Proven experience in effective collaboration with cares/families’ other relevant service providers, through development of effective working relationships and communication.
4. Demonstrated participation and willingness to participate in clinical governance, research, quality improvement activities, training, teaching and clinical supervision
5. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.


Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and A pitch of no more than two pages outlining your skills, knowledge and experience and why you should be considered for this role. You should take into consideration the selection criteria under “what you require” when drafting your response.
Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.
CHS Contact: Kalvinder Bains, Senior Manager, 5124 3133

Job: Allied Health
Salary Range: 95,883.00 - 106,044.00
Closing Date: 25/Jun/2021, 8:59:00 AM

Canberra, ACT

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