$97,177 - $102,397 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 02 Sep, 2021
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Full-time Permanent

Closes: 21 September 2021
Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $97,177 - $102,397 (up to $107,476 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 37524 - 01XOY
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 02 September 2021
Contact Officer: Ajish lukose on or (02) 5124 1955

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:

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance and harm minimisation. The participation of the people who use the service, including families and carers, is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with 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 people’s home.

These services include:

  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Justice Health Services
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services

Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) and the Gawanggal Mental health (GMHU) provides high quality inpatient mental health care to people from 18 to 65 years of age.

The Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) is a secure mental health facility that first opened in November 2016. DMHU provides 24-hour, contemporary, evidence-based clinical mental health care for people who require secure inpatient treatment. DMHU provides a therapeutic and recovery-based approach, focused on individually tailored treatment programs to maximise mental health care outcomes for patients. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the person, their carers and other key services.

The Gawanggal Mental health (GMHU) is a specialist mental health facility adjacent to Calvary Hospital in Bruce. The GMHU sits within the Stepped Care Model of mental health care, providing medium term residential care for people who require rehabilitation and support to transition into the community setting. The GMHU provides a range of contemporary, community focused rehabilitation interventions, programs and services.

DMHU offers 10 acute care beds and 15 rehabilitation beds and the GMHU has 10 beds for community transition. Both units are managed by MHJHADS Division.

At this level it is expected that you will be able to provide high quality psychological assessments and interventions to complex mental health consumers. It is also an expectation that you will contribute your expertise to the multidisciplinary team, provide supervision to students and staff at Health Professional Level 1&2 and support the Allied Health Manager in service development processes

All team members are required to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.

The position is supported by a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Allied Health Assistants, Administration Service Officers, Psychiatry Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists.


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 encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  • Ability to manage confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to respond to and prioritise competing and often urgent requests in a calm and efficient manner while also maintaining high work standards and accuracy
  • Works cohesively within a multi-disciplinary team and adapts quickly to a changing environment
  • Commitment to achieving positive outcomes for mental health consumers

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Psychology Board of Australia under AHPRA.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 3 years (ideal 5 years) post-qualification experience.
  • Experience in public mental health and/or a psychiatric inpatient setting.
  • Hold a current driver’s licence
  • Have an understanding of how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role in alignment to the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.
  • 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.

Notes: A merit list will be established from this process to fill future permanent and temporary positions over the next 12 months.

Job Closing Date

21 Sep, 2021