AAMHS Access Coordinator

$129,103 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 12 May, 2022
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Full-time Permanent

Closes: 20 May 2022

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.2
Salary: $129,103 plus superannuation
Position No: 21886 - 021SQ
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 04 May 2022
Contact Officer: Shaun Bayliss on Shaun.Bayliss@act.gov.au or 02 51245406

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

Under current Public Health Emergency Directions all Canberra Health Services staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In order to be eligible for employment with Canberra Health Services you will be required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 by way of a Vaccination Certificate or provision of an authorised exemption, for consideration. Please ensure you include this information with your application documentation.


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: www.canberrahealthservices.act.gov.au

Adult Acute Mental Health Services currently incorporates the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU), Ward 12B Mental health Unit, the Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU), and the Consultation Liaison (CL) Team across the Emergency Department and The Canberra Hospital (TCH).

AMHU is a 40-bed inpatient Facility comprised of a High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Low Dependence Unit (LDU), Ward 12B Mental Health Unit is a 10-bed low dependency inpatient unit these units are for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. These units provide a contemporary evidence-based service providing high quality mental health care, guided by the principles of Recovery. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the patient, their carers and other key services. MHSSU is a 6-bed low dependency inpatient unit in the ED for people requiring extended mental health assessment and or treatment initiation.

The ACT Wide Mental Health Access Coordinator (Access Coordinator) has the role of the patient flow coordination for Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS), providing timely access to mental health beds, ensuring that the right person gets the right bed at the right time.

The position provides a central point of contact for information and access to mental health beds in AAMHS during business hours and has strong links with the Calvary Public Hospital Bruce and University of Canberra Hospital inpatient mental health units, to effectively coordinate patient flow across the service. The Access Coordinator provides a liaison role with MHJHADS Adult Community Mental Health teams to coordinate and plan direct admissions and/or ED diversion by identifying mental health risk and optimising a therapeutic transition for people who require a mental health admission.

The core responsibilities of the Access Coordinator are:

  • To be aware of current capacity and demand within mental health services during business hours.
  • Promote effective coordination of bed movement Service.
  • Provide operational and strategic advice to MHJHADS executive members with regards to significant predicted or actual reduction in patient flow, which may cause significant risk to the operation of the service.

To be the initial point of contact and escalation point for the Mental Health Capacity Escalation Plan.

About You

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

To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet patient and staff needs.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:


  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Have a minimum of three years’ experience in either community or inpatient mental health services.


  • Holds or is working towards a tertiary management and/or nursing qualification.
  • Holds a current class C driving licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening, and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to - Working with vulnerable people (WWVP) registration (act.gov.au)

Note: The Successful candidate maybe selected based on written application only. A merit list/pool may be established from this process that can be used to fill similar vacancies within the unit over the next 12 months.

Job Closing Date

20 May, 2022