Health Professional Officer

$99,819 - $110,398 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT Government Offices, London Circuit, Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 14 Jun, 2022
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $99,819 - $105,180 Up to $110,398 on achieving a personal upgrade plus superannuation
Position No: 04556 - 023I7
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 14 June 2022
Contact Officer: Natasha Synnott on or (02) 5124 0075

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 focused 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 the surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Canberra Health Services provides multidisciplinary care across a range of hospital and community settings. There are several teams who provide Social Work services across inpatient, outpatient and community settings:

The Acute Support Social Work team is responsible for the care and support of patients across a range of critical and acute care areas of The Canberra Hospital. These include the Medical and Surgical inpatient wards, Intensive Care Unit, the Emergency Department, Maternity and Paediatric inpatient wards and a range of paediatric and adult outpatient clinics.

Rehabilitation Aged and Community Services team (RACS) provides integrated and effective services in the areas of rehabilitation, aged care and community care in a broader range of sites throughout the ACT, including The Canberra Hospital and The University of Canberra Hospital, community health centres and the homes of clients. This includes health care and support for people with acute, post-acute and long-term illnesses.

The Cancer Psychosocial Service is located in the Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC). This service provides multidisciplinary psychosocial care to patients and their families or carers who attend the Canberra Region Cancer Centre, or who have been admitted into Ward four A or Ward 14B. Working closely with other disciplines in the CRCC and the wards in Canberra Hospital, the Cancer Psychosocial Service provides leadership in psychosocial care of patients and their families or carers. Services include facilitation of access to resources, responding to crisis, counselling, palliative care and bereavement issues, staff consultation and in-services.

Social workers provide assessment and therapeutic intervention for a range of client populations throughout their patient journey. The patients we see present with a range of psychosocial issues that impact their health circumstances across the lifespan including ante-natal care, newly acquired and chronic health conditions, medical and surgical treatments, rehabilitation and ageing.


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

  1. Good organisational skills with a high degree of drive
  2. Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet client’s needs
  3. Effective communication and interpersonal skills
  4. Ability to perform novel, complex, critical or difficult tasks with professional supervision.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Relevant Social Work degree qualifications and a minimum of three years’ experience working professionally in hospital or health is preferred.
  • Be registered (or eligible for registration) with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work, with access to flex time.
  • 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.

Note: This is a temporary position available for six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. This position may be required to participate in overtime, on-call, and/or rotation roster. This duty statement outlines a range of possible duties that staff are expected to perform at this level. The emphasis placed on each duty will vary according to the requirements of each position.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • 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 (
  • Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Reference checks

For more information on this position and how to apply “click here”

This is a temporary position available for six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

Job Closing Date

28 Jun, 2022