Specialist 1-5 - Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

$180,732 - $223,029 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 19 Mar, 2021
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Full-time Permanent
Closes: 26 April 2021
Classification: Specialist Band 1 - 5
Salary: $180,732 - $223,029 plus superannuation
Position No: 28861 - 01UFW
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 16 March 2021
Contact Officer: Dr Denise Riordan on Denise.Riordan@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 5876

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

About us:

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.
  • 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 and alcohol and drug services.
    Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at https://www.health.act.gov.au/careers/applying-work-us/enterprise-agreements

Strong research links are maintained with the ANU, University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. All specialties are represented with the exception of organ transplantation. The hospital has well developed post graduate teaching programs. A fully equipped medical library is available on site with a large collection of hard copy and online journals and textbooks.

The preferred candidate maybe considered for a conjoint position in ANU at an academic level commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. The academic position will be held for the duration of the Canberra Health Services employment and will be subject to regular performance reviews. No remuneration is attached to the University position. The employee will be responsible to the University on academic matters and clinical/ research matters to Canberra Health Services.

For more information in relation to conjoint positions with the ANU please contact Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes, Director, ANU Medical School (02) 6125 2622 dean.medicalschool@anu.edu.au

About our great city, Canberra, Australia’s National Capital:

Canberra is a city with outstanding amenities and excellent housing, educational and leisure opportunities. It is home to national icons and monuments as well as natural treasures. The coast and ski fields are nearby; Sydney is only three hours away by road. For more information on our great city and your future, visit: https://canberra.com.au/work/

Overview of the work area and position:

The Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJADS) Division of Canberra Health 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. 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 and other community settings including people’s homes.

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services include the following programs:

  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
  • Forensic Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Justice Health Services

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Team is part of MHJHADS and provides high quality healthcare to people located within the paediatric ward with joint admission with paediatrician, EDCL ( Emergency Department Consultation Liaison), CAMHS community team, SYMHO (State Wide Youth Mental Health Service), AMOS (Adolescent Mental Health Outreach Service), Cottage program and, DBT program. The position holder would be expected to provide care to patients across all Canberra Hospital sites.

The position holder is expected to operate within the Public Sector Management Act (1994), the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct and the professional requirements specified by the appointee’s Specialist College.

The position will be accountable and responsible to the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinical Director through an Individual Learning and Development Plan.
MHJHADS aims to be socially inclusive and operates within a recovery-focussed and/or harm minimisation approach.

The successful applicant will have specialist experience in General Psychiatry or Child and adolescent psychiatry and skills relevant to both inpatient and community services, including the provision of ECT services. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in the mandatory administrative, governance and training requirements of medical officers within the Division. Emphasis on recovery focus and person-centred care are essential.

Qualifications and experience:


  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) in or equivalent specialist qualifications.
  • Evidence of satisfactory participation on the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development Program.


  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other related legislation.
  • Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Be granted with their Scope of Clinical Practice through the Medical Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

Note: Reimbursement of relocation costs may be available if you are the successful candidate. Applications put forward by a recruitment agency will be considered, however if a referred applicant is found suitable Canberra Health Services will not enter into a contractual arrangement with the recruitment agency, or pay any service fees that may apply.

Salary, Remuneration and Conditions: Specialist 1-5 - $180,732 - $223,029. Starting salary will be negotiated within this band for the successful candidate, depending on their experience and expertise.

Annual Salary: Indicative total package value of between: $280,553 - $345,852 inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 11.5% super.

Group Attraction and Retention Incentive: $50,000 - $70,000. Please note: The ARIn will be reviewed every 12 months where the ARIn may be terminated or adjusted under the terms of the ARIn policy. To continue payment the ARIn must continue to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the ARIn framework. The maximum combined salary and ARIn amount for this position is $423,902.

Reimbursement of relocation costs may be available if you are the successful candidate.
Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at https://www.health.act.gov.au/careers/applying-work-us/enterprise-agreements

Job Closing Date

26 Apr, 2021