Custodial Mental Health Nurse

$108,237 - $112,691 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 07 Apr, 2021
Contractor/Temp Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Closes: 28 April 2021
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.1
Salary: $108,237 - $112,691 plus superannuation
Position No: 01V2E- 14460, several
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 30 March 2021
Contact Officer: Leigh Thompson on or (02) 5124 4677

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)—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.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six 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, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Forensic Mental Health Services (FMHS) is one united service with three distinguishable yet integrated service components as follows:
  • FMHS Forensic Consultation and Intervention Service (FoCIS) including:
  • Fixated and Lone Actor Grievance fuelled violence assessment centre (ACT FLAG)
  • FMHS Mental Health Court Assessment and Liaison Service (MHCALS)
  • FMHS Custodial Mental Health (CMH) including:
  • CMH – Child and Adolescent at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre (CMH- CA)
  • CMH – Adult at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (CMH – A)
Overview of the work area and position
This position is based at the AMC and may be in either the Assertive Response Team (ART) or the Clinical Management team depending on interest and experience. ART is a seven-day acute mental health service that operates between 08:30 and 18:00 hours daily. Shifts include 08:30 to 17:00 or 10:30 to 19:00 hours. Four to seven weeks annual leave depending on roster. Weekends and public holidays attract penalty rates. Custodial and laundry allowance applies. Eligible applicants may also apply for post-graduate qualification allowance. (Please refer to the ACT Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement 2017-2019 for a full account of employment conditions).
The AMC allows smoking by detainees and as such staff may be exposed to intermittent secondary smoke in the line of their work.
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.
Eligibility/Other Requirements
  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Minimum three year (preferably five years) post-qualification experience.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and respond to novel situations.
  • Ability to communicate clinical concepts with influence and sensitivity.
  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive.
  • Experience of working in a custodial setting or community mental health service.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.There are several positions available and an order of merit list may be established to fill future vacancies at level over the next 12 months.
The successful applicant will need to be available for weekend shifts and limited shift work between 08:30 hours and 19:00 hours; 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.

Job Closing Date

28 Apr, 2021