Clinical Nurse Consultant- Mental Health Short Stay Unit and ward 12B

$122,360 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 08 Apr, 2021
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Closes: 15 April 2021
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.2
Salary: $122,360 plus superannuation
Position No: 12192 - 01UUV
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 31 March 2021
Contact Officer: Sonny Ward on or (02) 5124 5406

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.

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

Adult Acute Mental Health Services currently incorporates the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU), the Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) and the Consultation Liaison (CL) Team across the Emergency Department and The Canberra Hospital (TCH). A project to refurbish 12b is underway and will provide a further 10 low dependency acute inpatient beds.  This project is due for completion mid-2021.

AMHU is a 40-bed inpatient Facility comprised of a High Dependency Unit (HDU) and Low Dependence Unit (LDU) for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. AMHU is 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 low dependency 6-bed inpatient unit in the ED for people requiring extended mental health assessment and or treatment initiation.

It is expected that in this position you will provide high quality advanced nursing skills, leadership and care to achieve sound outcomes for patients. This includes the provision of high-quality customer service to the patients, carers and other staff of MHJHADS. Although primarily responsible for the MHSSU and ward 12b, this position works collaboratively with the Assistant Director of Nursing (ADON) and the Clinical Nurse Consultants for AMHU to ensure optimum service delivery and best practice across the service.  In this position you will be required to undertake professional development and supervision; participate in quality initiatives; contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes and uphold the ACT Health Values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.


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

  • Proven advanced clinical experience in a leadership role.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet patient and staff needs.
  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and a minimum of three years’ experience working professionally within mental health nursing.
  • Recent 12 months experience in an Acute Mental Health Facility is preferred.
  • 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.

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.
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.


Job Closing Date

15 Apr, 2021