Way Back Clinical Lead

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

Job Description

Closes: 23 April 2021
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.1
Salary: $108,237 - $112,691 plus superannuation
Position No: 48124 - 01V75
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 09 April 2021
Contact Officer: Jade Nolan on jade.nolan@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1567

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.
Woden Community Service
Woden Community Service (WCS) is a well-established and regarded not-for-profit community-based organisation in the ACT that provides a wide range of services to the broader Canberra community. Centrally located in Canberra, WCS works with children, young people, adults, families, and multiple diverse communities and other organisations across the ACT. Services are flexible, responsive, innovative and person-focused, and are funded by a variety of sources including the ACT and Commonwealth Governments, the NDIA, Primary Health Network or fee-paying.
WCS has developed a sophisticated stepped model of care that underpins its mental health psychosocial support services. At one end of this continuum of care is the IAPT model of Next Step, followed by the NPSM New Path Service. At the more intensive end of this model of care is The Way Back Support Service and Transition to Recovery (TRec) currently working in partnership with Canberra Health Services.
Beyond Blue
Our Vision: for everyone in Australia to achieve their best possible mental health.
Our Mission: we promote good mental health. We create change to protect everyone’s mental health and improve the lives of individuals, families and communities affect by anxiety, depression and suicide.
Our Values: Collaboration, Respect, Enthusiasm, Excellence, Innovation and Integrity.
Beyond Blue works in all States and Territories, aiming for our campaigns, communications, resources and programs to be as accessible in remote communities as inner metropolitan suburbs, to:
  • Inform and connect people to enable them to achieve their best possible mental health and access support when they need it.
  • Influence and challenge discriminatory behaviour by advocating for positive change and prompting discussions across Australia.
  • Innovate and initiate effective ways to improve access to support and improve outcomes for people, families and communities.
  • The experiences and needs of people affected by anxiety, depression and suicide underpin all Beyond Blue's work.
  • Our independence and bipartisan approach to issues position us to advocate for positive change, and a better deal for people experiencing anxiety, depression and suicide risk. Our research continues to shape our work and that of others, and we collaborate with partners across many sectors and industries to advance our collective thinking, knowledge and direction.
Overview of the Work Area and Position
Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their families and carers is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with individuals, carers, and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.
The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, and other community settings including people’s homes.  These services include:
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Justice Health Services
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services.
The Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS) provide services for people aged over 18 years with a strong focus on the provision of timely and effective mental health interventions in the community, including the Home Assessment and Acute Response Team (HAART) which provides community-based crisis interventions and support.
This RN3.1 position will be physically based in HAART but will provide clinical leadership and support for the WayBack Support Service. Although employed to HAART, the position will work in partnership with Woden Community Services.
The Way Back Support Service is a Beyond Blue initiative (funded by the ACT Health Directorate and Commonwealth Government) providing non-clinical care and practical support to individuals for up to three months following a suicide attempt.
The Way Back Support Service aims to prevent further episodes of self-harm by providing proactive non-clinical support and co-ordination of patient access to services in the community for up to three months following discharge by:
  • maintaining contact and providing encouragement and support
  • encouraging the uptake of hospital discharge plans and utilisation of safety plans
  • supporting attendance to medical and allied health appointments
  • facilitating access to a range of community support services
  • assisting clients to connect with support networks.
The Way Back Support Service operates from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. The service is based within Woden Community Service and presentations to hospital on weekends or after hours will be followed up via phone call during the next business day.
Crisis intervention is redirected to existing clinical pathways including Adult Community Mental Health Services. Clients are routinely provided with information on emergency mental health contacts and are encouraged to use 24/7 crisis helpline services if they are feeling suicidal or are concerned about someone else’s safety.
The position reports to the HAART Team Leader for line management purposes including clinical governance but will work in partnership with WCS Management.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Approved tertiary qualifications or equivalent in nursing.
  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • A minimum of three years, ideally five years, experience working as a Registered Nurse in a mental health or related field.
  • Hold a current driver’s licence.
  • Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or working towards such.
  • Experience in working in partnership with community and emergency services personnel that promotes a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and respect for each other’s philosophy, priorities, knowledge, skills, and experience.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of 12 months.

Job Closing Date

23 Apr, 2021