Assistant Director - Mental Health Policy
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 30 May 2019

Classification: Senior Officer Grade B
Salary: $123,227 - $138,723
Position No: 36476
Directorate: ACT Health
Advertised (Gazettal date): 16 May 2019
Contact Officer: Jon Ord on jon.ord@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 9733

About us
The ACT Health Directorate is responsible for the stewardship of the health system in the ACT. The Health Directorate provides a strong policy and population health capability based on a foundation of world-leading health and medical research.
The Health Directorate develops strategies and sets the direction to ensure services meet community needs and expectations, delivers improved health outcomes, and that the health system is innovative, effective and sustainable now and in the future.
The Health Directorate has responsibility for:
  • Developing strategic policy and stewardship of the health system, including working with the Commonwealth on key health improvement initiatives.
  • Managing demand for and supply of health services across the territory.
  • Improving the health and wellbeing of the ACT population by promoting healthy behaviours and lifestyles and through ongoing monitoring and evaluation of health programs and policy.
  • Preventing, and providing a timely response to, potential public health incidents.
  • Leading the health workforce and clinical training strategy including building strong partnerships with key academic institutions and training providers,
  • Commissioning and managing multi-million-dollar contracts for the provision of health services, including partnerships with community sector organisations, peak bodies and advocacy groups,
  • Managing a portfolio of infrastructure programs to ensure the ACT has world class, sustainable, fit for purpose clinical and patient care facilities,
  • Monitoring and enforcement of public health regulations, and
  • Providing public health advice.
The ACT Public Service supports workforce diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to apply.
Overview of the work area and position
The Policy, Partnership and Programs Branch is responsible for providing advice to ACT Health and the ACT Government to meet the health needs of the community. We do this by contributing to the creation of policy settings that ensure the right care can be accessed in the right place, in the right way, at the right time, and that people are better able to care for themselves. This includes but is not limited to, the provision of strategic health policy advice, project development and implementation, procurement of non-government services, and liaison with government, non-government and private sector stakeholders.
The Mental Health Policy Unit is responsible for providing strategic advice, policy development and implementation. The Mental Health Policy Unit leads the Branch’s engagement with the policy cycle and is the first point of response for matters referred to the Branch for action and advice for the Minister for Mental Health. The Policy Unit works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve organisational goals.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Extensive experience in health or human services policy development and/or program management
  • High level capability with respect to analysis and strategic policy development
  • A high level of political astuteness
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Experience working in a health or human services policy setting
  • Tertiary qualifications in a relevant area
  • A strong understanding of current and emerging issues in contemporary health policy and service delivery
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
Undergo a pre-employment Police check.

How to Apply: For further information, please visit the Health Website here.

Career interest categories:

Leaders and Senior Management
Policy, Programs and Projects


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