19391 - 01K12


Clinical Director Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 21 June 2019

Classification: Senior Specialist
Salary: $222,205
Position No: 19391 - 01K12
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 13 June 2019
Contact Officer: Dr Denise Riordan, Chief Psychiatrist on (02) 5124 1098


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.
Three 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 and alcohol and drug services.

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 on line 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 to The Canberra Hospital & Health Services / Canberra Health Services for clinical/ research matters.

For more information in relation to conjoint positions with the ANU please contact Professor Imogen Mitchell, Dean, 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: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/

Overview of the work area and position: 

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, 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 a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including peoples home. These services include:

* Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
* Adult Acute Mental Health Services
* Alcohol & Drug Services
* Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
* Adult Community Mental Health Services
* Justice Health Services
* Dhulwa Mental Health Unit

Under broad direction of the MHJHADS Director of Clinical Services, the Clinical Director of Rehabilitation and Speciality Mental Health Services (RSS) is responsible for the management and provision of clinical leadership and clinical duties for the RSS. In conjunction with the Director of Clinical Services, the Clinical Director of RSS is responsible for provision of high level clinical leadership to ensure that allocated resources are managed to meet all service delivery targets.

Key responsibilities are to ensure medical engagement with the Division, and to efficiently manage medical staff recruitment, placement and leave arrangements.

The Clinical Director works in collaboration with the Operational Directors for each RSS program area to ensure high quality outcomes for the people who use the program. Additionally, the Directors work in collaboration with other program areas to ensure high quality outcomes for the people who use services from the Division.

It is expected that (approximately) 75% of the Clinical Director’s time will be focused on their substantive clinical service delivery role and 25% will be allocated to the other duties.

Qualifications and experience: 

Mandatory:
* Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency. 
* Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or equivalent specialist qualifications including evidence of satisfactory participating on the RANZCP’s Continuing Professional Development program.

Desirable: 
* Advanced knowledge of the Mental Health ACT 2015 and other related legislations.
* Current Drivers licence.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
* Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
* Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

Note: This position is a permanent senior specialist position. The Clinical Director position is for a three-year tenure.

How to Apply: Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services