21908 - 01N4E


Assistant Director of Nursing - Adult Acute Mental Health Services
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 13 December 2019

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 4.3
Salary: $137,840
Position No: 21908 - 01N4E
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 27 November 2019
Contact Officer: Karen Grace on karen.grace@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1577


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‚Äźbased 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, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Canberra Health Services is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.
Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance and harm minimisation. The participation of the people who use the service, including families and carers, is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with 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:
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services;
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services;
  • Alcohol and Drug Services;
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS);
  • Justice Health Services; and
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services.
Overview of the work area and position:
Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS) are fully integrated with the Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) Division. AAMHS are located at Canberra Hospital and these services provide 24-hour contemporary, evidence-based clinical mental health care and treatment for people where less restrictive options have been deemed unsuitable or unavailable. Canberra Hospital is an approved mental health facility under the Mental Health Act (2015), with the capacity to accommodate both voluntary and involuntary persons.
AAMHS consist of the 40 bed Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) with an 8 bed High Dependency Unit (HDU), 29 bed Low Dependency Unit (LDU) and a 2 bed Vulnerable Persons’ Suite. AAMHS also consists of a 6 Bed Mental Health Short Stay Unit and a Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service.
These services provide a trauma informed, person centred, therapeutic approach involving the admitted person, their carers, families, nominated persons and other key service providers and the clinical team in the development of collaboratively based recovery plans designed to meet each individual’s needs. The team works in close collaboration with Community Mental Health Teams (CMHT’s), Alcohol and Drug Services, private Psychiatrists, General Practitioners and community agencies to deliver high quality, timely and appropriate care for persons who require admission for mental health treatment, care and support.
In this position you will provide senior leadership for the multidisciplinary team and the maintenance of safe therapeutic environment and support for evidence-based clinical interventions, care coordination and person centred care processes consistent with national standards and legislative requirements. You will report against key performance indicators and promote a learning environment for the team.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
Mandatory:
  • Registered as a Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Minimum 12 months leadership/management experience.
  • Experience providing clinical care within a mental health, justice health or drug and alcohol environment.
Desirable:
  • Relevant post graduate qualifications in nursing and management.
  • Leadership/management experience within a mental health or drug and alcohol environment.
  • Current driver licence.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services