23020 - 01OZH


Creative Arts Therapist
Part-time Permanent

Closes: 13 April 2020

Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Salary: $66,096 - $90,737 plus superannuation
Position No: 23020 - 01OZH
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 27 March 2020
Contact Officer: Roz Fitzgerald on roz.fitzgerald@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 5401


Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
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.
  • 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.
Mental Health, Justice Health and 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 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)
  • Dhulwa Mental Health Unit
  • Justice Health Services, and
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty  Mental Health Services
Overview of the work area and position
The Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) is a 40 bed inpatient unit 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 person, their carers and other key services. MHSSU is a low dependency 6 bed inpatient unit in the Emergency Department for people requiring extended mental health assessment and/or treatment initiation.
At this level it is expected that the HP2 Creative arts therapist will be an integral member of the AMHU team and will provide, under routine supervision, high quality art therapy services that will achieve sound outcomes for people within a therapeutic secure environment. The Creative Arts Therapist will contribute significantly to the therapeutic outcomes of people receiving care at the AMHU.  All staff of the AMHU are required to undertake professional development activities, and participate in supervision, quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.
The position will report operationally to the Allied Health Manager of AMHU/MHSSU. Professional governance of this position will come from the Director of Allied Health Office (MHJHADS).
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • A Master’s degree in Art Therapy (eg Art Therapy/ Music Therapy/ Creative Arts Therapy/ Dramatherapy).
  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian and New Zealand Arts Therapy Association (ANZATA).
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months paid work experience, post qualification, in a related /relevant organisation/service.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
Note: This is a part-time permanent position available at 18.38 hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be paid pro-rata. This part time position is within Adult Mental Health Unit working business hours Monday to Friday.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services