23559 - 01MPQ


Home Assessment and Acute Response Team (HAART) - Psychologist, Social Work, Occupational Therapist
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 26 November 2019

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $92,103 - $97,049 (up to $101,862 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Position No: 23559 - 01MPQ
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 08 November 2019
Contact Officer: Sandra Hibberd on sandra.hibberd@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 9152


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‚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.
Overview of the work area and position:
MHJHADS provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance of well-being and harm minimisation. The participation of people access sour service is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. MHJHADS works in partnership with individuals, carers and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.
MHJHADS delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including people’s home. 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
This exciting permanent opportunity is based with Home Assessment and Acute Response Team (HAART) a multidisciplinary team that is part of Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS). The ACMHS provide services for people aged over 18 years and has a strong focus on the provision of timely and effective mental health interventions. The program is in the final stages of implementing a new model of care which will improve the responsivity and diversity of services offered to people. The new MoC is underpinned by principles of recovery and aims to:
  • Increase standardisation of procedures, processes and practices to promote more internal consistency in service delivery and best practice interventions
  • Clarify and delineate of the role and service functions to reduce duplication and inefficiencies, reduce administrative burden on staff and promote more direct clinical contact
  • Provide optimal treatment for people in their homes and community as effective hospital diversion
Relevant to this position the HAART team provides community in-reach into inpatient units to facilitate early discharge, hospital diversion, outreach assessment and treatment to people experiencing and living with a severe mental illness and complex needs in a community setting.
HAART operates an extended hour’s service, operating seven days a week and the position holder will be required to work a rotating roster including morning, evening shifts, on call arrangements and public holidays.
The successful applicant will be required to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing assessment and management of people experiencing mental illness. The applicant will be highly motivated to engage in consultative and educative practices with families, carers and other agencies.
The successful applicant will also be required to undertake professional development and clinical supervision, participate in quality initiatives, and contribute to multidisciplinary team processes.
Importantly the new model of care will allow greater opportunity for clinicians’ to deliver discipline specific interventions, with case-loads reflecting strengths based models of care.
The position reports to a Team Leader who is based on site and is supported by a cohesive multidisciplinary team (including Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Allied Health Assistants).
This is an exciting opportunity for someone who may be interested in a working in a program that comprises access, hospital diversion, assertive outreach, and community recovery and therapy services.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
Mandatory:
For Occupational Therapy:
  • Be registered or eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
  • Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
  • Minimum of three years, ideally five years, post-qualification experience.
For Psychology:
  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Minimum of three years, ideally five years, post-qualification experience.
For Social Work:
  • Degree in Social Work.
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011.
  • Minimum of three years, ideally five years, post-qualification experience.
Other qualifications:
  • Current driver’s driver’s licence.
Highly desirable:
  • Have a strong understanding of working in an adult community mental health service.
  • For Psychology: Approved or eligible for approval as a Psychology Board of Australia Supervisor.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any offer of employment being made.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services