37371 - 01OKX


Occupational Therapist, Secure Mental Health Services
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 13 April 2020

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $93,346 - $98,359 (up to $103,237 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 37371 - 01OKX
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 12 March 2020
Contact Officer: Tash Lutz on tash.lutz@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1581


Canberra Health Services is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.
Canberra Health Services is committed to the delivery of person and family centred, safe and high quality care in a sustainable health system. This will be achieved with key strategic priorities or CHS which includes ensuring the delivery of Canberra Health Service’s Quality Strategy and government priorities, and aligning them with CHS’s Territory Wide Services Framework.
Canberra Hospital and Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.
The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.
Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of CHS include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health Services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities.
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:
The Justice Health Services, Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) and the Extended Care Unit (ECU) provides high quality inpatient mental health care to people from 18 to 65 years of age.
The Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) is a secure mental health facility that first opened in November 2016. DMHU provides 24-hour, contemporary, evidence-based clinical mental health care for people who require secure inpatient treatment. DMHU provides a therapeutic and recovery-based approach, focused on individually tailored treatment programs to maximise mental health care outcomes for patients. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the person, their carers and other key services.
The Extended Care Unit (ECU) is a specialist mental health facility adjacent to Calvary Hospital in Bruce. The ECU sits within the Stepped Care Model of mental health care, providing medium term residential care for people who require rehabilitation and support to transition into the community setting. The ECU provides a range of contemporary, community focused rehabilitation interventions, programs and services.
DMHU offers 10 acute care beds and 15 rehabilitation beds and the ECU has 5 beds for community transition. Both units are managed by the Justice Health Services (JHS) program in the MHJHADS Division.
At this level it is expected this role will be an integral member of the Multi-disciplinary team and will provide, under reduced supervision, high quality occupational therapy services that will achieve sound outcomes for people within a therapeutic secure environment. In addition to core skills in mental health practice, the occupational therapist will offer a range of assessments, therapeutic interventions and high quality programs specifically targeted at promoting people’s optimal engagement and participation in meaningful activities, as well as addressing functional and occupational issues.
The Occupational Therapist will contribute to all stages of a person’s journey, from the time of admission through to their preparation and transition to other settings. All staff are required to undertake professional development activities, and participate in supervision, quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
Mandatory:
  • Be registered or eligible for registration with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
  • Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
  • Minimum of three years (ideal five years) post qualification.
  • Current driver’s licence.
Desirable:
  • Previous experience in mental health service or forensic/custodial service.
  • Previous experience in an inpatient mental health facility.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services