38020 - 01P5S

Social Worker/Occupational Therapist/Psychologist
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 16 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: 38020 - 01P5S
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 27 March 2020
Contact Officer: Laura Dawel on laura.dawel@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 2975

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

Mental Health, Justice Health, 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 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’ homes. These services include:

* Rehabilitation and Speciality Services

* Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)

* Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS)

* Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS)

*       Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

*       Justice Health Services (JHS)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provides assessment and treatment for children and young people who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues.

Under the direction of the Manager of CAMHS Specialist Youth Mental Health Outreach (SYMHO), the Health Professional Officer positions work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary assertive outreach team to provide assessment and therapeutic intervention to young people at high risk of developing serious, long term mental illness. Health Professional Officers within the unit are expected to be actively involved in professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team. Additionally, the role is required to be available to work within all program areas of CAMHS, as service needs arise.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

For Occupational Therapy –


  • Be registered or eligible for registration with Occupation Therapy Board of Australia
  • Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience
  • Current driver’s licence.

For Psychology –


  • Be registered (or be eligible for general registration) as a Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience
  • Current driver’s licence.

For Social Work –


  • Degree in Social Work
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.
  • Current driver’s licence.

Highly Desirable:

Approved (or eligible for approval) as a Supervisor and/or Secondary Supervisor for 4 +2 Internship Programs by the Psychology Board of Australia, incl. Higher Degree Students.

Highly desirable, for all disciplines:

  • Previous experience working in mental health sector, post qualification.
  • Previous experience working with young people.

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 Canberra Health Services credentialing requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.


Selection may be based on written application and referee reports only. An order of merit may be established to fill future permanent and temporary vacancies at level, which may arise over the next 12 months.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services