40693, several - 01VMD


Psychiatrist
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 14 June 2021

Classification: Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist
Salary: $180,732 - $244,175 Total Remuneration Package: $280,553 - $378,497 inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 11.5% super.
Position No: 40693, several - 01VMD
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 05 May 2021
Contact Officer: Dr Ahmed Mashhood Clinical Director, Forensic Mental Health Services on ahmed.mashhood@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1819


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

About us: 

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based 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.
  • Five Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Seven 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 and Alcohol and Drug Services.

Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at https://www.health.act.gov.au/careers/applying-work-us/enterprise-agreements

Strong research links are maintained with the ANU, University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. All specialties are represented with the exception of organ transplantation. The hospital has well developed post graduate teaching programs. A fully equipped medical library is available on site with a large collection of hard copy and on line journals and textbooks.

The preferred candidate maybe considered for a conjoint position in ANU at an academic level commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The academic position will be held for the duration of the Canberra Health Services employment and will be subject to regular performance reviews.  No remuneration is attached to the University position.  The employee will be responsible to the University on academic matters and clinical/ research matters to Canberra Health Services.

For more information in relation to conjoint positions with the ANU please contact Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes, Director, ANU Medical School (02) 6125 2622 dean.medicalschool@anu.edu.au

About our great city, Canberra, Australia’s National Capital:
Canberra is a city with outstanding amenities and excellent housing, educational and leisure opportunities. It is home to national icons and monuments as well as natural treasures. The coast and ski fields are nearby; Sydney is only three hours away by road. For more information on our great city and your future, visit: https://canberra.com.au/work/

Position Overview:

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:  https://www.health.act.gov.au/

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provides support to youth and adults via inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, justice health facilities and other community settings, including people’s homes. MHJHADS aims to be socially inclusive and operate within a recovery-focussed and/or harm minimisation approach.

Forensic Mental Health Services provides services to:

  • Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) prison with over 500 inmates via Acute Response and Case Management Teams in the Custodial Mental Health settings.
  • Bimberi Youth Detention Centre
  • Secure Mental Health 10 acute bed and 15 subacute bed inpatient unit
  • Community transition rehabilitation and reintegration 10 bed unit

The successful applicant will have accredited forensic psychiatry or equivalent training and specialist experience and skills relevant to both inpatient and community services, including the provision of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) services.

About You:

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements/Qualifications: 

Relevant: Registration or be eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) or equivalent specialist qualifications and evidence of satisfactory participation on the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development Program is mandatory.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Be granted with their Scope of Clinical Practice through the Medical Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

Note: Reimbursement of relocation costs may be available if you are the successful candidate. Applications put forward by a recruitment agency will be considered, however if a referred applicant is found suitable Canberra Health Services will not enter into a contractual arrangement with the recruitment agency or pay any service fees that may apply. Total Remuneration Package: $280,553 - $378,497 inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 11.5% super. (Starting salary will be negotiated within this classification for the successful candidate, depending on experience and expertise).

Group Attraction and Retention Incentive: $50,000 - $75,000
Please note: The ARIn will be reviewed every 12 months where the ARIn may be terminated or adjusted under the terms of the ARIn policy. To continue payment the ARIn must continue to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the ARIn framework. The maximum combined salary and ARIn amount for this position is $462,122.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services