41045 - 01OLB


Psychologist, Secure Mental Health Services
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 30 March 2020

Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Salary: $66,096 - $90,737 plus superannuation
Position No: 41045 - 01OLB
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 (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.
  • Three 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, 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.
  • Justice Health Services.
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
  • 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 that you will be able to provide high quality psychological assessments and interventions to complex mental health consumers under the supervision of an HP level 3 psychologist. It is also an expectation that you will contribute your expertise to the multidisciplinary team, provide supervision to students and staff at Health Professional Level 1 and support the Therapy Manager in service development processes
All team members are required to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.
The position is supported by a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Allied Health Assistants, Administration Service Officers, Psychiatry Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists.
Eligibility/Other Requirements
Mandatory:
  • Be registered (or eligible for general registration) with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months paid work experience, post qualification, in a related/relevant organisation/service.
  • Current driver’s licence.
Desirable:
  • Experience in public mental health and/or a psychiatric inpatient setting.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services