Closes: 12 December 2019
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.1
Salary: $106,795 - $111,190
Position No: 45690 - 01MZD
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 27 November 2019
Contact Officer: Bruno Aloisi on
(02) 5124 1716
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‐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.
- 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.
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 of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their 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 ACMHS provide services for people aged over 18 years and operate from the five Community Health Centres in the ACT (Gungahlin, Belconnen, City, Phillip, Tuggeranong) with 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
The successful applicant will be required to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing high quality clinical interventions and care, and to achieve positive outcomes for people, including a specific focus on those people who are residing in Bail Hostels. Bail Hostels are ‘residential establishments that accommodate people as a condition of their bail’ and are designed to reduce ‘prison overcrowding, upholds the principle of innocent until proven guilty, and minimise the risk of reoffending’. There is a current plan to establish bail hostel/s in the ACT as part of a broader Corrective Services Accommodation Strategy. This role may also be involved in service design processes associated with this specific client cohort.
The applicant will be highly motivated to engage in consultative and educative practices with families, carers and other agencies. Importantly, nursing staff working within ACMHS are required to support people to achieve their personal recovery goals as identified in Care Plans.
The successful applicant will also be required to undertake professional development and clinical supervision, participate in quality initiatives, and contribute to multidisciplinary team processes. Providing supervision to staff at the Registered Nurse 1 and 2 Levels as well as students is a key part of the role.
Importantly the new MoC 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 in the health centre 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.
- Tertiary qualifications in Nursing with current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
- Minimum three years nursing experience in a mental health services, and
- Strong understanding of adult community mental health services.
- Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or working towards such.
- Current driver’s licence.
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 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.
For more information on this position and how to apply “click here”
Career interest categories:
Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services