12605 - 01KH4

Registered Nurse, Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 23 July 2019

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 2
Salary: $93,151 - $98,728
Position No: 12605 - 01KH4
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 05 July 2019
Contact Officer: Sonny Ward on sonny.ward@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 0049

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 Hospital and Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.
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 Canberra Health Services 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.
The Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) Division is a vibrant and diverse division within Canberra Health Services and provides 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 home. These services include:
Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Justice Health Services
  • Dhulwa Mental Health Unit
Overview of the work area and position
The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH), Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research is the largest rehabilitation centre in the ACT and surrounds, with capacity for 140 inpatient beds, 75 day places and additional outpatient services.
The hospital will bring together rehabilitation services and specialist staff from many locations across Canberra into one purpose-built location—making it easier for people to access the services they need.
On 17 July 2018 two services within Specialty Mental Health services opened at the University of Canberra Hospital; a 20 beds Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (AMHRU) and a 25 day places Adult Mental Health Day Services (AMHDS).
AMHRU is an inpatient rehabilitation unit whose aim is to attain and maximise independence through bio-psychosocial rehabilitation in all aspects of daily living for graduated community re-integration. The AMHDS will be located adjacent to AMHRU at UCH, and will focus upon step-down programs, pharmacotherapy, psychological therapies and healthy living skills.  Service delivery for both services is underpinned by evidence based mental health care, the principles of Recovery and the provision of collaborative care involving the person, their carers and other key stakeholders.
Under the general direction of the AMHRU Clinical Nurse Consultant, the Registered Nurse role at this level within AMHRU is responsible for provide clinical leadership and guidance to the nursing workforce, as well as provide clinical support to assist with nursing care, treatment and recovery goals of persons within a therapeutic rehabilitation environment. This involves providing regular input into, and form an integral part of the multidisciplinary team and apply educational and quality improvement processes to the therapy program undertaken within the AMHRU.
The Registered Nurse role is required to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes and the supervision of Registered Nurses (level 1) and Enrolled Nurses.
The role is supported by a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Allied Health Assistants, Peer Workers, Administration Service Officers, Psychiatry Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Be registered (or be eligible for registration) as a Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Post Graduate Qualification (or equivalent) in Mental Health Nursing, or working towards.
  • Previous experience in rehabilitation nursing within a mental health setting.
  • Clinical leadership experience in a mental health setting.
  • Current driver’s licence.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • A pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy (Category A position).
This is a temporary position available for 12 months with possible extension. This position(s) is required to participate in afterhours, on call and/or rotation roster, including regular participation in the Night Shift roster.
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This is a temporary position available for 12 months with possible extension.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services