21884 - 01IQH

Occupational Therapy, Psychology or Social Work
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 30 May 2019

Classification: Occupational Therapy, Psychology or Social Work
Salary: $61,784 - $84,816
Position No: 21884 - 01IQH
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 16 May 2019
Contact Officer: Kylie Henson on kylie.henson@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1980

About us
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 Health Services is committed to the delivery of person and family centred, safe and high quality care in a sustainable health system. This will be achieved with key strategic priorities for CHHS which includes ensuring the delivery of Canberra Health Services Quality Strategy and government priorities, and aligning them with Canberra Health Services Territory Wide Services Framework.
Canberra Hospital and Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.
The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.
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 ACT Health 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.
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:
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and
  • Justice Health Services
Overview of the work area and position
The Older Persons Mental Health Community Team is a specialist mental health assessment and care service for people over the age of 65 years who have, or are suspected of having, a complex mental illness. The multidisciplinary team works within a clinical management model to provide mental health assessment and treatment services within a recovery framework. The Team consists of three sub-teams, the Assessment Team, the Clinical Management Team and the Intensive Treatment Service.
The Assessment Team is responsible for the management of referrals, providing initial assessments, clarification of treatment goals and short term treatment. The Clinical Management Team provides longer term follow up to people who present with moderate to severe complexities. The Intensive Treatment Service provides a home based service to people who are in an acute phase of their mental health condition, as an alternative to a mental health inpatient admission.
This is a clinical position that will sit within any the three sub teams providing direct person-centred care. At this level the HPO2 will provide mental health services to people who present with moderately complex mental health conditions, including the provision of sound assessment, recovery planning, clinical coordination and therapeutic interventions to achieve sound outcomes for people. The HPO2 will contribute their expertise to the multidisciplinary team, provide supervision to staff at Levels HPO 1 and participate in quality initiatives to promote service delivery at a standard of best practice.
Eligibility/Other Requirements
  • Applicants must have at least 12 months paid, professionally relevant work and have completed all other relevant professional requirements.
  • For professionals bound by professional registration, all registration requirements must be fulfilled and registration awarded.
  • Current driver’s licence.
For Occupational Therapy:
  • Degree (or recognised equivalent) in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration or eligibility for registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
For Psychology:
  • Registration or eligibility for general registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
For Social Work:
  • Degree in Social Work
  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
This is a temporary position available for a period of 10 months.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.


This is a temporary position available for a period of 10 months.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services


No documents have been supplied for this position.