26410 - 01OO8

Access Mental Health Nurse
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 31 March 2020

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.1
Salary: $108,237 - $112,691 plus superannuation
Position No: 26410 - 01OO8
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 17 March 2020
Contact Officer: Julie Hanson on julie.hanson@act.gov.au or 02 6205 3266

Details: 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.
  • Four 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, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Overview of the work area and position:
Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & 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 Services
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and
  • Justice Health Services
The Access Mental Health Team (AMHT) aims to improve the mental health and well-being of people who are residing in the Australian Capital Territory by facilitating access to high quality, integrated mental health services. The AMHT provides a centralised access process with the aim of providing an identified service entry point to undertake 24 hour triage and a thorough mental health assessment that will link people with the services that most appropriately meets their needs. This will ensure that people are able to access the right mental health service at the right time. AMHT aims to optimise recovery through the provision of an excellent community mental health care service. AMHT incorporates the guidelines and principles outlined in the Adult Community Model of Care, ensuring that the teams’ practice is current and is keeping pace with the changes occurring in the greater MHJHADS teams. The AMHT function is critical to identify and mitigate potentially life-threatening risks for people calling the service.
The successful registered nursing candidate will work within multidisciplinary team framework to conduct phone and office-based triage assessments of persons who require mental health care.  The role will also provide direct supervision and support to other clinicians within the multidisciplinary team framework.  This work will primarily be based in the Belconnen Health Centre, however at times the location of this work may be at other settings in the community such as private residences and or health centres.
The role involves participating in a team to produce quality outcomes for the Canberra community, discussing planned care interventions in a multidisciplinary environment. This role will involve computer and phone work as well as face to face contact with persons from the community. There may be some driving involved in this role and the successful candidate will be expected to work on a seven day per week shift work rotating roster.
This work will primarily be based in a set Community Health Centre, however at times the location of this work may be at other settings in the community such as private residences and or other health centres.
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).
Mandatory Qualifications:
  • Tertiary qualifications in Nursing with current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA),
  • Current Passenger Vehicles Driver’s License.
  • Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or working towards such.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases,
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of six months.

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

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services