29215 - 01PNC

Comorbidity Clinician
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 28 May 2020

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $93,346 - $98,359 (up to $103,237 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 29215 - 01PNC
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 07 May 2020
Contact Officer: Daniel Panozzo on daniel.panozzo@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 2591

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 and 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. 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 people’s home. These services include:

  • Rehabilitation and Speciality Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services

Overview of the work area and position:

The Alcohol and Drug Service is a multidisciplinary service within the ACT Health providing a range of specialist services for people affected by alcohol and other drug use. The Alcohol and Drug Service is a part of the division of Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS), which is a contemporary, evidence based service providing high quality care, guided by principles of harm minimisation.

This position is part of an allied health team based at the Canberra hospital that provide support to clients of the withdrawal unit, the opioid replacement therapy service or the specialist medical service.

This position works collaboratively with individuals who experience both mental health and substance use disorders and, at the divisional level to ensure individuals have positive health outcomes. This position works with ACT Mental Health Services to build the capacity of health care providers to work effectively with people with mental health disorders and alcohol and other drugs issues.

This role is a mandatory qualified position and will require recent demonstrated experience in the provision of comprehensive assessments, counselling and group work to adults.

All team members are required to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


For Social Work:

  • Tertiary qualification in Social Work.
  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

For Psychology:

  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).  

For Counselling:

  • Eligible qualification pathways

Pathway 1

Minimum five-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) sequence of study made up of:

(i)  Minimum three-year undergraduate Bachelor-level accredited degree in a health-related discipline (psychology, social work, occupational therapy or other discipline considered relevant)


(ii) Minimum two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-graduate study in counselling via a Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) or Australian Counselling Association (ACA) accredited course;


(iii) Three-year part-time Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP) training in the Conversational Model.

Pathway 2

Minimum three-year undergraduate Bachelor of Counselling degree via a PACFA or ACA accredited course


(i)  Minimum one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-graduate study in counselling via a PACFA or ACA accredited course


(ii) Three-year part-time ANZAP training in the Conversational Model.

  • Demonstrated evidence of eligibility for listing on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP) as either a Division A PACFA minimum Clinical Registrant or Division B ACA minimum Level 3.


  • Current driver’s licence.

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 for Allied Health professionals.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in Canberra Health Services facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any appointment being made.

Note: This is a temporary position available until 30 June 2021.

How to Apply

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This is a temporary position available until 30 June 2021.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services