40897 - 01PWP

Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist - Access Mental Health (AMHT)
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 05 July 2020

Classification: Health Professional Level 1
Salary: $61,986 - $81,211 plus superannuation
Position No: 40897 - 01PWP
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 22 May 2020
Contact Officer: Julie Hanson on Julie.Hanson@act.gov.au or (02) 6205 3266

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‚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.
  • 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.

Overview of the work area and position:

MHJHADS provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance of well-being and harm minimisation. The participation of people access sour service is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. MHJHADS works in partnership with individuals, carers and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

MHJHADS 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:

  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Justice Health Services
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental 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 candidate will work under the professional supervision of a senior clinician of the same discipline and under the broad supervision of senior clinicians in the team to conduct phone and office based triage assessments of persons who require mental health care. 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 in a 38 hour, seven day per week 24 hour rotating roster.

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). The position reports professionally to the relevant Discipline Principal.

The successful applicant will be employed on a temporary 12 month contract as a Health Professional Level 1. Consideration for ongoing appointment is contingent on successful recruitment at a Health Professional Level 2, through a merit selection process.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


For Occupational Therapy:

  • Be registered or eligible for registration with Occupational Therapy Board of Australia,
  • Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia,
  • Current driver’s licence.

For Psychology:

  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Psychology Board of Australia,
  • Current driver’s licence.

For Social Work:

  • Degree in Social Work,
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW),
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.


This is a temporary position available for 12 months.

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This is a temporary position available for 12 months.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services