41044 - 01VMZ

Social Worker
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 18 May 2021

Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Salary: $67,892 - $93,203 plus superannuation
Position No: 41044 - 01VMZ
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 04 May 2021
Contact Officer: Camille Falkiner on camille.falkiner@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1813

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

Position Overview

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) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: https://www.health.act.gov.au/

The Justice Health Services, Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) and the Extended Care Unit (ECU) provides high quality inpatient mental health care to people from 18 to 65 years of age.

The Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) is a secure mental health facility that first opened in November 2016. DMHU provides 24-hour, contemporary, evidence-based clinical mental health care for people who require secure inpatient treatment. DMHU provides a therapeutic and recovery-based approach, focused on individually tailored treatment programs to maximise mental health care outcomes for patients. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the person, their carers and other key services.

The Extended Care Unit (ECU) is a specialist mental health facility adjacent to Calvary Hospital in Bruce. The ECU sits within the Stepped Care Model of mental health care, providing medium term residential care for people who require rehabilitation and support to transition into the community setting. The ECU provides a range of contemporary, community focused rehabilitation interventions, programs and services.

DMHU offers 10 acute care beds and 15 rehabilitation beds and the ECU has 5 beds for community transition. Both units are managed by the Justice Health Services (JHS) program in the MHJHADS Division.

The Social Worker will have an understanding of issues related to care and rehabilitation of patients with moderate to severe mental illness and complex comorbid issues including trauma, psychosocial disadvantage, substance use, personality disorder, and criminal offending.

To be successful in this role you will have a sound understanding of the legislation relevant to forensic mental health and be able to communicate effectively with relevant government and non-government agencies engaged with the public mental health system.

The Social Worker is responsible for promoting client outcomes through the provision of high-quality clinical services across both acute and rehabilitation settings and by collaborative working in a multidisciplinary team. Justice Health’s inpatient services provide intensive social work services to patients across three units on two sites at Symonston and Bruce.

About You

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  1. Interest in mental health care and the principles of the recovery model.
  2. Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Ability to relate to people of varied backgrounds.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

Relevant social work qualifications and a minimum of two years’ experience working professionally in is preferred.

  • Degree in Social Work
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011 is required. For further information on Working with Vulnerable People registration refer to - https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/1804.
  • Minimum of three years (ideal five years) experience post qualification


  • Previous experience in mental health service or forensic/custodial service.
  • Previous experience in an inpatient mental health facility.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

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

Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension.

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This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services