43836 - 01JFO

Suicide Prevention Clinical Lead
Part-time Temporary

Closes: 27 May 2019

Classification: Health Professional Level 4
Salary: $100,462 - $108,140
Position No: 43836 - 01JFO
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 09 May 2019
Contact Officer: Connie Galati on connie.galati@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1785

About us
Canberra Heath 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 provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.
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 CHS which includes ensuring the delivery of Canberra Health Service’s Quality Strategy and government priorities, and aligning them with ACT Health’s Territory Wide Services Framework.
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 Canberra Health Services 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:
*        Adult Acute Mental Health Services
*        Adult Community Mental Health Services
*        Alcohol and Drug Services
*        Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
*        Dhulwa Mental Health Unit
*        Justice Health Services, and
*        Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services
Overview of the work area and position
The role requires the successful candidate to lead the implementation of the Project Air Strategy for Personality Disorders in MHJHADS, a suicide prevention strategy. The Clinical Lead for MHJHADS will work closely with Project Air (University of Wollongong) and service delivery areas to identify staff training needs; develop relevant policies, procedures and guidelines; develop clinical pathways for people presenting with enduring risk, and ensure the implementation of best practice principles within teams using a systems approach to treatment. The role will also provide leadership in the establishment and pilot of the Project Air brief interventions treatment protocol (“Gold Card” clinics).
Project Air is an internationally recognised research, training and clinical facility established to enhance access to services and engagement in effective treatment for people with a personality disorder and their families and carers, and to promote high-quality clinical management of complex, high-risk cases of personality disorder and associated problems of self-harm, suicidal ideation, trauma and associated chronic complex mental health difficulties. Project Air will provide consultation to the Clinical Lead to support the implementation of evidence-based and best practice principles into service delivery areas.
The Clinical Lead position will report to the Director of Allied Health, MHJHADS. The role is expected to primarily work across Adult Acute Mental Health Services, Adult Community Mental Health Services, and CAMHS program areas and will co-lead the MHJHADS Project Air Implementation Steering Committee. The position holder is expected to operate within the Public Sector Management Act (1994) and the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct.
Eligibility/Other Requirements  
Mandatory for all disciplines:
  • Minimum 5 years’ post-qualification experience in mental health settings.
  • Clinical knowledge, skill and experience in best practice principles and treatment for personality disorders.
  • The required professional qualification for their discipline (see below):
Mandatory for Occupational Therapy:
  • Hold registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
Mandatory for Psychology:
  • Hold general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.
Mandatory for Social Work:
  • Degree in Social Work.
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011.
Mandatory for Nursing:
  • Tertiary qualifications in Nursing.
  • Hold registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
  • Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or working towards such.
Desirable for all disciplines:
  • Previous experience and working knowledge of MHJHADS strategic projects, business support and clinical service provision with specific familiarity of MHJHADS services.
  • Hold a current driver’s licence.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals,
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
This position is part-time at (22:03) hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be pro-rata. This is a temporary part-time position available for up to six months possibility of extension and/or permanency. Applicant may be chosen on written application only.
How to Apply
Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.


This position is part-time at (22:03) hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be pro-rata. This is a temporary part-time position available for up to six months possibility of extension and/or permanency. Applicant may be chosen on written application only.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services


No documents have been supplied for this position.