44383 - 01OF4

Assistant in Nursing – Adult Acute Mental Health Services
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 28 May 2020

Classification: Assistant in Nursing
Salary: $52,300 - $54,070 plus superannuation
Position No: 44383 - 01OF4
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 12 May 2020
Contact Officer: Monique Fielder on monique.t.fielder@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 5452

About us

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‐based 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

Adult Acute Mental Health Services incorporates the Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU), the Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) and the Consultation Liaison (CL) Team across the Emergency Department and The Canberra Hospital (TCH)

AMHU is a 40-bed inpatient Facility comprised of a 10 bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) and 30 bed Low Dependence Unit (LDU) for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. AMHU is a contemporary evidence-based service providing high quality mental health care, guided by the principles of Recovery. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the patient, their carers and other key services. MHSSU is a low dependency 6 bed inpatient unit in the ED for people requiring extended mental health assessment and or treatment initiation.

At this level the Assistant in Nursing (AIN) is to assist in the delivery of the following direct care activities under the supervision of a Registered nurse;

  • Assist with on-ward patient groups and activities.
  • Observe and report on consumer mental status..
  • Participate in shift handover (includes use of ISBAR).
  • Encouraging the maintenance of hygiene and grooming.
  • Reporting of observed self-harm/suicide risk behaviours.
  • Reporting of violence and aggression.
  • Escorting consumers on TCH campus of consumers at Registered Nurse discretion; off-campus escorts with Registered Nurse.
  • Document all patient responses to direct care/assistance given, include in progress notes and clinical records in accordance with the plan of care and organisational protocols/policy/procedures.
  • Maintain the appearance and function of equipment such as lifting and mobilising aids, pressure reducing mattresses and other clinical devices used in nursing interventions.
  • Promote and maintain a clean, comfortable and safe environment for patients, staff and visitors.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


  • Certificate III in Health Services Assistance or recognised equivalent is desirable.
  • Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy (OMU).


This is a temporary position available for a period of two months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

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This is a temporary position available for a period of two months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services