Senior Specialist / Visiting Medical Officer / Adult Acute Mental Health

Canberra Health Services

  • Full Time
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

  • Published : 2023-01-25
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Job Description

  • Job Title Medical Specialists


A growing service with exciting opportunities

  • Great location and lifestyle 
  • An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated

Position Title - Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist / Visiting Medical Officer / Psychiatrist Adult Acute Mental Health

Remuneration Package: Indicative total package value of between: $292,024 - $393,988  inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 11.5% super.

Visiting Medical Officers (VMO) with Canberra Health Services are covered by generous contract provisions. The standard VMO contract is available online:

Visiting Medical Officers are engaged as independent contractors.  Contracts will be for a 1 to 3 year term. 

Group Attraction and Retention Incentive: $50,000 - $75,000
Please note: The ARIn will be reviewed every 12 months where the ARIn may be terminated or adjusted under the terms of the ARIn policy. To continue payment the ARIn must continue to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the ARIn framework. The maximum combined salary and ARIn amount for this position is $477,613

Remuneration package and Group Arin is applicable only to the Permanent Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist position.

Note: Starting salary will be negotiated within this classification for the successful candidate, depending on experience and expertise.

If applying for a specialist role the successful candidate will receive the Psychiatry Group ARIN, On-Call Allowance & Private Practice Scheme A. If applying for a VMO role, the doctor will not be eligible for these allowances.

(PN: 25137)

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‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:  CHS website

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provides support to youth and adults via inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, justice health facilities and other community settings, including people’s homes. MHJHADS aims to be socially inclusive and operate within a recovery-focussed and/or harm minimisation approach.

Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS) provides voluntary and involuntary psychiatric care and treatment for people with a mental illness who require hospitalisation. 

Services include:

  • Adult Mental Health Unit (AMHU) at The Canberra Hospital & Acacia Mental Health Unit at Calvary Public Hospital provide a safe and supportive environment for persons receiving short term individualised care with acute mental illness or disorder to return to the community. 
  • Mental Health Short Stay Unit (MHSSU) provides a safe environment for persons experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Mental Health Consultation and Liaison (MHCL) provides as mental health triage, crisis and risk assessment, treatment, education and management planning to patients at the Emergency Department, Canberra Hospital.

The successful applicant will have senior specialist experience in General Psychiatry or Subspecialty areas of Psychiatry, and high-level skills relevant to both inpatient and community services, including the provision of ECT services. The successful applicant will also be expected to participate in the mandatory administrative, governance and training requirements of medical officers within the Division. Emphasis on recovery focus and person-centred care are essential.

Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at

Strong research links are maintained with the ANU, University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. All specialties are represented with the exception of organ transplantation. The hospital has well developed post graduate teaching programs. A fully equipped medical library is available on site with a large collection of hard copy and on line journals and textbooks.

The preferred candidate maybe considered for a conjoint position in ANU at an academic level commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The academic position will be held for the duration of the Canberra Health Services employment and will be subject to regular performance reviews.  No remuneration is attached to the University position.  The employee will be responsible to the University on academic matters and to The Canberra Hospital & Health Services / Canberra Health Services for clinical/ research matters. 

For more information in relation to conjoint positions with the ANU please contact Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Director, ANU School of Medicine and Psychology (02) 6125 2622

Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

For employment at either the Specialist 1-5 or Senior Specialist

  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in the relevant specialty with no conditions, undertakings or reprimands. 
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) or equivalent specialist qualifications and evidence of satisfactory participation on the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development Program is mandatory.
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for weekend and after–hours work.
  • Current driver licence is preferred.
  • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide Digital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies. 
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other related legislation.
  • Not be the subject of an unresolved scope of clinical practice review of by a state/territory credentialing and scope of clinical practice committee (such as the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee) or a current inquiry by AHPRA.
  • Have had no substantiated performance or behavioural issues in the last three years, no such matters currently under investigation, and  have not been found to display behaviours and/or performance inconsistent with CHS values. 
  • You will need to understand how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • You will need to fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and other related frameworks.
  • For Senior Specialist we will also expect that you:

  • Have demonstrated advanced clinical experience outlined in a CV that clearly and comprehensively outlines the applicant’s professional history.
  • Have been employed at the equivalent of a Specialist Band 5 for a period of at least three years.
  • Have demonstrated their advanced ability to provide leadership to their colleagues through either clinical or administrative means.
  • Have gained demonstrable advanced experience and attained such ability in the relevant speciality that is acceptable to CHS, to justify a recommendation for advancement to Senior Specialist by the Review Panel.
  • Be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake duties and responsibilities deemed by CHS as those expected of a Senior Specialist.
  • Be able to demonstrate that they are performing at a level consistent with this competency framework.
  • Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

    • Be granted with their Scope of Clinical Practice through the Medical Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).
    • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
    • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

    Contact Officer: Dr Florian Wertenauer, Clinical Director Adult Acute Mental Health Services – Phone (02) 5124 0000

    For further information, please visit

    Applications Close: 14 February 2023


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