Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist / Visiting Medical Officer / Psychiatrist Adult Acute Mental Health | Full-time Permanent

ACT Government

  • Full Time
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

  • Published : 2023-01-17
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Job Description

  • Job Title Healthcare



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:  

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 and 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.

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 and Health Services / Canberra Health Services for clinical/ research matters.

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

Note:  If applying for a specialist role the successful candidate will receive the Psychiatry Group ARIN, On-Call Allowance and Private Practice Scheme A. If applying for a VMO role, the doctor will not be eligible for these allowances. Sessional and Fee for Service Rates apply for VMO roles.

Base annual salary for the Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist is as follows: $188,151 - $254,198


Under limited direction of the Clinical Director, you 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. You will:

  • Provide direct psychiatric services in a variety of settings including the provision of ECT services.
  • Teach and supervise psychiatry trainees and Medical students.
  • Contribute to the clinical oversight of multi-disciplinary teams and in particular:
    - Provide expert opinion and consultation on clinical work;
    - Participate in the develop, implementation and ongoing review of the recovery plans for persons using the service.
  • Liaise and collaborate with medical practitioner, consumers, carers, voluntary and government and non-government agencies concerned with patients care.
  • Participation in administration and clinical governance activities and the after-hours roster as required.
  • Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high-quality person and family centred, safe and high quality patient care.

    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 particularly encouraged to apply.

    Behavioural Capabilities

  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet clients’ needs;
  • Displays critical thinking skills and forms defensible conclusions based on evidence and sound judgement;
  • Effective communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain networks across Canberra Health Services and with external parties; and
  • Ability to work within multi-disciplinary and management teams and adapt quickly to a changing environment, including managing confidential and sensitive information.
  • 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.
  • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide . 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.
  • Current driver licence is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other related legislation.
  • You will need to understand how the  (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • You will need to fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS , ,  and other .
  • 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.
  • For Senior Specialist we will also expect that you:

  • Have demonstrated advanced clinical experience outlined in a curriculum vitae 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 their Scope of Clinical Practice through the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).
    • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
    • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.


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