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Clinical Psychologist

Canberra Hospital and Health Services
Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services
Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health

Health Professional Level 3

Salary Range: $87,257 - $91,942 (up to $96,502 on achieving a personal upgrade) (PN: 23690)

ACT Health 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 Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region. 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 ACT Health 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. ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. The Mental Health, Justice Services and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) Division is a vibrant and diverse division within ACT Health and provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance and harm minimisation. Consumer and carer participation is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with consumers, carers and 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: Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services; Adult Acute Mental Health Services; Adult Community Mental Health Services; Alcohol and Drug Services; Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS); Justice Health Services and Dhulwa Mental Health Unit.
Overview of the work area and position: The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH), Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research is located on the grounds of the University of Canberra. The hospital, the ACT’s first sub-acute rehabilitation hospital, is part of ACT Health’s network of health facilities designed to meet the needs of our ageing and growing population. In 2018 two services within Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health services will move to UCH; 20 beds from Brian Hennessey Rehabilitation Centre (BHRC) to form the Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit (AMHRU) and 25 day places from Adult Mental Health Day Services (AMHDS). AMHRU is an inpatient rehabilitation unit whose aim is to attain and maximise independence through bio-psychosocial rehabilitation in all aspects of daily living for graduated community re-integration. The AMHDS will be located adjacent to AMHRU at UCH, and will focus upon step-down programs, pharmacotherapy, psychological therapies and healthy living skills.  Service delivery for both services is underpinned by evidence based mental health care, the principles of Recovery and the provision of collaborative care involving the person, their carers and other key stakeholders. The clinical psychologist is an integral member of the multidisciplinary team and, under limited professional supervision from the Allied Health Manager, is responsible for the provision of high quality psychological services to achieve sound outcomes for people within a therapeutic environment. This includes: Promoting positive outcomes through the provision of high quality clinical services; networking and health promotion activities education; education, individual or group service delivery; perform  novel, complex, critical or difficult tasks with professional supervision and anticipation in the supervision and training of other staff, as directed. The Clinical Psychologist position is a senior role within the AMHRU, it is expected that the role will contribute its expertise to the multidisciplinary team, provide supervision to staff at Health Professional Level 1 and 2, to Allied Health Assistants, and to students. The Clinical Psychologist position is supported by a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of Nurses, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Allied Health Assistants, Administration Service Officers, Creative Arts Therapists, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Liaison Officers, Peer Recovery Workers, Psychiatry Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists.

Eligibility/Other Requirements: Mandatory: Be registered or be eligible for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia; hold an Area of Practice Endorsement in Clinical Psychology and a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post qualification. Desirable: Approved or eligible for approval as a Psychology Board of Australian Principal and/or secondary Supervisor for 4+2 interns and/or Higher Degree students; current driver’s licence and previous experience with cognitive remediation. Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to undergo a pre-employment Police check; comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health and comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

Contact Officer: Susan Jacques (02) 6205 2187 susan.jacques@act.gov.au

For further information, please visit www.health.act.gov.au

Applications Close: 5 July 2018

Date Posted
Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Canberra, ACT
Job Type
Full Time, Permanent
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