Nurse Unit Manager – Acute Mental Health


Unique opportunity for a Nurse Unit Manager to be part of the establishment & management of the new McKellar Mental Health & Wellbeing Centre at Barwon Health, Geelong.

  • Opportunity to build your own team & culture
  • Enhance your leadership career & quality of life in one of world’s most liveable regions
  • Relocation package & assistance available for suitable candidates
  • Permanent Full Time Leadership Role - 80 hrs per fortnight

We are seeking a Nurse Unit Manager to oversee the implementation and operational management of our newly developed McKellar Mental Health & Wellbeing Centre. The 16-bed unit has been thoughtfully developed in response to the Royal Commission and will provide specialised mental health care for older adult (50 years +), including those with complex mental health and general health co-morbidities.

This leadership position offers a rare opportunity to manage a unit from the establishment stage through to it being fully operational (mid-2022).

About the facility

Barwon Heath Mental Health Drugs & Alcohol Services are actively building upon our nationally recognised reputation for innovative clinical programs and integrated models of practice that are consumer-centred, accessible and family inclusive. From the recent Royal Commission, we have been fortunate to receive funding for a new 16-bed Older Adult Acute Mental Health Unit, which is currently being built on our McKellar site. This contemporary designed facility has a co-designed model of care that is recovery oriented and trauma informed. It will provide clinical inpatient care for consumers aged 50 years+ with acute and sub-acute needs, with onsite facilities for outpatient appointments.

About the role

This NUM position will incorporate providing leadership and operational management of the centre from its current development phase to the opening of the unit in mid-2022. You will be required to implement Barwon Health’s Mental Health Directorate contemporary vision for inpatient service delivery, which has been purposively co-designed by service users (consumers and carers) and service providers. This vision includes instilling a recovery oriented, consumer centred approach to service delivery, with an active therapeutic group program, a range of multidisciplinary assessments and treatments, and a peer support program.

The role will also include bed-flow coordination responsibility to ensure those most in need have timely access to beds. There will be the opportunity to provide continuous improvement initiatives within the service and to work with the Acute Intervention Services leadership team to provide relevant quality reporting, business planning and service development.

About the culture

The Acute Intervention Services Leadership Team fosters a supportive environment that promotes professional development, service improvement and enhanced intra- and inter- service relationships to ensure all staff, consumers and our community benefit from each interaction with mental health services.

We pride ourselves in team work and flexibility, and encourage all interested senior registered psychiatric nurses to apply for this position.

What we offer

  • Relocation packages & assistance
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Attractive salary packaging benefits!

Diversity and Inclusion
At Barwon Health we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

If we can assist you with any reasonable adjustments in order to submit your application for this role, please contact the Mental Health Recruitment team via email at noting your preferred method of communication and contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.

Close date: 30 November 2021

Point of contact: 

Rachel Tindall

0431 642 811


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