Mental Health Clinician

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About us

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.


Territory Wide Mental Health Services (TWMHS) includes the Home Assessment and Acute Response Team (HAART) and the Police Ambulance Clinician Early Response (PACER) service. HAART and PACER provide assessment and intervention for acute mental health presentations.


The HAART team provides community in-reach into inpatient units to facilitate early discharge, hospital diversion, outreach assessment and treatment to people experiencing and living with a severe mental illness and complex needs in a community setting.  


PACER is a tri-service mental health co-response capability which works in partnership with ACT Policing and ACT Ambulance Services and provides a Police Officer, Ambulance Paramedic, and senior Mental Health Clinician who provide a timely mobile response to people experiencing mental health crisis.


About the role

The Mental Health Clinician reports to the HAART Manager and is supported by a cohesive multidisciplinary team (including nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, medical officers, and allied health assistants).


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 encouraged to apply.

Mandatory qualification and registrations

  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
    Current driver’s licence
  • The successful applicant will need to be available for weekend and after-hours work
  • Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role
  • Fulfill the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks

Highly desirable qualification and registrations

  • Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or working towards such
  • Approved as a Mental Health Officer under the Mental Health Act 2015, or eligible to be approved as a Mental Health Officer

Desirable qualification and registrations

  • Experience in working in partnership with emergency services personnel that promotes a spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and respect for each other’s philosophy, priorities, knowledge, skills, and experience
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and a minimum of three years’ (ideal five years’) post experience working professionally in mental health is preferred

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU)
  • Gain and maintain a NV1 National Security Clearance. If a clearance is not granted or maintained your employment in the role will not commence or, if already commenced, will be reassessed

Please note

PACER and HAART operate seven days a week, including weekends and public holidays, and the position holder will be required to work a rotating roster of 8 and 10-hour shifts, including on call arrangement overnight.

Close date: 20 August 2021





Mental Health Clinician


Point of Contact

Peter Sheils

0408 620 972

peter.sheils@act.gov.au

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