First listed on: 26 October 2017

Specialist / Senior Specialist

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Indicative total package value of between: $261,392 - $346,594 ($261,392 - $318,194 Specialist 1-5 only) inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 9.5% super.

About us:

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 & Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

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 and 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 preferred applicant maybe considered for a conjoint appointment in The Australian National University at an academic level commensurate with the applicant's qualifications and experience.  The academic appointment will be held for the duration of the ACT Health appointment and will be subject to regular performance reviews.  No remuneration is attached to the University position.  The appointee will be responsible to the University on academic matters and to (The Canberra Hospital/ACT Health) for (research/clinical) matters.

Overview of the work area and position:

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) 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:
• ACT Wide Mental Health Services (ACT Wide MHS)
• Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)
• Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS)
• Alcohol & Drug Services (ADS)
• Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
• Justice Health Services (JHS)

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated and enthusiastic Clinical Director of Justice Health Services Primary Health for the ACT.  This position will provide clinical leadership including clinical duties to the Primary Health Service comprising established Primary Health Services at the Alexander Maconochie Centre, Bimberi Youth Detention Facility and the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit.

The position holder is expected to operate within the Public Sector Management Act (1994), the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct and the professional requirements specified by the appointee's Specialist College.

The position will be accountable and responsible to the Director of Clinical Services – Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services through an Individual Learning and Development Plan. In keeping with the value of collaboration, the position will operate in partnership with other members of the executive of the Division. 

The Clinical Director and the Operational Director for each program area will work in collaboration to ensure high quality outcomes for the people who use the program. In addition, they will work in collaboration with other program areas to ensure high quality outcomes for the people who use services from the Division.

In conjunction with the Director of Clinical Services, the appointee will be expected to provide a high level of clinical leadership to ensure that allocated resources are managed to meet all service delivery targets. A key role will be to ensure medical engagement with the Division, and to efficiently manage medical staff recruitment, placement and leave arrangements. The appointee will be expected to represent the Division both internally and externally in a range of strategic and planning forums.

It is expected that approximately 75% of the Clinical Director's time will be focused on their substantive clinical service delivery role and approximately 25% will be allocated to the other duties.

Qualifications and experience

  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner's Regulation Agency.


·        Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other related legislation.

·        Current drivers licence.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.

Note: This position is a permanent senior specialist position. The Clinical Director position is for a three year tenure.

Salary, Remuneration and Conditions:

Starting salary will be negotiated within this band for the successful applicant, depending on their experience and expertise. Relevant parties are currently negotiating future pay rises that will increase these base salaries. 

Superannuation, ranging from 9.5%-10.5% depending on individual arrangements, is payable on this salary component. 

ACT Health is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we strongly encourage people from an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background, or People with Disability, to apply for all positions.
Relocation allowance is available to assist with relocation of specialists to Canberra.

Medical Staff in the Health Directorate enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available
About our great city, Canberra, Australia's National Capital:

Canberra is a city with outstanding amenities and excellent housing, educational and leisure opportunities. It is home to national icons and monuments as well as natural treasures. The coast and ski fields are nearby; Sydney is only three hours away by road. For more information on our great city and your future, visit:

Contact Officer: Dr Mandy Evans, A/g Chief Psychiatrist (02) 6205 0687
Contact Officer ANU: Professor Imogen Mitchell, Dean, ANU Medical School (02) 6125

Applications Close: 16 November 2017

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