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Canberra Hospital and Health Services, Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services, Adult Community Mental Health Services.

Canberra Health Services

Canberra Hospital and Health Services

Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services

Adult Community Mental Health Services

Assertive Community Outreach Service

Registered Nurse Level 3.1

Salary Range: $101,175 - $105,339 (PN: 27384)

About us: Canberra Health Services (CHS) 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. The core values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work. 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 and maintenance and harm minimisation. The participation of the people who use the service, including families and carers, is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with 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) and Justice Health Services. Overview of the work area and position: The nursing position is based in the Assertive Community Outreach Service (ACOS), a multidisciplinary team that is part of Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS). ACOS is a community based mental health service that provides team clinical management for consumers with a mental illness and complex needs and is situated at the Belconnen Community Health Centre. The position involves providing clinical management in a shared team environment, supervising staff and providing clinical oversight to the team. Please note that the Adult Community Mental Health Service is implementing a new Model of Care and that this position may change. Nursing staff working within MHJHADS are required to support people to achieve their personal recovery goals as identified in their Recovery Plan. The ACMHS provide services for people aged over 18 years and operate from the five Community Health Centres in the ACT (Gungahlin, Belconnen, City, Phillip, Tuggeranong) with a strong focus on the provision of timely and effective mental health interventions. The program is in the final stages of implementing a new model of care which will improve the responsivity and diversity of services offered to people. The new MoC is underpinned by principles of recovery and aims to: Increase standardisation of procedures, processes and practices to promote more internal consistency in service delivery and best practice interventions; clarify and delineate of the role and service functions to reduce duplication and inefficiencies, reduce administrative burden on staff and promote more direct clinical contact; provide optimal treatment for people in their homes and community as effective hospital diversion. The successful applicant will be required to work as a member of the multidisciplinary team providing assessment and management of people experiencing serve and enduring mental illness and complex needs. The applicant will be highly motivated to engage in consultative and educative practices with families, carers and other agencies. The successful applicant will also be required to undertake professional development and clinical supervision, participate in quality initiatives, and contribute to multidisciplinary team processes. Importantly the new MoC will allow greater opportunity for clinicians to deliver discipline specific interventions, with case-loads reflecting strengths based models of care. The position reports to a Team Leader who is based on site in the health centre and is supported by a cohesive multidisciplinary team (including Nurses, Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists, Allied Health Assistants). This is an exciting opportunity for someone who may be interested in a working in a program that comprises access, hospital diversion, assertive outreach, and community recovery and therapy services.  

Eligibility/Other Requirements: Mandatory: Approved tertiary qualifications or equivalent in nursing; current registration or eligibility for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia; more than 12 months nursing experience in a mental health services; strong understanding of adult community mental health services. Desirable: Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or working towards such; current drivers license. 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 (OMU); be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.

Note: ACOS operates an extended hours service, operating seven days a week from 08:30 to 21:00 and the position holder will be required to work a rotating roster including morning and evening shifts, weekends and public holidays.

Applications Close: 17 January 2019

02/01/2019 $0 ACT Australia 1 Community Services & Development
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