Registered Nurse Level 3 Grade 1 - Bail Accommodation Clinician

Job Title: Bail Accommodation Clinician
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.1
Position Number: 45690
Annual Salary: $108,237 - $112,691
Branch: Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drugs Services
Section: Adult Community Mental Health Services Central Management
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-Time
Closing Date: 20 May 2020
Contact Officer: Bruno Aloisi (02) 5124 1*** ************  

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

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)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
• The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
• University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
• Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
• Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
• A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.

Overview of the Work Area and Position

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 high quality clinical interventions and care, and to achieve positive outcomes for people, including a specific focus on those people who are residing in Bail Accommodation. Bail Accommodation are residences that accommodate people as a condition of their bail. There is a current plan to establish bail accommodation in the ACT as part of a broader Corrective Services Accommodation Strategy. This role may also be involved in service design processes associated with this specific client cohort.

The applicant will be highly motivated to engage in consultative and educative practices with families, carers and other agencies. Importantly, nursing staff working within ACMHS are required to support people to achieve their personal recovery goals as identified in Care Plans.

The successful applicant will also be required to undertake professional development and clinical supervision, participate in quality initiatives, and contribute to multidisciplinary team processes. Providing supervision to staff at the Registered Nurse 1 and 2 Levels as well as students is a key part of the role.

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:

• Tertiary qualifications in Nursing with current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Minimum three years nursing experience in a mental health services, and
• Strong understanding of adult community mental health services.

• Post Graduate Qualification in Mental Health Nursing or working towards such, and
• Current driver’s license.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.


• As a member of a multi-disciplinary team and under some supervision;
• Undertake the provision of assessment, brief and longer term evidence-based interventions and clinical case management based on recovery principles for persons at risk of developing or with mental illness.
• Provide high standard clinical discipline-specific expertise within the multidisciplinary team processes and work collaboratively with people, carers and community agencies/other stakeholders to provide care co-ordination, education and clinical case management.
• Complete case notes to the required standard and meet reporting and data collection requirements, as well as initiating, coordinating and leading quality improvement activities.
• As an active team member participate in the monitoring, research and evaluation of mental health service provision.
• Undertake and provide clinical supervision and engage in ongoing professional development activities.
• Work within the Mental Health Act 2015 and other relevant legislation that impact on clinical service delivery.
• Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high-quality person and family centred, safe and high-quality patient care.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your curriculum vitae and experience. Your statement of claims against the Selection Criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

1. Proven clinical competence in collaborative assessment, planning, treatment and intervention of people with complex mental illnesses or disorders.

2. Demonstrated understanding of principles of Recovery and implications for practice.

3. Understanding of the National Standards for Mental Health Services and evidence of a sound knowledge of contemporary mental health issues and best practice approaches in mental health, and a working knowledge of current mental health and other relevant legislation.

4. Proven effective communication skills, and demonstrated ability to provide supervision, undertake research, staff education and quality initiatives.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.