Health Professional Level 3 - Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist Of Assertive Community Outreach Services (ACOS)

Job Title: Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Psychologist of Assertive Community Outreach Services (ACOS)
Classification:  Health Professional Level 3
Position Number: 16183
Annual Salary: $94,606 - $99,687 (up to $104,631 on achieving a personal upgrade) 
Branch: Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services  
Section: Adult Community Mental Health Services  
Vacancy Type: Temporary Full-Time
Duration: 7 months
Closing Date: 2 October 2020  
Contact Officer: Jane Sprague (02) 6205 1*** ************

Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.
Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

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:

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance of well-being and harm minimisation. The participation of people access sour service is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. MHJHADS works in partnership with individuals, carers and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

MHJHADS delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including people’s home. These services include:
• Adult Acute Mental Health Services
• Adult Community Mental Health Services
• Alcohol and Drug Services
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
• Justice Health Services
• Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services

This psychologist position is based in the Assertive Community Outreach Service. The Assertive Community Outreach Service (ACOS) is a dynamic and supportive multidisciplinary team providing assertive community outreach treatment to people experiencing and living with a severe mental illness and complex needs in a community setting. 

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.

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 model of care 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 mental illness. 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 model of care 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 working in a program that comprises access, hospital diversion, assertive outreach, and community recovery and therapy services.  

Eligibility/Other Requirements

For Occupational Therapy:
• Be registered or eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
• Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
• Minimum of three years, ideally five years, post-qualification experience.

For Psychology:
• Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Psychology Board of Australia.
• Minimum of three years, ideally five years, post-qualification experience.

For Social Work:
• Degree in Social Work.
• Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
• Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
• Minimum of three years, ideally five years, post-qualification experience.

Highly desirable:
• Have a strong understanding of working in an adult community mental health service.

Other qualifications:
• Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
• Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
• Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

This is a temporary position available for seven months.


Exercising independent professional judgement on moderately complex tasks and under limited professional supervision for more complex tasks:

• Provide appropriate skilled clinical assessment and interventions appropriate to people with complex mental health issues using established techniques and methods to enable people to live as independently as possible while engaging in meaningful and productive life roles. While including carers, children, Nominated Persons, GPs, and other service providers in the recovery planning process, as required.

• Adhere to risk management processes, identifying and escalating issues appropriately. 

• Complete clinical records and associated administrative process, while maintaining data retention policies, procedures and standards.

• Participate in clinical supervision, continuing professional development and personal performance review process. Provide professional supervision and training to Health Professionals Level 1 and 2, students, Allied Health Assistants, and other support staff.

• Actively contribute to the implementation of clinical governance activities, quality improvement projects, research programs, and health promotion in areas relevant to service.

• 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 ability to undertake relevant mental health assessment, plan treatment and provide evidence-based interventions in collaboration with people and their families/carers, within the relevant discipline scope of practice.

2. Demonstrated understanding of the principles of recovery and the National Standards for Mental Health Services.

3. Effective communication skills, and an understanding of and willingness to participate in, research, quality improvement activities and clinical supervision.

4. Demonstrated knowledge of current mental health services within the ACT and a working knowledge of current mental health and other relevant legislation.

5. Demonstrate a commitment to Work, Health and Safety (WHS) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Services’ 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.