Australia – HEALTHCARE

Intake and Assessment Team Psychiatrist - 2180

Location: Melbourne
Salary: Competitive DOE
Position: Full time

Nexventur is working closely with a leading children’s hospital in Melbourne that has been providing outstanding care for the children’s of Victoria and their families for the past 150 years. The hospital is a major specialists paediatric hospital in Victoria and care extends to children from Tasmania, New South Wales, across Australia and overseas.

With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff campus wide of close to 4,000, they provide a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.

The hospital is the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation.

They also lead a number of state-wide services, including:

  • Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service: delivering paediatric rehabilitation services to children, adolescents and their families.
  • Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program: providing a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care for children across Victoria.
  • Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service providing assessment and care for abused, assaulted and neglected children and adolescents.
  • Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program: conducting hearing screenings of newborn babies while they are in hospital. The delivery of this service involves working with diagnostic audiology and early intervention services from across
  • Victoria, Australian Hearing, Cochlear Implant Clinic, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, The University of Melbourne School of Audiology and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Sponsorship and relocation packages are available to the right candidates. 

This role may require professional registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Agency (AHPRA)

Role and responsibilities

The hospital’s Mental Health Service Intake and Assessment Team and Community Programs is undergoing an exciting transformation and expansion as we implement the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System. The transformation will allow the hospital’s Mental Health Service to help more infants and children and their families and implement contemporary models of care that best meet the needs of the families we serve and support them to use their collective strengths for recovery and hope.

The successful candidate will be a highly valued member of the team and, working as part of a interdisciplinary team, will be responsible for providing high quality tertiary mental health care for children up to 15 years and their families through skilled triage and assessment and clinical intervention.

The hospital Mental Health unit is a Level 5 tertiary Infant, Child and Family Area Mental Health and Wellbeing Service and comprises community and hospital-based services.  The Community teams are led by a partnership between a Team Coordinator and a Consultant Psychiatrist, with the Team Coordinator responsible for the operational functioning of the team, and the Consultant Psychiatrist accountable for driving high quality clinical care across the Team.

The Intake and Assessment Team Psychiatrist is a new senior leadership role and has been created as part of the transformation that the team will be undertaking over the next two years. The successful candidate will have a key role in shaping and implementing this transformation, as well as immediately increasing the capacity and capability of the team to provide timely responses to consumers, families and referrers, including managing risk.

As well as supervising and undertaking training and mental health assessments, the successful candidate will also provide direct clinical intervention to consumers and families, including via the hospital Mental Health Service’ version of single session therapy. A high degree of collaboration will be required with the senior leaders of the three community based case management teams.

You will be responsible for:

  • Direct clinical delivery
  • Leadership
  • Supervision

Qualifications and experience

  • Registration as medical practitioner and Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification
  • Completion of accredited postgraduate training in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Completion of further recognised training in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Extensive experience in working in the mental health sector and sound knowledge of the relevant legislation pertaining to Mental Health.
  • Accreditation as an RANZCP Supervisor
  • Excellent clinical skills and a commitment to professional development
  • Previous experience working in an intake and assessment function
  • Previous experience in either leading or being involved in implementing change

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