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Parent and Infant Mental Health Clinician

South Eastern Sydney, NSW

Permanent Full Time

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Registered Nurse

Purpose of Position

The Parent and Infant Mental Health Clinician (PIMHC) will work alongside the CAMHS and Adult Community Mental Health Service for the St George Mental Health Service PIMH Team. The PIMHS team aims to improve the mental health of mothers, infants and their families by screening mothers at risk of having psychosocial vulnerabilities that impact on their parenting capacity and physical health issues in the anti and post natal periods.   The PIMHC will provide both intensive mental health care and longer term care coordination and consultation for pregnant women and parents who are primary carers for an infant up to 2 years of age, and who have severe and complex mental health problems. Priority will be based on severity of parental mental illness and/or complex management or family and other social issues that impact on the care of the infant. This includes mental health assessment, support and therapeutic interventions and education to various community partners and stakeholders in building work force capabilities.   South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is committed to improving the care provided to our patients in line with our vision of Working together to improve the health and wellbeing of our community.   All staff are expected to act as an appropriate and effective role model and promote culture and supporting practices that reflect the NSW Health CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment through demonstrated behaviours and interactions with patients, clients and employees.

Selection Criteria

Tertiary qualifications in Clinical Psychology, Psychology, Social work, Occupational Therapy and Nursing. For Clinical Psychology and eligible for membership of an appropriate professional body, Current Authority to Practice as a Registered Nurse/Midwife, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and current Driver’s License

Previous experience in working with parents and families with infants experiencing severe and complex parental psycho social and psychiatric problems in the perinatal period with demonstrated knowledge of the impact of mental health problems and mental illness on parenting, parent – infant relationships and infant development.

Approved post registration tertiary qualification relevant to adult mental health, perinatal and infant mental health or extensive clinical practice in the field of mental health.

Proven clinical leadership skills and experience in clinical teaching.

Demonstrated knowledge of computerised information systems and proven ability to utilise research / quality improvement strategies to effect changes in clinical practice

Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team

Demonstrated capacity to act as an independent consultant with excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills.