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Staff Specialist Psychiatrist - Psychiatric Emergency Service

Hunter New England, NSW

Permanent Part Time



Purpose of Position

To provide expert psychiatric care to patients presenting for assessment to the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at the Mater Mental Health Centre, Waratah, NSW. The role includes the acute assessment office, the inpatient care of 4 short stay beds (PECC beds) and an 8 bed Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).The role is significant in the busy 100 bed Mater Mental Health Unit, involving assessing patients who self-present, arrive with family/friends, brought to the hospital by the emergency services or referred from the adjacent Calvary Mater Hospital Emergency Department.The skills of the successful applicant will include sound knowledge and experience of emergency and intensive care psychiatry, an ability to communicate effectively and respectfully with patients, families, nursing and allied health staff as well as junior and senior medical colleagues.

Selection Criteria

Evidence of being a MEDICAL EXPERT, with a medical degree registrable in Australia and fellowship of the RANZCP.

Evidence of being a good COMMUNICATOR, including both oral and written skills and a high level approach to communicating with staff including generating agreement, collaborating and dealing with conflict.

Evidence of being a good COLLABORATOR, including the ability to network and operate with an interdisciplinary framework and to work with other stakeholders in a variety of settings.

Evidence of being a good MANAGER, including skills and knowledge in all the aspects of management of medical staff and governance of health services.

Evidence of being an ADVOCATE for good mental health care, by being able to demonstrate fairness and transparency in dealing with staff matters and preparedness to demonstrate and promote values of the service.

Evidence of being a SCHOLAR, including evidence and ongoing willingness of continued professional development or further study in the health.

Evidence of being a PROFESSIONAL, including an understanding of bioethics and the role of psychiatrist in public mental health, the need for peer review and other forms of clinical governance, a professional attitude towards patients, staff and family, and ability to be flexible in work role.

Able to drive a standard motor vehicle and able to obtain a drivers licence to drive in NSW.