Registered Nurse Level 4.2 - Assistant Director of Nursing

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Assistant in Nursing

Job Title: Assistant Director of Nursing
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 4.2
Position Number: 28555
Annual Salary: $122,486
Branch: Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services
Section: Justice Health Services
Vacancy Type: Temporary
Duration: Six months with possibility of extension.
Closing Date: 24 May 2018
Contact Officer: Dannielle Nagle (02) 6205 1062

About us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day to day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Overview of the work area and position

The Primary Health Team is a part of the Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services (MHJHADS) Division which is a contemporary evidence-based service providing high quality primary health care, within Canberra’s custodial and secure mental health environments. The service aims to provide collaborative, equitable and comprehensive health care that involves the patient and other key stakeholders and services. At this level you will provide senior leadership for the clinical and administrative operations of the Primary Health team. This includes the day-to-day management of human, financial and material resources allocated to ensure the provision of safe, efficient, cost-effective and high quality health care services.

Eligibility/Other Requirements


• Registration with the National Nursing and Midwifery Board through the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Minimum 12 months leadership/management experience.


• Previous management experience within a health setting.
• Holds or is working towards post graduate management qualifications.
• A current drivers licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.


This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension.


1. Develop, lead and manage the Primary Health team, with the support of senior medical, administration and allied health staff to provide day-to-day clinical services as well as long term care planning and targeted health care screening within the context of custodial or secure mental health environments within the ACT.

2. Manage the financial, human and administrative resources associated with the Primary Health team, promoting the safe and effective use of human and physical resources as well as complex relationships associated with industrial processes to ensure sound industrial relations.

3. Manage the delivery of primary health care services for people based within custodial and secure mental health settings within the ACT, to ensure access to services is consistent with clinical demand.

4. Manage the integration of services and complex relationships across health related sectors, governmental agencies such as Justice and Community Safety Directorate (JACS) as well as statutory agencies to ensure the effective provision of an integrated, comprehensive and responsive primary health care model.

5. Develop and implement comprehensive governance processes for the Primary Health team including Quality and Safety systems.

6. Ensure that clinical outcomes and performance indicators are kept and that Primary Health information systems are established and appropriately maintained.

7. Establish policies and procedures supportive of recovery based interventions and therapeutic programs for the effective and efficient operations of the Primary Health team consistent with statutory requirements and National Standards and Work Health & Safety legislation.

8. Undertaking other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the Primary Health team.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume 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.

(Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually).

1. Demonstrated ability in the management of multi-disciplinary teams
Relevant capabilities:
• resource utilisation and coordination of multi-disciplinary teams in the provision of clinical governance systems to deliver comprehensive, recovery based in-patient mental health services,
• build team competencies in collaboration with senior clinicians and lead teams using professional development activities, clinical supervision and performance monitoring processes as the framework, and
• manage human, financial and physical resources within the governance structure.

2. Provision of high-quality clinical services
Relevant capabilities:
• advanced clinical knowledge and understanding of therapeutic goals and program targets in the provision of mental health care within a secure environment,
• sound knowledge and understanding of recovery based therapy programs, goals and therapeutic outcomes within a secure environment,
• developing, implementing and evaluating responsive safety and quality systems to achieve clinical outcomes and meet performance indicators and
• highly developed time management skills and ability to prioritise your work and the work of the team in response to complex and changing demands.

3. Proven leadership and accountability
Relevant capabilities and behaviours:
• demonstrated ability to lead and support multi-disciplinary teams and to work collaboratively with consumers, carers and a broad range of internal and external stakeholders in the mental health sector,
• advanced knowledge of National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards and accreditation processes,
• flexible, adaptive and comfortable with a changing working environment, and
• the ability to provide leadership in the provision of mental health services in compliance with legislative requirements and national standards.

4. Ability to communicate with Influence
Relevant capabilities and behaviours:
• highly developed and effective written and verbal communication skills,
• ability to mentor and guide diverse teams and external parties in a collaborative and influential manner,
• ability to develop and maintain networks across ACT Health and with internal and external stakeholders, and
• strong negotiation and influencing skills in dealing with complex situations.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

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.