Nurse Practitioner

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Registered Nurse

Job Title: Nurse Practitioner
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 4.2
Annual Salary: $122,486
Branch: Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services
Section: Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-time
Position Number: 19393
Closing Date: 26 July 2018
Contact Officer: Kylie Henson (02) 6205 1962  

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.

Mental Health, Justice Health and 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, maintenance and harm minimisation. Consumer and carer participation is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with consumers, carers and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including peoples’ homes. These services include:
• Rehabilitation and Speciality Mental Health Services (RSMHS)
• Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS)
• Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS)
• Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS)
• Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
• Justice Health Services (JHS)

Overview of the work area and position

The Older Persons Mental Health Community Team is a specialist mental health assessment and care service for people over the age of 65 years who have, or are suspected of having, a complex mental illness. The multidisciplinary team works within a clinical management model to provide mental health assessment and treatment services within a recovery framework. The Team consists of three sub-teams, the Assessment Team, the Clinical Management Team and the Intensive Treatment Service.

The Assessment Team is responsible for the management of referrals, providing initial assessments, clarification of treatment goals and short term treatment. The Clinical Management Team provides longer term follow up to people who present with moderate to severe complexities. The Intensive Treatment Service provides a home based service to people who are in an acute phase of their mental health condition, as an alternative to a mental health inpatient admission.

The Nurse Practitioner (NP) works collaboratively as part of the multidisciplinary Intensive Treatment Service to enhance access to comprehensive mental health assessment, treatment and clinical care to support older persons to be discharged from hospital and provides increased levels of support for older persons who are becoming unwell in the community with the aim of preventing unnecessary hospital admissions.

This role will provide assessment, evidence based treatment and clinical management to people, within a recovery framework, facilitate group work and provide leadership and support to registered nurses, allied health professionals and allied health assistants.

The role will also require the team member to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.

The Nurse Practitioner will report operationally to the Team Manager and professionally to the MAHJHADS Director of Nursing.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with no conditions or undertaking relating to unsatisfactory professional performance or unprofessional conduct.
• Endorsed as a Nurse Practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
• Successful completion of an NMBA approved program of study leading to endorsement as a nurse practitioner or a program that is substantially equivalent to an NMBA approved program of study leading to endorsement as a nurse practitioner as determined by the NMBA.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


The successful candidate must be available to work within all program areas of Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services and all sub-teams of the Older Persons Mental Health Community Team as service needs arise.


1. Provide comprehensive clinical nursing leadership, ensuring holistic recovery based advanced assessment, intensive support and person centred management planning and investigation including physical assessments, diagnostic reasoning and referrals, together with therapeutic interventions, including psychopharmacological interventions, for people experiencing mental health difficulties and issues of aging within the NP scope of practice.

2. Develop and maintain agreed Mental Health NP Clinical Practice Guidelines, including medication formulary, to support the highest level of clinical nursing practice and leadership as an autonomous health professional.

3. Provide clinical leadership, support and clinical expertise, consultation and liaison within the multidisciplinary team and other health professionals across ACT Health and to external health care and community service providers, such as general practitioners and non-government agencies.

4. Work collaboratively with consumers, their families and carers, the multidisciplinary team and other health and community service providers to develop cohesive, recovery orientated responses to the needs of older people and their families and carers.

5. Undertake and provide clinical supervision and professional development activities and be actively involved in clinical governance systems and processes through quality improvement activities, care evaluation, outcomes measurement and membership of committees and working parties.

6. Work within the Mental Health Act 2015 and other relevant legislation and meet the requirements of the role of Mental Health Officer as determined this legislation.

7. Comply with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia code of ethics and code of professional conduct and Nurse Practitioner Standards for Practice (2014).

8. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the section as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice.

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.

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.

1. Demonstrates advanced practice in mental health nursing clinical knowledge, skills and experience in undertaking evidence based clinical assessment, formulation, investigation, diagnosis, psychopharmacological and therapeutic interventions for older people living with mental health conditions.

2. Demonstrated ability to provide clinical & professional nursing leadership, including the ability to manage clinical demand and mentor staff within a multi-disciplinary and recovery orientated environment to ensure high standards of safe clinical practice.

3. Extensive knowledge of relevant legislation and current mental health plans, models of care, standards, policies, procedures, guidelines and directions at a national and territory level

4. High level of interpersonal, written & verbal communication skills with a proven ability to successfully liaise, negotiate and communicate using a wide range of communication tools with a range of staff, agencies, consumers, carers and service providers within a complex health care environment.

5. Evidence of commitment to, and participation in, ongoing professional development, quality improvement activities, clinical and/or educational research and the ability to synthesise and analyse complex information to make informed decisions.

6. Demonstrates 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.