Registered Nurse Level 3 Grade 1

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Part time

$101,175 - $105,339

Registered Nurse

Job Title: Registered Nurse
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.1
Annual Salary: $101,175 - $105,339
Branch: Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Services
Section: Adult Mental Health Services
Vacancy Type: Permanent Full-time and Part-time
Position Number: 39851, several
Closing Date: 26 July 2018
Contact Officer: Leanne Done (02) 6174 5406  

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 provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, support 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 people.

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 home. These services include:
o Adult Acute Mental Health Services
o Rehabilitation and Specialty Services
o Adult Community Mental Health Services
o Alcohol and Drug Services
o Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
o Justice Health Services

Overview of the work area and position

Adult Acute Mental Health Services provide person centred, high quality, and contemporary mental health care across the Canberra Hospital campus that is guided by the principles of Recovery. AAMHS services aim to provide collaborative care involving the person, their Carers and other key clinical and support services.

The Mental Health Consultation Liaison Service provides an integrated, acute mental health service within the Emergency Department and General and Medical wards of the Canberra Hospital. The Mental Health Consultation Liaison Service provides specialist mental health assessment and treatment services through a multi-disciplinary team and interventions are based on best available clinical evidence with an emphasis on positive outcomes that are tailored to an individual ’s needs.

The successful applicant will be required to undertake complex mental health assessments and work as a senior clinician within a multi-disciplinary team, providing high standard clinical skills and expertise in the assessment and provision of short-term management strategies for people in acute distress and with major mental health conditions. The applicant will demonstrate a recovery focus and be highly motivated to engage in consultation, support and educative practices with other clinical teams, families, carers and other agencies

All team members are required to undertake professional development and professional supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes. The position is supported by a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, an Administration Service Officer, Psychiatry Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• Sound understanding of acute mental health services and proven experience in complex clinical mental health, risk assessment and intervention.
• A minimum of three years paid post qualifying work experience in a related/relevant organisation/service
• Tertiary qualifications in nursing.
• Post graduate mental health nursing qualifications.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


Please note this advertisement is for two positions. One is full-time and the other is part-time. Selection may be based on written applications and referees only. An order of merit list may be established to fill future vacancies at level over the next 12 months.


As a senior member of the multidisciplinary team;

1. Provide a client centred, recovery focused approach to complex clinical assessment for people experiencing mental health crisis or acute psychological distress within the Emergency Department and General & Medical Wards of the Canberra Hospital.

2. Adopt proactive and assertive consultation liaison practices with the extended care teams and appropriate community and government agencies and support the inclusion of Carers and families in a person’s immediate treatment planning

3. Provide advanced clinical expertise within the treating multidisciplinary team by working collaboratively with the people requiring assessment, their Carers and Community Agencies to support proactive care co-ordination.

4. Provide clinical leadership and utilize expertise and advanced skills to work with the extended care teams and build capacity within the ED and general / medical environments to support the safe treatment and care of people experiencing mental health issues through formal and information training and education.

5. Participate in the monitoring, research and evaluation of service provision within the Mental Health Consultation Liaison Team.

6. Undertake and provide clinical supervision, participate in ongoing professional development activities and be actively involved in clinical governance systems and processes through quality activities, program and process evaluation, outcomes measurement and membership of committees and working parties.

7. Apply clinical practice in accordance with the Mental Health Act 2015 and other relevant legislations,

8. Participate in a seven day, 24 hour roster.

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. Provision of high-quality mental health clinical intervention

Relevant capabilities:
• Expert clinical knowledge of mental health practice including a demonstrated ability to undertake complex mental health and to provide high-quality, recovery based mental health interventions.
• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in clinical research, risk management, program evaluation, leading quality improvement activities and providing clinical supervision.

2. Ability to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team

Relevant capabilities:
• Demonstrated ability to lead and work within a multi-disciplinary team.
• Ability to manage challenging behaviours within a high acuity clinical environment.
• Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships

3. Proven leadership and accountability

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:
• Demonstrated ability lead and support a multi-disciplinary team to work collaboratively with people presenting to the service, carers and internal and external stakeholders in the mental health sector.
• Demonstrated understanding of the National Standards for Mental Health Services, best practice approaches, current mental health services within the ACT and knowledge of current and relevant legislation.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively liaise and consult with carers, GPs, relevant agencies.
• Demonstrate the capacity to contribute to building a team focused on high quality customer service.

4. Ability to communicate with Influence

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to consult, negotiate and liaise effectively with a diverse range of people.
• Ability to work with and lead diverse teams and external parties in a consultative, collaborative and influential manner.
• Proven ability to develop and maintain networks with internal and external stakeholders
• Competent negotiation and influencing skills in dealing with challenging 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.

Relevant capabilities and behaviours:
• Demonstrates a respect and sensitivity to diverse backgrounds and cultures
• Sharing responsibility and participative response to organisational decision-making process
• Carry out responsibilities in a safe and secure working environment
• Knowledge of nationally consistent frameworks to support the health and safety of workers and the workplace
• Application of organisational values relating to Integrity, Collaboration, Excellence and Care.

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.