First listed on: 29 September 2017

Senior Career Medical Officer / Career Medical Officer

Apply now: www.health.act.gov.au/employment

Annual Salary: $197,201 - $211,643

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.

Canberra Hospital & Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include early childhood, youth and women's health; dental services, rehabilitation and community care; mental health and alcohol and drug services. In addition, justice health services are provided within the Territory's' detention facilities.

ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.


Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol & Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and 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 home.  These services include:

  • Rehabilitation and Speciality Services
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol & Drug Services
  • Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services

Overview of the work area and position:

The position holder is expected to operate within the Public Sector Management Act (1994), the ACT Public Service Code of Conduct and the professional requirements specified by the appointee's Specialist College.

The Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) incorporates 6 areas including the Opioid Treatment Service, Medical Services, Consultation and Liaison Service, 10 bed Inpatient Withdrawal Service, Police and Court Drug Diversion Service and Counselling and Treatment Services.

The Opioid Treatment Service pharmacotherapy program provides opiate substitution treatment to people in the ACT.

The Withdrawal Service provides a secure and supportive environment for safe, medically supervised withdrawal from alcohol and other drugs.

Consultation and Liaison Service provides assessment, support and referral for clients who have been admitted to CH who also have an alcohol and/or drug issue.

The position will be accountable and responsible to the Chief Psychiatrist – Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services through an Individual Learning and Development Plan. In keeping with the value of collaboration, the position will operate in partnership with other members of the executive of the Division. Professional lines of accountability will be to the Clinical Director. MHJHADS aims to be socially inclusive and operate within a recovery-focussed and/or harm minimisation approach.

The successful applicant will have broad experience in Addiction Medicine.

Qualifications and experience

  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Proven performance in both undergraduate and postgraduate general practice education.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Comply with ACT Health Occupation Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.

Note: This position will either be filled as a Senior Career Medical Officer / Career Medical Officer, depending on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. This is a temporary full time position available for a period of 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

Reimbursement of relocation costs is available if you are successful and move to Canberra.

Medical Staff in the Health Directorate enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available atwww.health.gov.au/employment

About our great city, Canberra, Australia's National Capital:

Canberra is a city with outstanding amenities and excellent housing, educational and leisure opportunities. It is home to national icons and monuments as well as natural treasures. The coast and ski fields are nearby; Sydney is only three hours away by road. For more information on our great city and your future, visit: http://www.canberrayourfuture.com.au/

Contact Officer: Dr Mandy Evans, A/g Chief Psychiatrist (02) 6205 0687

Applications Close: 9 November 2017




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