Equal Ground will provide a safe, ACT-based environment for LGBTIQ people aged 16 and over with, or at risk of, a mental illness and/or suicide to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time. It will create an opportunity for people to discuss and explore issues without judgement, offering a layer of confidentiality and privacy. This is an evidence-based case management model, providing psychosocial treatment in a stepped-care model, starting with support via a Social Emotional Wellbeing Worker and moving to psychological treatment with one of the program’s psychologists, if required.
Equal Ground will have a strong focus on support and connections that starts with a meeting with a SEWB to develop a Wellness Plan and setting goals for the individual, with the option to step up to an appointment with one of the program’s psychologists, if needed.
The goal is to ensure the people who come to Equal Ground find the right groups to connect to so they can continue to feel part of their community – particularly if they come to us early in their journey of self-discovery.
Purpose of the Role
The Psychologist(s) will deliver integrated primary mental health services to clients aged 16 and up (no upper limit) who identify as LGBTIQ within the Canberra Community. The position will be responsible for the engagement, assessment and therapeutic intervention for and with clients eligible for services under ‘Psychological Services Targeting Specific Populations’ agreement (PHN, Capital Health Network Funded) and meaning those people who have a current GP Mental Health Treatment Plan.
The role will be well supported by the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Workers (SEWB) for this program and by all Marathon Health staff with a focus on the Canberra Region team. Key stakeholders include but are not limited to Program Staff, Community Stakeholders and Government Stakeholders.
Indicative responsibilities for this position include:
Clinical Service Delivery:
- Conduct psychosocial assessments including psychometric testing where appropriate.
- Deliver high quality therapeutic interventions that are person centred and meet the goals of the individual’s mental health plan in partnership with the individual and general practitioners. The interventions are to be evidence-based and appropriate for the client’s presenting problems based on assessment information.
- Work collaboratively to actively engage the LGBTIQ Community in appropriate health and related services.
- Provide mental health services for clients with a diagnosable mental illness within targeted communities.
- Adhere to the Australian Psychological Society Code of Ethics.
- Ensure absolute confidentiality relating to any information of a private nature concerning Equal Ground Clients.
- Maintain and update active client files and store these active files according to legal requirements, using the Strong Mind electronic patient record system (Mastercare).
- Complete the minimum data requirements as specified by the program funding contract and enter this information in accordance with Equal Ground policies and procedures.
- Develop linkages with general practitioners, area health service, NGO’s and other relevant health professionals in order to ensure support and further referral for those in need of additional mental health assistance.
- Provide clinical reports to GP’s and other clinicians per Marathon Health guidelines, in line with professional, ethical, legal and program guidelines.
- Deliver health services through new and advancing technologies (such as Telehealth).
- Participate in multidisciplinary clinical team meetings, care planning and case reviews with other clinical staff designed to increase the use of evidence-based interventions for people with mental health problems as required.
- Deliver outreach services into community at appropriate and community safe locations.
- Adhere to all policies and procedures which have been designed to minimise risk and ensure appropriate standards of safety and welfare are maintained and delivery of integrated and coordinated high quality.
- Adhere to Marathon Health’s clinical supervision policy and participate as needed in individual, peer and group supervision as organised by the Portfolio Manager,
- Contribute to the development, implementation, evaluation and reporting of continuous clinical quality improvement activities to improve the clinical service provision and outcomes for clients accessing the service.
- Provide the Portfolio Manger and Regional Manager with advice and feedback regarding the delivery of clinical services and identified gaps in service provision within the Canberra community.
- Assist to ensure that appropriate standards of safety, welfare and health care are instituted and maintained for staff and clients.
- Utilise a shared electronic clinical record and associated information.
- Contribute in the development of Marathon Health’s Business and Annual Plans to be submitted to the funding body; and ensure adherence to the reporting requirements of the Funding Agreement.
- Monitor and ensure that activities undertaken in relation to the funding agreement requirements are adhered to in line with Marathon Health policies and procedures.
- Actively communicate, and share knowledge, with other Marathon Health team members to ensure quality services.
- Work in accordance with the relevant Psychology Board of Australia requirements for Board Approved Supervisors.
Staff are expected to demonstrate our ICARE values:
- Integrity and Loyalty – be real Collaboration and Creativity – make connections Achievement and Pride – be proud Respect – demonstrate equality Empathy – open compassion
- Comply with the Work Health and Safety policies and procedures at all times.
- Undertake continuing professional development as required to ensure job skills remain current.
- Attend/participate in out-of-hours meetings and functions as required.
- Participate in staff activities and processes.
- Actively participate in annual performance planning and review activities.
- Other duties as directed from time to time.
Special Job Requirements
It is a requirement of this position that you hold a current drivers licence. On the occasions where you are requested to use a privately owned motor vehicle for work-related purposes, Marathon Health will pay a motor vehicle allowance on a per kilometre basis, according to our Policies and Procedures.
It is a requirement of this position that the successful applicant undertake a Police Check and/or Working with
Children Check prior to commencing work.
- Relevant tertiary qualifications for a Psychologist (Clinical/Registered). Mental Health professionals (including Nurses and Psychologists) must have full and unconditional registration with the relevant national body, including the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
- Experience in the delivery of a range of evidence based treatments relevant to working with people (including adolescents) with a mental illness (particularly behavioral and CBT intervention).
- Ability to use a clinical software package for electronic client records.
- Experience in, and/or willingness to, use new and advancing technologies to deliver health services (such as Telehealth) and provide outreach services.
- Experience with any of the following groups in a mental health setting:
- Working with LGBTIQ clients.
People who identify as LGBTIQ and have lived experience are encouraged to apply.
Canberra Health Services
Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services
Health Professional Level 3
Salary Range: $92,103 - $97,049 (up to $101,862 on achieving a personal upgrade) (PN: 37524)
Overview of the Work Area and Position
The Justice Health Services, Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) and the Extended Care Unit (ECU) provides high quality inpatient mental health care to people from 18 to 65 years of age.
The Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) is a secure mental health facility that first opened in November 2016. DMHU provides 24-hour, contemporary, evidence-based clinical mental health care for people who require secure inpatient treatment. DMHU provides a therapeutic and recovery-based approach, focused on individually tailored treatment programs to maximise mental health care outcomes for patients. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the person, their carers and other key services.
The Extended Care Unit (ECU) is a specialist mental health facility adjacent to Calvary Hospital in Bruce. The ECU sits within the Stepped Care Model of mental health care, providing medium term residential care for people who require rehabilitation and support to transition into the community setting. The ECU provides a range of contemporary, community focused rehabilitation interventions, programs and services.
DMHU offers 10 acute care beds and 15 rehabilitation beds and the ECU has five beds for community transition. Both units are managed by the Justice Health Services (JHS) program in the MHJHADS Division.
The Clinical/Forensic Psychologist role is responsible for the provision of high quality psychological assessments and interventions under limited supervision. The role is also expected to contribute subject matter expertise to the multidisciplinary team, providing supervision to staff at Health Professional Level 2 and 1, Allied Health Assistants and students and supporting the Therapy Manager in service development processes.
All team members are required to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.
The position is supported by a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of Nurses, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Allied Health Assistants, Administration Service Officers, Psychiatry Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists.
Under broad direction, you will play a key role in providing day to day recruitment, human resource and contract management across CHS. The successful applicant will be proactive, flexible, adaptive and comfortable with a changing working environment.
- Be registered (or eligible for general registration
- Eligible for an area of practice endorsement in either clinical or forensic psychology
- Minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience in a related field (i.e. mental health, criminal justice, disability and/or drug and alcohol).
- Approved or eligible for approval as a Psychology Board of Australia Principal and/or Secondary Supervisor for 4+2 interns and/or Higher Degree Students.
- Experience or training in behaviour modification and/or clinical risk assessment
- Current driver’s licence.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
- Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
- Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011
- Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
- Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for Allied Health Professionals.
How to Apply: For further information, please visit www.health.act.gov.au. (Ref.01L28)
Contact Officer: Emily Brown (02) 5124 1851 emily.p.brown [at] act.gov.au.
Applications Close: 20 August 2019