Mental Health Social Worker

ACT Health Redevelopment Unit
$85,000 - $90,000 Annual salary

Canberra Health Services

Clinical Services

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services

Adult Community Mental Health Services


Mental Health Social Worker


Health Professional Level 3

Salary Range: $87,257 - $91,942 (up to $96,502 on achieving a personal upgrade) (PN: 26875)


Canberra Health Services 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, 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. Individual and carer participation is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with individuals, 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:

  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
  • Justice Health Services

Overview of the work area and position

Adult Acute Mental Health Services (AAMHS) 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 carer’s 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.

This is a part time position (0.8FTE) within Adult Acute Mental Health Services and the successful applicant will be required to work across both the emergency department and the general hospital wards, with the support of the multi-disciplinary team, to provide complex mental health assessments and provide 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 successful applicant is expected to provide high quality interventions and achieve sound outcomes for individuals under minimal supervision. It is also an expectation that you will contribute your expertise to the multidisciplinary team and support the team in change processes. You will be required to undertake quality initiatives to promote service delivery at a standard of best practice. 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, an Administration Service Officer, Psychiatry Registrars and Consultant Psychiatrists.

Eligibility/Other Requirements


  • Degree in Social Work
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Minimum of three years (ideal five years) post qualification.

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).


This is a part-time permanent position available at 30:00 hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be paid pro-rata. In negotiation with your manager the position will operate 09:00 to 15:30, 5 days per week (Mon-Fri) or 08:30 to 16:30, 4 days per week (Mon–Thurs).

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via the Health website here.


Applications Close: 21 June 2019


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Date Posted
9 Jul 2019
3 Aug 2019
All Canberra ACT
Healthcare & Medical
Mental Health
Pay Description
Salary Range: $87,257 - $91,942 (up to $96,502 on achieving a personal upgrade) (PN: 26875)

Job Type
Full Time
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Education Level
Bachelor's Degree
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