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Job Number : 23237
Type and Location : Psychologist / Melbourne
Listed By : Melbourne Health on 7 Dec 2017
Mental Health Clinician

Senior Registered Nurse (RPN4), Senior Social Worker (SW3), Senior Occupational Therapist (OT3), Senior Psychologist (P3)

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We are looking for a compassionate and open minded professional to join our Emergency Mental Health Team working at The Royal Melbourne Hospital within Inner West Area Mental Health Service, a service of NorthWestern Mental Health.  The position is Full Time – permanent and based at The Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The Emergency Mental Health Team at The RMH is a busy, dynamic, and supportive team that provides a variety of roles, including;

·         Emergency Mental Health (EMH) Clinician providing a primary assessments and consultation to patients presenting to The RMH requiring mental health assessment.

·         Police and Clinical Emergency Response (PACER) Clinician primary assessments and consultation to consumer referred by Police first response teams placed under s3551 of the Victorian MHA with the goal of assessing people in the community and avoiding Emergency Department where possible.

·         Engage Clinician provide post discharge follow up from for consumer assessed by EMH and PACER who are not linked with a public mental health service. This follow is complete by phone and in person (within The RMH) where appropriate.

The successful clinician will participate in all roles to varying degrees, with the primary role of Emergency Mental Health clinician within the Emergency Department, with key responsibilities of;

·         Consultation and referral management with ED staff in identifying and assessing persons with a possible mental illness.

·         Provide comprehensive mental health and risk assessments for clients triaged and referred.

·         Obtaining collateral from care provider and engaging with family and carers.

·         Develop mental health treatment and management plans within the ED and organise ongoing assistance before the patient is discharged from the ED.

·         Provide mental health care consistent with the Mental Health Act and National Mental Health Standards.

·         Facilitate and encourage continuity of care processes between adult psychiatric

·         Inpatient / community, youth, aged care services and the emergency department.

·         Locate and arrange timely access to inpatient beds.

A typical day might include:


·         Completing mental health assessments

·         Assisting in the management of patients under the MHA or who are acutely distress, agitated or violent

·         Consultation and provision of information to ED staff for patients not referred

·         Referral and communication with follow up services within the community

·         Liaison and collaboration with the EMH colleagues, team psychiatrist and psychiatric registrar.

·         Communication of assessment and plans within the ED symphony system

·         Transfer of patients to inpatient unit (onsite or via ambulance transfer)

·         Liaison with emergency services on arrival to the emergency department

·         This work is undertaken in a supported, but high autonomous manner.

You will maintain strong working networks with The RMH Emergency Department, John Cade Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, Acute health and Access Team, NWMH Triage and IWAMHS community teams.

About You:

·         You are passionate about working with people with mental illness experiencing acute relapse or crises.

·         You make sound clinical decisions and seek support when required

·         You are highly organise and possess excellent verbal and written communication skills

·         You hold high professional standards and are accountable for your decisions

·         You are interested in further developing your career

You Have: 

·         Minimum 5 years’ experience working with people experiencing mental illness (EMH experience or acute mental health desired)

·         Strong understanding of mental illness, assessment and risk

Why Us:

Our service strives to create the best possible learning opportunities available to complement and support both emerging and existing expertise. We encourage our teams to participate in their own practice development by engaging in available learning opportunities within the service, as well as being committed to sharing their knowledge with their colleagues.

·         Employee Assistance and Peer Support Programs

·         Salary packaging options

·         Professional development and research opportunities


Get to know us at and if you have any questions or want to know more we would love you to connect with us. We look forward to hearing from you.

We are a diverse workforce that is reflective of the community we care for.  We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity, ethical practice, and the principles of Cultural Diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disability, and people who identify as LGBTI.

We build teams that embrace our values – caring, excellence, integrity, respect, and unity.

Join us to be the first in Care, Research and Learning

 All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Record Check and a Working with Children Check. Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of an immunisation assessment prior to commencement.

Contact Details
Enquiries to:

Terry Runciman, Phone No: 0425725006

Erin Rees, Phone No: 0437284745

Applications Close: 20.12.2017

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