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Job Number : 30058
Type and Location : Other / Northern Territory
Listed By : UM Canberra on 24 Mar 2020
Senior Mental Health Advisor

EL 1

$101,955 - $115,005 (plus super)
Palmerston, NT


If you are a highly motivated Mental Health Professional with a minimum of 3 years post graduate experience as a Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist or Mental Health Registered Nurse and have an interest in providing a continuum of healthcare to Australian Defence Force personnel who are every bit as committed and focused as you, then this position would suit you.

As the Senior Mental Health Advisor (SMHA) you will be responsible for the provision of high quality mental health advice and reporting to the Commanding Officer, Joint Health Unit-Central Australia. You will be responsible for the governance, monitoring and reporting of mental health & psychology service delivery, implementation of the mental health and psychology service delivery model, processes and procedures and assist with the prioritisation of staff effort and provide supervision on complex case management.

Defence provides a fair, flexible, safe and rewarding workplace with a focus on achieving outcomes, committed to investing in you, by providing a range of learning and development programs to help you reach your full potential while enjoying experiences and opportunities that you simply wouldn’t get with any other organization. Your working hours will be conducive to fostering work/life balance with additional leave benefits in line with government positions including paid and unpaid leave options.

You’ll be joining a team of people who are caring and supportive by nature. You will add value with a similarly positive, optimistic and open-minded approach. You must be able to work autonomously but will value teamwork and the support of those around you. Under the One Defence leadership you will be part of a White ribbon accredited, culturally sensitive workplace which is respectful, trusted and proven to deliver always.

The SMHA is responsible for the provision of high quality mental health advice and reporting to support the proactive and wholistic health management of Australian Defence Force personnel.

This position reports to the Commanding Officer Joint Health Unit – Central Australia (CO JHU-Connel.A) who is responsible for the delivery of health care to Australian Defence Force members across South Australia, the Northern Territory and Malaysia. There are two SMHAs within the Unit (one is responsible for South Australia and one is responsible for the Northern Territory). Each SMHA acts as the Technical Advisor to the local Officer in Charge / Manager of the Mental Health and Psychology Section (OIC / Manager MHPS) who is responsible for the mental health intake service and the delivery of services in their region. The SMHA is also responsive to a technical authority in Joint Health Command Headquarters, the Staff Officer Grade One Mental Health and Psychology Garrison Health (SO1 MH&P GH).

The SMHA will perform the following tasks as outlined below, on an ongoing basis as directed by the Commonwealth. Specific duties include, and are not limited to:

·         Provision of high quality mental health advice and guidance to the CO JHU to enable mental health service delivery within the JHU.

·         In consultation with the SO1 MH&P, GH, provide technical advice, guidance and support to the OIC / Manager MHPS and other mental health personnel including promulgation, training, implementation and monitoring of technical / policy updates.

·         Undertake clinical services (as appropriate) including provision of case coordination advice for complex mental health presentations including attendance at Case Review and Health Care Coordination Meetings where appropriate.

·         Undertake Quality Assurance and Governance activities including supervision of Mental Health Professionals (where appropriate), auditing of process and service delivery outcomes, and compilation of statistics / trends / mandatory returns data and feed-back.

·         Provide clinical advice and support to Mental Health Professionals involved in delivery of mental health and psychology services, including coaching / mentoring for medics / nursing staff in Patient Care Unit caring for members with complex mental health conditions.

·         Responsible for the coordination and oversight of regional Critical Incident Mental Health Support (CIMHS), and other regional mental health responses, Reduced Activity Period monitoring of at-risk personnel, Induction of new MHP, and supervision and placement arrangements for Mental Health Professionals, Provisional Psychologists and Psychologist Registrar.

·         Establish and maintain a mental health professional network through liaison with key stakeholders including OIC / Manager MHPS, commanders, chaplaincy, Mental Health providers, external inpatient facilities and the ADF Centre for Mental Health.

The current position is ongoing however we will be creating a merit pool to fill similar ongoing and non-ongoing positions that become available within the next 12 months.

Application Closing Date: Monday 6 April, 2020

For further information please review the job information pack, reference JCG/00623/20 on

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