Director of Nursing | Full-time Temporary with a Possibility of Permanency [Y809]

Director of Nursing | Full-time Temporary with a Possibility of Permanency [Y809]

21 Sep
ACT Government
Australian Capital Territory

21 Sep

ACT Government

Australian Capital Territory

Closes: 05 October 2021

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 5.5

Salary: $166,958 plus superannuation

Position No: 27115 - 01Y6O


Advertised (Gazettal date): 21 September 2021

Contact Officer: Katrina Rea on or

Our Vision : creating exceptional health care together.

Our Role : to be a health service that is trusted by our community.

Our Values : Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

Position Overview

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region.

More information can be found on the CHS website:

The Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) Division of Canberra Health Services (CHS) 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 several locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres and other community settings including people’s homes. These services include:

- Territory Wide Mental Health Services (TWMHS).

- Adult Community Mental Health Services (ACMHS).

- Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS).

- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

- Justice Health Services (JHS).

The DON is accountable to and reports to the Executive Director, MHJHADS through a Performance Plan, and works in partnership with other members of the MHJHADS divisional executive. The position holder is also 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 Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

The Director of Nursing (DON), MHJHADS is responsible for clinical leadership and clinical governance across the nursing services within the division through a combination of line management and professional line responsibilities. The DON, MHJHADS works closely with MHJHADS divisional executive and across CHS, through engagement with and professional line reporting to the Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, to safeguard rights of individuals, improve service delivery, and monitor standards and outcomes.

The successful candidate will be expected to represent the MHJHADS division and CHS both internally and externally in a range of strategic and planning forums.

The role is required to participate in the CHS Executive on call roster.

About You

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:

- Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive.

- Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet clients’ needs.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:


- Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

- Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.

- Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.


- Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent and eligibility for membership of the appropriate professional organisation.

- Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other relevant legislation.

- Hold a current drivers licence.

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

- Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

- Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.

Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with possibility of extension and/or permanency.

How to Apply 

For more information on this position and how to apply

This is a temporary position available for a period of six months with possibility of extension and/or permanency.

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