Health Professional Level 5 - Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator [RD594]

Health Professional Level 5 - Suicide Prevention Co-ordinator [RD594]

16 Aug
ACT Health
Australian Capital Territory

16 Aug

ACT Health

Australian Capital Territory

Canberra ACT

Part-time, Temporary

$124,891 - $140,596 a year

Canberra Health Services

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

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)—a catchment of approximately 400, 000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

- The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
- University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
- Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
- Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
- A range of community-based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their families and carers is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

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
- Adult Community Mental Health Services
- Alcohol and Drug Services
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
- Dhulwa Mental Health Unit
- Justice Health Services, and
- Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services

Overview of the work area and position:

The role requires the successful candidate to oversee the clinical services aspects of suicide prevention including ACT LifeSpan in MHJHADS. The suicide prevention coordinator for MHJHADS will work closely with the ACT Chief Psychiatrist, Black Dog Institute, the Assistant Director – LifeSpan Implementation, and service delivery areas to support the use of evidence-based treatment for suicidality, and improve the competency and confidence of mental health clinicians to deal with suicidality. Key components of this position will be to assess the viability of the SVAT, the development of a MHJHADS suicide prevention framework and the introduction of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality therapeutic approach for MHJHADS.

ACT LifeSpan is an integrated approach to suicide prevention that has been developed by Black Dog Institute in partnership with clinicians, researchers, community groups and people with lived experience of suicide. It is funded by the ACT Government with support from the Capital Health Network, and is being trialed in the ACT for an initial period of three years from 2018-19. LifeSpan combines nine strategies that have strong evidence for suicide prevention into one community-led approach. The aim is to set up a strong foundation for local community action to prevent suicide.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

Mandatory for all disciplines:

- Minimum five years’ post-qualification experience in mental health settings.
- High level expertise and clinical knowledge, skill and experience in best practice principles and treatment for suicidality within a tertiary mental health setting.
- The required professional qualification for their discipline (see below):

Mandatory for Occupational Therapy:

- Hold registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Mandatory for Psychology:

- Hold general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia.

Mandatory for Social Work:

- Degree in Social Work.
- Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
- Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011.

Highly Desirable for all disciplines:

- Previous experience and working knowledge of MHJHADS strategic projects, business support and clinical service provision with specific familiarity of MHJHADS services.
- High level understanding of best practice for suicidality.
- Hold a current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

- Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
- Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.


This is a temporary part-time position available for a period of six months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency and works 22:05 hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be paid pro rata.


- Co-ordinate a review of the Suicide Vulnerability Assessment Tool.

- Develop an integrated Mental Health Justice Health Alcohol and Drug Service Suicide Prevention Framework and establish and co-lead ACT LifeSpan Health Working Group in MHJHADS to take on an advisory role.

- Provide advice to Directors and Managers on clinical service delivery development, best practice and redesign in alignment with the MHJHADS suicide prevention framework, to ensure the needs of the target audience and service delivery are met.

- Work effectively with a variety of stakeholders, including Black Dog Institute, ACT Health Directorate, Canberra Health Services, MHJHADS management, work closely with the project air project officer, clinical and non-clinical staff, consumers, and community partner agencies, to introduce an integrated approach to suicide prevention.

- Oversee the incorporation of the clinical services aspects of the ACT LifeSpan integrated approach to suicide prevention where appropriate in MHJHADS, including the introduction of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) therapeutic framework, CAMS training and ongoing supervision for staff, ensuring that the framework is embedded in clinical services delivery and development.

Coordinate the dissemination of Black Dog Institute’s Guidelines for integrated suicide-related crisis and follow-up care in Emergency Departments and other acute settings, and promote a self-audit against the Guidelines.

- To utilise consultation with Black Dog Institute to provide ongoing support and advice to clinicians and teams across MHJHADS to support the introduction of the CAMS therapeutic framework and promote ACT LifeSpan including evaluation and research components of the clinical service aspects.

- Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high-quality person and family centred, safe and high-quality patient care.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience. Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

1. Proven high level clinical knowledge, skill, and clinical experience in evidence-informed best practice principles and treatment for suicidality, within a tertiary mental health setting including a comprehensive understanding of the LifeSpan Integrated Suicide Prevention approach.

2. Demonstrated experience in project management and systems theory that illustrates the ability to identify opportunities and innovation that has led to the introduction and evaluation of new therapeutic frameworks in a dynamic setting, incorporated ongoing training and support, continuous improvement, evidence-based practice and research.

3. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and manage organisational change using high level interpersonal, communication, advocacy, and liaison and negotiation skills.

4. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, and engage and motivate a wide range of key stakeholders (including MHJHADS and Emergency Department staff) to achieve innovative and sustainable service delivery.

5. Demonstrated commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S;) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Services’ values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.

Job: Allied Health

Salary Range: 124,891.00 - 140,596.00

Closing Date: 05/Sep/2019, 8:59:00 AM

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