Director of Mental Health Clinical Services

Time for a lifestyle change? Join a workplace that’s friendly & welcoming!! Located on the beautiful Great South Coast, South West Healthcare offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and psychiatric services. The Warrnambool campus has recently undergone a major capital redevelopment and is considered one of the most modern and technologically advanced health services in regional Australia. South West Healthcare is the major clinical and specialist referral centre for South West Victoria. The organisation serves a catchment in excess of 110,000 and comprises of a total of 246 beds (190 acute, 36 aged care and 20 mental health) and an extensive range of primary and community services. The town has a population of over 33,380 and is a popular seaside resort located 264 kilometres southwest of Melbourne. The city boasts excellent sporting, education (pre-school to university), social and cultural facilities. Warrnambool’s award winning foreshore promenade is a 5.7km path that stretches from the breakwater along the coastline to the Hopkins River mouth. The promenade is very popular and you can walk, run, ride or skate along this scenic trail. Almost every year between June and September the Southern Right Whales return to the waters off Warrnambool and often swim within a hundred meters of the shore.
Job Details
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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: As per award
Work Location: South West - Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1230465
Closing Date: 26-Nov-2017
Salary Range: As per award
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: PSYC - Director of MH Clinical Services Nov 2017.pdf (PDF, 407KB)

Contact: Human Resources

Position Details

  • Combined clinical and senior management position
  • One of regional Victoria's leading mental health services
  • Flexible role with opportunities for private practice and research
  • Work/life balance with a beachside lifestyle 

The Mental Health Services Division (MHSD) of South West Healthcare has an established reputation for providing innovative approaches to community based and client centred service delivery. The Division is also well known for its model of care based on working closely with the families and carers of consumers, within a recovery framework, and provides extensive services across all age groups.

 The South Western Region of Victoria serviced by MHSD covers approximately 26,000 square kilometres, with a population exceeding 110,000. The region is characterised by a major population centre in the City of Warrnambool, larger provincial centres, and numerous smaller townships. A large part of the region is rural and remote agricultural land that sustains a mixture of farming activities.

 Warrnambool is a vibrant, coastal regional centre with a population in excess of 33,000. Located 262 kilometres from Melbourne, it is a popular choice for those opting for a ‘seachange' in life.

 Working in partnership with the Director Mental Health Services, the Director Mental Health Clinical Services will primarily provide clinical leadership, and further develop evidence based clinical standards and practices. Additionally, fulfilling the responsibilities of the Authorised Psychiatrist, according to the Mental Health Act (2014), supervising a team of psychiatrists, and some medical student teaching. This position would suit an experienced Consultant Psychiatrist interested in a senior management role that helps shape service delivery.

 An attractive and competitive salary and benefits package is available. Applicants should be registered or registrable as a medical practitioner with AHPRA. They should also have Fellowship of the RANZCP or qualifications and experience in Psychiatry assessed by the RANZCP as appropriate for the position.

 Enquiries about the position should be directed to Karyn Cook (Director of Mental Health Services) on 03 5561 9121 or email

 The successful applicant will be required to consent to and undergo a Police Record Check.

 Applications are to be submitted online via our website only under Careers and need to include: an application letter, full personal particulars, qualifications and experience; together with the names of three (3) referees.  Other documents you feel are relevant may also be attached: however this is limited to 5 documents and there is also a size limitation of no greater than 2 Mega Bytes.

 Note: If you experience any difficulties with this website or completing the application process, please send an email to: Please note this address is for enquiries only and application cannot be submitted via this email.


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