MH Occupational Therapist - Emergency Department

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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1803381
Closing Date: 28-Jul-2024
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position-Description-SWH ECATT.pdf (PDF, 170KB)
Job Specification

Position-Description-SWH ECATT.pdf (PDF, 170KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Leanne Blain (Manager Referral Services)

Position Details

About the role

As a senior member of our Referral Services multidisciplinary team, you will provide specialist mental health assessments, intervention, consultation and liaison services to South West Healthcare's Warrnambool Emergency Department (ED). You will coordinate access to acute inpatient beds for consumers requiring them including seeking out of area beds if local access is unavailable. You will ensure all actions align with the principles of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 and that appropriate reporting and escalation as required under the Act are followed.

Senior Mental Health Clinicians provide a rapid response to people who require urgent or intensive specialist mental health assessment, treatment and support.  Collaboration between Senior Mental Health Clinicians and the ED medical treating team, Ambulance Services and Victoria Police aims to provide specialist care for clients with co-occurring health needs.

Our Occupational Therapists work using systematic mechanisms that ensure regular communication and the flow of information with other clinical staff and professionals, families, carers and stakeholder groups located both internally and externally to SWH.  

Position Overview

  • Permanent Full-time Position (80 hours per fortnight)
  • Enjoy Fulltime hours, Regular Shifts & a monthly accrued day off
  • Monday – Friday roster

This position is eligible for an incentive payment for rent, childcare, relocation costs and more, as part of the new workforce and incentive grants program administered by Rural Agency Workforce Victoria (RWAV) up to $10,000. 

What you bring

The successful applicant will be an experienced and qualified Occupational Therapist with at least 7 years of mental health experience with the ability to demonstrate excellent skills and broad experience in mental health clinical services, including a proven ability to work within a team based multi-disciplinary model. Previous experience in working in a similar assesement role would be an advantage.

Working as part of a collaborative and highly skilled team of professionals, excellent verbal and written communication skills are also essential. A comprehensive understanding and knowledge of legislation, regulation and contemporary practice is a must.

Applicants must hold registration with AHPRA as an Occupational Therapist.

What we offer

You will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Excellent salary packaging options including meals & entertainment, novated leasing and additional superannuation contributions;
  • Regional mental health workforce incentive grant;
  • Internal and external professional development opportunities;
  • Ongoing clinical supervision;
  • A range of internal development opportunities focusing on personal development such as resilience and mentoring workshops and comprehensive leadership programs;
  • Excellent terms and conditions of employment.

Who we are

As an organisation SWH prides themselves on their values; Care, Respect, Excellence, Integrity and Leadership and their overall dedication to the local community.

SWH respects all individuals and promote equity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and socio- economic status.

SWH is the major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub-region, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, sub-acute, specialist, community, mental health and aged services.

With a population of 39,000 and a catchment of 100,000 Warrnambool is the regional centre to Victoria's Great South Coast.

To learn about the vibrant town and region please visit:

How to apply

Submit your application by selecting the Apply button below and include a cover letter and resume by Sunday 28 July 2024. Please ensure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the position description.

Employment Terms and Conditions will be in line with the Victorian Public Mental Health Services Enterprise Agreement 2020-2024.

The successful applicant will be required to be eligible for and undergo the following:

  • Police Record Check
  • Employee Working with Children's Check
  • Current Immunisation status

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