Principal Clinical Adviser

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

Job Details
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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: VPSG6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/MH/1541754
Closing Date: 25-Jun-2021
Salary Range: $124,033 - $165,983
Job Duration: 31 December 2021
Attachments: PD_Principal Clinical Adviser OCP_June21.docx (Word, 169KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Katherine Utry or Cate Salmon
0405 135 334 | 0481 090 988

Position Details

Application Closes: 25 June 2021

Role: Principal Clinical Adviser (31 December 2021)

Number of vacancies available: 1

Office Location(s): 50 Losndale Street/Work from home

Position Summary: 

The Principal Clinical Advisor supports the work of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to facilitate the provision of high quality and responsive public mental health services. The position provides clinical, operational and policy advice to the Chief Psychiatrist and responds to issues raised by mental health consumers, carers, clinicians, service providers and other stakeholders.

The position supports the strategic leadership and clinical safety and quality functions of the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to meet statutory obligations in accordance with the Mental Health Act 2014


  • Strategically design and develop the delivery of objectives that impact significant localised service delivery and meet state-wide departmental and government objectives and community expectations.
  • Maintain an understanding of issues impacting on the sector and investigate and lead critical projects that develop and review policies, professional standards and operating practices that enhance service delivery, budget effectiveness, efficiency and improved client outcomes.
  • Proactively forge strong connections across the department and with external stakeholders to facilitate a partnership approach.
  • Identify and actively manage emerging issues and areas of risk for government, department and the community.
  • Work with senior management to set and achieve key performance indicators and standards.
  • Represent the department on key stakeholder committees and groups concerned with achieving government and departmental objectives, lead relevant committee and governance processes.
  • Provide strategic thinking and future planning and oversee change management initiatives and integrated approaches to enhance compliance with department-wide policies.
  • Provide timely expert advice and develop open and effective communication strategies including collection of highly complex, contentious or sensitive information on matters of staff or business.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements.
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate how the actions and outcomes of this role and work unit impact clients and the department's ability to deliver, or facilitate the delivery of, effective support and services.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <>

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