Position Details
Reference Number 28669
Position Title Parent Infant Mental Health Clinician
Employment Status Fixed Term Part Time
Location Austin Hospital
Department / Ward / Clinical Area Acute Psychiatric Unit, Adult Mental Health, Mental Health Division
Hours per Week 11.60
Position Summary

Austin Health is one of Victoria's largest health care providers. Comprising the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation, Hospital in the Home and community based health services; Austin Health is an internationally recognised leader in clinical teaching, training and research, with numerous university and research institute affiliations.

Austin Health employs near 9,000 staff across its sites; including over 1,600 doctors and 3,000 nurses, and delivers a full range of leading edge clinical services, including several state-wide services (liver transplant, spinal cord injury service, respiratory support service, child inpatient mental health service). In total, Austin Health provides over 900 beds, including mental health, aged-care and rehabilitation beds and a range of community and in the home services. The current annual operating budget is in excess of $960 million.


Austin Health delivers vital state-wide services to all Victorians, including to diverse multicultural and veteran communities. It also provides community and specialty services to the people of Melbourne's north-eastern corridor in a safety-focused, team-oriented and stimulating work environment. Austin Health's current vision is to change healthcare for the better through world class research, education and exceptional patient care.


We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and highly experienced mental health clinician with experience in infant mental health (SW2/OT2/RPN3/P2) 11.6 hours per week, fixed term. Allied health care encouraged to apply as we are enthusiastic to maintain a multidisciplinary team to enhance our team conversations around recovery and provide better outcomes for our consumers.


All mental health services work within a clinical framework that promotes recovery-oriented practice and supported decision-making. This approach to client wellbeing builds on the strengths of the individual working in partnership with their treating team. It encompasses the principles of self-determination and individualised treatment and care.


The Acute Psychiatric Unit is a 30-bed inpatient service, which has 19 acute beds for people residing in the Nillumbik and Banyule areas. There are 6 specialist regional beds for mothers with perinatal mental health problems and their babies and partners); there are also 5 regional beds for people who have an eating disorder. PIMHI operates with the Acute Psychiatric Unit portfolio and has a close relationship with the Parent Infant Program - Inpatient Service.


The Perinatal Infant Mental Health Initiative (PIMHI) is primarily community based with the aim of providing specialist advice to area mental health services, promoting family orientated practice and treatment and assisting with the development of linkages between specialist mental health and parenting and early childhood services. Within this role you will be responsible for undertaking comprehensive and complex mental health assessment and providing parenting capacity assessments to assist the DHHS in determining the best interests of an infant. You will provide specialist secondary consultation to area mental health services regarding perinatal mental health issues and there is the capacity to provide individual and group therapy interventions to patients and their partners where required.


To be successful in this role you must demonstrate Key responsibilities as outlined in the Position Description.


Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check conducted by Austin Health and if required, a Working with Children Check. Austin Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.

For further information please contact Melissa Leslie, Acting Nurse Unit Manger 0466 025 241 or Clare Manning Divisional Manager Adult Mental Health 0407 152 352

Selection Criteria Essential: Current registration with AHPRA as Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Nurse or recognized qualifications in social work and eligible to be registered with ASW
Essential: Relevant contemporary clinical practice within a mental health setting
Essential: Sound understanding of perinatal mental health issues
Essential: Ability and experience in the performing of mental state assessments
Essential: Well developed understanding and experience of attachment theory and 'the circle of security'
Contact Person Clare Manning
Contact Number (03) 9496 6479
Closing Date 26/03/2019
Position Description
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