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Reference Number 54166
Position Title Consultant Psychiatrist of old Age
Location Aged Person's Mental Health Program
Award Ses. Medical Officer [31]
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NorthWestern Mental Health Service - Aged Persons Mental Health Program (APMHP)

Consultant Psychiatrist of Old Age 0.5 EFT position. Successful applicant must be prepared for the possibility to work in differing sites in NWMHS.


The Royal Melbourne Hospital is an award winning health care service and is Victoria’s second largest public health service. We provide comprehensive acute, sub-acute, general, specialist medical and mental health services through both inpatient and community based facilities through the following services: The Royal Melbourne Hospital – City Campus, The Royal Melbourne Hospital – Royal Park Campus, North Western Mental Health, North West Dialysis Service and Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory.

North Western Mental Health (NWMH) provides a comprehensive, integrated range of services to people with a serious mental illness in North-Western Melbourne. A multi-disciplinary workforce of 1,800 staff provides services through four Area Adult Mental Health Services (North West, Mid-West, Inner West and Northern), an Aged Persons’ Mental Health Program and a Youth Mental Health Service – ORYGEN Youth Health. NWMH is a clinical service of The Royal Melbourne Hospital and operates in partnership with Northern Health and Western Health. APMHP currently has a vacancy for a suitably experienced consultant psychiatrist with qualifications in Old Age Psychiatry.

The position is based within APMHP which has inpatient units, community teams and specialist Clinics across the north west of metropolitan Melbourne, one of the largest Aged mental health services in Australia. The appointee would be required to provide high standards of clinical care and leadership with focus on leadership in a multidisciplinary team and working closely with other disciplinary leads.  In addition the position has opportunities for education of medical students and supervision of trainees in Psychiatry, other Aged related specialties and medical officers. Participation in the after-hours senior roster is expected. We have close ties with Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age of the University of Melbourne and we encourage interest and participation in clinical research.



The FRANZCP as formal supervision of trainee psychiatrists is a necessary part of the position.

Membership of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or being able to show a clear pathway of Specialist training and experience in Old Age Psychiatry that will achieve membership in near future.


Full Medical registration with APHRA is required.


Selection criteria

  • Experience at the level of Consultant in Aged Psychiatry, Newly Qualified Psychiatrists will be encouraged to apply.
  • Demonstrated clinical and leadership expertise consistent with a role in a comprehensive Mental Health Service.
  • Demonstrated effective communication, consultation and negotiation skills including the ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams, internal and external agencies and stakeholders, and consumer and carer groups.
  • Demonstrated achievement in education and training of medical students, postgraduate students and other junior medical staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current relevant State and Commonwealth Government policies and agendas in mental health care delivery in the broader community context.
  • Sound understanding of mental health legislation.
  • Knowledge of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. National standards in Mental Health and the Aged Care Act.

As per the Australian Medical Association and Melbourne Health Specialists Agreement EBA 2018.


For further information please contact:

Dr Brett Coulson,

DCS NWMHS APMHP 03 9288 7150

Selection Criteria Essential: Formal Qualifications ? The FRANZCP is preferred as formal supervision of trainee psychiatrists is a necessary part of the position ? Membership of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or being able to show a clear pathway of Specialist traini
Essential: ? Knowledge and experience in teaching and research.
Essential: ? Current Victorian drivers licence.
Essential: ? Be able to demonstrate leadership skills and experience.
Essential: ? Be able to demonstrate skills in interdisciplinary working and the development of effective working relationships with consumers and carers.
Essential: ? Be able to demonstrate aptitude for and expertise in service development.
Essential: ? Knowledge of the National Standards for Mental Health Services.
Essential: ? Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with consumers, families/carers, colleagues and other service providers
Essential: ? Ability to work with consumers, family and carers from a range of cultural backgrounds, and to provide gender sensitive services
Essential: ? Experience in providing clinical supervision, and in developing others’ supervision skills
Essential: ? Demonstrated ability to support the development of clinical staff
Essential: ? Commitment to ongoing professional development for self and for team members
Essential: ? An understanding of the policies and procedures associated with the Mental Health Act and other relevant legislation
Essential: ? Familiarity with a range of computer software packages including the Microsoft platform
Essential: ? Eligibility for registration as a medical practitioner with APHRA.
Contact Person Brett Coulson
Contact Number 0392887150
Alternate Contact Person Dr Sabah Khalid
Alternate Contact Number 0392887150
Closing Date 04/10/2020
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