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Position Details
Reference Number 430193
Position Title Visiting Medical Officer - Mental Health
Employment Status Sessional
Entity South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
Geographical Location Sutherland
Award Classification Visiting Medical Officers Sessional Contracts - Visiting Medical Officer
Number of FTE 0.00
Purpose of Position

The Adult Integrated Hospital/Community Psychiatry VMO will provide clinical management and treatment of patients with mental illnesses and mental disorders in South Eastern Local Health District Mental Health Services.  The position will be based at Sutherland but may be required to provide services to other facilities within the Sector.


Provision of care will be within the scope of practice granted by the LHD Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee.


This is a zero hours position.


1. Clinical


  • Ensure detailed patient treatment plans are in place to support the timely management of patients.  Ensure a high standard of clinical record documentation is maintained. This includes the completion of the patients clinical records (including eMR, medication charts/orders) to reflect clinical decisions and the keeping of appropriate databases up-to-date. 
  • Provision of a consultant service as required by other senior medical staff.
  • Participation in the on-call roster for the department as required.
  • Provision of care to non-inpatients attending department ambulatory clinics as required.
  • Be an active participant in clinical activities in the Department.
  • Adapt clinical practice in accordance with contemporary evidence based best practice.
  • Preparedness to participate in the provision of health services at a District level, if credentialed
  • Provide clinical management and treatment of patients with mental illness and mental disorders in the LHD.

2. Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement

  • Comply with LHDs and facility clinical governance policies and programs
  • Participate in the facility quality improvement program
  • Ensure effective clinical handover processes in accordance with facility and LHD guidelines
  • Ensure supervision of junior medical staff in accordance with facility and LHD guidelines
  • Participate in the facility and / or LHD clinical governance requirements for ongoing maintenance of professional competence and clinical performance
  • Participation in peer review and other personal development activities consistent with the relevant specialist medical college requirements to maintain professional standards
  • Ensure compliance with the standards contained within the Australian Council on Health Care Standards Guidelines for Accreditation.


  • Participation in teaching and training at all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education where required by your Chief Psychiatrist or Service Director and in accordance with the requirements of the NSW Institute of Medical Education and Training and, if applicable, the relevant specialist medical college vocational training program
  • Participate in Departmental training programs and any other training courses specified by facility and/or LHD management that will enhance personal development, skills and knowledge, and practice requirements. 

4. Performance Management 

  • Participate in the LHD Performance Management and Development Program and undertake written annual Performance Agreement
  • Demonstrate clinical competency within the clinical privileges granted by the LHD Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee 

5. Other Duties

  • Attend, participate and support administrative meetings as required by the Department Head or Director of Medical Services
  • Abide by the LHD Code of Conduct
  • Ensure familiarity with, and adherence to, all NSW Health Department, LHD and Facility / Service policies and procedures that are relevant to the performance of the duties specified in this Position Description


Model and encourage a culture of continuous learning and leadership, which values high levels of constructive feedback, and exposure to new experiences. Promote a sense of purpose and build a shared sense of direction within the Department.  Encourage others to strive for ongoing sense of improvement.  Demonstrate professionalism to support a culture of accountability and integrity within the Department.  Monitor ethical practices, standards and systems and reinforce their use.  Actively listen to others and clarify own understanding.



This is a Category A position. All Category A applicants must read and understand http://www1.health.nsw.gov.au/pds/ActivePDSDocuments/PD2011_005.pdf. Successful applicants to the role must provide certified documentation of vaccination history and pathology as part of the application documentation, and be certified as compliant before employment can commence.


Please complete your application via eRecruit together with a completed Medical Practice History Declaration available at the following link http://www.seslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/Employment/docs/MedicalPracticeHistory.doc and email your applications to Nicky.Bennie@health.nsw.gov.au


Previous applicants need not apply.


South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce.  As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  This includes, but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.

Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.

Selection Criteria 1. Evidence of fellowship or eligibility for Fellowship of Royal Australian New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP)

2. Eligibility for Specialist Medical registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

3. Demonstrated significant experience in the acute and continuing care services within Adult Mental Health

4. Preparedness to be involved in governance of Mental Health Services in areas such as quality improvement, patient flow, medicines management and strategic planning

5. Demonstrated commitment to continuing medical education relevant to area of practice and a willingness to commit to an equitable on-call roster

6. Demonstrated ability work to effectively and harmoniously with medical and other health service colleagues, as part of a multi-disciplinary health care team and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and staff and to work as an effective member of the clinical team

7. Willingness to teach medical students and other staff of the hospital when reasonably requested with demonstrated understanding of and commitment to clinical quality improvement and peer review, equal employment and Work Health Safety and Rehabilitation
This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check
Contact Person Evelyn Chandler
Contact Number 95407803
Closing Date 01/05/2018
Supporting Documents
Position Description click here to view
Application Guide click here to view