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Position Details
Reference Number 431613
Position Title Staff Specialist Adult Integrated Psychiatry Mental Health and Substance Use Service
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Entity Hunter New England Local Health District
Geographical Location , Newcastle
Advertised Award/Classification Staff Specialist (State) Award
Number of FTE 1.00
Purpose of Position

The psychiatrist will join a multidisciplinary team that includes other medical and non-medical mental health clinicians in a busy integrated and rewarding adult mental health service.


Responsible for coordinating the clinical assessment and development of purpose of position, comprehensive biopsychosocial management plans for persons presenting for treatment at the service both directly and indirectly via the supervision of other staff. Ensuring consultation with family and carers in development of plans.


The psychiatrist will be responsible for the supervision of medical staff up to the level of CMO and Registrar, including medical students, interns and RMO's, international medical graduates and Advanced Trainees in Addiction Psychiatry.


Staff Specialist in Adult Integrated Psychiatry – Mental Health and Substance Use Service

Hunter New England Mental Health

Permanent Full Time 1.0FTE


We are seeking a dynamic Psychiatrist to provide an integrated (inpatient and community) role in the Mental Health and Substance Use Service (MHSUS).


Candidates must have a medical degree registerable in Australia and Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or equivalent as provided for in the Staff Specialist’s State award.


About you

The ideal candidate will be looking for an opportunity to:

  • Focus on the enhancement of community services to focus on prevention of mental illness, prevention or relapse and recovery
  • Provide undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research and supervision
  • Participate in quality activities, professional development and continuing education


About the position

The psychiatrist will join a multidisciplinary team in a busy integrated and rewarding adult mental health service. The successful candidate will, along with 2 other MHSUS Psychiatrists, be responsible for the management of a 22 bed inpatient unit at the Calvary Mater Hospital.


HNELHD is recognised as a leader and innovator in the healthcare industry. We recognise that working together in a values based organisation with a focus on “Excellence – Every Patient, Every Time” supports us in achieving improved outcomes for our employees and the community.


About the area

Newcastle is located two hours north of Sydney, NSW and is a modern city that also boasts a rich heritage and stunning coastline. The Hunter Valley region is home to over 680,000 people and is a major tourist destination in NSW with a range of activities on offer. There are excellent educational facilities, sporting, recreational and lifestyle options on offer – find out more at


Enquiries: Dr Brendan Flynn, Director of Medical Services, Hunter New England Mental Health

Ph: (02) 4033 5160 Email:


Applications: Jessica Glover, Senior Medical Recruitment Consultant, Medical Workforce

Ph: (02) 6767 7063 Email:

Selection Criteria Evidence of being a MEDICAL EXPERT, including medical degree registrable in NSW and Fellowship of the RANZCP. Evidence demonstrating knowledge of and experience working with patients with complex mental health and substance use. Applicants who are expected to attain the FRANZCP in the next six months are welcome to apply.

Evidence of being a SCHOLAR, particularly the ability to assist other staff, including trainees in acquisition and development of knowledge in the mental health field.

Evidence of being a good COMMUNICATOR, including both oral and written skills and a sensitive approach to clear communication with patients, carers other professionals and the public.

Evidence of being a PROFESSIONAL, including preparedness to demonstrate behaviours consistent with the HNE Health Values. Preparedness to participate in oncall work and provide appropriate support to junior staff.

Evidence of being a COLLABORATOR, including ability to network and operate within an interdisciplinary framework and to work with other stakeholders in a variety of settings.

Evidence of being a MANAGER, including ability to be flexible and cope with a rapidly altering mental health system, past leadership and management experience, and previous improvement activities.

Evidence of being an ADVOCATE, including past involvement with consumer and carer groups, media and lobbying experience and ability in health promotion and prevention and recognitions of the social environment in which public mental health services operate.

Able to drive a standard motor vehicle and hold a drivers license to drive in NSW.
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
Contact Person Dr Brendan Flynn
Contact Number 0240335160
Contact Email
Closing Date 24/01/2019
Supporting Documents
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Application Guide click here to view