First listed on: 01 July 2024

Staff Specialist - Psychiatry - Acute Care Team - HKMHS (Apply via eCredential)


An opportunity to be part of the Acute Care Team in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Mental Health Service is available.
Applications are accepted via eCredential only, to apply click here

Position Classification: Staff Specialist
Employment Type: Permanent Part Time
Hours Per Week: up to 16

Purpose of the Position

The position is part of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Mental Health Service (HKMHS) which provides recovery orientated mental health care to consumers, carers and families.

HKMHS is a comprehensive mental health service serving the shires of Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai.  A range of services are provided by the HKMHS including acute inpatient care, acute community care, psychiatric emergency care, consultation liaison services, older persons mental health, rehabilitation, assertive outreach services, mental health intensive inpatient care and early psychosis intervention services.

The Staff Specialist will be primarily located in the Acute Care Team, but may also include all other HKMHS Community Teams. The provision of outpatient services, particularly for post –discharge follow up and related continuity of care matters is required, in consultation with the Clinical Director.
The Staff Specialist is expected to work in other areas of the Service in times of staff shortages as directed by the Clinical Director.
A 12 bed Child & Adolescent Unit is co-located in the new facility as well as Community CYMHS Services. A  Mental Health Intensive Care Unit (MHICU) is adjacent to the new adult inpatient unit.

The Mental Health Services of the Northern Sydney LHD comprise of, HKMHS, North Shore Ryde MHS, Northern Beaches MHS, Macquarie Hospital, NS LHD CYMHS and NS Drug and Alcohol Services. 
A critical role of the incumbent is to develop, foster and maintain consultative and collaborative relationships with all key stakeholders to ensure optimal implementation of the mental health resources.

The Staff Specialist reports operationally to the Service Director HKMHS on all non-clinical matter

Selection Criteria

  1. MBBS or equivalent, currently registered or eligible for registration with the Medical Board of Australia. Applicants must have Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or other specialist recognition by the Medical Board of Australia. Applicants expecting to be awarded their Fellowship within 6 months may be considered.
  2. Consistently demonstrates behaviours that reinforce the CORE Values of our organisation; Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. Demonstrates these behaviours with all stakeholders; colleagues, direct reports, as well as our patients and consumers, and those that care for them.
  3. Demonstrated excellent Interpersonal and Communication skills.
  4. Proven ability to work with a multidisciplinary framework team across hospital and community settings.
  5. Understanding of and commitment to Local Health District, State and National Mental Health priorities and plans.
  6. Expert knowledge and proven experience in working with the NSW Mental Health Act 2007.
  7. Experience in teaching psychiatry to medical, nursing and allied health students, psychiatry trainees and others as required.
  8. Experience in clinical practice improvement/quality improvement and experience or willingness to participate in clinical research.

Need more information?
1) The requirements of the position can be viewed via the Position Description
2) For assistance with your application please refer to the eCredential guide
3) To view the Scope of Clinical Practice for this position click here

For role related queries or questions contact Dr Shalini Narchal on (02) 9485 6502 or email 

Applications Close:  28 July 2024

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