Consultant Psychiatrist – headspace Early Psychosis – Full time or Part Time

10 September 2021

headspace Early Psychosis is a program run  by Parramatta Mission which focuses on supporting young people who are at risk of developing a first episode of psychosis, or those that are currently experiencing an early psychosis.

The Consultant Psychiatrist in the Mobile Assessment and Treatment Team (MATT) holds a key leadership position within the team in partnership with the Team Leader. The incumbent is responsible for the provision of clinical leadership, training and supervision of medical staff, specializing in early intervention mental health treatment to young people aged 12-25 years who are referred to the service. The Consultant Psychiatrist will contribute to the development of an innovative service that will provide high quality care to achieve best outcomes for young people with a first episode of psychosis and their families.

  • Full time or Part Time until 30 June 2022
  • Opportunity to provide services via Telehealth and face to face
  • Good rates + Generous salary packaging benefits

Role Overview
The Consultant Psychiatrist will work collaboratively with a range of Mental Health Clinicians across the service to promote comprehensive evidence-based psychiatric care that is youth friendly, safe, effective, and of a high standard. The Consultant Psychiatrist may be required to oversee clinical review and quality assurance processes, supervision of staff, professional development meetings and contribute to the development and maintenance of community partnerships with key external stakeholders, developing effective interfaces across programs within the service, as well as facilitating relevant research activities.

The overall aims of clinical care within headspace Early Psychosis are:

  • To detect early those young people who are experiencing, or are at risk of a first episode of psychosis
  • To reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in order to minimize the impact of a first episode of psychosis on the normal developmental trajectory of the young person
  • Intervene early and effectively with young people at risk of a first episode of psychosis to prevent the onset of psychotic illness
  • To provide a responsive and seamless access to service for young people with early psychosis and first episode psychosis and their families/significant others
  • Enable both symptomatic and functional recovery from a first episode of psychosis

Essential Criteria

  • This position is a designated Consultant Psychiatrist position with extensive clinical medical experience within the mental health field in acute and community settings, ideally with early psychosis and first episode psychosis young people and their families.
  • Registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or equivalent postgraduate specialist qualification.
  • Clinical experience at the level of Consultant Psychiatrist.
  • Demonstrated clinical and leadership expertise consistent with a role in a comprehensive Mental Health Service.
  • Demonstrated high level of knowledge and experience in all aspects of psychiatry.
  • Substantial experience and demonstrated skill in crisis intervention and management of young people in the acute phase of a mental illness.
  • Substantial knowledge of the evidence base for the biopsychosocial treatments of first episode psychosis.
  • Specific knowledge and understanding of the developmental stages of young people and the impact that a first episode of psychosis has on development.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with young people, their families and/or significant others.
  • Highly developed and demonstrable interpersonal communication, consultation and negotiation skills including the ability to work effectively with multidisciplinary teams, internal and external agencies and stakeholder.
  • 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 youth mental health care delivery and in the broader community context.
  • Sound understanding of mental health legislation such as the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) and the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Commonwealth) and any other relevant state or federal legislation, plus knowledge of the National Standards for Mental Health Services.
  • Flexibility in coping with organizational change and demonstrated capacity to be innovative in clinical approaches with young people.
  • Ability to maintain the philosophy, guidelines, standards and policies of the EPPIC model within a headspace platform and to promote the early intervention and recovery of young people with a first episode of psychosis.
  • Demonstrated commitment to clinical supervision, education, training and ongoing professional development and to contribute to clinical staff learning.
  • Ability to use relevant Information Technology and electronic recording systems and data management tools.
  • Ability and willingness to maintain documentation of clinical care as required.

To Apply, click the Apply button & attach your Resume and Cover Letter addressing the Essential criteria.

What we offer:

An attractive salary with generous NFP salary packaging benefits, along with professional development and training opportunities in a friendly work environment.

This is your opportunity to promote hope and recovery in peoples lives!

Only applicants selected for interview will be contacted and must be prepared to undergo a Criminal Check and provide Working with Children Clearance.

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