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Youth Mental Health - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Griffith

  • : 31-May-2017
  • : Griffith NSW 2680

The Youth Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (Grade 2) is responsible for the provision of high level patient centered, evidence-based clinical nursing care and is expected to embrace and lead a practice development philosophy in the delivery of that care.

This outcome will be achieved through undertaking comprehensive assessments, providing expert consultation and educational support to patients and families and secondary consultations for other health professionals in the area of Youth Mental Health.

The Youth Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (Grade 2) will be responsible for evaluation and supervision in the provision of complex care of young people aged 14-25 years who are at risk of serious mental illness.

The focus of this position is on young people with complex or high needs who may be difficult to engage in effective treatment and support. The aim is to guide the future management of these young people in primary health settings or to facilitate referral to specialist settings where required. These young people may be exhibiting behaviour which is indicative of a developing mental health problem, i.e. prodromal symptoms that may be recognized by parents, teachers or other service providers. Alternatively, they may be young people who through a range of indicators have been identified as being at risk of developing a mental health problem.

The position will work within the MLHD Youth Mental Health model (revised). The model aims to achieve its objectives by working with the services that have been identified as already having contact with this target group, encouraging earlier identification of young people at risk of developing mental health problems.

This model involves Youth Mental Health Workers working in partnership with primary care providers, consumers and carers to deliver an improved service response to early identification and treatment of young people aged 14-24 years at risk of serious mental illness.

The position will also have responsibility for activities to improve mental health literacy and help-seeking, and reduce mental health stigma, amongst young people.

The Youth Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist (Grade 2) will demonstrate the ability to act as a professional role model, delivering a high level capacity for patient advocacy and cost benefit practice while demonstrating the ability to act as a change agent, provide effective clinical leadership and the ability to practice as an autonomous professional with the capacity to work within a multidisciplinary team environment.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Selection Criteria

  • Current authority to practice as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and demonstrated ability to actively contribute to the development of clinical practice within the specialty of Youth Mental Health. 
  • Relevant post-registration qualifications with (at least) three years’ experience working in the clinical area of Youth Mental Health, particularly in the early identification, assessment and treatment of young people at risk of developing serious mental illness.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise extended autonomy of decision making capabilities and provide leadership in the area of Youth Mental Health. Demonstrated ability to exercise professional knowledge and judgment in providing complex care to young people and their families
  • Commitment to actively contribute to own and the health care team’s professional development and to act as a resource person and mentor to other professionals and the community regarding Youth Mental Health. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in partnership with other key agencies and to build the capacity of other services to work effectively with young people with emerging mental health issues
  • Demonstrated understanding of associated services impacting on Youth Mental Health inclusive of the referral processes, care coordination and case management associated with these services and a capacity to work in partnership and collaboration with these service providers.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles and application of family sensitive practice and experience and demonstrated skills in the design and delivery of group interventions.
  • Evidence of a current Class C drivers licence and ability and willingness to travel for work purposes. This may involve driving long distances with the MLHD.
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Youth Mental Health - Clinical Nurse Specialist - Griffith
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$90k to $100k
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$93,556.18 - $96,624.28
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Griffith NSW 2680
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