Occupational Therapist

  • : ACT Government Health
  • : 06-Oct-2020
  • : All Canberra ACT

Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.
Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Overview of the Work Area and Position

Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their families and carers is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including people’s home.  These services include:

  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services, and
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services

The Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) is a part of the division of Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS), which is contemporary, evidence, based service providing high quality alcohol and other drug services that are guided by the principles of harm minimisation. The ADS provide a range of specialist services for people affected by alcohol and other drug use incorporating six areas including:

  • Opioid Treatment Services
  • Medical Services,
  • Consultation and Liaison Service,
  • 10 bed Inpatient Withdrawal Service
  • Police and Court Drug Diversion Service
  • Counselling and Treatment Services

The 10 bed Inpatient Withdrawal Service is available for people with substance use disorders who can be admitted for 5 – 7 days for supervised 24-hour medical withdrawal. The team consists of Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health, Art Therapist and administration staff who work together to support people requiring medically supervised withdrawal. This service also supports people with ongoing referrals to other alcohol and drug services as required.

This position provides services to people admitted to this unit. In offering client centred care, clinicians work collaboratively with clients in such a way that respects their experience, expertise, perceptions and goals. Client centred care appreciates that clients have the right to set their own goals, draw their own conclusions and make their own choices about treatment.

This role is a mandatory qualified position and will require recent demonstrated experience in the provision of comprehensive assessments, and group work to adults.

All team members are required to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
  • Have a minimum of three years (ideally five years) experience post qualification.
  • Hold a current driver’s licence
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any offer of employment being made.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

This is a temporary position available for a period of nine months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. This position maybe required to participate in an overtime, on call and/or rotation roster.


Job Location (Area or Region)
Job Type
Business Type
Community Health Service
Job Title
Occupational Therapist
Salary / Pay Type
Salary / Pay Range
$90k to $100k
Start timeframe
Posted By
ACT Government Health
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Candidate Criteria
Experience Years
All Canberra ACT
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