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Visiting Medical Officer in Psychiatry (Inpatient Unit)

  • LocationAlfred Health
  • Positions1 Position
  • Applications Close AtClosed 5 days ago
    Never published
  • Job no: 52182
  • Category: Senior Medical, Visiting Medical Officer

Alfred Health

Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community-based services.


AMAH has a mental health service and planning responsibility for residents of inner south-eastern metropolitan Melbourne.  We care for people with severe and complex mental illness and psychological distress seeking specialist mental health & addiction treatment, care, and support.  We are committed to implementing the reform agenda established by the Victorian government following the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System.

A position for a psychiatrist is available in the Adult Inpatient Unit of the Alfred Mental & Addiction Health program (AMAH Adult IPU). 

The position is a VMO role, 20 hours a week and can be combined with other roles for psychiatrists seeking additional hours up to and including full time.  A Women’s Mental Health Unit is being established in August 2022 and IPU psychiatrists will be offered the opportunity to rotate into that program.

Reporting to the Clinical Head of the AMAH Adult IPU, the position will suit a psychiatrist who is a Fellow of the RANZCP; is collaborative, inclusive, and respectful; has demonstrable clinical expertise in the assessment, diagnosis, and multidisciplinary treatment of people with mental illness and psychological distress; understands the principles, uses and limitations of the Victorian MHA (2014); and is committed to implementing the objectives of mental health reform.  These include ensuring patients are treated with dignity and are provided with holistic support to enable their full and effective participation in society; committing to the integration of peer workers into the MDT; recognising and supporting the contribution of families, carers, and supporters; delivering treatment, care and support that is comprehensive, integrated, high quality, and informed by research, evaluation, and innovation; supporting the needs of the workforce, in particular registrars, through teaching and supervision; working collaboratively with service users, service providers and with external partners including IMHA, the MHCC, and the soon-to-be-established Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission. 

When RC-VMHS published its findings in March 2021, it established an ambitious reform agenda to redesign Victoria’s mental health and wellbeing system.  Alfred Mental & Addiction Health is developing a transformation plan to implement the action priorities defined by the Victorian Department of Health. These include:

  1. Embedding Lived Experience in the leadership, design, and delivery of reformed Area MHWS.
  2. Establishing two area mental health and wellbeing streams; one for people aged to 25 years and their families; and the other for people aged over 26 years and their families, carers, and supporters.
  3. Expanding core clinical services, that provide greater choice in therapeutic interventions and support for people with mental illness and psychological distress.
  4. Delivering more clinical activity outside of standard business hours.
  5. Developing primary and secondary consultation across the system and developing models of shared care.
  6. Forming a partnership with an NGO provider of wellbeing services by the end of 2021-22.
  7. Integrating the treatment, care and support of people living with mental illness and substance use or addiction.
  8. Supporting the new adult and older adult LOCAL mental health and wellbeing services.

AMAH and its program streams, including the Adult Inpatient service at Alfred Health (AMAH Adult Inpatient) will meet the challenge set out by the RC-VMHS and the Victorian government to reform mental health services.  Join our team and be part of this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make mental healthcare better for all.

Our preferred candidate must possess the following experience and attributes:

  • Be legally qualified practitioners, registered or registrable with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  • Fellow of the relevant college
  • Demonstrable relevant knowledge and experience in Psychiatry
  • Meeting Alfred Health requirements for credentialing and scope of practice in Psychiatry
  • Outstanding communication skills, including well-developed conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to liaise well with other staff at all levels
  • Demonstrated flexibility in problem solving and the capability to develop and sustain highly collaborative relationships with others/ other teams.

Enquiries: A/Prof Simon Stafrace, Program Director, Alfred Mental and Addiction Health via email or phone 03 9076 3964.

Applications close: 16th May 2022

Alfred Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.  Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.

In compliance with the Victorian Chief Health Officer's Mandatory Vaccination Directions, all Alfred health employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 with TGA approved vaccine and must have evidence of their vaccination status. 


  • Closed 5 days ago - 16 May 2022