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.
- Permanemt Position
- Full Time - 80 Hour Per Fortnight
- Grade 4 Registered Psychiatric Nurse
- Located at Caulfield Hospital
- Great Staff Benefits
The Caulfield Aged & Liaison Psychiatry Service provides assessment, treatment and ongoing management for people over the age of 65 years with a mental health disorder including psychological & behavioural disturbances, for persons residing in the Inner South East catchment area. The Caulfield Aged & Liaison Psychiatry Service encompasses an acute inpatient assessment unit (Baringa), a multidisciplinary Community Assessment Team which includes Mobile Aged Psychiatry Service (MAPS) and a Consultation & Liaison (CL) Service, and a Clinical Trials & Research team
Baringa consists of 15 beds and is staffed on an interdisciplinary model with 24 hour nursing care. As it is a unit treating patients with acute conditions there is an expectation that patients will be discharged into more appropriate environments as soon as they are ready for discharge. The Community Assessment Team is essentially the front line of the mental health program. The inter-disciplinary team undertakes primary functions of community based assessment, treatment and case management of older persons with mental health problems living in the Inner South East region of Melbourne. It also provides a psychiatric Consultation & Liaison service to patients at Caulfield Hospital and to off campus Transitional Care Program (TCP) facilities.
The Community Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Grade 4 (RPN4) is recognised as a senior member of the community team who acts as a role model, promoting excellence in practice and contributes to the development of junior team members. Responsibilities of the position can include Intake/Triage, Case Management and Consultation & Liaison (at Caulfield Hospital). The individual will have well developed organisational skills and will provide a high standard of case management to clients and expert liaison with other stakeholders in keeping with relevant Page 3 of 7 legislation, policies and procedures. The RPN4 displays excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal). They will exhibit a high standard of clinical care delivery and will role model to other junior team members and students. The RPN4 will provide clinical supervision to RPN 3 staff as required. The RPN4 may perform higher duties as Team Leader as required. The individual will also provide psychiatric nursing consultation services to The Caulfield HospitalCommunity Services. This pivotal position will work within the CL nursing team and the broader CL arm to support the hospital in managing mental health issues experienced by patients within the hospital catchment area. The individual will provide expert psychiatric assessment and assist staff with the management of patients who are at risk of aggression and behavioural disturbance. The incumbent will ensure nursing staff are supported and guided to effectively interact, manage and empathically care for patients with mental health issues. They will take responsibility for developing nursing strategies in collaboration with primary nurses and other clinical staff to manage mental health issues. The individual will work collaboratively with other Caulfield Community Service members to ensure all patients receive the care required to effectively manage their mental health or behavioural issues. They will work collaboratively with multidisciplinary colleagues in providing clinical assessment, patient management advice and ongoing evaluation of care. The position is a resource for nursing staff to assist with the care and management of patients with a psychiatric illness or behavioural disturbance due to other causes and ensures that this aspect of the care plan is adhered to, providing advocacy as required. The individual will provide nursing consultations for all the Caulfield Community Services such as; Better at Home Program, HITH, Rehab & Carer Services.
Qualifications & Experiences Required
- Registered with AHPRA as a registered nurse (without restriction).
- Post graduate qualifications in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
- Four years experience post registration, to include clinical experience in acute psychiatric setting(s), and at least two years community psychiatric nursing experience.
- Sound knowledge of current legislation, including the Mental Health Act.
- Current Victorian Driver’s License (without restriction).
- Comprehensive knowledge of and clinical practice in Community Mental Health.
- Experience and/or willingness to undertake telephone referrals and determine service response
- Experience in working with people with drug and alcohol related problems
- Understanding of the principles of Continuous Quality Improvement.
- Salary Packaging
- Discount Health Insurance
- Car Parking (subject to availability)
- Onsite Gym
- Child care services
Contact Kate Dunne (MAPS Team Leader) or Gamze Sonmez (Operations Manager) on 03 9076 6012.
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.