Position Details
Reference Number 181742
Position Title Clinical Nurse Consultant
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Program Mental Health Drug and Alcohol Services
Location McKellar Centre
Salary $0.00
Hours Per Fortnight 80
Position Summary
  • Permanent Full Time – 80 hours per fortnight + ADO (salary packaging + superannuation + higher qualifications allowance)
  • Located in North Geelong – only 30 minutes form Melbourne’s Western Suburbs
  • Relocation packages and assistance available for suitable candidates

In this new era of mental health service reform, Barwon Health’s MHDAS are transforming our services and we are seeking mental health professionals who are curious, passionate, and eager to advance their career.  We are currently seeking a Clinical Nurse Consultant for a newly developed 16 bed unit that will provide specialised mental health care for older adult (50 years +), including those with complex mental health and general health co-morbidities. The position offers a unique opportunity for a senior nurse to utilise their clinical & leadership experience within a new team and service.

About the new facility

Barwon Heath’s Mental Health Drugs & Alcohol Services are actively building upon our nationally recognised reputation for innovative clinical programs and integrated models of practice that are consumer centred, accessible and family inclusive. In response to the Royal Commission, a 16 bed Older Adult Acute Mental Health is currently being developed on our McKellar site. This new contemporary designed facility has a co-designed model of care that is recovery oriented and trauma informed. It will provide clinical inpatient care for consumers aged 50 years+ with acute and sub-acute needs, with onsite facilities for outpatient appointments.

About the role

You will work closely with the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) in developing, maintaining and evaluating specialist bed-based program. Core responsibilities include:

  • Demonstrating superior consolidated clinical skills at a proficient level
  • Demonstrating and upholding best practice nursing care and recovery standards
  • Collaborating with the NUM and other nurse educators to contribute towards an appropriately skilled workforce
  • Providing mentoring to junior nurses & recent recruits, with a focus on bed-based nursing development to address priority issues on the wards
  • Working as part of the inpatient team and collaborating with the extended multidisciplinary team’s clinical quality and risk.

The purpose of this role is to provide a consultancy service regarding specialist programs within the mental health bed-based services and will not require supervision duties of the NUM or bed-based staff.

About the culture

This is a new service within the established Mental Health Acute Intervention Services team. You will have the opportunity to be part of a highly skilled, professional, friendly and dedicated workforce who take pride in providing high quality service. You will have support and guidance from fellow team members and management who exhibit our Barwon Health values, respect, compassion, commitment, accountability and innovation.


What we offer

  • Relocation Package & assistance available for suitable interstate candidates
  • Located in the northern suburbs of Geelong, we offer an easier commute from the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, rather than travelling across the city
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Access to 24/7 employee wellness facility
  • Attractive salary packaging benefits! Living Expenses capped at $9,010 and includes repayments on mortgages, credit cards, personal loans and rental payments / Meal Entertainment & Accommodation capped at $2,650 and includes food and drink consumed in a social or entertainment settings and some accommodation expenditure

Diversity and Inclusion

At Barwon Health we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

If we can assist you with any reasonable adjustments in order to submit your application for this role, please contact the Mental Health Recruitment team via email at mentalhealth.recruitment@barwonhealth.org.au noting your preferred method of communication and contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.

This role must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19 and meet the requirements of the Barwon Health immunisation policy. 

Selection Criteria Essential: Can you please list Barwon Health's values?
Essential: Can you please choose one of Barwon Health's values and describe a situation in the workplace where you have displayed this value?
Essential: I agree, to commence employment, I am required to meet Barwon Health’s immunisation requirements (including full Covid-19 and Influenza vaccination) set out in the Staff Immunisation Policy. I acknowledge that meeting this requirement is mandatory and a condition of employment subsequently offered.
Essential: Current Authority to Practice from Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse with a minimum of 5 years full time equivalent post registration experience in mental health nursing
Essential: Postgraduate qualification in psychiatric/mental health nursing or have completed a specialist undergraduate psychiatric nursing program
Contact Person Jodie Bryans 
Contact Person Job Title Acting NUM 
Contact Number 0403990356 
Contact Email jodie.bryans@barwonhealth.org.au 
Alternate Contact Person Donna Hansen-Vella 
Alternate Contact Number  
Alternate Contact Email Donna.Hansen-Vella@barwonhealth.org.au
Closing Date 13/10/2023
Position Description
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on closing date. Please ensure your application is added before then as we do not accept late applications.