Psychiatrist Consultant - regional service outside Perth

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    Physician, Psychiatrist

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    $357,247 - $454,881

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    8 months ago

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    5 years

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Role: Consultant Psychiatrist in Adult General Psychiatry

Contract: 5 years, full time, permanent, potentially renewable

Key Facts

  • Public sector regional hospital in Western Australia with excellent modern facilities
  • Clinical duties are combined with active teaching role
  • Full time role with a contract up to 5 years duration
  • Specialist registration in Psychiatry with Australian Medical Board (AHPRA) required
  • FRANZCPsych or equivalent essential
  • Experience in acute psychiatry essential
  • Excellent working conditions
  • Competitive salary package

The Role

  • As the Consultant Psychiatrist, you will be responsible for the provision of clinical assessment and psychiatric treatment to adults and seniors in the regional population community.
  • You will report to the Director Clinical Services - Mental Health, and will provide clinical leadership, advice, consultation, liaison and support to Wheatbelt General practitioners, health care professionals, other providers and agencies, and to carers and consumers throughout the Wheatbelt Mental Health Service region.
  • You will be responsible for travelling throughout the region to ensure equitable consultant psychiatric services are provided and in chairing clinical intake meetings and the clinical review process.

The Mental Health Service

The mental health service is a team of mental health professionals including a consultant psychiatrist, clinical psychologists, social workers, child and adolescent professionals and community mental health nurses. This service provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for people with mental health problems. The service can provide training and support to other organisations and professionals.

Locally based, multi-disciplinary teams are located in Northam, Gingin, Merredin and Narrogin. Regular visits are made to outlying areas within the region to meet community needs. Outreach is supported by telephone consultation and videoconferencing. Clinical liaison is provided to hospitals within the region.

Clinical programs include:

  • Aboriginal Mental Health Program (all ages)
  • Adult Mental Health Program (18-65 years)
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Program (0-18 years)
  • Seniors Mental Health Program (65+ years)
  • Youth Mental Health Program (15-24 years)


Requirements – Essential

  • Eligible for registration by the Medical Board of Australia.
  • Fellowship or Membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification
  • Demonstrated clinical skills and experience in acute mental health using a shared care model of service.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of psychological theories, models and practice.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in biological and psychotherapeutic interventions.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills within a multidisciplinary service.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Aboriginal Cultural Respect Framework.
  • Current knowledge of legislative obligations for Equal Opportunity, Disability Services and Occupational Safety and Health, and how these impact on employment and service delivery
  • In possession of a C or C-A class driver’s license.


Requirements – Desirable

  1. Experience and interest in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  2.  Interest in working collaboratively with GP’s to develop innovative systems of mental health care delivery for rural areas.
  3. Awareness and application of quality and risk management principles and an understanding of disability and diversity issues


The Region

The Wheatbelt forms an arc around most of the Perth metropolitan area, excluding the southern metro area. The region extends from the coast north of Perth to the western boundary of the Goldfields and south from the Darling Scarp to the northern boundary of the Great Southern Region. This means that every major road entering Perth (except the South West) passes through the Wheatbelt.

The Wheatbelt has 45 local government areas and covers 154, 051 square kilometres. Aptly named for its traditional industry, the Wheatbelt also has a diverse geographic profile ranging from pristine beaches to vast agricultural landscapes.

The economy is based around the production fields of agriculture, fishing and mining, which are supported by the high availability of infrastructure such as water, transport and energy.

The population of the Wheatbelt is estimated to be more than 70,000 people with a progressing median age and shift in density towards the north-western perimeters. One of the noted idiosyncrasies of the Wheatbelt is its scattered population dispersion, which has hindered the development of an identifiable regional centre and resulted in the four sub-regional centres: Merredin, Narrogin and Northam.

With its proximity to the metropolitan area, many of the bordering communities of the Wheatbelt are experiencing an influx of overflow population from the outer metro areas and those in search of a ‘lifestyle’ change, without sacrificing access to metropolitan facilities. The future of the Wheatbelt is being shaped.



MP Year 1-9 $357,247 - $454,881 p.a. *Includes Arrangement A base salary $296,757—$385,515 p.a., 10% employer contributed superannuation and professional development allowance $30,814 p.a. In addition (in line with operational requirements) a and access to salary packaging up to $19,000 p.a., professional development opportunities and study leave/assistance, flexible leave arrangements.

If you are interested in this role, please forward your CV for immediate consideration.