Specialist Medical Practitioner - Psychiatrist (526424)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Dec 8, 2021
Medicine Full-time

Job Description:

Following an announcement by the Tasmanian Government, a Public Health Direction was issued on 10 September 2021 requiring that all Health Workers are vaccinated against COVID-19. This step is critical in protecting both our health workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians in our care.

Applicants for any position within the Department of Health must be prepared to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.

The Department of Health is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for a Specialist Medical Practitioner - Psychiatrist (526424) vacancy at the Mental Health Services – South - Peacock Centre.

The Peacock Centre is a part of the ongoing Tasmanian Mental Health Reform Program and this is an exciting opportunity for the right applicant.

Tasmanian also has a lot to offer as a destination to work, live and play, with a natural environment and quality of life unique to a small capital city. In Hobart you are never more than ten minutes away from a beach, National Parks or an award-winning restaurant, with a café culture to match any other Australian city. Whether you see yourself navigating your way around our island, hiking or mountain-biking our world class trails, immersing yourself in our arts scene or just after a different pace of life, there is something in Tasmania for everybody.

If you have a family, there are some excellent local primary and secondary schools, with the University of Tasmania on our doorstep.


A remuneration package comprising the Agreement base salary, relevant allowances and other entitlements will be negotiated with the successful applicant dependent on clinical experience and seniority.


Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1 to Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 3 in accordance with the Salaried Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Agreement 2019

  • Access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Levels 1, 2 and 3 as described in the Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award.


Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award

Period of Employment

Permanent full-time day work, working 76 hours per fortnight commencing April 2022.


Mental Health Services South - Peacock Centre

Essential Requirements:

  • Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant specialty.
  • Current Driver’s Licence.

*Registration/licences that are essential requirements of this role must remain current and valid at all times whilst employed in this role and the status of these may be checked at any time during employment. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure that registration/licences remain current and to advise the Employer if their circumstances change. This includes notifying the Employer if a registration/licence is revoked, cancelled or has its conditions altered.

Primary Purpose:

The Specialist Medical Practitioner – will:

  • Provide comprehensive general mental health services for consumers presenting to the Acute Treatment Units and Safe Havens within the framework of established medical services practice and recovery focused and trauma informed care.
  • Provide clinical leadership of the multidisciplinary team undertaking the care and treatment of consumers of the Acute Treatment Unit and the Safe Haven.


  • Participation in teaching and supervision of psychiatric registrars and medical students and the in-service training of other staff as required.
  • Maintenance of a high standard of care in all respects, including compliance with agency endorsed clinical documentation, and the collection of data as specified by the National Minimal Data Set and the National Outcomes and Case mix Collection documents, using the designated records systems, and within required time frames.
  • Active participation in mental health service ongoing quality improvement activities and staff meetings.
  • Active participation in an after-hours on-call/call-back roster.

Pre-employment Conditions:

It is the Employee’s responsibility to notify an Employer of any new criminal convictions during the course of their employment with the Department.

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer. The following checks are to be conducted:

1. Conviction checks in the following areas:
a) Crimes of Violence
b) Sex Related Offences
c) Serious Drug Offences
d) Crimes involving dishonesty
2. Identification check
3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Applicants should note that, for a period of six months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar full time and part time vacancies.

(image) 526424 SMP - Psychiatrist (Acute Treatment & Safe Havens) SMP1-11 (Oct 2021) HR (2).pdf

(image) 526424 SMP - Psychiatrist (Acute Treatment & Safe Havens) SMP1-11 (Oct 2021) HR.docx

(image) Department of Health - Applicant Guide July 2021.pdf

(image) Department of Health - Applicant Guide July 2021.docx

What do I submit with my application?

Please ensure your application includes:

  • A current CV
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria
  • Qualifications

How do I submit my application?

Apply Online. Please click the blue "Apply Now" button on this screen. Applications will only be accepted online. This ensures important questions about you are answered.

  • Please provide a 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the attached Statement of Duties

Referee details are submitted as part of the online application so make sure you have the contact details for two referees before applying.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted by an Agency on behalf of an applicant will not be considered at this time.

For more information contact

Chris Fox
Group Director, Reform Implementation Team
Mobile: 0438 619 255
Email: chris.fox@ths.tas.gov.au

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