Staff Specialist - Psychiatrist (515769)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Nov 8, 2023
Medicine Full-time

Job Description:

The Department of Health is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for a Specialised Medical Practitioner – Psychiatrist (515769) vacancy at the Mental Health Services – South.

Tasmania 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 way 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.

We offer:

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The role:

Note: - Please refer to the Statement of Duties for all the selection criteria of this position to address in your application.

The team:

State-wide Mental Health Services is a leader and innovator for a unique corner of the health care industry. We provide a comprehensive suite of services across the areas of mental health, alcohol and drugs, forensic mental health, and correctional primary health.

The Statewide Mental Health Service reforms are also providing expanding opportunities in services such as The Acute Care Team, Police, Ambulance and Clinical Early Response (PACER) and Hospital in the Home Teams. In partnership with the University of Tasmania the Service has also recently established the Tasmanian Centre for Mental Health Service Innovation which is dedicated to helping enhance and improve mental health service offerings for children, young people, and adults across Tasmania. The Centre is being co-directed by Professor David Castle and Professor Brett McDermott and its activities will focus on workforce development, training and education, research and development, and policy and advocacy.

All our services work closely together to focus on delivering excellence in healthcare to achieve improved outcomes for our consumers, our workforce and the Tasmanian community. As part of a multidisciplinary Mental Health Service delivering high quality mental health care and in accordance with Mental Health Service principles, National Mental Health Standards, Agency policy, legal requirements and relevant professional competencies.

Available roles for Staff Specialist – Psychiatrists include the provision of services in:

Note: - Please refer to the Statement of Duties for a full list of the duties.

The position is based in the Greater Hobart area that boasts many boutique cafes, weekend farmers markets and restaurants serving fantastic fresh Tasmania produce, with views of our great mountain and/or river. If you have a family, there are some excellent local primary and secondary schools, with the University of Tasmania on our doorstep.

Details of Appointment

Permanent full time, day worker(with on-call) position working 76 hours per fortnight, commencing from 29 January 2024.

*notwithstanding hours to be negotiated with the successful applicant


Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1- Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 3 $163,005 - $247,768 per annum, pro rata + 11% superannuation + access to salary packaging

Please note that access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range $234,726 -$247,768 is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1, 2 or 3 as outlined in the Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Award

*A new wages agreement has been agreed and is currently being registered in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. The new rates apply to this position and are effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2023

In addition, the following allowances calculated on the salaried incremental point may be available:


Successful applicants will be required to meet the essential criteria:

  1. Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant specialty

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:
  1. Crimes of violence
  2. sex related offences
  3. serious drug offences
  4. crimes involving dishonesty
  1. Identification check
  2. Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

Download the Statement of Duties and any Associated Documents

We encourage you to review the Applicant Guide, Statement of Duties, prior to applying for an overview of the duties, program, selection process and selection criteria.

Statement of Duties

Applicant Guide

How to Apply

Apply Online. Please click the "Apply" button on this screen. This ensures important questions about you are answered.

You will be prompted to complete a 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the attached Statement of Duties.

Please note:

For more information (Contact Officer)

Dr Honor Pennington
Position: Clinical Director - Community Mental Health Services
Phone: (03) 6166 6290

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