Careers in Mental Health
Barwon Health's Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Services are internationally recognised for its innovative clinical programs and integrated models of practice that are client centred, accessible and family inclusive. We are fortunate to enjoy excellent internal relationships and have developed excellent partnerships with the local community that provide for seamless integrated care for our clients.
If you’re passionate about working in a consumer-focused and recovery-oriented service and want to be challenged to be your best our MHDAS is for you. Working within Barwon Health MHDAS you will gain satisfaction from the positive difference that our programs make to members of our community. We are an enthusiastic, energetic and focused team who work cohesively together. We promote positive respectful relationships and strong working partnerships in the workplace and in the community. You will work with an innovative multidisciplinary team who maintain extensive knowledge and experience and provide the highest quality patient centred care.
What do you want to do?
- Registered Psychiatric Nurse (Grade 2) (170911)
- Psychiatric Enrolled Nurse/Enrolled Nurse (Medication Endorsed) - Acute, Subacute and Aged Care (171154)
- Senior Clinician - Emergency Mental Health (170929)
- Senior Clinician - Drugs and Alcohol Services (171176)
- Senior Carer Peer Worker - Mental Health Hospital in the Home (171167)
- Jigsaw Case Manager - Corio (171209)
- Jigsaw Case Manager - Colac (171208)
- Senior Mental Health Clinician - Adult Intensive Complex Care (171304)
- Autism Spectrum Clinician - Child and Adolescent Mental Health (171092)
Jigsaw provides specialist early intervention for young people with or at risk of developing a psychotic disorder and treatment services for young people with drug and alcohol and/or high prevalence disorders. Under the auspice of the wider Barwon Health Mental Health & Drug Alcohol Service, it also forms a central component of the Headspace Geelong Consortia and is actively involved in service development and innovation to assist in the national campaign to promote early and effective mental health and drug and alcohol interventions for young people.
“Jigsaw is a service that provides mental health interventions for young people experiencing mental health challenges for the first time or with an established diagnosis. I’m in charge of operational management of the service and clinical leadership, which involves overseeing projects and managing staff, but I like to take a hands-on approach so I’m actively involved in clinical practice too. I have personal experience of losing a young person in my life to suicide and I’ve come from a disadvantaged background, so I'm aware that when people hold hope for you and see your potential, it’s a liberating thing. My hope for him was that he had the best possible care and that his experiences had been a bit more hope-inducing, because his diagnosis felt like the end of his life - but it didn't have to be. I try to run a service that is safe and allows people to live the best lives they can whilst making informed choices. I want it to be a service I would entrust a member of family to, knowing they would get really good care. I like creating a positive work environment and engaging with the team, and asking curious questions regarding clinical practice and how we can best serve the needs of our consumers. I think that the mental health sector needs to radically engage in critical thinking to create new possibilities in how we provide timely, accessible care for our consumers and maintain the humanity of our staff. The greatest challenge we face is the level of acuity and demand, and figuring out how we can maintain the buoyancy and passion of our clinicians. I moved to Australia from the UK 10 years ago and I’ve worked in mental health for 25 years, with a background in nursing, psychotherapy and education. I’ve been with Barwon Health for two and half years, since I realised I wanted to work in my local area of Geelong to create the greatest impact I could.”
Steve has a long association with Barwon Health and is passionate about Geelong and the community, having been with us since 2008 when he started as an Intern. In 2009 he took up a role with MHDAS, subsequently completing his specialist training and contributing to the broader team in delivering care to the community.
Steve is a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in Old Age Psychiatry, he holds a Masters for Public Health from Harvard and completed his PhD in psychiatric epidemiology with Deakin University in 2015. He is a keen advocate for the local community, holding Director roles on two not-for-profit boards, involvement on the advisory council of the Mental Health Complaints Commission, and has been a representative on numerous other State and Federal Government committees.
Mental Health, Drugs and Alcohol Services (MHDAS) provides integrated and recovery oriented mental health, drugs and alcohol assessment, treatment and community support to people of all ages within the Barwon region experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, mental health and drug and alcohol issues, and their families.
The Swanston Centre Acute Unit located only minutes to the CBD of Geelong and our vibrant waterfront is a 32 bed acute psychiatric admission unit providing Recovery Orientated care delivery for people aged 16 and over, experiencing the effects of major mental illness/distress.
Our service is internationally recognised for its innovative clinical programs and integrated models of practice that value client centeredness, holistic care, accessibility, family inclusiveness, best practice, and ongoing professional development. We are fortunate to enjoy excellent internal relationships within our wide range of clinical programs. We have developed excellent partnerships with the local community that provide for seamless integrated care for our clients.
CAMHS is responsible for delivery of specialist evidence based mental health assessments and treatments to infants, children and young people up to 15 years. Specialist clinics are provided for Infant mental health and Autism Spectrum Disorders. CAMHS is also a leader in the Child and Family Mental Health Planning and Service coordination group aimed at improving mental health service delivery for children up to 12 years, working closely with key child and family agencies in the region. The service also provides specialist training and consultation to other child and family services.
Barwon Health offers the highest quality psychiatry training available in Australia and New Zealand
Successful trainees will be immersed in a positive, engaged culture where Registrars are challenged and supported to become exceptional Psychiatrists. We have very high exam success rates, and expect to guide you to completion of RANZCP training in the minimum five years. We provide an extensive variety of core and non-core RANZCP training rotations, all of which are supervised by accredited RANZCP Consultant Psychiatrist Supervisors. We are also passionate about education and research, with a strong connection with Deakin University School of Medicine and the Deakin University Psychiatric Research Unit (IMPACT Strategic Research Centre: https://goo.gl/j9i8Oq)
Larissa, Registered Psychiatric Nurse
“Throughout the years that I have worked at Swanston Centre Acute I have been provided with numerous opportunities to enhance my skills as a mental health nurse. I feel proud to work within a multi-disciplinary team that strives to provide high quality care that is holistic and recovery focused.”
Last Modified: Friday, 30 July 2021