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Specialist Medical Practitioner - Psychiatrist (503108 and 502790)

Tasmanian Health Service
Tasmanian Hlth Service - NW Region
Mental Health North West

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Position details

Award/Classification:Specialist Med Pract Lvl 1
Employment Type: Full Time
Region: North West

Hours/Period of Appointment

Permanent Full-time Day Worker with on call working 76 hours per fortnight.

Who are we?

The Tasmanian Health Service is an innovative and dynamic organisation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community.  We are committed to providing the highest levels of healthcare and services.

Located on the beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania, this position is ideal for a professional who seeks the opportunities, challenges and rewards that come from working within regional communities, whilst enjoying a lifestyle that is rated second to none.

Mental Health Services located on the North West region of Tasmania incorporate Inpatient Mental Health, Adult Community Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Older Persons Mental Health and Crisis and Assessment Treatment Team Mental Health Services.

The Inpatient Mental Health Service is located at the North West Regional Hospital (NWRH) in Burnie. The unit has 19 inpatient beds and a 3 bedded High Care Unit.  The unit predominantly caters to adult clients with serious mental illness but also supports clients from the Older Persons mental health service and occasionally adolescents. The Inpatient team also provides a Consult-Liaison service to the general wards and occasionally the emergency department within the NWRH.

Adult Community Mental Health provides an Outpatient Consultancy service located in both Burnie and Devonport (approx. 50 minutes apart) on the North West coast.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) provide a busy Outpatient service which is located in Burnie on the North West Coast and attend to assessments of CAMHS clients presented to the NWRH Emergency Department.

 Older Persons Mental Health provides both an Outpatient and Hospital based service. Outpatient services are located in Burnie and the serving of hospital based patients at both the NWRH and the Mersey Community Hospital (MCH), again approx. 50 minutes apart.

Crisis and Assessment Treatment Team Mental Health Services are based in Burnie however are required to attend service both the NWRH and MCH.

The position/s provides an on call service after hours and weekends.

The North West Rural Clinical School of the University of Tasmania is located on the campus of the NWRH and the MCH. The Tasmanian Health Service – North West participates in a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate clinical training program with the Rural Clinical School. It is anticipated that the appointee will have significant involvement in the delivery of the Undergraduate education program. THS – North West has a close working relationship with the University of Tasmania and it is anticipated that the successful candidate would have the opportunity to be appointed to a University academic position. The seniority of the University appointment would be negotiated separately with the University.

The rugged and beautiful North West Coast of Tasmania is a tourist mecca, has a strong agricultural sector, a developing innovative industrial sector and is positioned with airports and sea transport so it is very accessible to the rest of Tasmania and the Australian mainland. Air travel from Devonport to Melbourne is less than one hour and relatively inexpensive. The property market with significantly lower prices than on mainland Australia, is attracting considerable interest from families and investors.

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking a motivated and experienced Staff Specialist – Psychiatrist who will work as part of the Mental Health Services team across the North West region.   Servicing a population of approximately 116,000, the THS – North West has major sites located approximately 50km apart.  Experience with Inpatient Mental Health and/or Adult Community Mental Health Services would be highly regarded.

This position will be attractive to a highly skilled and motivated medical professional who views challenges as opportunities and is driven by a passion to improve healthcare in the complex world of modern health systems. The right applicant will play a key role in developing health care at both patient and system levels.

The successful candidate will provide specialist diagnosis, treatment and care for public patients. They will provide a consultative service in Psychiatry to other disciplines and to other health services in the area.

The THS – North West offers a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate clinical training program, with close ties to the University of Tasmania through the Rural Clinical School.  As such, you will be responsible for providing leadership and help with the delivery of the Undergraduate education program.

What can we offer?

  • Flexible work/life balance
  • Attractive Salary Package
  • Dynamic team environment
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development

Essential Requirements

  • Specialist registration with the Medical Board of Australia in the relevant specialty.
  • Current Driver's Licence.
  • 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.

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents 

Download File Generic Specialist Medical Practitioner - Psychiatrist SMP1-11 (November 2017) HPRNL.pdf

Download File Generic Specialist Medical Practitioner - Psychiatrist SMP1-11 (November 2017) HPRNL.doc
Download File THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.pdf
Download File THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.docx

How to apply

Online applications are preferred, please click the blue Apply Now button. If you apply online please do not send a hard copy application as well.


Complete the following application form and email your application to the listed contact person including the below form:
Download File Application for Employment (PDF).pdf
Download File Application for Employment (Word).docx


Post your application with the above application form to:

Tasmanian Health Service
Medical Workforce Unit
PO Box 21

For more information please contact Donna Stubbs, on (03) 6478 5283 or email

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