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Tasmanian Government

Head of Department (521795, 518639 and 518576) - Three Vacancies

Tasmanian Health Service
Tasmanian Hlth Service - Southern Region
THS - South - MH & Statewide Services

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Position details

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

The Tasmanian Health Service is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for three Head of Department vacancies located in the south, north and north/west Tasmania.

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.

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.


A remuneration package comprising the Award base salary, relevant allowances and other entitlements will be negotiated with the successful applicants 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 2017

  • 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

Fixed term full-time day work (with on-call), working 76 hours per fortnight commencing as soon as possible for three years.


Mental Health Services South, North and North West


As a part of State-wide Mental Health Services (SMHS) the Head of Department will:

  • Provide a high level of strategic leadership and direction, ensuring services are effectively integrated within the Hospital and the highest standards of service delivery are achieved in accordance with SMHS/Hospital policy directions, service standards and financial targets.
  • Provide the Clinical Executive Director SMHS, Medical Director, SMHS Senior Management Group, and the Executive Director of Operations with high quality and authoritative advice.
  • Liaise with and represent the Group Service Directors and State-wide Specialty Directors within the acute hospital facility through the provision of high quality consultation, authoritative advice and leadership.
  • Work as a part of the local hospital management team.

As a part of a multi-disciplinary mental health service delivering high quality mental health care and, in accordance with MHS principles, National Mental Health Standards, Agency policy, legal requirements and relevant professional competencies, the Head of Department will:

  • Provide a comprehensive psychiatric service.
  • Act as a consultant to mental health professionals and health service providers including general practitioners and other agencies with regard to the assessment and management of patients with mental health disorders.
  • Undertake supervisory responsibilities with Psychiatric Registrars and other medical staff.

Essential Requirements

  • 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:
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

Desirable Requirements

  • Appropriate post-graduate qualifications

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.

Download File 521795 518639 518576 Head of Department (March 2018) MP 1-11.pdf

Download File 521795 518639 518576 Head of Department (March 2018) MP 1-11 (1).docx

Download File THS Applicant Guide.pdf

Download File THS Applicant Guide.docx

How to apply

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

You will be prompted to complete an online application form, complete/upload your selection criteria responses and attach your resume.  Please note that attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

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

For further information contact

Adrienne Gibbons
Clinical Executive Director - Mental Health Services 
Phone:  (03) 6777 4382

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