Chief Psychiatrist - Fisher Leadership
Close Date: 21/01/2024
REF: ACTcps1223
Applications for this listing are closed

Chief Psychiatrist

Close Date: 21/01/2024
REF: ACTcps1223
  • Opportunity to continually improve and inform better outcomes for the Mental Health system
  • Critical statutory position
  • Implement a values-based healthcare approach


The Position

The ACT Health Directorate seeks to appoint the Chief Psychiatrist as part of refreshed clinical leadership team in The Office of Professional Leadership (OPLE). The Chief Psychiatrist is a statutory role under the Mental Health Act 2015 (the Act) and has accountability to the Minister for Mental Health. This is a critical position to safeguard the rights of individuals, improve service delivery, administer the functions under the Act and monitor standards and services within the ACT. With key leadership, and legislative responsibilities, the Chief Psychiatrist has a unique role in the ACT’s public mental health system in promoting continual service improvement and clinical best practice to fulfil the values and principles of the Act.

Reporting into the Deputy Director – General, Policy and Transformation and leading an office of five staff, The Chief Psychiatrist will carry out critical functions for the operations of the Act.. They will also play a critical role in monitoring public and private psychiatric facilities.  The Chief Psychiatrist will build a presence around Mental Health and Wellbeing and support policy related work.

Success in the position will be achieved by an appointee who is a contemporary leader who demonstrates initiative and a drive for best practice. With an understanding of relevant public health legislation, The Chief Psychiatrist will be a strategic thinker with whole system leadership skills. They will have the ability to build

and maintain collaborative relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders. Presenting with a relational style, the appointee will have the capability to function on the national stage with their OPLE peers, for the overall improvement of health services in ACT. Fellowship with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatry is a requirement of this position and that they are Ahpra registered. .


The Organisation

The ACT Health Directorate (ACTHD) is responsible for strategic direction and leadership of the ACT health system. ACTHD provides a strong policy and population health capability based on a foundation of world-leading health and medical research.

The Office of Professional Leadership (OPLE) strives to inspire the whole health system toward excellence. They do this by leading teams to collaborate across the ACT and region to improve health care, advocating for the clinical workforce into the future and delivering reform and improvement in the system that no one else can do.

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Applications close: 21 January 2024

To apply – please click on ‘APPLY ONLINE’ using reference ACTcps1223, addressing your cover letter and resume to Dani White, of Fisher Leadership, or call 1300 347 437 for further information.

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