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Senior Mental Health Clinician

Date: 15-Mar-2023

Location: 50 Flemington Rd, AU

Company: theroyalch

The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) Vision is “A world where all kids thrive”.

RCH is a cornerstone member of the Melbourne Children’s Campus, partnering with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne Department of Pediatrics and The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

RCH has cared for the children and young people of Victoria for more than 150 years since it was founded in 1870. A full range of paediatric and adolescent health services are provided plus tertiary and quaternary care for the most critically ill and medically complex patients in Victoria. Tasmania, southern NSW and other states around Australia and overseas. The Hospital has more than 6,000 staff, a budget of $850M, 12 wards and 350 beds. Annually, the RCH has 300,000+ Specialist Clinic appointments, 90,000+ Emergency Department presentations and 20,000 elective surgeries.

The RCH is committed to the Child Safe Standards

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact.

For further Information on RCH is available here.


  • Senior role

  • Full Time, Ongoing 

  • Parkville location

  • Applicants available for overnight shifts are particularly encouraged to apply – conditions negotiable


The Role:

We are looking for experienced Mental Health Clinicians (Grade 3 Psychologist, Social Worker, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, or Grade 4 Registered Psychiatric Nurse) to assist in providing a comprehensive Emergency Mental Health service involving psychiatric triage, risk assessment, crisis management, safety planning and brief treatment to patients presenting to the RCH Emergency Department (ED) with urgent mental health problems.  Clinicians will be working in an exciting multidisciplinary environment under the direction of on-call Consultant Psychiatrists.  The successful candidates will also be expected to liaise with, and advise the ED on the management of mental health presentations, provide support to families and carers, contribute to research and evaluation activities, and facilitate mental health promotion and education. 


Applicants with availability for overnight shifts are especially encouraged to apply and will be considered preferentially.


To be successful in this role you will have: 

  • Current Registration as an Occupational Therapist, Psychologist or Registered Nurse with the applicable Health Practitioner Board or a qualified Social Worker or Speech Pathologist. For Psychologists, this means full registration with the Psychology Board of Australia and endorsement as Clinical Psychologist with the Psychology Registration Board of Australia (Masters Degree minimum)

  • Demonstrated expert clinical skills and experience in the provision of quality child and adolescent mental health care

  • Demonstrated ability to work within a multidisciplinary team environment

  • Highly developed interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Immigrant/Refugee groups


Other information:

To learn more about working for the Mental Health Department at The Royal Children’s Hospital please click here:

For further information about Mental Health Careers click here:


For further information about this position please contact Dave Reid at


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Why work at the RCH?

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact. We offer the opportunity to work in world-class facilities,  surrounded by Royal Park and only a short tram trip from the heart of Melbourne city.

We also offer discounted staff parking, salary packaging, and an award-winning health and wellbeing program.

The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse background,  all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

It is a requirement of your employment that you be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and Influenza annually for Category A and B roles, in compliance with any public health orders in place at the relevant time, unless you have a medical exception in line with those public health orders, which has been accepted by The Royal Children’s Hospital.  Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government Immunisation History Statement, it is a requirement of the RCH to collect, record and hold vaccination information.

It is also a requirement of your employment that you comply with any direction given by The Royal Children’s Hospital that you be vaccinated against, or prove immunity to, any other disease, unless you have a relevant exemption


Are you ready to join our team? 

 Apply online by clicking on the “Apply” button

Applications close 12 April 2023