Position Details
Position Title Advanced Trainee
Position Number 22367
Employment Status Full Time - Exempt
Applications Close 01/06/2020
Maximum length of training contract 01/08/2021
Training Network/Training Rotation Psychiatry Training Network Sydney South West North Coast
Facility Wollongong Hospital
Specialty Psychiatry
Sub Specialty None
Award Public Hospital Medical Officers (State) Award
Classification Resident Medical Officer
Salary Band $81,639.00 to $127,539.00
Current Rotations/Networks (which may change from time to time) Sydney South West North Coast Psychiatry Training Network
Main Purpose of Position This position is suitable to doctors who are eligible to enter Stage 3 of RANZCP Fellowship Training Program and who wish to apply for accredited Psychiatry Advanced Training posts with Sydney South West North Coast Psychiatry Training Network.

The main purpose of this position is to provide effective specialist psychiatric & medical services to patients with Acquired Brain Injury, whilst undertaking learning and professional development activities with the aim of progressing to become a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

This position is available for 12 months commencing August 2020.

This position is accredited for Generalist Advanced Training as well as Consultation Liaison Certificate Advanced Training (Non-Core rotation).

Position Requirements TRAINING

1. To satisfactorily complete all College training requirements including participation in mandatory formal education courses and to progress through College Examinations in a timely manner

2. All trainees are expected to attend and participate in Network Postgraduate Psychiatry Education Sessions at the facility to which they are attached

3. To study (in own time) the relevant literature as directed by supervisors

4. To attend individual supervision regularly and to act on the advice provided by the supervisor

5. To meet regularly with the Director of Training or delegates
6. All trainees must continue to progress towards Fellowship.


1. To provide comprehensive care for patients of the South Western Sydney Local Health District and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District and the division of Mental Health under consultant supervision

2. Observing professional standards as set out in Mental Health Service and Hospital's Policies and Procedures Manuals

3. To familiarise themselves and work within the Mental Health Act (2007) and other relevant legislation (e.G. Guardianship Act)

4. Assessment:

To meet the goals of:

- Comprehensive and focused history taking

- Thorough mental status and cognitive examination

- Sound physical examination

- Ordering, reviewing and acting upon relevant investigations

- Diagnostic formulation

- Obtaining a collaborative history

- Formulating a treatment plan

5. Documentation:

- To maintain comprehensive case records, duly signed and dated

- To comply with Mental Health clinical documentation modules

- To provide clear written and verbal instructions to nursing and other professionals

- To prepare discharge summaries in a timely manner

6. To liaise with patients' carers and other mental health professionals involved in the patient care in a timely and professional manner

7. Reporting: Trainees are responsible to the Director of the Division for administrative matters and to their supervisor and/or the clinical director of their assigned service unit for clinical matters

8. Out of Hour Duty: to participate in out-of-hours duty as required

9. Multidisciplinary Teams: to participate as a member of a multidisciplinary team and to communicate effectively with other members of the team about relevant aspects of patient care

10. Supervising of junior medical staff and teaching of medical students

11. To participate in quality improvement activities under the direction and supervision of senior mental Health staff


1. Quality Improvement

• To implement quality activities to guide service delivery and continued improvement.
• To facilitate work practice reviews to ensure current standards are maintained and technological changes are incorporated to reflect corporate objectives.
• To implement recommendations for improvement this may emanate from work practice reviews.
• To ensure compliance with the standards contained within the Australian Council on Health Care Standards Guidelines for Accreditation and the National Safety and Quality Health Standards and Equip National for Mental Health Service.

2. Training

• To attend Orientation Program.
• To ensure employees are provided access to appropriate training and development to assist them in personal development.
• To attend annual training in the following:
Fire Safety
Infection Control *
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation *
Manual Handling *
Management of Aggression *

and any other training courses specified by management which will enhance personal development and productivity requirements.

* as appropriate to the position of the employee and the facility.

3. Corruption Prevention

• To report any suspected fraud in the workplace.
• To minimise the incidence of corruption and fraud within the workplace.
• To instigate investigations into any suspected incidences of fraud and corruption.

4. Policies and Procedures

• To ensure familiarity with, and adherence to, relevant NSW Ministry of Health, South Western Sydney LHD, Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD and Facility / Services policies and procedures that are relevant to the performance of the duties specified in this Job Description.
• A commitment to reduce waste generation and segregate general, clinical and recyclable waste for safe disposal. Participate in waste reduction strategies which avoid, reduce recycle and re-use waste.
• Comply with Privacy legislation and corresponding South Western Sydney LHD and Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District policies and procedures.
• To ensure staff have access to, and adhere to, policies and procedures required for the performance of their duties.

5. Code of Conduct

• To abide by NSW Ministry of Health Code of Conduct.

6. Occupational Health and Safety Responsibilities

• To ensure compliance with the following:

• Occupational Health and Safety Act (2000) and amendments
• Workers Compensation Act 1987 and amendments
• Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998 and amendments
• NSW Ministry of Health Guidelines
• Australian Standards

• To ensure all accidents and incidents are reported, recorded, investigated and analysed and short and long term corrective action is taken and its effectiveness evaluated.
• To participate in the Workplace Rehabilitation Program.
• To notify the Rehabilitation Coordinator of all injuries and ensure effective rehabilitation of injured workers.
• To ensure regular workplace inspections are conducted and recorded and all reported risks are assessed and appropriate action taken to manage risks and evaluate its effectiveness.
• To ensure staff are familiar with emergency procedures by organising attendance at appropriate training (for example: Fire Safety Training).

7. Smoke Free Environment

• To abide by NSW Ministry of Health Smoke Free Environment Policy.

8. EEO and Affirmative Action

• To abide by EEO principles, policies and procedures.
• To promote, implement and evaluate EEO and Affirmative Action policies and strategies.

9. Performance Management

• To participate in South Western Sydney & Illawarra Shoalhaven LHDs Performance Management Program.

10. Child Protection Guidelines

• To facilitate staff awareness of the NSW Ministry of Health and local service child protection policies and procedures, including reporting requirements
• To facilitate staff attendance at appropriate training programs for Child Protection.
• To facilitate provision of appropriate supervision/support to staff who are involved in critical incidents/child protection issues.

11. Staff Consultation & Participation

• To facilitate staff consultation & participation in the workplace
Local Background & Environment Sydney South West North Coast (SSWNC) has approximate 136 accredited training positions. The Network covers the inner Western and South Western suburbs of Sydney which are the fastest growing parts of Sydney. The Network comprises both urban and rural areas and a culturally rich catchment population.

The SSWNC offers excellent training in Psychiatry with a wide range of accredited terms: Adult Psychiatry in both hospital and community settings, Consultation Liaison, Child & Adolescent, Old Age, Addiction, Rehabilitation, Intellectual Disability, Eating Disorders, Early Psychosis Intervention, STARTTS (Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors), Trans-cultural, Forensic Psychiatry and Veteran Health.

There is a strong academic input with opportunities to do research at our Metabolic Clinic, the Centre for Excellence in Relapse Prevention and Neurosleep Study and Treatment Resistance Depression Clinic, a partnership with the Brain & Mind Centre and Sydney University and the Intellectual Disability Service.

The network also offers a number of Specialist Training positions at St John of God Hospital, the Brain & Mind Centre, the Chris O’Brien Life House, The Aboriginal Mental Health Service and the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

The Network rural hospitals include Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Kempsey.

Please see network training website for more details: http://www.swslhd.nsw.gov.au/services/ptn/default.html

Key Internal and External Relationships 1. Internal relationships includes: Patients/Clients; Carers; Medical staff, Nursing staff and Allied Health staff within the multidisciplinary team. Administrative links via local Mental Health Services and LHDs.

2. External relationships includes: Non Government Organisations located in the area, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), HETI Higher Education, the Brain & Mind Centre (BMC) Health Education and Training Institute (HETI).

Supervision Arrangements All Advanced Trainees will be supervised by College accredited supervisors. The level and form of supervision is specified as in the RANZCP Regulations.

The supervisor is available on phone during the working hours. When the supervisor goes on leave, they will be supervised by the covering psychiatrist.

During the after hours, the medical officer is supervised by the on call psychiatrist who is available on phone.

No more than two medical officers are supervised by the consultant at any particular time

Challenges/Problem Solving 1. Balancing training and professional development requirements with service provision and high quality patient care in a specialised public health organisations, and within the limitations of a busy public health service
2. Maintaining a professional role and responsibility for patient care, in close liaison with supervising consultants
3. Working collaboratively with other staff in a multi-disciplinary team
4. Maximising the efficient utilisation of the physical resources of the Health Service
5. Being flexible with the work required in a range of health services and locations
6. Working with patients and families from diverse backgrounds, including culturally and linguistically diverse groups
7. Responsibility for supervision and teaching of junior medical officers attached to the medical team
Decision Making 1. Close and effective liaison with consultants will allow you to demonstrate your level of ability and understanding of patient care and enable you to expand your areas of responsibility

2. All patients managed within the hospitals of the health service are under direct care of a specialist medical practitioner. All decisions regarding their care are to be clearly communicated with the specialist responsible for that care
Communication The doctor is a key person who works closely with all members of staff and must:

1. Work as part of, and contribute to a multi-disciplinary team
2. Deal with matters of an urgent or sensitive nature
3. Demonstrate ability to exercise discretion, sensitivity and maintain confidentiality
4. Demonstrate leadership within a team environment and actively contribute to team activities including meetings and decision making processes
5. Demonstrate ability to initiate and undertake discussions with patients and their families regarding their hospitalisation, treatment and progress
6. Communicate effectively and in a timely fashion with consultants regarding the patients under their care
Performance Monitoring The doctor is responsible for:
1. Participating in ongoing review of their clinical practice
2. Studying (in own time) the relevant literature as directed by supervisors
3. Participating in continuing medical education and professional development sessions at the facility to which the doctor is attached to
4. Participating in the South Western Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven LHDs Performance Management Program
5. Participating in Quality Improvement activities and provide a high level customer service to patients, staff and others
6. Complying with the Code of Conduct, OHS, EEO, Smoke Free, Bullying and Harassment and other LHD policies and procedures
7. Maintaining strict confidentiality in relation to all patient and staff
8. Use LHD resources efficiently, minimising cost and wastage, and ensure waste products are disposed of in line with LHD waste management guidelines
9. Reporting any risk identified (eg. OHS, Clinical, Financial, Technology, Public Image) to manager and request a risk assessment. Participate in risk management activities.
Additional Information
Additional Documents no addditional documents have been provided

College Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Organisation Chart SSWNC Training Network Organisational Chart 2016.pdf
Job Demands Checklist Click Here to View
Selection Criteria 1: MBBS or equivalent, current general registration with the Medical Board of Australia.

2: Eligible to enter Stage 3 RANZCP Fellowship Training Program

3: Demonstrated a commitment to working in the area of brain injury in the future and demonstrated excellent clinical skills and judgement and able to make sound decisions in accordance with level of experience and awareness of limitations

4: Demonstrated interest in Traumatic Brain Injury, Neuropsychiatry and/or Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, experienced in Addiction Psychiatry, Forensic and/or Research/Academic Psychiatry would also be highly relevant.

5: Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement, supervision of junior medical staff, patient safety and risk management including demonstrated experience in taking comprehensive patient history, performing clinical examinations and accurate documenting treatment in patient’s record

6: Proven ability to adapt verbal communication style for patients and peers to ensure their message is understood and demonstrated ability to provide clear clinical notes, reports and referrals and ability to work in a computerised environment and a preparedness to learn.

7: Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team and a commitment to actively contribute to clinical team building and ability to manage conflict within a team environment or resolution of differing clinical opinions

8: Preparedness to participate in after-hours and on-call work as required and have a current NSW unrestricted drivers licence
Contact Details Kathy King
9616 4277