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Visiting Medical Officer - Jhs Custodial

ACT Government Health - Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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Visiting Medical Officer - JHS Custodial (Job Number: 01VZA)



Canberra Health Services


Mental Health, Justice Health & Alcohol and Drug Services


Justice Health Primary Health


Visiting Medical Officer - JHS Custodial

Vacancy Type

Sessional VMO Contract


1-2 years


The Canberra Hospital, Garran ACT

Contact Officer

Dr Katerina Lagios (02) 5124 1819

Closing Date

2 June 2021

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: https://www.health.act.gov.au/

Visiting Medical Officers (VMO) with Canberra Health Services are covered by generous contract provisions. The standard VMO contract is available online: https://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2020-579/

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provides support to youth and adults via inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, justice health facilities and other community settings, including people’s homes. MHJHADS aims to be socially inclusive and operate within a recovery-focussed and/or harm minimisation approach.
The Justice Health Services - Custodial Primary Health Team - is part of MHJHADS and provides high quality healthcare to people located within the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), the Dhulwa Mental Health Unit (DMHU) and young people at the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre (BYJC). The position holder would be expected to provide care to patients across all JHS sites.
The successful applicant will have general practice experience and skills in Primary Health Services particularly in a custodial setting, with appropriate specialist training such as General Practice, Emergency Medicine, Addiction Medicine, Public Health or Sexual Health Medicine.
Visiting Medical Officers are engaged as independent contractors. Contracts will be for a 1-2 year term.


The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the mandatory administrative, governance and training requirements of the Division. Emphasis on recovery focus and person-centred care are essential. As the successful applicant -

You will:
Provide general practice medical services to adults and young people in a variety of settings in accordance with your contract, such as primary general health issues, mental health, drug and alcohol medicine, chronic disease management, population health, minor emergency and office procedures.
Teach and supervise resident medical officers and medical students.
Contribute to the clinical oversight of multi-disciplinary teams and in particular:
Provide expert opinion and consultation on clinical work
Participate in the development, implementation and ongoing review of the care plans for persons using the service
Liaise and collaborate with medical practitioners, consumers, carers, voluntary and government and non-government agencies concerned with patients care.
Participation in administrative and clinical governance activities.
Participate in the after-hours roster.
Undertake other duties as set out in your contract.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:
Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in the relevant specialty with no conditions, undertakings or reprimands.
Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College General Practitioners (RACGP) or Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) or equivalent qualifications.
Evidence of satisfactory participation in the RACGP, ACRRM or other suitable Continuing Professional Development Program is mandatory.
Current drivers licence is required.
Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering with Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.
Not be the subject of an unresolved scope of clinical practice review of by a state/territory credentialing and scope of clinical practice committee (such as the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee) or a current inquiry by AHPRA.
Have had no substantiated performance or behavioural issues in the last three years, no such matters currently under investigation, and have not been found to display behaviours and/or performance inconsistent with CHS values.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

Be granted their Scope of Clinical Practice through the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).
Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
Agree to a VMO contract setting out specific work obligations in accordance with Part 7 of the Health ACT 1993.


These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the role. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

Proven provision of Primary General health care particularly in a custodial setting with a demonstrable strong commitment to working with consumers, and key health areas, other government agencies and community stakeholders. Including highly developed communication and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated commitment to the maintenance and further development of skills applicable to the area of specialisation, including involvement in further education and quality assurance activities.
Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, whilst providing leadership in clinical care, systems and MDT management and participating in the mandatory requirements of medical officers within the Division.
A demonstrated commitment to the provision of teaching at all levels, including medical, nursing, scientific and allied health professional staff, both postgraduate and undergraduates.
Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.



Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include:

Copy of a current resumé,
A response to the selection criteria under “what you require” in no more than two pages.

Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

Job: Senior Medical Officers
Contact Name: Katerina Lagios
Contact Email: katerina.lagios@act.gov.au
Closing Date: 02/Jun/2021, 8:59:00 AM

Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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