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Australian Centre for Heart Health - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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About The Australian Centre For Heart Health

The ACHH is a not for profit, independent Medical Research Institute devoted to reducing repeat cardiac events and improving the lives of people living with heart disease. It is also a National Health & Medical Research Council (NH&MRC) administering organisation.

The Australian Centre for Heart Health (ACHH) brings together our internationally recognised research, our highly successful Cardiac Workforce Development Program and our innovative Cardiac Wellbeing Program to support cardiac patients and their families. The combination of cardiac secondary prevention research with the twin translational pillars of workforce development and a Cardiac Wellbeing Program is unique in Australia.

About The Cardiac Wellbeing Program

The Cardiac Wellbeing Program is a national service and forms a key pillar of the Australian Centre for Heart Health (ACHH). The Cardiac Wellbeing Program offers an integrated and comprehensive approach to enhancing the wellbeing of people who have had a cardiac event. The Program provides psychological, social and behavioural support to cardiac patients and their families. The Cardiac Wellbeing Program is the most comprehensive psychocardiology program in Australia.

The Cardiac Wellbeing Program offers three major services for patients and their families to receive integrated psychosocial and behavioural support. These are Back on Track, Teleheart, and the Cardiac Counselling Clinic.

All the programs offered in the Cardiac Wellbeing Program have been shown to be efficacious for heart patients. These programs have been developed by our team of health psychologists, mental health researchers and behavioural scientists who are experienced in the development and delivery of support programs for cardiac patients and their families. The programs draw on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI) underpinned by a framework of self-regulation theory. They are evidence-based and have been extensively evaluated.

Position purpose

This Position will provide psychological services in the Cardiac Counselling Clinic to people who are at risk of, or have experienced, heart disease. The purpose is to address issues such as adjustment, anxiety, depression, PTSS associated with a cardiac event.

Key activities

Identify and treat the psychological impact of illness using evidence-based practices face to face or via video-conferencing or other means of tele-health delivery as appropriate Promote and maintain high standards of psychological services Help clients to cope with diagnosis and medical treatment of acute health problems and to facilitate medical care and assist people to cope with a chronic condition such as heart failure, including the impact of loss, bereavement and dying. Understand how psychological and behavioural factors interact with the physical systems of the body and social factors to influence health and illness (working within a dynamic biopsychosocial model) Understand the way that people behave or the underlying attitudes that put their post-event health at risk and how they might change these behaviours to prevent illness and promote health Provide accurate, accessible and timely written records of clinical work, as required in the Australian Centre for Heart Health Clinical Governance Policy
To participate collaboratively as an active member in the Cardiac Wellbeing Program Liaise and collaborate with other health professionals and organisations involved with the client's care Provide psychological support and psycho-education to families of clients where appropriate Facilitate in planning, organising, conducting, and disseminating/publishing research related to the Centre's clinical services
Selection criteria

Essential Knowledge And Skills

  • Master's Degree or Doctorate in Health Psychology or Clinical Psychology recognised by the Australian Psychological Society and registered as a Psychologist with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
  • Demonstrated skill, experience and competence in:
the provision of evidence-based therapeutic interventions working with people with chronic conditions, particularly cardiac conditions working as part of a multi-disciplinary team promoting a standard of excellence in clinical practice working collaboratively, effectively and efficiently across a range of community settings
  • Demonstrated competence in initiating and contributing to quality improvement, evaluation and research activities.
  • Experience in building and maintaining professional relationships with key stakeholders internal and external of the Australian Centre for Heart Health including affiliated universities, the Heart Foundation, consumer organization partners such as Heartbeat Victoria and HeartKids Australia, carers, family members, GP's, private Psychiatrists, CAMHS and community agencies.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills including demonstrated excellence in problem solving ability and conflict resolution skills.
  • A sound understanding of information technology including client management systems such as Halaxy as used by the Centre, applications relevant to the Management of rostering and risk management reporting or as required for the role and/or department.
  • Experience and proficiency in keyboarding and computer skills.

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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