Austin Health - Melbourne, VIC
Austin Health is one of Victoria's largest health care providers. Comprising the Austin Hospital, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital, Royal Talbot Rehabilitation, Hospital in the Home and community based health services; Austin Health is an internationally recognised leader in clinical teaching, training and research, with numerous university and research institute affiliations.
Austin Health employs near 9,000 staff across its sites; including over 1,600 doctors and 3,000 nurses, and delivers a full range of leading edge clinical services, including several state-wide services (liver transplant, spinal cord injury service, respiratory support service, child inpatient mental health service). In total, Austin Health provides over 900 beds, including mental health, aged-care and rehabilitation beds and a range of community and in the home services. The current annual operating budget is in excess of $960 million.
Austin Health delivers vital state-wide services to all Victorians, including to diverse multicultural and veteran communities. It also provides community and specialty services to the people of Melbourne's north-eastern corridor in a safety-focused, team-oriented and stimulating work environment. Austin Health's current vision is to change healthcare for the better through world class research, education and exceptional patient care.
We are currently seeking an enthusiastic and highly experienced mental health clinician with experience in play/dance therapy with mother and infants (SW2/OT2/RPN3/P2) 3.8 hours per week, ongoing. Allied health are encouraged to apply as we are enthusiastic to maintain a multidisciplinary team to enhance our team conversations around recovery and provide better outcomes for our consumers.
All mental health services work within a clinical framework that promotes recovery-oriented practice and supported decision-making. This approach to client wellbeing builds on the strengths of the individual working in partnership with their treating team. It encompasses the principles of self-determination and individualised treatment and care.
The Acute Psychiatric Unit is a 30-bed inpatient service, which has 19 acute beds for people residing in the Nillumbik and Banyule areas. There are 6 specialist regional beds for mothers with perinatal mental health problems and their babies and partners); there are also 5 regional beds for people who have an eating disorder. PIMHI operates with the Acute Psychiatric Unit portfolio and has a close relationship with the Parent Infant Program - Inpatient Service.
This is a specialist therapy position, 3.8 hours per week for a health professional with an understanding and working experience of perinatal difficulties, infant physical and social play development and skills in enhancing the relationship between mother/baby facial and bodily communication. Use of music and simple innovative play objects, offers largely non-verbal ‘slow play’ floor activity. The mother is encouraged to hold the baby comfortably moving in the room to music with the dance therapist offers simple opportunities for physical connection. The session occurs in designated hours in the ward activity room. For the session the baby and mother need to be awake, but if baby is asleep a first contact may be inviting mother to look and think about the play objects. If the activity room is used by an external therapist or agency, individual or small group work can happen more informally with the dance therapist in the lounge area. The therapist may take a small group session. You will be required to work within a multidisciplinary team within the parent infant program that has a primary focus of enhancing the attachment between parent and child.
To be successful in this role you must demonstrate Key responsibilities as outlined in the Position Description.
Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.
All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check conducted by Austin Health and if required, a Working with Children Check.
Austin Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.
For further information please contact Melissa Leslie, Acting Nurse Unit Manger 0466 025 241 or Clare Manning Divisional Manager Adult Mental Health 0407 152 352