Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Sippy Downs, Australia
04 Dec 2017
End of advertisement period
17 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Role Statement

Salary Level: Classification Level 9 (Salary range A$108,108 to A$113,229 gross per annum plus up to 17% employer superannuation contributions) 

Appointment: Full-time, fixed-term for 2 years

USC Vision

USC will be a university of international standing, a driver of capacity building in the Sunshine Coast and broader region, and an unsurpassed community asset.

University Strategic Goals

The University will be:

  1. A comprehensive university of 20,000 students by 2020;
  2. Positioned in the global tertiary education community as a top-100 university under 50 years of age; and
  3. A primary engine of capacity building in the broader Sunshine Coast region, from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast.

Overview of Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute (SCMN-TI)

The Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute is developing into a world-class facility for mental health and neurological research, teaching and associated clinical services. The institute will enable USC to make a major contribution to the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the brain and mind and be at the forefront of vital research in the areas of ageing and dementia and mental health issues relating to youth and adults alike.

Overview of the Role

Under the direction of the Operations Manager, SCMN-TI, the Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will play an instrumental role in the development, implementation and delivery of a range of new mental health research programs in areas such as PTSD, TMS, novel treatments, youth mental health, medication monitoring, and suicide prevention. The role will involve the implementation of new programs and the development of policies and procedures that support outcome achievement in response to external and funding requirements.

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will apply specialist expertise in the completion of advanced and complex comprehensive biopsychosocial psychiatric assessments (a full risk assessment including suicide risk) and crisis intervention. This role involves the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions, the interpretation and analysis of pathology and other diagnostic test results, and identifying the need for referral to appropriate medical specialists as required.

The incumbent will utilise psychotherapeutic skills for clients with mental health concerns; prescribe psychiatric medications; evaluate and manage the impact and outcomes of medications including discontinuation of medication where required and integrate knowledge of mental health diagnoses to plan and implement treatment. The delivery of individual and group psychoeducation and counselling will require the incumbent to demonstrate advanced practice and clinical leadership within the mental health setting. The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will be responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of the Thompson Institute’s mental health research programs, and develop proposals for improvement or enhancement of the programs. 

The Mental Health Nurse Practitioner will work closely with the broader community of health professionals to support the continuity of patient care and communication of research outcomes.

The successful candidate will hold a Masters Degree with endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner, current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and a current CPR/basic life support certificate. The successful candidate will also have significant clinical experience in a mental health /psychiatric multi-disciplinary environment, experience in managing staff and resources to achieve program outcomes, and the ability to function autonomously and collaboratively in advanced and extended clinical roles.

Experience working with both acute and chronic complex psychiatric cases, with the ability to manage clients in an outpatient setting and make referral to relevant organisations providing a safe management plan and care coordination in collaboration with a consultant psychiatrist is required.  

Contact for Further Information

Joanne Paringatai

Operations Manager

Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience - Thompson Institute

Telephone: +61 7 5456 5430


Closing Date

Midnight, Sunday 17 December 2017

To Apply

All applicants MUST provide both a statement of claims and resume/curriculum vitae. 

Information regarding how to prepare your application and write an effective statement of claims is available on our website information for applicants

As part of your role, you may be required to travel to any one of USC's locations.

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USC values diversity, enables access and promotes inclusion.
USC strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.