Consultant in Adult Community Psychiatry

Consultant/Specialist - Western Australia, Australia

Ref: 412Monday 11 December 2023

Package up to $477k plus oncalls etc.

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This post is in Community settings. 


Perth is Australia's 4th largest city with a population now of just under 2 million. The international airport has direct connections to the UAE, Doha (14hrs) Singapore (5hrs), Bali (Denpasar) and even a direct Qantas flight to London (14hrs). The city has first class private schools and has 5 universities. 


The public sector salary in Western Australia is one of the most generous for psychiatrists working in a metropolitan service. Depending on years of experience following the completion of training total remuneration is approx. AU$471k plus oncall. Contracted hours are 40hrs per week and you get compensated for overtime. Other benefits include 2 weeks professional development leave and $30k professional development allowance each year - paid along with your salary. 


This major mental health service in Perth has 3 main community mental health service. 


Each has an assessment & treatment team which is the 1st point of contact for all referrals to adult community mental health. The multidisciplinary tem includes psychiatrists, nurses & allied health staff who all help to traige, assess and provide short-term and treatment options for up to 10 weeks. Each also has a Clinical Treatment team gets all referrals via the assessment & treatment team and offers mdt assessment and care co-ordination services. 



Setting 1 provides access to adult community mental health services including treatment , urgent assessment and intervention. Here, there also is a Mobile Clinical Outreach Team - it provides services through clinical assessment , community triage and care for people living on the street. They work with NGOs, drug and alcohol services and primary care to deliver a co-ordinated model of care. 


Setting 2 provides outpatients services for people over 18 and here they also have an Active Recovery Team which provides a recovery focused 12 week program for patients with co-occurring issues and/or AOD issues, present to ED regularly.


Setting 3 provides specialist clinical mental health services to adults. As well as assessment and clinical treatment teams they have an Intensive Clinical Outreach Team to help manage individual needs - eg sympton control, physical health , managing finances. They can visit people in their homes if needed.



This job involves you working with your consultant medical and MDT colleagues to provide comprehensive assessment and diagnosis of patients. A management plan will be devised by members of the MDT of which you will provide clinical leadership. You will also develop, maintain and maximise relationships with primary care, NGOs as well as other mental health stakeholders to ensure continuity of treatment. 

Consultants working for this service are are on-call rota for a week at a time (Friday to Friday) about once every 7 or 8 weeks. During weekdays this usually involves phone support to on site District Medical Officer. At the weekends and on public holidays the duty psychiatrist will all new admissions including patients who need assessment under the mental health act as well as review of nursing and security specials. This can take anywhere from 3 – 8 hours depending on the number of patients needing review.


Other key areas which are important to this service are teaching and supervision; research; driving quality and safety initiatives via audits, data collection, clinical governance committees etc. The service is also recruiting a Head of Department for these community settings. Interested? Just let me know.



Selection criteria 

  • FRANZCP or equivalent specialist qualifications gained in Ireland, UK, NZ, USA, Canada, South Africa will be highly regarded. 
  • If trained outside of Australia you must be able to demonstrate 6 months of child & adolescent psychiatry in your training and a minimum of 2.5yrs FTE consultant level experience at time of reading.
  • First class communication skills. 
  • Excellent management, administrative and analytical abilities. 
  • Broad experiences in adult community settings.
  • Leadership experience.


To find out more about your RANZCP eligibility, this job, service and more about Perth as a city - such as schools, housing, partner work opportunities etc. - please do not hesitate to contact me for expert information. My number is +44 7414 531 583 or I am available out of hours and at the weekend as well.



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