Mental Health Clinician – PACER – Sutherland MHS South Eastern Sydney Local Health District


Mental Health Clinician – Police, Ambulance & Clinical Early Response (PACER) – Sutherland Mental Health Service
Employment Type: Temporary Part Time (till May 2024)
Position Classification: Clinical Nurse Consultant Grade 2, Occupational Therapist Level 4, Senior Psychologist, Social Worker Level 4
Remuneration: $58.09 – $63.32 per hour, plus superannuation 
Hours Per Week: 32
Requisition ID: REQ439382

See what we have to offer!

An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced Mental Health Clinician wanting to help mental health consumers in times of crisis in the community setting as part of our new and innovative PACER team. Sound like you?

Where you’ll be working
Acute Care Team, Community Mental Health, Sutherland Mental Health Service, located on The Sutherland Hospital campus, Caringbah

What you’ll be doing

The vision for South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) is ‘exceptional care, healthier lives’. SESLHD is committed to enabling our community to be healthy and well, and to providing the best possible compassionate care when people need it.

The PACER Clinician is based within Sutherland Community Mental Health Service (TSH MHS) and will provide a highly mobile, recovery orientated clinical advice, consultancy and support to NSW Police (Sutherland Local Area Command) managing mental health related cases in the community.

The PACER clinician is a response requested by an operational police unit and provides mental health intervention and undertakes triage, primary client assessment and management of complex mental health emergencies and crises at an advanced level.

The position requires extensive knowledge of mental health disorders and demonstrated clinical practices to provide support, treatment, coordination and education to emergency services who work with consumers with complex mental and physical health needs. 

All staff are expected to act as an appropriate and effective role model and promote culture and supporting practices that reflect the NSW Health CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment through demonstrated behaviours and interactions with patients, clients and employees.        

Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing.

All workers and new recruits are required to receive 2 doses of a Therapeutic Goods Administration approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccine to commence employment/ engagement or continue to work within a NSW Health service.

 A worker and new recruit will be considered compliant if they have a medical contraindication to all available Therapeutic Goods Administration approved or recognised COVID-19 vaccines and provide medical contraindication evidence in line with the policy requirements.

In addition, all Category A workers and new recruits are required to receive one dose of the seasonal influenza vaccine annually to be considered compliant.

Category A workers and new recruits who are non-compliant with seasonal influenza vaccination or have a medical contraindication to influenza or COVID-19 vaccinations must comply with all other infection control risk reduction strategies as directed while working in a Category A position.

SESLHD is committed to creating a workplace that reflects the diversity of our community. This will help ensure our employees, our patients and their carers, feel supported. We encourage people from different backgrounds to apply.

Support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates
We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates and we have an Aboriginal Employment Consultant that can provide support. If you have any questions or would like guidance on the recruitment process, please contact the SESLHD Aboriginal Employment Team via email to: [email protected]

Selection Criteria:

  1. Registered Nurse with AHPRA registration, Registered Senior Psychologist with AHPRA registration, Social Worker ( eligible for membership of AASW) Occupational Therapist with AHPRA registration.
  2. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with Police, Ambulance, Emergency Department staff, GP’s, Psychiatrists, private allied health providers and Government and Non-Government providers as part of maintaining patient wellbeing and mental state.
  3. Demonstrated ability to comply with protocols in relation to staff safety in all service provision settings, maintaining patient case records, and following clear lines in relation to clinical accountability.
  4. Demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in mental health and drug and alcohol issues.
  5. Current registration as an Accredited Person under the NSW Mental Health Act 2007 or willingness to work towards achieving this.
  6. Demonstrated experience in assessment, care planning and coordination with mental health consumers in a community setting within a strengths and recovery oriented framework.
  7. Current NSW unrestricted drivers licence.
  8. Willingness to undertake alcohol and drug training and apply to a range of work practices.

Need more information?
  1) Click here for the Position Description and SESLHD Expected Standards
  2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Leonie Keogh on [email protected]

Applications Close: 29 October 2023



South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

Job Salary

Part time