Visiting Medical Officer – Pain Management Psychiatrist | Temporary

Visiting Medical Officer – Pain Management Psychiatrist | Temporary

Act Government | canberra, ACT, AU

Posted 16 days ago

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Closes: 30 November 2022

Classification: Visiting Medical Officer
Sessional and Fee for Service Rates
Position No: 026DA - Visiting Medical Officer
Advertised (Gazettal date): 20 October 2022
Contact Officer: Anandhi Rangaswamy on or

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Our  Vision : creating exceptional health care together

Our  Role : to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our  Values : Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Visiting Medical Officers (VMO) with Canberra Health Services are covered by generous contract provisions. The standard VMO contract is available online: 

The Pain Management Unit is an interdisciplinary service that provides comprehensive outpatient care to patients with persistent pain and a consultative service to inpatients with persistent pain.

The successful applicant will have specialist experience in General Psychiatry or in subspecialty area(s) of Psychiatry, and work as a member of the chronic pain team primarily in the outpatient setting and consult on inpatients as required.


The successful applicant will be expected to participate in the mandatory administrative, governance and training requirements of the Division. Emphasis on recovery focus and person-centred care are essential. As the successful applicant -

You will:

  • Provide direct psychiatric services as part of an interdisciplinary Chronic Pain Team.
  • Teach and supervise Pain Medicine Trainees and Medical students.
  • Contribute to the clinical oversight of multi-disciplinary teams and in particular:Provide expert opinion and consultation on clinical work.Participate in the development, implementation, and ongoing review of the recovery plans for persons using the service.
  • Liaise and collaborate with medical practitioners, consumers, carers, voluntary and government and non-government agencies concerned with patients care.
  • Actively engage in clinical governance to ensure services are high quality and safe, adhere to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
  • Contribute to and participate in unit management, clinical audit procedures, research, quality improvement activities, policy and procedure development, utilisation reviews and educational activities in the Pain Management Unit.
  • Utilise digital health and health information systems to enable the provision of safe and timely access to care including ensuring high standards of medical record keeping.
  • Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.

    CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Behavioural Capabilities:

  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change.
  • Critical thinking skill.
  • Communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain networks.
  • Adapt quickly to a changing environment.
  • Position Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in the relevant specialty with no conditions, undertakings or reprimands.
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Physicians (FRACP) or equivalent specialist qualifications, and Evidence of satisfactory participation on the RANZCP Continuing Professional Development Program is mandatory.
  • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide . Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies.
  • You will need to understand how the (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • You will need to fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS , , and other .
  • Knowledge of the Mental Health Act 2015 and other related legislations is desirable.
  • Current driver licence is preferred.
  • Not be the subject of an unresolved scope of clinical practice review of by a state/territory credentialing and scope of clinical practice committee (such as the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee) or a current inquiry by AHPRA.
  • Have had no substantiated performance or behavioural issues in the last three years, no such matters currently under investigation, and have not been found to display behaviours and/or performance inconsistent with CHS values.
  • Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Be granted their Scope of Clinical Practice through the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
  • Prior to commencing this role, a current registration issued under the is required.
  • Agree to a VMO contract setting out specific work obligations in accordance with 
  • Note: Visiting Medical Officers are engaged as independent contractors. Contracts will be for a two-year term.

    For more information on this position and how to apply

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