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Physical Health Nurse - Early Psychosis

Employer: Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health
Work Type/s: Contract, Part Time
Classification/s: Health Care & Allied Health, Mental Health & Counselling, Nursing, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 11 January, 2019.
Applications close: 31 January, 2019. (Expired)

  • Nurse – Physical Health Coordinator
  • Part-time – 0.4 FTE – 12 month appointment 

About us

Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health is the world’s leading research and knowledge translation organisation focusing on mental ill-health in young people.

At Orygen, our leadership and staff work to deliver cutting-edge research, policy development, innovative clinical services, and evidence-based training and education to ensure that there is continuous improvement in the treatments and care provided to young people experiencing mental ill-health.

Our work has created a new, more positive approach to the prevention and treatment of mental disorders, and has developed new models of care for young people with emerging disorders. This work has been translated into a worldwide shift in services and treatments to include a primary focus on getting well and staying well, and health care models that include partnership with young people and families.

So if you’re looking for an opportunity to join a dynamic, vibrant and forward thinking organisation which has become a thought leader in the field of youth mental health, we look forward to hearing from you.

The role

The purpose of this role is to provide coordination of the physical health interventions for the young people who attend the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC) at Orygen Youth Health – Clinical program. This role will be part of a clinical trial, named PHAstER, and the involvement of a Physical Health nurse in the treating team will be the intervention being assessed. This role includes performing physical health screening (metabolic monitoring) and facilitating clients attending the interventions at Orygen Youth Health that have been established to address the physical health of young people, including but not limited to:

  • Exercise physiologists – individual & group programs
  • Dieticians - individual & group programs
  • Gym group
  • Yoga group
  • ‘Tackling tobacco’ intervention in conjunction with QUIT Victoria
  • Interventions aimed at reducing and/or ceasing alcohol or substance use
  • Promoting the use of medications that have a low propensity for weight gain or metabolic disturbances as first line treatments 

The Physical Health Nurse Co-ordinator will also liaise with external agencies such as general practitioners, endocrinologists and sexual health services depending on the specific needs of the individual client.

About you


  • Experience working with young people with a diagnosis of mental illness
  • Extensive experience working as a physical health nurse within a multidisciplinary care team in a community setting
  • A sound understanding of the physical health co morbidities associated with serious mental illness
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience, in the provision of comprehensive physical health assessment, metabolic monitoring, planning of therapeutic interventions, and evaluation of clinical outcomes
  • Demonstrated provision of high quality, person-centred evidence-based nursing care in the contemporary community mental health context
  • Experience in working in clinical leadership roles
  • Experience working collaboratively with primary health care providers e.g. GP practices
  • Enhanced knowledge of mental health medications
  • High level of reliability and professional conduct
  • Experience in the provision of nursing clinical supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to problem solve, negotiate and communicate with staff, patients and other service providers
  • Successfully undergo a Police Records and Working with Children’s Check for pre-employment screening


  • Nursing: Evidence of current Continuing Professional Development as outlined by ACMHN or RCNA. Evidence ACMHN Credentialed Mental Health Nurse (CMHN)
  • A working knowledge of community-based organisations and human services organisations.
  • Commitment to the development of integrated clinical research within the service
  • Understanding of the Children & Young Person’s Act, Mental Health Act 1986 and other Acts/ legislation relevant to working with young people in a mental health setting.
  • Knowledge of relevant guidelines, plans and strategies related to the mental health service system (E.g. Victorian Mental Health Reform Strategy, National Standards for Mental Health Services, etc)
How to apply for this job

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