Position Details
Reference Number 35790
Position Title Senior Clinical Psychologist (Adolescent Medicine)
Employment Type Fixed Term
Location 50 Flemington Road
Position Summary

Clinical Psychologist – Adolescent Medicine Inpatient and Outpatient Services

  • Full-Time, Fixed-Term (6 months)
  • Grade 3 Clinical Psychologist
  • Exciting opportunity to join a specialist multidisciplinary team across inpatient and outpatient settings

The Hospital: 

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) has cared for the children and young people of Victoria since it was founded in 1870. As a tertiary and quaternary centre, the RCH cares for the most critically ill and medically complex paediatric patients in Victoria. In addition to providing a full range of clinical services, the hospital also supports many health promotion and prevention programs. With more than 6,000 staff, 12 wards and 350 beds, the RCH is the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria, and also provides care for children and young people from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas. We work collaboratively with hospitals to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time, for the benefit of all Victorian children.

The Royal Children’s Hospital is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on our Commitment to Child Safety: http://www.rch.org.au/quality/child-safety/

Further information about RCH is available at www.rch.org.au


 The Role:

The Department of Adolescent Medicine at the Royal Children’s Hospital is a speciality department within the Division of Medicine comprising of Paediatricians, Psychiatrists, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Social Workers and Psychologists working together to provide  inpatient and outpatient care to adolescents of secondary school age. The Department is comprised of sub-speciality teams including the Eating Disorders Service, Gender Service, Young People’s Health Service, Chronic Illness Peer Support (ChIPS) Service and Transition Support Services.


As a clinical psychologist within the general Adolescent Medicine inpatient and outpatient team, this role requires the provision of high quality tertiary mental health care for adolescents and their families both during admissions to the adolescent inpatient ward and in the outpatient setting. This includes undertaking skilled assessments and psychological support and treatment in collaboration with the Adolescent Medicine team and the RCH Mental Health clinicians. Patients admitted with anorexia nervosa or other restrictive eating disorders to the medical ward will require assessments in relation to commencement of Family Based Treatment, Parent Focused Treatment, Enhanced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT-E) or other appropriate therapeutic modality with linkage to ongoing intervention in the outpatient setting. The role will also involve short term psychological interventions for patients with somatic symptom disorders or other presentations with medically unexplained symptoms, young people with medical issues accompanied by psychosocial complexity and linkage of these patients to services within the outpatient or community settings. The undertaking of risk assessments for patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, implementing strategies to maintain patient safety with consideration to maximising ongoing therapeutic engagement is a key component of this role.


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Full registration under the Psychology Board of Australia with endorsement in clinical psychology
  • Postgraduate training in clinical psychology from an APAC approved university and more than five years of experience in Child/Adolescent Clinical Psychology
  • Advanced experience in psychological assessment and at least one major therapeutic modality
  • Approved supervisor status with the PsyBA
  • Well-developed understanding of child and adolescent development and ability to practice from a developmental perspective

Applicants must address the key selection criteria in the position description.


Why work at the RCH? 

The RCH offer a range of benefits which support and reward staff both personally and professionally.

Our staff benefits include award winning facilities and campus partnerships, Professional development and events, an award winning Health and wellbeing program and financial benefits.


To learn more about our staff benefits please go to: https://www.rch.org.au/hr/recruitment_employment/Staff_benefits/ The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.


We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.


Are you ready to join our team? 

For more information about the position, please review the position description attached and apply online by selecting “apply now”

Contact Person Associate Professor Michelle Telfer
Contact Number 93456538
Alternate Contact Person Shantelle Hendy
Alternate Contact Number 93456531
Closing Date 16/08/2020
Position Description Psychologist Adolescent Medicine PD_July20.pdf