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Consultant Psychiatrist

Department of Health Western Australia
Nedlands (Suburb), Perth (AU)
MP Year 1-9 $357,930- $456,008 p.a. pro rata or $686.13 - $874.14 per session
Closing date
19 May 2023

This is a Recruitment Pool for Fixed Term Full Time, Fixed Term Part Time and Sessional appointments for 5 years with the possibility of extension(s).

WA Health has initiatives to support international and interstate recruitment and expedite employment for critical workforce shortages which includes travel exemptions and financial incentives of up to $8,000 for eligible international applicants and $6,000 for eligible interstate applicants to cover flight and relocation costs. Please see the attached FAQ for further information or contact for further details.

CAHS may consider relocation costs for staff who do not meet the criteria above.

CAHS is willing to consider providing visa sponsorship opportunities for suitable applicants.

Please visit the Medical Board of Australia website for more information on assessment pathways to registration for international medical graduates:
WA Health is committed to eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of our service. We embrace diversity and strongly encourage applications from people from culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

In addition, we are committed to growing our Aboriginal workforce as part of WA Health Aboriginal Workforce Policy. As a measure to achieve equality, Section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 applies to this position and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.

Other Conditions: WA Health engages staff in positions of trust and responsibility. WA Health policies require applicants to undertake criminal records screening and integrity checking as part of the appointment process. Referees may also be asked to comment on an applicant’s integrity and past demonstration of ethical behaviour.

This position is subject to a Western Australian Working With Children (WWC) Check. For further information please refer to the WWC website at:

This is an “open-ended” recruitment pool, and as such the following should be noted:

  • The panel will monitor this recruitment pool for applications, and will assess on a regular basis.
  • Suitable applicants will be placed in a pool from which appointments may be made when similar vacancies occur. 
  • Appointments may be made from this pool until 30/04/2024.

Position Profile: We are seeking to appoint suitably qualified, experienced and enthusiastic medical practitioners for the position of Consultant Psychiatrist with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). In this position, you will deliver specialist mental health services and work collaboratively with the Head of Service in overseeing the clinical management of all referred clients and provides clinical leadership.

Western Australian government has made it a priority to implement wide spread reform across the Public mental health services for Infants, Children and Adolescents aged 0-18 years. Priorities identified by the ICA Taskforce includes the development of:

  • 12 Models of Care (MoC)
  • cultural safety and social emotional wellbeing principles
  • an Aboriginal Mental Health Workforce model
  • a service guarantee

These models will include delivery of services for Infant Child and Adolescent mental health (0-12 years),  Eating Disorders, Personality Disorder; Intellectual Disability, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and/or Neuropsychiatric Conditions focusing upon models of care service delivery and sustainability. This is an exciting time to join CAMHS if you would like to be at the forefront of mental health care to act earlier to help children and adolescents dealing with mental health issues.

The Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) is proud to be the leading service provider for paediatric healthcare in Western Australia, as the State’s only dedicated health service for infants, children and young people. CAHS is made up four service areas: Neonatology, Community Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), and Perth Children’s Hospital (PCH). Consisting of over 5,500 employees, our services are delivered at PCH and King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), as well as across a network of more than 160 community clinics across the metropolitan area.

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Western Australia offers support, advice and treatment to young people and their families who are experiencing mental health issues. Children and families are referred to Mental Health by their treating therapist, specialist, GP, School or other community organisation. CAMHS provides recovery-focused programs, and services for children from birth up until a person turns 18 years old. CAMHS has 3 directorates: Acute, Community and Specialised.


CAMHS Crisis Connect provides phone and online videocall support for children and young people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, including:

  • Specialist urgent tele-mental health support, Crisis management, Face to face mental health and risk assessment at PCH Emergency Department or via telehealth, Follow up within 24 hours of receiving an assessment or discharge from PCH.

CAMHS Inpatient Unit/Ward 5A at Perth Children’s Hospital:

  • The state-wide assessment and treatment facility for children and young people up to 16 years old with complex and acute mental health issues. It is a recovery-focused patient and family-centred service, offering a seven-day multidisciplinary program in a safe environment for voluntary and involuntary patients as authorised under the Mental Health Act (2014).

Paediatric Consultation Liaison Service and Gender Diversity Service:

  • The Paediatric Consultation Liaison team works with other hospital teams to ensure that the assessment and treatment of patients is comprehensive, timely, responsive and effective.
  • The Gender Diversity Service (GDS) is a specialist outpatient multidisciplinary service for the assessment and care of children and adolescents experiencing diverse gender identity. GDS is the only service in Western Australia which currently provides specialist multi-professional team assessment for, and access to, medical hormonal gender-affirming treatment for adolescents (including puberty suppression, and oestrogen, testosterone, and anti-androgen treatments for older adolescents under age 18). 

Eating Disorder Service:

  • A Tier 4 State-Wide Specialist Service, offering assessment (up to 16th birthday) and treatment (up to 18th birthday if existing client) to young people with severe eating disorders. It is a multi-disciplinary team who provide outpatient care, day treatment, inpatient care and support groups. The program supports children and young people and their families through assessment, recovery and discharge from the service. Our primary intervention is Family Based Treatment (FBT).

Community CAMHS

10 Community clinics spread across the Perth wider metropolitan area, offering mental health assessment and multidisciplinary intervention for children and young people up to 18 years.

Specialised CAMHS


  • A state-wide service providing assessment, treatment and support for children aged 6 to 12 years with complex and longstanding mental health issues and their parents/carers


  • A structured day program for young people aged 12 to 17 years who are struggling to cope with relationships, mood difficulties and impulsive self-harming.

Complex Attention and Hyperactivity Disorders Service:

  • CAHDS is a state-wide service that works with children, young people (under 18 years old) and families who have persistent difficulties with attention and behaviour.

For further information about the benefits of working for CAHS and our services please click here.

Selection Criteria: Please see the attached Job Description Form (available online at 
For Further Job Related Information:  We encourage you to contact Dr Vineet Padmanabhan on +61 (8) 6389 5800.

Application Instructions: Applicants MUST apply online via MedJobsWA - Reference Number 11314 (Please note: Applicants must have a current, valid email address in order to apply online. This email address will be used for communication with applicants).

If you experience difficulties while applying online, please contact:

Child and Adolescent Health Service will only accept applications that are lodged with the express permission of the applicant and containing all necessary information, including personal contact details. We will accept applications or CVs from recruitment agencies and/or search firms that have previously discussed and agreed to terms and conditions with CAHS. We will not pay fees to any such organisation unless arranged prior with CAHS. If you are an agency intending to submit an application on behalf of an applicant, please contact for further details.

Your ability to meet the work related requirements will be assessed throughout the recruitment process. For your written application please provide the following:

  • a statement addressing the selection criteria listed on the Job Description Form
  • a covering letter outlining your suitability for this position
  • a current resume which summarises your experience and how you are able to meet the position requirements.

These documents should be complete and ready to attach prior to applying online. Please ensure you allow sufficient time to complete the online application process as you will be required to answer various questions and attach your documentation.

CAHS values: To achieve our vision of healthy kids, healthy communities, CAHS is committed to providing a workplace culture that is driven and shaped by our values of Compassion, Collaboration, Equity, Respect, Excellence and Accountability. During the selection process you may be assessed on your ability to fulfil the responsibilities of this position in accordance with the values. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the person named in this advert.

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