Director Allied Health – Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs (H22_4181)

  • Newly created leadership role
  • Provide strategic development and governance of the Allied Health workforce
  • Consumer, Community and Higher Education engagement

Northern NSW Local Health District covers an area of 20,732 sq km and operates within an annual budget of approx. $900M.  NNSWLHD provides a diverse range of public healthcare to over 300,000 residents across the district through 12 hospitals and multi-purpose services, 20 community health centres and other facilities. NNSWLHD employs over 5,500 staff, of which ~600 are allied health staff. In 2017/2018, of approx. 100,000 patient admissions to NNSWLHD sites, 2% were mental health related. In addition, approx. 850,000 community services were provided over that time period. Each day in NNSWLHD, 2 patients are admitted due to self-harm injury and 6 community members are admitted due to alcohol consumption.

In this newly created role, Northern NSW Local Health District is looking for a suitably qualified Director Allied Health – Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs (Director). Reporting to the Director of Mental Health & Alcohol and Other Drugs Services, you will collaborate with the wider Mental Health and AOD team and be responsible for the professional leadership, development, implementation and evaluation of strategic planning processes for all Allied Health disciplines.

The Director will lead the engagement with both consumers and the community such as Primary Health Networks, Aboriginal Medical Services, and a wide range of NGOs within the region.

In this inaugural role, the Director will need to:

  • Develop and maximise the relationships with and between the service managers
  • Create enhanced models of care
  • Ensure standards of practice are met
  • Create programs around workforce retention, growth and development

Key to this role will be the managing of workforce development while developing and implementing a collaborative allied health structure across mental health, alcohol and other drug services.

The Key Strategic Priorities for NNSWLHD MH-AOD are:

  1. Patient Flow
  2. Workplace Culture
  3. Patient Safety
  4. Clinical Leadership & Development
  5. Models of Care
  6. Virtual Care
  7. Orientation

The successful candidate will need to have:

  1. Relevant qualifications and, where applicable, membership of the relevant association and registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), and broad clinical experience in mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs services in one of the following disciplines: Diversional Therapy, Dietitian, Welfare Officer, Counselling, Exercise Physiology, Physiotherapy, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapist OR Relevant qualification in Social Work with eligibility for membership to Australian Association of Social Workers
  2. Demonstrated relevant senior management experience working in a complex health environment, including financial, contractual and human resource management
  3. Demonstrated leadership with the ability to empower, motivate and support employees to achieve service and professional goals through quality improvement and change management principles
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of clinical redesign methodologies and their application in mental health, alcohol and other drugs service delivery with the ability to lead the implementation of evidence based, best practice models of care within a complex multidisciplinary team environment
  5. Highly developed interpersonal, negotiation, advocacy and communication skills that support the development of a positive workplace culture
  6. Comprehensive knowledge of and commitment to patient safety, quality & risk management, innovation, professional practice development and research
  7. Understanding of and commitment to the effective and meaningful engagement of clinicians in the decision making process to drive positive patient outcomes
  8. Valid unrestricted drivers license for use in NSW/Australia and willingness to travel in the course of employment and willingness to participate in an on call roster

For a confidential discussion and to learn more about this exciting opportunity please contact

Philip Best – Principal Search Consultant at HardyGroup.

(M) 0432 173 611(E)

Closing Date: Monday 5 December 2022