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Challis Recruitment is currently looking for Psychiatrists interested in both Staff Specialist and/or Clinical Lead positions to join our client’s progressive Mental Health Team, who service Sydney’s largest and fastest growing metropolitan Health District.


  • Career advancement – Leadership and Management Opportunities
  • Conjoint academic appointments actively supported
  • 12+ Month & Permanent Contracts available
  • Sydney location

The Mental Health Service

This wide-ranging Mental Health Service is responsible for the provision of comprehensive, coordinated and effective mental health care, treatment and service provision. It incorporates a range of service types (acute, non-acute, crisis, care coordination/case management, rehabilitation and recovery, early intervention, prevention and promotion), as well as services across the lifespan. This employer offers both hospital, community-based settings and subspecialty opportunities (including the option to combine facilities, settings and interests).

The Service has active research units, conjoint clinical/academic positions, and relationships with other research organisations. With its three main teaching hospitals having academic and research links to Sydney’s top Universities, positions are also available for Specialists interested in pursuing research careers, and those looking to obtain clinical and research experience. This Mental Health Service (and its university partners) have expertise in population and human rights-based mental health research; biological schizophrenia research; perinatal mental health; child and adolescent psychiatry (e.g. developmental disorders in childhood). A number of academic staff with international profiles in their respective areas hold conjoint University appointments.

As a senior member of this expansive team you will lead clinical practice within our client’s established multidisciplinary teams. You will be joining a team committed to developing and strengthening models of service delivery that are consumer and carer focused; have an explicit recovery orientation; are aligned against best evidence of effectiveness; and, where appropriate, are delivered in partnership with other government agencies and the community managed sector.

Key benefits of this opportunity include:

  • Working within a diverse community (socio-economic; cultural and linguistic) that provides interesting and challenging clinical experiences
  • Assisting in establishing and developing models of community-based mental health service delivery (e.g. ‘crisis’ teams and the evidence-based Assertive Community Treatment model) which provides the perfect platform for Psychiatrists with a strong community orientation
  • The strength and quality of multidisciplinary relationships and team-based approaches to care within the Mental Health Service provides for psychiatrists interested in working in team-based settings
  • Strong opportunities for Psychiatrists to develop sub-specialty experience (e.g. forensic; psychotherapy) or areas of interest (e.g. mood disorders, transcultural; recovery and rehabilitation) within the Health District and the community
  • The Service has the resources of a ‘big city’ service with a small town lifestyle within easy reach
  • Positions and pathways available for Psychiatrists interested in management and clinical leadership roles

Taking their commitment to raising Mental Health awareness to the next level, this dedicated Service joined forces with production company Northern Pictures to film a three-part documentary series called Changing Minds that was shown on Australian TV.

The three part documentary sensitively followed the journeys of the staff, patients and their families, the care and treatment provided and their road to recovery. In doing so it was hoped that the audience would gain a better understanding of mental health issues and challenge the stigma and discrimination that still exists.

View Changing Minds here

Spanning both metropolitan and rural settings, this diverse community is rapidly growing, and improving the mental health of these communities is a high priority for this Health District in achieving its vision of ‘Leading care, healthier communities’.

The Location

Located on the east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world’s largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west. Sydney is famous for its outdoor lifestyle, great natural beauty, and all year round Mediterranean-style climate with warm to hot summers and mild winters.

The Health District covers a significant regional area of South Western Sydney.  This highly commutable area with rail lines and strong motorway links means you can create a home in any number of Sydney’s cosmopolitan, cultured communities from buzzing beachside suburbs, inner-urban surrounds or within the semi-rural greenbelt.

This fast growing district of great complexity is a patchwork of culture, language, ethnicity, personal histories, religion, income and status.

Within easy reach of a range of fresh farm, viticulture and ocean produce, many restaurants feature locally sourced ingredients and wines. You’ll also enjoy an abundance of chic cafes and warm local eateries across Sydney and NSW.

Australia is a nation with a deep affiliation for sport and Sydney offers the best choice for spectators and participants. Enjoying the legacy of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the city hosts some of the nation’s most exciting matches and competitions and most major sporting events are easy to get to on public transport. You will also discover a strong network of clubs and corporate and recreational competitions that make it easy for you to take part in your favourite sport, no matter what age or level.

Residents are offered a vast selection of educational options from public schools through to private schools, which cater to different religious denominations and teaching philosophies. Tertiary education is of a high global calibre, with some of Sydney’s renowned Universities ranking within the top 500 worldwide.

This exciting career opportunity provides career progression in a professional environment where you will be a valued and respected member of a high achieving team. Enjoy a prosperous, modern and diverse lifestyle in a world-class city that has everything to offer.

Contact us today for a confidential discussion or further information on this exciting opportunity.



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