Allied Health Graduate Program in Mental Health - West Moreton Hospital and Health Service

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West Moreton Hospital and Health Service is committed to growing its workforce and creating a workplace where staff and others are valued and excel.

As part of its focus on innovative strategies to attract and retain an allied health workforce in mental health services, West Moreton is offering the Allied Health Graduate Program in Mental Health (AHGP).

The AHGP is an opportunity to strengthen the allied health workforce in mental health by enhancing the clinical education and learning culture within West Moreton and focusing on 'growing our own'.

About the program

The AHGP is a 2-year (24-month) comprehensive work-based program for eligible allied health new graduate psychologists, social workers and occupational therapists seeking to develop and apply their skills in mental health.

The AHGP offers graduates:

  • a positive transition to professional practice specifically in mental health, with access to workplace learning while supporting clinical and professional skills development
  • opportunities to work in a range of mental health specialised services within West Moreton, focusing on core skills development for the mental health alcohol and other drugs workforce
  • the opportunity for graduates to rotate 4 times and gain experience in a range of different clinical areas and specialised mental health teams and settings over the 2-year period
  • a combination of formal education and work-based experience, including:
    • workplace education and training
    • interdisciplinary training days
    • Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning (QCMHL) courses
    • discipline specific supervision
    • journal clubs and more.

Benefits of the AHGP

The AHGP provides a balance of both theoretical and experience-based learning opportunities.

During the program you will:

  • work and learn with other allied health graduates in dynamic, highly professional multidisciplinary mental health teams
  • gain specialised skills and experience in a variety of clinical areas and specialised mental health teams and settings, including:
    • Acute Care Team - Ipswich Hospital
    • Acute Mental Health Unit - Ipswich Hospital
    • Alcohol and Other Drugs Service (AODs) - Ipswich Health Plaza
    • Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) - Ipswich Health Plaza and Goodna Community Health Centre
    • EVOLVE Therapeutic Service - Ipswich Health Plaza
    • Gailes Community Care Unit - Gailes
    • Goodna Community Care Team - Goodna Community Health
    • Ipswich and Rural Community Care Team - Ipswich Health Plaza
    • Older Person’s Mental Health Service - Ipswich Hospital
    • The Park - Centre for Mental Health, Treatment, Research and Education
  • have access to comprehensive and quality education and professional development opportunities in addition to discipline-specific supervision and support.

Who can apply

The following graduate roles are eligible for the AHGP:

  • psychologists
  • social workers
  • occupational therapists.

Note: A position in the program is reserved for a candidate in either psychology, social work or occupational therapy that identifies as Indigenous to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community.

Applicants should be committed to working in West Moreton Hospital and Health Services during the 2-year program, while undertaking a variety of allocated mental health rotations.

To ensure the safety and security of employees, Queensland Health requires a number of pre-employment checks, such as mandatory vaccinations and criminal history checks.

How to apply for a position in the AHGP

The AHGP recruits bi-annually (every 2 years). Recruitment for the next intake will begin in August/September 2024, with a view for commencement in February 2025.

Continue to monitor this page as further information will be released closer to this date.

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