If you’re a qualified or experienced Mental Health Clinician and you’re looking for a bit of a sea change, why not move up to Tropical Townsville?

Situated in North Queensland, Townsville boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year and is the gateway to natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and an array of heavenly tropical islands.

A popular holiday destination, the town is home to a vibrant and bustling city scene with more than 700 dining outlets, retailers, attractions and entertainment services, as well as a growing population of schools, health services and hospitals – making it not only the perfect place to live but to work too.

In fact right now, the Mental Health Services in the Townsville Hospital and Health Service region are looking for professionals to work in the areas of Allied Health and Nursing and Medical in all levels and specialities.

John Baird, Nursing Director for Rehabilitation Services from the Mental Health Services Group at Townsville Hospital and Health Services says it’s the perfect opportunity for young and
experienced clinicians to progress in their career.

“We are committed to people with long term career aspirations within the Mental Health area and will develop robust and achievable career pathways for them,” he says.

“We have a full spectrum of Mental Health Services including; adult, forensic, long term rehabilitation, age psych, child and adolescent, rural and indigenous and have career opportunities in all areas.”

John says because of Townsville Hospital and Health Services’ compact geography, it’s easy to gain experience in a number of clinical areas and sub specialities without even having to consider re-locating your home.

“Geography is not a barrier to diversification with a career pathway, because home is never further than 10 to 20 minutes always from the working environment,” he says.

“As well as Townsville itself there is also opportunity to work in both rural and remote settings within the Hospital Health Services.”

Although qualified and experiences nurses are desired, John says experience is not mandatory, as enthusiasm and a willingness to develop are equally important.

“We are in a very exciting time and are developing our services and welcome individuals who are committed to service development and want to be part of a change embracing culture,” he says.

“Whilst we are always wanting clinicians to lay down roots and join our service for the long haul, it’s also a great opportunity for those wanting to get a flavour of North Queensland and perhaps for those wanting contract work.”

John says there are too many benefits to living and working in Townsville, and the surrounding areas.

“There’s everything from a CBD lifestyle to country living, and it’s laidback with so much to do,” he says.

And, the good thing is “there’s no rush hour traffic to contend with everyday.”

John also says property is very affordable to rent and purchase in Townsville.

Sounds great! Maybe we should all move to Townsville?

For more information about Mental Health Services in the Townsville Hospital and Health Services region or vacant positions visit www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au or call (07) 4750 6771.

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