NNSWLHD: Allied Health Director MHAOD – Important Update for Psychology dispute

HSU members have continued to take a stand about the creation of the AH Director within MH AOD which excludes Psychologists. This is deeply problematic considering Psychologists are 30% of the MH AOD workforce and will greatly impact on representation at senior levels, safety, and career progression.

The HSU has received an offer from management seeking to resolve this dispute and is reflected below:

“As discussed in the meeting this morning regarding the Director, Allied Health (MHAOD Services):

  • The position of Allied Health Lead for Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs was graded under the NSW Health Service Health Professional (State) Award.
  • The decision not to include the Health and Community Employees Psychologists (State) Award in the grading was independently made through the grading process within the Workforce Unit.
  • This decision does not preclude consideration of future senior allied health roles from being considered under the Health and Community Employees Psychologists (State) Award.

Resolution proposed –

  • Dual grade Director, Allied Health position with the NSW Health Service Health Professional (State) Award and Health Manager (State) Award to ensure a broader range of potential candidates to apply (including Psychologists);
  • Creation of a Senior Clinical Psychologist position for MH & AOD services from a vacant Health Manager position from a recent resignation, to support career progression within the Psychology profession and with the role reporting to the Director, Allied Health, MHAOD services.”

An urgent member meeting is being held to discuss management’s proposal. Psychology members in NNSWLHD are invited to this urgent meeting on Thursday 23rd February 2023 at 12:30pm. The link to attend this meeting can be found here: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83905874651.

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