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Organisation : Forensicare

Location : VIC Regional (Fairfield, VIC)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Mental Health

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 25 Oct, 2019

About the role

  • Full time ongoing – Allied Health Grade 3/RPN Grade 4
  • Based in Clifton Hill
  • Great salary packaging conditions and leave entitlements

Forensicare (the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health) is the leading provider of forensic mental health services across Victoria. We deliver recovery-focused programs to consumers with serious mental illnesses across the Victorian justice system, mental health sector, and the community–from early intervention and prevention, to inpatient care, rehabilitation, and community transition support.

This position is located at the Community Forensic Mental Health Service (CFMHS) in Clifton Hill, 15 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD. CFMHS is a specialist state-wide agency that works with individuals who have a serious mental health illness and have offended or are at risk of offending.


About the role:

Support the coordinated supervision of client’s subject to a Non-Custodial Supervision Order (NCSO) under the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act throughout Victoria. The incumbent will ensure that forensic mental health issues are adequately addressed, and a high standard of service is maintained by Forensicare through primary and secondary consultation and advice to Area Mental Health Services (AMHS) and other treating services.



  • Complete initial and ongoing risk assessments of clients and develop, or assist AMHS to develop, risk management and crisis plans in relation to NCSO clients.
  • Undertake bio-psychosocial assessments with clients within the context of a multi-disciplinary approach to service delivery.
  • Undertake secondary consultation and specialist training with Area Mental Health Services and other service providers.
  • Provide clinical advice to treating teams in AMHS who are managing high risk NCSO clients in the community.
  • Encourage and facilitate the involvement of clients and carers in management planning.


Skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated commitment to mental health consumer recovery and incorporating consumer perspectives into service delivery.
  • Demonstrated minimum 5 year post registration mental health experience.
  • Experience in undertaking comprehensive psychosocial and risk assessments, and in the planning, implementation and evaluation of clinical mental health interventions.
  • Knowledge of forensic mental health and forensic mental health risk assessment.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills including the ability to consult, liaise, facilitate and negotiate with key stakeholders, mental health professionals, clients, and carers.
  • The ability to function as an independent and autonomous professional as well as working within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation and service context including the Mental Health Act 2014, Sentencing Act 1991, the Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997, and the criminal justice system.


Mandatory qualifications & registrations:


  • Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA)


  • Masters or Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from an APS accredited course or equivalent, OR Doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology from an APS accredited course or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA)
  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential

Occupational Therapy

  • Approved degree in Occupational Therapy recognised for membership of OT Australia – Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA)
  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential

Social Work

  • Approved degree in Social Work and eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.



We value our staff and provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • Great salary packaging conditions & leave entitlements
  • Bonus payment for relevant postgrad qualifications
  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Programs including: Staff health service, Critical Incident Stress Management and Employee Assistance Programs.
  • Forensicare values a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


This position is subject to a Police Check.


Forensicare promotes the following values: responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect and leadership; and promotes behaviours that are consistent with these values at all times. Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke free environment.

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Forensicare

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Senior Clinical Liaison Officer via Pro Bono Australia.




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