About the role
The Social Worker is responsible for providing the ongoing development and planning of social work services by contributing to achieve and maintain a high standard of patient care on an acute forensic mental health unit. This entails recognising the needs of both individuals and families; within the boundaries set by professional standards, legislative requirements, organisational policies, practices and directives.
The position is required to complete psychosocial assessments and interventions. As part of the multidisciplinary team, this position will also provide the highest standards of clinical input, education and consultation regarding social and systemic issues, advocating for patients’ rights and entitlements.
The position utilises social work models to intervene in systems in order to bring about therapeutic change, and applies social work approaches to fostering relationships with relevant agencies and team members.
About the organisation
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.
Our services are delivered through:
- Thomas Embling Hospital: a secure mental health hospital
- Prison mental health services throughout Victoria
- Community Forensic Mental Health Service
We also work in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology through the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science to deliver a forensic mental health research program, specialist training, and ongoing professional education.
Forensicare provides a detailed reception mental health screening assessment for every prisoner received into custody at the Melbourne Assessment Prison (MAP) in Spencer Street West Melbourne; outpatient clinics to mentally ill prisoners within the prison; a 16 bed Acute Assessment Unit (AAU) which provides initial assessment and treatment to seriously mentally ill prisoners; an after- hours mental health crisis intervention service and consultancy and training services for prison and service staff on the treatment and management of male prisoners with mental health issues.
How to apply for this role
How to apply:
For more information about the role contact Sarah.Harvey@forensicare.vic.gov.au
Please quote in application: Senior Social Worker Grade 2 via Pro Bono Australia.