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Organisation : Forensicare

Location : Melbourne (Deer Park)

Work type : Part-time

Sector : Community Support Services, Government, Mental Health, Women

Salary type : Annual Package

Application closing date : 14 Jun, 2020

About the role

  • Part-time (0.5), ongoing role for an OT3, SW3, P3 or RPN4.
  • Based in Dame Phyllis Frost Centre
  • Great salary packaging conditions and leave entitlements
  • Free onsite parking

The role of a clinician with the Community Integration Program involves supporting prisoners who have a mental illness and are leaving prison, to link in with community services to support their ongoing recovery and integration into the community. As a CIP clinician, you will liaise with both stakeholders within the prison as well as those external to the prison to support strong linkages for the women leaving prison.



  • Provide high quality intensive outreach as part of a patient’s integration into the community following release from Prison.
  • Engage in the discharge planning of patients who are preparing to be released from prison.
  • Foster and maintain professional relationships with relevant Prisons, AMHS, NGOs and other key stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively with key stakeholders, including AMHS and Prisons to enhance service delivery and client outcomes.


Skills and experience:

  • A minimum of 5 years post qualification experience within Mental Health, preferrably recent experience in community mental health setting or a demonstration of signficant and extensive experience working within a secondary/tertiary mental health service.
  • Demonstrated experience and competency in conducting mental health and risk assessment.
  • Demonstrated experience and competency in planning, implementing and evaluating complex case management interventions with people with serious mental illnesses.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated ability in working collaboratively and effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.


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

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 specialist mental health services at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in the Marrmak Unit, a 20-bed residential program for women prisoners with an intensive outreach program and a therapeutic day program.

There is a strong focus on providing a healing environment not only for the prisoners, but importantly also one that supports the well-being and safety of all staff involved. This approach recognises that many women who are imprisoned are indeed themselves victims of crime and have challenging mental health conditions as a result. The word Marrmak is from the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people meaning ‘safe’.

How to apply

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Community Integration Program Clinician via Pro Bono Australia.


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