23845 - 01N4K


Forensic Mental Health Service Clinician
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 11 December 2019

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $92,103 - $97,049 (up to $101,862 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Position No: 23845 - 01N4K
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 26 November 2019
Contact Officer: Jaime Bingham on jaime.bingham@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1813


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focused on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley. CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Three Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.
CHS is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including peoples home. These services include:
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services;
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services;
  • Alcohol and Drug Services;
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS);
  • Justice Health Services; and
  • Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services.
Overview of the work area and position
Forensic Mental Health Services is a contemporary evidence based service providing high quality mental health care that is guided by principles of Recovery. The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the consumer, their carers and other key services. The Forensic Mental Health Service (FMHS) is a specialist mental health assessment and treatment service for consumers who have a history of, are currently involved with, or are at high risk of becoming involved with, the criminal justice system. FMHS provides mental health care across the lifespan and across a range of settings, including a centralised community health facility, youth and adult custodial facilities, off campus community outreach and court settings.
FMHS is one united service with five distinguishable yet integrated service components as follows:
  • FMHS Community Outreach Service (FCOS)
  • FMHS Court Assessment and Liaison (FCAL)
  • FMHS Bimberi Youth Justice Centre (FMHS BYJC)
  • FMHS at Alexander Maconochie Centre (FMHS AMC)
  • Fixed Threat Assessment Team (FTAT)
Clinicians working with FMHS will be supported via structured clinical supervision, a collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment and through professional development. Professional development will be provided with regards to forensic frameworks, psychometrics and therapeutic interventions. Clinicians may be provided with the opportunity to undertake specialist tasks such as forensic risk consultations, court assessments and therapeutic interventions including addressing criminogenic factors. Clinicians are employed by FMHS and will therefore be skilled across the distinct areas within the service.
Mental Health Psychologist Allowance: $983 - $14,240.
Psychologists employed by MHJHADS may be eligible for the Mental Health Psychologist Allowance under the provisions of the ACT Public Sector Health Professional Enterprise Agreement 2018-2021. Speak to the Contact Officer listed to find out if you could be eligible.
Eligibility/Other Requirements
For Occupational Therapy:
  • Degree (or recognised equivalent) in Occupational Therapy
  • Registration or eligibility for registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Eligibility for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia
  • Must hold a current driver’s licence.
For Psychology:
  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Australian Health Practitioner
  • Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Must hold a current driver’s licence.
  • Highly Desirable:
  • Approved or eligible for approval as a Psychology Board of Australia Principal and/or Secondary Supervisor for 4+2 interns and/or Higher Degree Students
For Social Work:
  • Degree in Social Work.
  • Eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Must hold a current driver’s licence.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with ACT Health credentialing requirements for allied health.
  • Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
Note An order of merit list may be established to fill future vacancies at level over the next 12 months.

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services