21787 - 01OVJ

Senior Clinician, Forensic Threat Assessment Team
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 10 April 2020

Classification: Health Professional Level 4
Salary: $107,475 - $115,687 plus superannuation
Position No: 21787 - 01OVJ
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 25 March 2020
Contact Officer: Dannielle Nagle on dannielle.nagle@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1811

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed 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.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Seven 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, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Overview of the work area and position:
Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery and maintenance and harm minimisation. The participation of the people who use the service, including families and carers, is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.
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
An ACT Threat Assessment team will be established as part of the ACT Government's commitment to deliver on public safety and security.
The Threat Assessment service will be jointly staffed by a team of senior forensic mental health clinicians and senior police officers. The team will deal specifically with fixated individuals and grievance fuelled lone actors, many of whom have a major mental illness or current mental health needs. The Health Professional Officer 4 Senior Clinician and Forensic Psychiatrist will work on site with police on police premises.
The Senior Clinician will be responsible for delivering specialist mental health services that in collaboration with ACT Policing seek to improve client and community outcomes.
The Senior Clinician will:
  • Be a forensic mental health clinician of at least five years' standing.
  • Have a good understanding of and familiarity with forensic mental health risk assessment and threat assessment.
  • Have the ability to work collaboratively with law enforcement and other mental health agencies on complex and sensitive cases.
  • Be an Australian Citizen (required as per ACT Policing Security protocols).
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Be a forensic mental health clinician of at least five years' standing.
  • Evidence of structured clinical risk assessment training
Social Work:
  • Bachelor of Social Work and eligible for membership of the Australian Association of Social Work.
Occupational Therapy:
  • Degree (or recognised equivalent) in Occupational Therapy and registered with AHPRA, eligible for professional membership of Occupational Therapy Australia.
  • General Psychology registration with AHPRA
  • Current driver’s license.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Obtain a Negative Vetting 1 (NV1) Security Clearance (minimum).
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
This is a temporary position available for 12 months.

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This is a temporary position available for 12 months.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services
Leaders and Senior Management