25563 - 01MCS

Registered Nurse Forensic Mental Health Service
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 27 November 2019

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 2
Salary: $93,151 - $98,728
Position No: 25563 - 01MCS
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 04 November 2019
Contact Officer: Jaime Bingham on jaime.bingham@act.gov.au or (02) 6205 1551

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

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 four 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)

The service aims to provide collaborative care involving the consumer, their carers and other key services. At this level it is expected that you will provide, under limited supervision, high quality care to achieve sound outcomes for consumers across the lifespan and in a variety of settings. You will be required to undertake professional development and clinical supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team process. 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 crimininogenic factors. Clinicians are employed by FMHS and will therefore be skilled across the distinct areas within the service.

Eligibility/Other Requirements


* Tertiary qualifications in Nursing and be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

* Relevant experience in the area of Mental Health.

* Current driver’s licence.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

* Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.

* Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.

* Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.


Selection may be based on written application and referee reports only. Please provide two written referee reports with your written application.

How to Apply

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This is a temporary position available for a period of 4 years.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services