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Lead Psychologist

  • Prison Services
  • Full time, ongoing P4
  • Based in the Prison's Directorate
  • Great salary packaging conditions and leave entitlements
  • Free onsite parking

Forensic mental health is a specialist area within the mental health service system. The services provided by Forensicare address the needs of offenders experiencing mental health issues within the mental health sector, the justice sector and the general community.

These services are delivered through three streams, inpatient services at Thomas Embling Hospital, community services through the Community Forensic Mental Health Service and prison based services at several locations. This position will be based within the Prison's Directorate and will be required to work across all Forensicare's prison-based programs.

About the role:

The Lead Psychologist, Prisons, provides oversight of psychological services and is a leadership position across the Prison’s Directorate. As the senior professional representative for Psychological Services and in partnership with the Prison’s Directorate leadership team, the position contributes to service planning and development, and provides expert consultancy and advice to Forensicare management, other agencies, and key stakeholders. The position will hold key portfolios within the Prisons Directorate.


  • Oversees the delivery of psychological services for the Prison’s Directorate.
  • Provide expert clinical and input across Forensicare Prison services as required.
  • As a member of the Prison’s Leadership Team, contributes to strategic planning and development activities toward continuous improvement in the delivery of Forensicare’s clinical services within Prisons.
  • Coordinates, promotes, champions and leads psychology service provision and development processes for the Prison’s Directorate.
  • Provides high level clinical/forensic consultation and advice across Forensicare’s prison services regarding the management and treatment of complex client issues.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Director Prison Services and Director of Psychological Services, supports the effective planning and development, recruitment, selection, training/supervision and deployment of psychology resources across Forensicare’s prison services.

Skills and experience:

  • At least ten years’ experience in providing a high level of services in forensic mental health and related settings (preferable).
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, management and supervision of staff and students.
  • Demonstrated ability in the provision of strategic advice in relation to service development and practice within a complex organisational setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a complex organisational environment.
  • Extensive knowledge of relevant legislation, the mental health system, and the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrated record of contibubting positively to the culture and psychological safety of organisations.

Mandatory qualifications & registrations:

  • Registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Master’s or Doctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology OR Doctoral qualification in Forensic Psychology from an APAC accredited course or equivalent.
  • Endorsement by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in the area of clinical and/or forensic psychology.
  • Listed as a registered supervisor with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Psychologists’ Registration Board of Australia.
  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential

This position is subject to a Police Check.


We value our staff and provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • Great salary packaging conditions.
  • Excellent leave entitlements.
  • Post-graduate scholarship programs.
  • Ongoing training and full orientation.
  • Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Programs including Employee Assistance Programs.

Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and developing a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as LGBTQI, people with a lived experience of disability, as well as people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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.

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