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Senior Clinician

Forensicare
  • Based in Spencer Street, Melbourne CBD
  • Multi-disciplinary role - P3/RPN4/Allied Health 3
  • Full time, fixed term 12 months

This is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the Victorian community in a high profile and important service.

The Victorian Fixated Threat Assessment Centre (VFTAC) has been established as part of the Victorian Government's commitment to deliver on public safety and security.

VFTAC is a statewide service jointly staffed by a team of senior forensic mental health clinicians and senior police officers. VFTAC deals specifically with fixated individuals and grievance fuelled lone actors, many of whom have a major mental illness or current mental health needs.

Forensic mental health clinicians working in VFTAC are employed by Forensicare, the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria. VFTAC staff work on site with police on police premises.

The Senior Clinician will be responsible for delivering specialist mental health services that in collaboration with Victoria Police staff seek to improve client and community outcomes. You will undertake structured risk assessments using standardised tools, and work collaboratively with police on further assessment and intervention plans. You will undertake telephone and direct mental health assessments as required and formulate police intervention and mental health linkage strategies.

The person we are looking for 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 Victoria Police Security protocols).
  • Develop and maintain positive contact with mental health service staff and other relevant stakeholders across community and inpatient settings.
  • Demonstrate high quality therapeutic and professional relationships with clients.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills in recording and reporting clinical information.
  • Communicate effectively with carers/significant others and external agencies in the ongoing treatment and care of clients.
  • Contribute to a Recovery oriented, trauma informed and consumer-focused multi-disciplinary
  • team approach to the clinical functions of the VFTAC.
  • Engage constructively and share information on work related matters with colleagues and staff members to support delivery of the best and most appropriate service outcomes.

This position is a multidisciplinary role open to all Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses and Social Workers.

Mandatory qualifications & registrations:

Nursing

  • Postgraduate qualification in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA)

Psychology

  • 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)

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)

Social Work

  • Approved degree in Social Work and eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

This position is subject to a Police Check.

Benefits:

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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