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Forensic Mental Health Assessment Specialist

Monash University

Job No.: 660592

Location: Clayton campus

Employment Type: Full-time

Duration: Continuing appointment

Remuneration: $112,694 - $124,394 pa HEW Level 08 (plus 17% employer superannuation)

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Community Safety and Security business units operate across Monash University’s Australian campuses. Monash Security Services provides a physical security, surveillance, escort and crime prevention service. Safer Community Unit provides a central point of inquiry, advice, investigation, risk assessment, and management in relation to concerning or threatening behaviours and incidents (including sexual offences, sexual harassment, stalking, family and interpersonal violence, threats, hazing and mental health-related behaviours) impacting the Monash community. The Student Coordination, Assessment, Referral, Education (CARE) service is available to Monash students who have engaged with the Safer Community Unit (and/or the Student Conduct area that is responsible for student general misconduct proceedings).

The Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced and professional Forensic Mental Health Risk Assessment Specialist to assist with the ongoing operation of the Safer Community Unit, playing a critical role in the assessment and management of complex mental health presentations and behavioural concerns.

Reporting to the Investigation and Risk Assessment Manager and working closely with the Investigation and Risk Assessment Officers, the Specialist will provide tailored advice and risk management of students presenting complex mental health concerns, including conducting welfare checks, suicide risk assessments as well as provide referrals to appropriate internal and external services. Working across teams such as Monash Security, Counselling and Psychological Services, Student Conduct and Monash Residential Services, the Specialist will ensure all communications, advice and interventions are based on sound behavioural and mental health risk assessment frameworks, while being compliant with relevant laws, University policies and procedures.

About you!

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • Operational experience in forensic mental health risk assessment and management, including people presenting with self-harming, suicidality, psychosis, personality disorders, PTSD and persistent unreasonable conduct
  • Experience managing a caseload of diverse clients, particularly young adults, experiencing behavioural, mental health and welfare needs, as well as significant knowledge of appropriate frameworks and theoretical approaches, including case management, counselling, mental-health and at-risk behaviour, suicide risk assessment, trauma-informed and person-centered response
  • A working knowledge of community mental health and welfare systems, including external support agencies and experience in referral procedures, and ability to work across multiple areas of a complicated organisation
  • Strong ability to interpret policies and procedures and contribute to the review and development of policy
  • Postgraduate qualifications or progress towards postgraduate qualifications and extensive relevant experience in counselling, social work, forensic psychology or a relevant field

A full registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency: Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) is highly desirable.

Diversity is one of our greatest strengths at Monash. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities, neurodiverse people, and people of all genders, sexualities, and age groups.

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Monash avidly supports flexible and hybrid working arrangements. We have a range of policies in place enabling staff to combine work and personal commitments more easily.

Your employment is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of all pre-employment and/or background checks required for the role, as determined by the University.

To apply, simply submit your CV along with a cover letter that addresses your suitability for the role. A document addressing the Key Selection Criteria is not required. For instructions on how to apply, please refer to 'How to apply for Monash Jobs'.


Dr Elli Darwinkel, Manager Investigation and Risk Assessment - SCU, Community Safety and Security, +61 3 9905 3193.

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