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Job Number : 31924
Type and Location : Clinical / ACT
Listed By : NeonLogic on 19 Nov 2020
Clinical Team Leader

Canberra Health Services

Justice Health Services

Forensic Mental Health Service


Health Professional Level 4

Salary Range: $108,926 - $117,249 (PN: 17951)


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-based 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 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.

·         Mental Health, Justice Health, Alcohol and Drug Services provide a range of health services from prevention and treatment through to recovery and maintenance at a number of locations and in varied environments for people suffering from mental health issues.

·         Five Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.

·         Seven community health centres: providing a range of 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:

Forensic Mental Health Services (FMHS) is a unit of Justice Health Services which is responsible for the delivery of high quality mental health care to mental health clients 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 liaison, and court settings. The care provided is underpinned by the National Principles for Forensic Mental Health Services. The service aims to provide collaborative care guided by principles of Recovery and involving the consumer, their carers and other key services.


FMHS is one united service with three distinguishable yet integrated service components as follows:

FMHS Forensic Consultation and Intervention Service (FoCIS) including:

·         Fixated and Lone Actor Grievance fuelled violence assessment centre (ACT FLAG).

·         FMHS Mental Health Court Assessment and Liaison Service (MHCALS).

FMHS Custodial Mental Health (CMH) including:

·         CMH – Child and Adolescent at Bimberi Youth Justice Centre (CMH- CA).

·         CMH – Adult at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (CMH – A).


As Clinical Team Leader of the Forensic Mental Health community-based services (FoCIS, FLAG, and MHCALS), you will be expected to oversee the provision of high quality, forensic mental health assessments to third parties including community mental health teams, inpatient mental health services, ACT Police, and the ACT law courts.  You will be required to provide clinical guidance and oversight to a team of clinical staff made up of allied health and nursing professionals and provide clinical governance in respect to clinical service provision. You will also be expected to liaise effectively with partner agencies and complete a range of administrative tasks and human resource management including rostering, chairing team meetings, and performance management. You will report to the Senior Manager, Forensic Mental Health Services, and will support them via participating in quality improvement activities and other service development processes.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


Social Work:

·         Degree in Social Work

·         Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Work (AASW).

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


Occupational Therapy:

·         Be registered or eligible for general registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia under AHPRA.



·         Be registered or eligible for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia under AHPRA.

·         Approved or eligible for approval as a Psychology Board of Australia Supervisor.


All professions:

·         Minimum five years’ post-qualification experience.

·         Training and experience in administering structured risk assessment tools (e.g., HCR-20).



·         Experience of working in public mental health or a related field.

·         Postgraduate qualification in Forensic Mental Health.


Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

·         Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.

·         Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.

·         Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

Note: This is a temporary position available for a period of 11 months.

How to Apply: For further information, please visit (01SSH)

Applications Close: 04 December 2020

Contact Details
Contact Officer: Gillian Sharp (02) 5124 1813

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