If you’re passionate about supporting people in their mental health recovery, Forensicare is where you need to be.
- Full time, ongoing Grade 2 Occupational Therapy position
- Based in Fairfield.
A career in the forensic mental health sector is diverse, challenging and rewarding. A career at Forensicare will be like no other.
You will be a part of a caring and supportive team, making a real difference to people living with the dual stigma of mental illness and offending. We approach our work with curiosity and a commitment to understanding the unique needs of our consumers and carers. Working across community, hospital and prison settings, you can learn, apply your specialist skills, conduct research and advance in your profession.
Together, we can contribute to a more connected, compassionate mental health and criminal justice system.
Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria.
Forensicare is situated across five sites across Victoria with its largest site being Thomas Embling Hospital, located in Fairfield just 15 minutes north of the Melbourne city centre. Thomas Embling Hospital is a 136-bed secure hospital providing acute care, rehabilitation and continuing care programs. It includes a dedicated women’s unit.
About the role
Autonomously plan, implement, document and evaluate occupational therapy assessment and treatment with an identified patient group. Work collaboratively and impartially with patients to identify occupational therapy treatment priorities and actively contribute to the delivery of a responsive campus wide therapeutic program.
- Assesses, interprets and intervenes to improve occupational performance through identifying individual needs based on functional deficits and strengths, and through promoting occupational choices that balance work, leisure and self-care.
- Focuses on the development of life roles and skills required by patients for community adaptation and integration, including vocational planning, development and maintenance of a responsible attitude to time use, drug use and other behaviours which may lead to re-offending.
- Contributes to the creation of a therapeutic environment where natural and legitimate decision-making, choice, adaptive functional behaviour and independent living can be practised and reinforced.
- Participates in the assessment and treatment of patients through group work and individual sessions, making a strong discipline specific contribution to the clinical team’s understanding of the patient and their situation.
Skills and experience:
- To have demonstrated skills in the mental health and/or forensic field, knowledge and understanding of the needs of mentally ill people and awareness of the issues of care delivery in forensic mental health.
- Ability to undertake and interpret standardised and non-standardised Occupational Therapy assessment of patients with serious mental illnesses who have offended.
- An ability to plan, implement and evaluate individual and group Occupational Therapy interventions.
- To have an ability to examine own performance, identifying strengths and limitations, to engage constructively in clinical supervision and a commitment to applying knowledge learned to practice.
Mandatory qualifications and registrations:
- Approved degree in Occupational Therapy recognised for membership of Occupational Therapy Australia – Australian Association of Occupational Therapists.
- Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA).
- 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:
A culture where people matter.
- Excellent supervision and investment in the skill development of managers and supervisors.
- Celebration and reward for good performance, through employee recognition.
- A leading, multi-faceted approach to safety, with unparalleled strategic, practical, individualised and team-based supports to minimise risks and fear and maximise safety and security, underpinned by our workplace health and safety strategy.
- A mentoring program to support your career development at Forensicare.
- A buddy system to help you build connections across the organisation.
- An employee support network providing kind, confidential and informal support and helping you navigate workplace issues.
- Access to an employee assistance program – an external, confidential, self-referral employee wellbeing program, for personal or work-related matters.
- A mental health and wellbeing program providing psychological support, peer support and critical incidence response programs, as needed.
- A holistic onboarding and induction program.
- Ongoing personalised support from your People and Culture team business partner.
- A Personal Leave Donation Bank – where you may benefit from donations by other colleagues or donate unused leave for those experiencing severe hardship and needing extra time off work.
Investment in a career for life.
- Excellent continual professional development training opportunities, to suit your career goals.
- Hands-on opportunities to build all the skills in your speciality, through deep study and long-term relationships with consumers.
- A further study scheme and financial support for relevant postgraduate education, upon application.
- A best-practice model of care that underpins all our work.
- Secondment opportunities to diversify your experience, in hospital, prison, community and corporate settings.
- A learning-focused environment with opportunities to collaborate with multidisciplinary experts at all stages of your career, from student placements to advanced career specialism.
Diverse and supportive environments.
- State of the art, welcoming facilities.
- An opportunity to work in diverse settings: hospital, prisons, community and corporate head office.
- Centrally located venues across Melbourne’s inner, northern and western suburbs, plus some regional locations across Victoria.
- Expert corporate support, to enable you to perform effectively, including: responsive IT support, business planning and personalised support from People and Culture business partners; in-house payroll support available five days a week.
- Free parking, gym and swimming pool access (at selected locations).
- A smoke-free environment.
Practical rewards and advantages.
- Additional payment of up to $2,200 per year for completion of forensic skills-related professional development training.
- Generous paid leave packages, including: annual leave, long service leave, personal leave, emergency services leave, parental leave, compassionate leave and family violence leave.
- Competitive salaries (as per Enterprise Bargaining Agreements), salary packaging and Super.
- Access to a range of special offers and benefits from our bank, industry super fund and salary packaging providers.
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 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.