Registered Senior Mental Health Nurse

$115,743 - $120,506 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT Government Offices, London Circuit, Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 22 Jun, 2022
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.1
Salary: $115,743 - $120,506 plus superannuation
Position No: 19790 - 023JB
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 22 June 2022
Contact Officer: Leigh Thompson on or (02) 5124 2136

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

Under current Public Health Emergency Directions all Canberra Health Services staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In order to be eligible for employment with Canberra Health Services you will be required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 by way of a Vaccination Certificate or provision of an authorised exemption, for consideration. Please ensure you include this information with your application documentation.

Forensic Mental Health Services is seeking an experienced mental health nurse to join our custodial mental health team providing community-equivalent mental health care to detainees and young people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness in custody and those at-risk of self-harm and suicide. CMH provides services 7 days a week to the ACT’s two correctional facilities, the Alexander Maconochie Centre and Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. If you are passionate about public mental health and enjoy being part of an energetic and supportive team, please consider applying for this role.


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) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Forensic Mental Health Services 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 and 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)

This position is based at the AMC in a 7-day mental health service that operates between 08:30 and 18:00 hrs daily. Shifts include 08:30 to 17:00 or 10:30 to 19:00 hours. 4-7 weeks annual leave depending on roster. Weekends and public holidays attract penalty rates. Custodial and laundry allowance applies. Eligible applicants may also apply for post-graduate qualification allowance. (Please refer to the ACT Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement 2017-2019 for a full account of employment conditions).


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and respond to novel situations.
  • Ability to communicate clinical concepts with influence and sensitivity.
  • Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:


  • Be registered or eligible for general registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under AHPRA.
  • Minimum 3-year (preferably 5 years) post-qualification experience


  • Experience of working in a custodial setting or community mental health service.


  • The successful applicant will need to be available for weekend shifts and limited shift work between 0830hrs and 1900hrs.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.

Job Closing Date

08 Jul, 2022