Psychologist, Custodial Mental Health

$67,892 - $93,203 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 08 Apr, 2021
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Job Description

Closes: 04 May 2021
Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Salary: $67,892 - $93,203 plus superannuation
Position No: 20503 - 01V2H
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 06 April 2021
Contact Officer: Gilllian Sharp on or (02) 5124 1813

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) 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 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 a specialist area, clinicians working with FMHS are supported via access to structured clinical supervision, a collaborative and multidisciplinary team environment, and regular professional development opportunities.


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 effectively with complex and challenging clients
  • Resilience and calm in the face of conflict or uncertainty.
  • Curiosity

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


  • Be registered or eligible for general registration with the Psychology Board of Australia under AHPRA
  • Minimum one year post-qualification experience.


  • Experience of working in public or acute mental health services or via other services engaged with public mental health clients


  • 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.
  • Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.

Notes: This is a temporary position available for 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. Part-time hours will be considered at a minimum of 0.6 FTE and the above full-time salary will be pro-rata. This position is based at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). Successful applicants will also be required to undergo ACTCS vetting and security awareness training. AMC permits smoking by detainees. Staff working on site may be exposed to intermittent secondary exposure to cigarette smoke.

Job Closing Date

04 May, 2021