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Clinician - Prisoner Disability Support Initiative (Ah3)

Department of Justice and Community Safety - Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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At the Department of Justice and Community Safety, we’re looking for people who want to make a difference. People who take pride in their work. People who get things done. People who are committed to making Victoria a safer place.

We embrace diversity and strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. We’re all about recruiting the best people, regardless of gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation or cultural background. If you think you can do the job and would be a good fit for our department, we’d love to hear from you.

The department is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and recognises that children’s rights need to be respected, their views welcomed and valued, and their concerns taken seriously and acted upon.

If you require adjustments to the recruitment and selection process, or require an alternative format to any of the application material, please don't hesitate to get in touch with the contact person listed on this ad.

For more information on working with us and our recruitment process, please visit justice.vic.gov.au/careers

We’re proud of the important work we do across Victoria. Want to be part of it?

Help us launch an exciting new clinical service being offered to people with disability and complex needs

  • Are you a qualified Occupational Therapist, Psychologist, Social Worker or Mental Health Nurse who wants to make a difference and be part of a multi-disciplinary team?
  • Fixed term to 30/06/2022 Allied Health 3 role available ($87,640 to $99,438 + super)

The Prisoner Disability Support Initiative (PDSI) will better support the rehabilitation of prisoners with disability and complex needs and their transition back into the community. Join us and make your mark in establishing this best practice initiative.

We are currently seeking clinicians for the following locations:

  • Lara and Greater Geelong (based at Barwon Prison and/or Marngoneet and Karreenga Correctional Centres)
  • Grampians (based at Hopkins Correctional Centre with outreach work at Langi Kal Kal Prison as required)

If you want to challenge yourself in a forensic settingand help set the standard for complex needs treatment within corrections, we want to hear from you.

A day in the life of a PDSI clinician

Building on your experience working with people with disability and complex needs, your role will focus on delivering newly established services as well as provide support and treatment.

  • Apply key therapeutic frameworks to guide assessment and treatment recommendations for complex needs such as cognitive impairment and psycho-social disability.
  • Support prisoners in accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
  • Determine treatment pathways and implement behaviour support plans.
  • Support the facilitation of therapeutic and life skills programs.
  • Help develop staff capability in the areas of disability and complex needs.
  • Be part of a supportive multi-disciplinary team including case workers, case managers and activity coordinators.
  • Complete risk assessments using evidence-based tools.
  • Target criminogenic needs and underlying thinking patterns.
  • Facilitate therapeutic intervention services.

As part of our team, you will provide support to both metro and regional correctional facilities which will involve some travel to regional Victoria.

Support when you need it

Your welfare and career success are a top priority. We provide personalised training and support in a variety of ways, including:

  • A specialised clinical induction program.
  • Clinical supervision and reflective practice, as well as day-to-day catch ups and debriefing sessions.
  • Ongoing professional development including foundation, theory and on-the-job mentoring to build your pathway towards becoming a senior clinician.
  • Conference and clinical scholarship opportunities.
  • Research working groups.
  • Annual funding of your registration.

Considering a tree change?

If you're interested in making a lifestyle change near to one of our facilities, talk to us about accessing our relocation allowance.


To apply, you'll need to hold (or be eligible for) one of the following:

  • General registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Be registered as a nurse and be eligible to be credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse.
  • Be registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo pre-employment checks which may include national police checks and misconduct screening. You will also need to possess a current Victorian driver's licence.

To find out more about the role, contact Emma Wilson, Recruitment Campaigns Advisor on 0419 379 476 or email Emma.Wilson@justice.vic.gov.au

About us

Corrections Victoria (CV) is responsible for the direction, management and operation of Victoria's corrections system, which incorporates prisons and Community Correctional Services (CCS). As a service agency within the Department of Justice & Community Safety, CV develops and implements policies, programs and services that ensure the safe and secure containment of prisoners, and that seek to rehabilitate offenders by addressing the underlying causes of offending behaviour.

Applications close at midnight, on Sunday 9 May 2021 at 11.59pm AEST

We regularly review applications so don't hesitate to submit prior to the closing date. Please note: key selection criteria responses are not required.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Justice and Community Safety is continually working towards increasing our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) workforce. The Aboriginal Employment Team aims to attract, recruit and retain Aboriginal staff in a number of roles including clinicians. This support includes a culturally appropriate attraction and recruitment process. To learn more, email aboriginal.employment@justice.vic.gov.au

Melbourne, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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