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Occupational Therapist Grade 2 (Ravenhall Correctional Centre)

Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health - Ravenhall, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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  • Full time, ongoing Grade 2 Occupational Therapist Position
  • Based in Ravenhall
  • Great salary packaging conditions and leave entitlements
  • Be part of a large, progressive and supportive Occupational Therapy team
  • Free onsite parking

Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria. Completed in 2017, the new medium-security men's prison is located in Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Melbourne's west, providing world-class forensic mental health services in Victoria in a purpose-built state of the art facility developed to international best practice standards.

About the role:

Based within the Ravenhall Correctional Centre forensic mental health units, the Occupational Therapist plans, implements, evaluates and documents Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment and works as a member of the multi-disciplinary team. The Occupational Therapist plays an active role in facilitating and evaluating a range of therapeutic interventions for the patients of the forensic mental health service, with a particular focus on those experiencing acute mental health symptoms. The Occupational Therapist promotes the benefits of participation and performance in meaningful occupations through group facilitation and individual work along with collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders and external service providers. The Occupational Therapist participates in the development of the Occupational Therapy Service by contributing to the identification and completion of service development and quality initiatives. They also provide clinical placement education to Occupational Therapy students and new clinicians. Utilisation of regular supervision and reflective practice opportunities to support personal and professional development will be expected.


  • Focus on the development of age-appropriate life roles and skills required by patients, including a responsible attitude about health care and personal wellbeing with a particular focus on health promotion, early intervention and prevention.
  • Participate 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.
  • Assess, interpret and intervene to improve occupational performance through identifying individual needs based on functional deficits and strengths, and through promoting occupational choices.
  • Liase with other staff (both clinical and non-clinical) including services within RCC on the functional impacts of mental health and to promote the capacity of services and opportunities within RCC to support the person in meeting the requirements of their environment.

Skills and experience:

  • Conceptual understanding of the theories of occupational performance and a committment to understanding and improving patient functioning through assessment and treatment using occupational models of intervention.
  • Demonstrated skills in the mental health field, knowledge and understanding of the current occupational therapy approaches in working with mentally ill people.
  • Awareness of the issues of care delivery in forensic mental health within both prison and hospital environments.
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills, and the ability to prepare and deliver written and verbal reports of a high standard.

Mandatory qualifications & registrations:

  • Approved degree in Occupational Therapy recognised for membership of OT 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:

  • Great salary packaging conditions.
  • Excellent leave entitlements.
  • Post-graduate scholarship programs.
  • Ongoing training and full orientation.
  • Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Programs including Employee Assistance Programs.

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 promotes the following 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 and offers a smoke free environment.

Ravenhall, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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