Associate Nurse Unit Manager - Forensic Mental Health

Job posted: 18/07/2023
Applications close: No closing date

No closing date

Job Description

Location: Melbourne

Job type: Full time, Part time

Organisation: Forensicare

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Nursing

Reference: 14127

Reference: 14127

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Nursing

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne

  • Extensive investment in facilities and people supporting our significant service expansion
  • Free On-site Parking
  • $99,439 (RPN3-1) to $110,432 (RPN3-4)
  • Interstate and International relocation support provided to eligible applicants
  • International Visa Sponsorship provided - including Permanent Residency

A career in the forensic mental health sector is diverse, challenging and rewarding. A career at Forensicare will be like no other. If you’re passionate about supporting people in their mental health recovery, Forensicare is where you need to be. 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 and advance in your profession. Together, we can contribute to a more connected, compassionate mental health and criminal justice system.

Job location


Thomas Embling Hospital, located in Fairfield just 15 minutes north of the Melbourne city centre. Due to our announced expansion, we have a need for experienced like-minded professionals to join our team. Thomas Embling Hospital is a secure Mental Health, currently 134 bed, hospital providing acute care, rehabilitation, and continuing care programs. With planned expansion commencing 2024 with significant increase in access to care, we will have a dedicated Women’s service and an additional medium secure men’s facility. Now is the time to join us!

About the Role:

The Associate Nurse Unit Manager (ANUM) works closely with the Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) to lead and coordinate the nursing team.

  • You will deliver consumer based mental health nursing interventions as well as coordinate the resources and processes required to maintain a high standard of patient care through effective clinical leadership.
  • Practicing within a recovery framework you will use sound judgement to assess, plan, implement, evaluate and maintain a high standard of patient care.
  • In collaboration with the NUM, you will support the team to:
    • work within organisational policies and procedures and professional standards
    • promotes staff education and development
    • participates in the training and supervision of nursing staff and students
  • You will effectively manage resources on a shift and oversee the activities of the unit when the NUM is absent.

This is an excellent opportunity for Registered Psychiatric Nurses with an interest in management and service development to step into a leadership position.  

About You:

  • Has a demonstrated commitment to mental health consumer recovery and a thirst to keep learning!
  • Conducts comprehensive nursing assessments of mentally ill patients, plans, implements and evaluates nursing interventions.
  • Has sound communication skills with the ability to engage constructively. You want to make a difference.
  • You share information on clinical matters with colleagues and team members to support the delivery of best practice and most appropriate service outcomes. 
  • You are proud to be a Forensic Mental Health Nurse, have a qualification specific to mental health nursing and working knowledge of the relevant legislation.

What you need:

  • Postgraduate qualification in Mental Health Nursing or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA).
  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential

A culture where people matter.

  • Excellent supervision and investment in the skill development of all our team members.
  • Well defined career pathways existing across our Directorates with multi-disciplined Teams.
  • Salary Packaging Options available – Mortgage, Rent, Car, Expenses
  • International Candidates Sponsorship availability, Permanent (186) or Temporary (482) to approved applicants.
  • 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.
  • Celebration and reward for good performance, through employee recognition.
  • 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, peer support and critical incidence response programs.

For more information on Careers at Forensicare, visit https://www.forensicare.vic.gov.au/careers


  • COVID19 & Influenza Vaccination Evidence
  • This position is subject to a Police Check
  • We are able to Sponsor eligible International candidates for 182 Permanent or 486 Temporary Visa

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 our guiding principles of curiosity, purpose, strong ethics, compassion and fairness; and promotes behaviours that are consistent with these values at all times. Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke free environment.

Associate Nurse Unit Manager - Forensic Mental Health

Job type:

Full time, Part time

Job classification:

Not provided


Fadzai Mudoti - (04) 6856 6109
NursingJobs@forensicare.vic.gov.au - (04) 6856 6109

Associate Nurse Unit Manager - Forensic Mental Health