Mental Health Transition Support (MHTS) Clinical Coordinator

Job posted: 15/03/2023
Applications close: 12/04/2023 (Midnight)
19 days remaining

19 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Forensicare

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Policy, Nursing

Reference: 15879

Reference: 15879

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Policy, Nursing

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

  • Full time /ongoing multidisciplinary roles RPN4/OT3/SW3/P3
  • Based at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre
  • A culture where people care

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.

Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria.

 We address the needs of people experiencing mental health issues, the mental health sector, the justice sector and the general community. These services are delivered through inpatient services at Thomas Embling Hospital, community services through the Community Forensic Mental Health Service and prison-based services at several locations. This position will be based at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and may be required to work across other Forensicare sites from time to time.

Forensicare provides specialist mental health services at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in the Marrmak Unit, a 20-bed residential program for women prisoners with an intensive outreach program and a therapeutic day program. There is a strong focus on providing a healing environment not only for people in prisons, but importantly also one that supports the well-being and safety of all staff. This approach recognises that many women who are imprisoned are also victims of crime and have challenging mental health conditions as a result. The word Marrmak is from the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people meaning 'safe'.

About the Role:

The Mental Health Transition Support  Clinical Coordinator role:

  • Holds the transition portfolio at local prison site and will be the first point of contact for transition referrals at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre 
  • Will assist The MHTS Lead to provide clinical leadership within the Forensicare model of care to support transition of care into, across, between, and out of Prison Services
  • Work closely alongside existing clinical coordinators across Forensic Mental Health Programs to support and have oversight of local transition activity and pathways for MHTSS consumers


  • Responsible for triaging referrals based on identified criteria and liaise with the treating team to ensure people requiring AMHWS referral and support on release are identified and receive appropriate transition supports.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of MHTS systems to monitor wait lists, prioritise activities and ongoing development/evaluation of the service.
  • Use this system to support operational and clinical activities within existing clinical review processes at local sites.
  • Support coordination of MHTS consumer case conferences and care team meetings as required.

About You:

  • Approved qualification in nursing, social work, psychology or occupational therapy and current registration with AHPRA where relevant. Social Workers must be eligible for membership with the AASW.
  • A minimum of 5 years post qualification experience within mental health, preferably recent experience in community mental health setting or a demonstration of significant and extensive experience working within a secondary/tertiary mental health service.
  • Thorough understanding and demonstrated commitment to mental health consumer Recovery, including the modelling and leading of Recovery focused initiatives.
  • Commitment to and demonstrated ability in working collaboratively and effectively with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.

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

Occupational Therapy

  • Approved degree in Occupational Therapy recognised for membership of Occupational Therapy 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.


  • Masters or Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited course or equivalent, or a Doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology from an APS accredited course or equivalent.
  • Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulations Agency (AHPRA).
  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential.

Social Work

  • Approved degree in Social Work and eligibility for membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

This position is subject to a Police Check.

A culture where people matter.

  • Excellent supervision and investment in the skill development of managers and supervisors.
  • Celebration and reward for good performance, through employee recognition.
  • 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.
  • 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 support, peer support and critical incidence response programs, as needed.

For more information on employee benefits visit https://www.forensicare.vic.gov.au/careers/employee-benefits 

COVID19 & Influenza Vaccination Evidence

Under the Victorian Public Health orders, all employees working within the Public Health system must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and Influenza and are required to provide acceptable evidence of their vaccination status. The current orders require evidence of three doses for COVID-19.
All applicants to positions with Forensicare will need to upload acceptable evidence of full vaccination against COVID-19 and Influenza as part of their job application. Acceptable evidence is a copy of your Immunisation History Statement which can be accessed via MyGov. For international candidates, acceptable evidence is documentation issued by the relevant government authority. Offers of employment will only be made to candidates who can provide evidence that they meet full vaccination status.

Current Forensicare employees should apply through eRecruit using an account which is linked to their Forensicare email address and should contact People and Culture if they are unable to access their Forensicare eRecruit account.

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.

Mental Health Transition Support (MHTS) Clinical Coordinator

Job type:

Full time

Job classification:

Not provided


Gerald Chiwamira - (04) 6841 0629
Simone Lawrie - (04) 0182 7736

Mental Health Transition Support (MHTS) Clinical Coordinator