Program Manager

Job posted: 13/05/2024
Applications close: 02/06/2024 (Midnight)
13 days remaining

13 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time, Temporary

Organisation: Forensicare

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Prison and Corrective Services

Reference: 16451

Reference: 16451

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Prison and Corrective Services

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

  • Extensive investment in facilities and people supporting our significant service expansion
  • Free On-site Parking
  • Salary $120,884(P4-1) to $145,412 (P4-5)+11% Super + Benefits
  • Salary packaging options that increase your take-home pay

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

Forensicare provides specialist forensic mental health services across 12 of Victoria's 14 prisons, with expansion underway to include Western Plains in the Barwon region. This position, based at Ravenhall Correctional Centre in Melbourne's west, provides 75 prison-based custodial mental health beds as well as assessments and outpatient services in a maximum-security forensic mental health complex within the medium-security prison.

About the Role:

The Moroka Program is a 10-bed unit that provides specialist mental health care, treatment and programs to prisoners with repetitive and entrenched complex and challenging behaviours associated with mental illness, predominately personality disorder.  The program operates within a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy model. The Moroka Program Manager has responsibility and accountability for providing high-level management and direction for the overall operation of the program, including overseeing the delivery of the program, providing leadership and line management to staff in the program, and engaging with stakeholders regarding the operation of the program.


  • Provide leadership and management of the Moroka program
  • Provide leadership, advice, line supervision, and mentoring to Moroka staff
  • Oversee service delivery of the program, including recruitment of staff
  • Ensure the program team meets legislative requirements
  • Initiate and coordinate program and organisational projects and participate in committees that contribute to service development

About You:

  • Committed to mental health consumer recovery
  • Knowledge of best-practice approaches for working with consumers with complex and challenging needs and emotion dysregulation, including contemporary best practices in risk assessment violence, self-harm and suicide
  • At least 10 years experience providing a high level of services to consumers
  • Skilled in developing positive working relationships with stakeholders and colleagues
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with experience in leading teams highly desirable
  • Expertise in DBT or behavioural therapy approaches is desirable

What you need:

  • Master 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 APAC 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.

A culture where people matter.

  • Excellent supervision and investment in the skill development of all our team members.
  • Well-defined career pathways exist 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 support 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 well-being program for personal or work-related matters.
  • A mental health and wellbeing program provides psychological and peer support and critical incidence response programs.

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

*Please Note - Applications will be reviewed and Interviewed as they are received.


  • COVID-19 (x3), Influenza and Immunisation requirements specific to position Infection Control requirements
  • This position is subject to a satisfactory Police Check
  • We are able to Sponsor eligible International candidates for 186 Permanent or 482 Temporary Visa

Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and developing a diverse workforce that reflects our community. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as LGBTQI, people with a lived experience of disability, and 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 always consistent with these values. Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke-free environment.


Program Manager

Job type:

Full time, Temporary

Job classification:

Not provided


Simone Lawrie - (03) 8363 2723

Program Manager