Senior Clinician, Rivergum (AH4)

Job posted: 09/09/2021
Applications close: 22/09/2021 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Western Region | Ararat

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Justice and Community Safety

Salary: $102,637 - $124,183

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: VG/CV0612

Reference: VG/CV0612

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: $102,637 - $124,183

Work location: Western Region | Ararat

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 young people and recognises that young peoples’ 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?

  • Great opportunity to join an energetic multidisciplinary team
  • Make a positive difference in keeping our community safe
  • Attractive salary between $102,637 - $124,183 + superannuation

Exciting opportunity to join Forensic Intervention Services as a Senior Clinician at Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre in Ararat

About Us

By transforming the way clinical forensic intervention is delivered in Australia, you could be contributing to the development of world class correctional programming within Corrections Victoria. 

Forensic Intervention Services (FIS) support the belief that every person has the capacity to change and deserves the opportunity to make that change. FIS builds connections based on trust and empathy with people who have committed violent and sexual offences. This work enables them to develop insights that lead to a more constructive role in the community.

About the Role

Rivergum Residential Treatment Centre provides a therapeutic treatment option for people who have committed serious sex and violent offences who are subject to supervision orders under Victoria's post-sentence scheme, which applies to those who have finished their prison sentences but who continue to pose an unacceptable risk to the community.

Rivergum is designed to enhance community safety by treating these people on supervision orders in a secure but non-punitive therapeutic environment, with a strong focus on treatment intervention and rehabilitation. 

The Senior Clinician creates a safe environment that helps service users understand their maladaptive thoughts and behaviours, equipping them with better decision-making capabilities.

Using contemporary best practice assessment and interventions in both group and individual sessions, the Senior Clinician leads and supports a multifaceted team that combines skills from a variety of disciplines including psychology, social work, occupational therapy and mental health nursing.

The work is fast paced and on any given day, the Senior Clinician:

  • Provide leadership and authoritative clinical advice to Rivergum clinical staff and case managers, in order to create and maintain a therapeutic community.
  • Delivers advanced clinical services employing evidence-based assessment tools and treatment interventions such as Cognitive and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Schema Therapy and Trauma Informed Care.
  • Works within the Risk-Needs-Responsivity model to ensure risk assessments, case formulation and treatment addresses the individual's risk of recidivism and needs.
  • Drives awareness and education in empirically informed best practice relating to offending behaviour and consults on high-level issues in offender management.

About You

As our ideal candidate, you will have demonstrated experience in providing clinical advice to case management staff, integrating a clinical understanding of risk and needs, and be able to lead, develop and maintain a culture where staff and residents are motivated to create and maintain a therapeutic environment. This includes identifying ways to promote residents' participation and engagement in both formal and informal processes and activities.

You will have awareness of key issues impacting the delivery of programs and services within Corrections Victoria and demonstrated experience in delivering interventions within a complex environment, utilising skills within the areas of mental health (including working with personality disordered clients or clients with complex trauma presentations), offending behaviours or substance use. You will have excellent problem-solving and communication skills, high resilience, the ability to build effective stakeholder relationships and an understanding of contemporary evidence-based clinical forensic interventions.

Your career

  • Competitive salaries, generous leave entitlements, including annual leave loading, salary sacrifice, paid parental leave, and the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Excellent professional development opportunities: including support and training tailored towards your goals.
  • Extensive opportunities for supervision and the potential to become an accredited schema therapist
  • Clinical support from a Clinical Director and industry leaders
  • Mandatory debriefing for the first 12 months for new forensic practitioners
  • Ongoing professional development including foundation, theory and on-the-job mentoring
  • Conferences, clinical scholarship opportunities and study leave
  • Research working groups
  • Annual funding of AHPRA, ACMHN, AASW or OTC registration


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

  • 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
  • Specialist training and/or postgraduate qualifications in a clinical or forensic field is desirable
  • Psychology Board of Australia Approved Supervisor status is desirable.

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.

For more information on the accountabilities and key selection criteria for the role please refer to the position description attached.

If you have any queries, please call Rebecca Biggs on 0437 532 407 or email Rebecca.biggs@justice.vic.gov.au

How to apply

Please click the Apply button on this advertisement. Applications must include a resume and covering letter. Attachments can be uploaded in .doc, .docx, .pdf, .txt or .rtf formats.

About Corrections Victoria

A division of Corrections Victoria, Forensic Intervention Services provides clinical services to people who have offended. Employing evidence-based screening, assessment and offence-specific intervention services to support a person's rehabilitation, the team forms a critical component of the Department's strategy to reduce reoffending and contribute to community safety.

Applications close on Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 11.59pm AEST

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

Senior Clinician, Rivergum (AH4)

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Rebecca Biggs on 0437 532 407 | Rebecca.Biggs @justice.vic.gov.au

Senior Clinician, Rivergum (AH4)