Senior Occupational Therapist

Job posted: 13/09/2023
Applications close: 27/09/2023 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

2 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: 16143

Reference: 16143

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Prison and Corrective Services

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

  • Full time Fixed-Term secondment opportunity
  • Based at Metropolitan Remand Centre
  • Salary $99,606(OT3-1) to $113,796 (OT3-4)
  • Salary packaging options that increase your take-home pay
  • 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.

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. Potentially based across multiple sites, our mobile forensic mental health service provides mental health treatment to prisoners experiencing mental ill-health, as well as an outpatient clinic service and initial reception assessments at Metropolitan Remand Centre. This service also provides outpatient services to Barwon, Marngoneet and Kareenga prisons.

About the Role:

  • The role of the Senior Occupational Therapist is to plan, implement, evaluate and document Occupational Therapy assessment and treatment, and undertake required duties as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Provide Occupational Therapy specific assessments and interventions as well as group activities designed to develop/maintain opportunities for engagement in meaningful occupations and skill development
  • The position will act as a leader within the Occupational Therapy Service by contributing to the identification, development and evaluation of improved service delivery and quality initiatives.
  • Support clinical placement education to Occupational Therapy students and provide clinical supervision to other Occupational Therapists, and will also be encouraged to utilise regular discipline-linked supervision and reflective practice


  • Assess, interpret and intervene to improve occupational performance through identifying individual needs based on functional deficits and strengths, risk assessment and through promoting occupational choices.
  • Focus on the development of life roles and skills required by patients for community adaptation and integration, including skill development, self-awareness and maintenance of a responsible attitude to time use.
  • Take a leading role within the clinical team on occupational performance issues, functional skill development, and in promoting engagement in meaningful occupations
  • Undertake case coordination or specialist consultation and assessment as required on specific units, consulting appropriately with members of the clinical team
  • Contribute to positive patient outcomes through the use of Occupational Therapy specific assessment and intervention.

About You:

  • Demonstrated commitment to mental health consumer recovery.
  • Highly developed organisational and time management skills.
  • Solid conceptual understanding of evidence based practice including the Model of Human Occupation and be committed to understanding and improving patient functioning through formal assessment and treatment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.

What you need:

  • 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.

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
  • 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

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


  • COVID19 (x3), Influenza and Immunisation requirements specific to position Infection Control requirements
  • This position is subject to a satisfactory Police Check

 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.


Senior Occupational Therapist

Job type:

Full time, Temporary

Job classification:

Not provided


Pankhuri Sharma - (03) 9947 2684
Ashish Pokharel - (04) 1365 3386

Senior Occupational Therapist