Senior Social Worker

Job posted: 03/09/2021
Applications close: 24/09/2021 (Midnight)
4 days remaining

4 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: 14150

Reference: 14150

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne

Women's Specialist Senior Social Worker (SW3)


  • Full Time Ongoing SW3/Senior Social Work role

  • Based at Thomas Embling Hospital (Fairfield)

  • Great salary packaging conditions and leave entitlements

  • Free onsite parking

Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria. Forensicare is situated across five sites across Victoria with its largest site being Thomas Embling Hospital, located in Fairfield just 15 minutes north of the Melbourne CBD.

Thomas Embling Hospital is a 136 bed secure hospital providing acute care, rehabilitation and continuing

About the role:

The Women's Specialist Snr Social Work position plays a key role in the provision of Social Work services for women admitted to the Thomas Embling Hospital, Fairfield. While based on the Barossa Women's acute unit, this role also provides coordination of the SW Women's Community of Practice as well as working with the SW leadership group in practice and service development activities and advocacting for the needs of women, their families/carers and others. 


  • Provides high-level/intensive Social Work services on the Barossa acute unit as part of a multidsciplinary team  

  • Contirbutes to SW service development in conjunction with SW leadership group, including supervision and QI improvement activities.

  • As part of the Women's Specilaist portfolio, advocactes for the needs of women in custodial care.

  • Provides advice, consultation and engages in networking with other agencies and external stakeholders. 

Skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated skills and significant experience in forensic mental health/custodial care or related field and a practice interest gender-based and women's-specific mental health or forensic practices.

  • Ability to undertake structured psychosocial and risk assessments as well as plan and deliver targeted interventions, including in invidiual, group and family work.

  • Has an understanding of relevant legislation, such CMIA, MARAM, Mental Health Act and other framworks related to consumer recovery

  • Interest/abilities in Social Work practice and service development, including clinical/social work QI activities, intergency projects and research.   

Mandatory qualifications & registrations:

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.


We value our staff and provide a range of employee benefits including:

  • Great salary packaging conditions.

  • Excellent leave entitlements.

  • Post-graduate scholarship programs.

  • Ongoing training and full orientation.

  • Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Programs including Employee Assistance Programs.

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 the following values: responsiveness, integrity, impartiality, accountability, respect and leadership; 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 Social Worker

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Grant Ashley Burkitt - (04) 6652 7493
Shelley Turner - (03) 9495 9100

Senior Social Worker