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Aboriginal Forensic Mental Health Clinician – The Forensic Hospital

If you’re passionate about delivering healthcare with the greatest impact, then come and join us at Justice Health NSW. Be part of a supportive environment, where you can apply your skills to address complex healthcare needs while broadening your treatment capabilities to maximise patient outcomes. 

Justice Health NSW is a challenging yet rewarding place to take your career even further. With industry-leading safety standards, you can focus on doing your best work alongside skilled colleagues while gaining job training to progress your career.

The Role

The Aboriginal Forensic Mental Health Clinician has both a clinical and cultural role within the Forensic Hospital, delivering and fostering an environment of culturally responsive care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and enhancing the broader Forensic Mental Health system.

The Aboriginal Forensic Mental Health Clinician will work within a multidisciplinary team, across all the units within the Forensic Hospital, and provide cultural consultation and guidance on patient strategies, clinical interventions and management plans. The positions will work closely with Aboriginal patients’ families and carers, providing cultural advocacy and support.

Key functions will include working collaboratively with Justice Health Network staff, liaising with the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations sector, collaborating with the Forensic Hospital’s Aboriginal Mental Health Clinical lead, and seeking support and guidance when required.


  • Qualification: Bachelor’s degree in Nursing / Psychology / Social Work / Occupational Therapy/ Bachelor of Health Science (Mental Health – Djirruwang Graduate)
  • Registration: Full Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse / Psychologist / Occupational Therapist; or, for Social Workers, eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)
  • Evidence of Diversity claim if applicable (state which category): Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.

Aboriginal Identified Positions 

This is a dedicated Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander position.  Applicants must be able to prove Aboriginal descent through parentage, identification as being an Aboriginal person and being accepted in the community as such. Exemption is claimed under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act. JH&FMHN deems it appropriate to seek confirmation of Aboriginal status from applicants applying for Aboriginal identified positions or targeted positions either during the interview process or prior to commencement of the position.

Our location, team, and service

The Forensic Hospital is a high-secure forensic mental health facility in New South Wales, operated by Justice Health NSW.  This facility provides specialist, therapeutic inpatient care for adults and adolescent forensic, correctional and high-risk civil patients. 

A multidisciplinary team of medical, nursing and allied health professionals are dedicated to providing a care across the clinical spectrum, from high dependency and acute care, to long stay and rehabilitation care. 

While working at the Forensic Hospital you will develop strong professional connections with colleagues and making a positive contribution to vulnerable people.  This dynamic work environment is interesting, stimulating, challenging, rewarding and one where you can have a positive impact on the lives of patients and their families.  To learn more about careers in our network, please click links below:

 Work for the Forensic Hospital — Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (nsw.gov.au)

Why work with us — Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (nsw.gov.au)

A comprehensive two week full time orientation is provided, with the next intake date on and 27 May 2024


Salary & Benefits

Your salary $88,379 – $101,211per annum (dependent on classification/qualification)  plus superannuation and leave loading is just the beginning.

You’ll have access to:

  • Access to salary packaging benefits.
  • A fitness passport (if you’re eligible) + ADOs (if full-time)
  • Free on-site parking to minimise your commute time.
  • Fantastic training & education opportunities available.
  • Great additional allowances

Diversity & Inclusivity

We are an equal-opportunity employer. We employ all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, the LGBTQIA+ community, veterans, refugees and people with disability.

Ready to Apply?

The first step is to submit your resume and answers to the following targeted questions:

  1. Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent (pursuant to Section 14 (d) of the Anti-discrimination Act NSW 1977).
  2. What’s your understanding of the social, psychological and financial implications of hospitalisation for First Nations patients?
  3. Can you describe the challenges in upholding the cultural values of First Nations patients in a mental health setting?
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