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Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Prison Services

2 positions available providing expert forensic mental health nursing care for prisoners experiencing mental illness.

    • 1 x Full time, Fixed-Term 12 month position based at Dame Phyllis Frost Centre
    • 1 x Full time, fixed term 6 month position based at Port Phillip Prison
  • Base Salary: $130,000 per annum


Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria.


Marrmak (Dame Phyliss Frost Centre)
Marrmak Unit at the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre is a 20-bed residential program for women prisoners with an intensive outreach program and a therapeutic day program. There is a strong focus on providing a healing environment not only for the prisoners, but importantly also one that supports the well-being and safety of all staff involved. This approach recognises that many women who are imprisoned are indeed themselves victims of crime and have challenging mental health conditions as a result. The word Marrmak is from the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people meaning ‘safe’.


Port Phillip Prison
Forensicare provides specialist Forensic Mental Health (FMH) Services at Port Phillip Prison in St Paul’s Unit. St Paul’s Unit is a 30-bed psychosocial rehabilitation service that provides specialist, voluntary mental health care, treatment and therapeutic programs to prisoners with a diagnosed mental illness. Participants selected for the program require psychosocial rehabilitation to minimise risk of relapse and enhance their social functioning in preparation for returning to general prison environment or release to community.

About the roles:
As a Nurse Practitioner you will conduct advanced, comprehensive and holistic mental health and risk assessment of patients and deliver advanced clinical mental health nursing interventions including suicide prevention, co-morbidity, crisis intervention and dual diagnosis interventions. You will prescribe and monitor psychotropic medication and orders and monitor the results of tests and investigations. You will make clinical decisions informed by evidence based practice and act as a resource for prisoners, carers/families, corrections officers and health professionals.

You will also assume a nursing leadership role in specialty clinical groups at state, national or an international level to contribute to the development of the clinical specialty and Nurse Practitioner role.


About you:
You have extensive and advanced clinical knowledge and significant experience in mental health nursing in a prison environment. You have a proven ability to undertake comprehensive mental health and risk assessments, and to plan, implement and evaluate interventions. You have highly developed communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of stakeholders in a multi-disciplinary environment.

Mandatory qualifications & registrations:

  • Registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Division 1 nurse with endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner.



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

  • Great salary packaging conditions
  • Excellent leave entitlements
  • Ongoing training and professional development
  • Comprehensive Health and Wellbeing Programs including: gym and pool access, Staff health service, Critical Incident Stress Management and Employee Assistance Programs.


This position is subject to a Police Check.


Forensicare values a diverse workforce and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.



How to apply:
For more information about the role contact Lee Towell on 0434 492 233.

For a position description and to apply visit

Closing date for applications: 11.45pm 9th June 2019

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