Clinician – Protective Quarantine Service (PQS)

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Clinician – Protective Quarantine Service (PQS)

Job Description

Support people in custody during quarantine and keep Victoria safe.

Clinician – Protective Quarantine Service (PQS)

Fixed term until April 2022

Forensic Intervention Services at DJCS has recently created a new team of clinicians to support individuals entering custody. The team provides distress interventions, wellbeing support and assistance during their time in protective quarantine (a requirement in response to COVD-19). Currently the team does its work via remote communications (phone and video calls) partly from home and partly from FIS offices in Franklin St in Melbourne's CBD. With changes in COVID-19 restrictions there may be scope for this work to be done in person at our prisons in Melbourne CBD and Ravenhall.

This newly created service has been considered by staff and individuals in custody to be essential in supporting the wellbeing and safety of the individuals in protective quarantine. As a Clinician (PQS), your tasks will include:

  • Provide supportive counselling sessions and wellbeing information to individuals in custody
  • Consult and liaise with other Corrections staff to ensure the individuals in custody are managed as best as possible during their 14-day quarantine period
  • Work via phone, video conference or face to face (if safe to do so in accordance with the Chief Medical Officer's guidelines) across a six-day roster
  • Prepare case notes professionally and in a timely fashion
  • Other relevant duties as reasonably required within the evolution of the role and pandemic response.

This is a unique opportunity to be part of a new team within Forensic Intervention Services during a challenging time for Victoria. We are seeking individuals who are immediately available to start training and can work full time, 38 hours per week, over the six-day roster.

About you

You should have the following skills and experience;

  • Have strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Possess resilience, maturity and the ability to maintain professional boundaries
  • Be able to multi-task with strong time management skills
  • Have a genuine passion and commitment to making a positive difference
  • Experience conducting services via phone or telehealth is desirable, but not mandatory.

To be considered for this opportunity

You'll need to hold (or be eligible for) one of the following qualifications :

  • General registration as a Psychologist with the Psychology Board of Australia.
  • Qualified social worker.
  • Be credentialed as a Mental Health Nurse with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN).
  • Be registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
  • Registered as a Counsellor with the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

You will also need to possess a current Victorian driver's licence and have suitable working rights in Australia for the duration of the contract.

Applications close on Monday, 27 September 2021 at 11.59pm AEST

We regularly review applications so don't hesitate to submit prior to the closing date.

For further information, please contact Blake Barnard, Recruitment Advisor, Recruitment Services on 0419 195 085 or email

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

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