Statewide Specialty Director - Forensic Health Services (524738)

  • Tasmania Government
  • Australia, Tas
  • Dec 17, 2021
Medicine Full-time

Job Description:

In accordance with Tasmanian Public Health Directions, Health Workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to 8 January 2022. Applicants are advised that the Public Health Direction applies to all employees of the Department of Health.

This step is critical in protecting both our health workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians in our care.

The Department of Health is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for Statewide Speciality Director – Forensic Health Services (524738) vacancy.

State-wide Mental Health Services is a leader and innovator for a unique corner of the health care industry. We provide a comprehensive suite of services across the areas of mental health, alcohol and drugs, forensic mental health and correctional primary health.

Tasmania's Forensic Mental Health Services provides community and inpatient mental health assessment, treatment and case management for offenders (or people at risk of offending) who have a mental disorder. Clients are provided with contemporary, professional and highly specialised psychiatric care and treatment so that their condition is well managed.

Community teams are based in the North and South of the state and Inpatient care is provided at Wilfred Lopes Centre located in Risdon Vale, east of Hobart.


A remuneration package comprising the Agreement base salary, relevant allowances and other entitlements will be negotiated with the successful applicant dependent on clinical experience and seniority.


Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1 to Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 3 in accordance with the Salaried Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Agreement 2019

  • Access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Levels 1, 2 and 3 as described in the Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award.


Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Award

Period of Employment

Permanent full-time day work (with on-call), working 76 hours per fortnight commencing as soon as possible.


Wilfred Lopes Centre

Essential Requirements:

Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant speciality

*Registration/licences that are essential requirements of this role must remain current and valid at all times whilst employed in this role and the status of these may be checked at any time during employment. It is the employee’s responsibility to ensure that registration/licences remain current and to advise the Employer if their circumstances change. This includes notifying the Employer if a registration/licence is revoked, cancelled or has its conditions altered.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Experience working in forensic psychiatry.
  • Membership of RANZCP section of Forensic psychiatry.
  • Ability to gain recognition by the RANZCP as an accredited supervisor.

Primary Purpose:

The primary role of the Statewide Specialty Director - Forensic Health Services is to provide leadership to all aspects of service delivery for the assigned clinical service, to ensure the provision of high standard, consumer focused and cost-effective clinical services to the Tasmanian community, in accordance with the Department of Health (DoH) and Tasmanian government policies and priorities.

Working in partnership with the Group Director, the Statewide Specialty Director is accountable to the Medical Director - Statewide Mental Health Services (SMHS) for the Statewide delivery of services, including meeting performance targets and responding to population needs in the context of delivering better patient access and better patient outcomes.

The Statewide Specialty Director - Forensic Health Services is responsible for providing high level specialist advice in relation to clinical practice, strategic direction, policy and relevant legislation to Senior Management within the DoH and to other government and community sector agencies.

Work in partnership with and report to the Medical Director - SMHS, to ensure the delivery of safe, evidence-based patient care and the ongoing strategic development of Statewide clinical services within the Forensic Health Services.


  • Provide leadership in the analysis, implementation and review of best practice clinical processes, as well as implementation of evidence-based medicine and systems on a Statewide basis.
  • Facilitate a multi-disciplinary team approach to clinical service delivery, including fostering partnerships between health care providers, including primary care providers and across a range of disciplines and services to enhance the capacity for multi-disciplinary care.
  • Ensure the provision of clear, consistent policies/protocols for clinical staff and other assigned staff in the clinical service, in regard to clinical practice and administrative procedures.

Pre-employment Conditions:

It is the Employee’s responsibility to notify an Employer of any new criminal convictions during the course of their employment with the Department.

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer.

The following checks are to be conducted:

1. Conviction checks in the following areas:

a) Crimes of Violence
b) Sex Related Offences
c) Serious Drug Offences
d) Crimes involving dishonesty
2. Identification check
3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check

Applicants should note that, for a period of six months from the date of publication, this selection process may be used to fill subsequent or similar full time and part time vacancies.

(image) 524738 Statewide Specialty Director - Forensic Health Services SMP 1-11 (December 2021) HR (2).pdf

(image) 524738 Statewide Specialty Director - Forensic Health Services SMP 1-11 (December 2021) HR.docx

(image) Department of Health - Applicant Guide July 2021.pdf

(image) Department of Health - Applicant Guide July 2021.docx

What do I submit with my application?

Please ensure your application includes:

  • A current CV
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria
  • Qualifications

How do I submit my application?

How to Apply

Apply Online. Please click the blue "Apply now" button on this screen. This ensures important questions about you are answered.

You will be prompted to complete a 1-2 page application detailing your experience, skills and knowledge as they relate to the selection criteria in the attached Statement of Duties.

Please Note:

We do not require a separate statement addressing the selection criteria in the Statement of Duties.

All attachments must be in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

Referee details are submitted as part of the online application so make sure you have the contact details of two referees before applying.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted by an Agency on behalf of an applicant will be considered at this time.

For more information contact

Barry Nicholson
Nursing Director - Group Director - Forensic, Correctional Health and ADS
Phone: (03) 6166 0844

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