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Court Liaison Clinician

NT - Department of Health

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

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Job Posted: 10/11/2017

Job Category:

Legal / Courts & Tribunals

Job description:

Agency Department of Health Work Unit Mental Health

Job Title Court Liaison Clinician Designation Professional 3

Job Type Full Time Duration Fixed for 6 months

Salary $96,545 - $108,126 Location Alice Springs

Position Number 73170939 RTF 129480 Closing 23/11/2017

Contact Taiwo Abraham on 08 8951 1057 or

Agency Information

Information for Applications must be limited to a one-page summary sheet and an attached detailed

Applicants resume/cv. For further information for applicants and example applications: click here

If you accept this position, a detailed summary of your merit (including work history, experience,

Information about

qualifications, skills, information from referees, etc.) will be provided to other applicants, to ensure

Selected Applicant’s

transparency and better understanding of the reasons for the decision. For further information: click



The NTPS values diversity and aims for a workforce which is representative of the community we

serve. Therefore under an approved Special Measures recruitment plan, ATSI applicants will be

Special Measures

given priority consideration and preference in selection for this vacancy if they meet all essential

selection criteria and are suitable at the position level. For further information: click here

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Primary Objective: To act and provide forensic liaison and consultation to and between courts, prison, justice departments,

Mental health, police, government and community agencies on mental health matters and the management of associated

problems within the identified agency

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Provide assessment, treatment and consultancy services in respect of individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

2. Utilise clinical and legal knowledge skills to provide assessment for those persons identified within the justice system as

having mental health problems in accord with recognised principles of MH practice and relevant legislative and policy


3. Provide consultancy, both orally and in writing, to courts, correctional services and other related agencies.

4. Undergo training as a Designated Mental Health Practitioner and appropriately exercise its powers upon appointment.

5. Practice in a manner conducive to harmonious working relationships within the Team and with representatives of other


6. Maintain timely and accurate clinical and statistical records, in accord with established Central Australian Mental Health

Service (CAMHS) information systems and protocols.

7. Contribute to the ongoing evaluation and development of policies, procedures, protocols and programs at Team and

Service level, as required.

Selection Criteria


1. Meet the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) requirements to practice as a Social Worker,

Psychologist, Mental Health Nurse or Occupational Therapist and possess recognized mental health qualifications.

2. NT driver's licence or ability to obtain.

3. At least two years’ experience in a forensic and/or community setting.

4. Broad understanding of the roles of forensic mental health professionals and the context in which they practice, including:

criminal justice processes and agencies; relevant legislative frameworks; and relevant national/international principles

5. Capacity to recognise and deal effectively with the tensions inherent in caring for clients who may pose a danger to others

(e.g., confidentiality versus disclosure) and sound knowledge of, and competence in, clinical risk-assessment and risk-


6. Capacity to provide sound written and oral testimony regarding clients’ current mental state and immediate treatment


7. Demonstrated experience to work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

8. An ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures.


1. Capacity to apply skills in a culturally appropriate way, particularly in respect to Indigenous clients.

2. Proficiency in word processing and the use of electronic databases.

Further Information: Department of Health has a Smoke Free Policy. Staff are not permitted to smoke anywhere on

Departmental premises, facilities or vehicle nor whilst working off-site. The preferred or recommended applicant will be required

to hold a current working with children clearance notice and undergo a criminal history check. A criminal history will not exclude

an applicant from this position unless it is relevant to the position.

Approved: November 2017 General Manager Mental Health