Improving Mental Health Clinician (IMHC) at Otago Corrections Facility

Improving MH for Offenders · Milburn, Otago
Department Improving MH for Offenders
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

We are seeking an experienced, registered mental health professional for the exciting role of Improving Mental Health Clinician (IMHC) to provide clinical and educational support at Otago Corrections Facility.


The successful clinician will be part of a team providing psychological assessment and brief intervention for prisoners who have a mental health need or who are identified as being vulnerable within the prison environment.


Strong clinical acumen and competency with a therapeutic modality (e.g. CBT or ACT) is essential.


Clinicians who hold registration under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance (HPCA) Act or have a recognised social work qualification will be considered for the position.


Successful clinician will receive:

  • Support from the IMHC team and Prison Health Centre staff
  • Regular funded clinical supervision
  • Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities
  • Involvement in mental health initiatives in the prison


 To apply you will need to submit a Cover Letter , C.V and attach a completed application form ( you will get this from the WellSouth Careers page)



Applications close Sunday 30th August.



The Position Description (In Brief):


Position Purpose

To provide a service for people in prison who are suspected of having a mental health need, present with a mental health need or who are identified as vulnerable within the prison environment.

WellSouth is the employer will provide clinical oversight and support. The Prison Health Centre Managers will provide operational support on a day-to-day basis.

Key responsibilities are:

  • Responding to referrals received from Prison staff regarding people in prison for whom they have concerns
  • Providing triage and undertaking assessment of referred people in prison and making appropriate recommendations for ongoing intervention including providing therapeutic intervention if appropriate.
  • Providing information and education for custodial staff in order to assist them to more readily identify and better support people in prison who may have mental health needs or who are vulnerable
  • Supporting Prison Health Service staff to provide appropriate interventions for this group through education and support with treatment planning as required
  • Liaising with Forensic Services, contracted health services providers and Departmental staff to ensure effective information sharing and reintegration into the prison environment of people in prison
  • Supporting the safe return to the wider prison environment for people in prison who have spent an extended period of time in Intervention and Support Unit.
  • Supporting effective pre-release planning for this group
  • Contributing to initiatives to enhance mental healthcare provision within prisons
  • Care, support and treatment will also be provided to people in prison while they transition into the community. Clinicians will support the person in prison access to relevant and appropriate services available in the community.


Main Objectives

  • Increased access to mental health services will be available in prisons.
  • Greater continuity of mental health care and support as people who have committed offences transition from the community into prison, from prison to the community and for when they leave corrections.
  • Improved integration of Corrections health services with community mental health services.
  • Reducing the impact mental health issues on an individual’s ability to participate in activities (education, employment and rehabilitative programmes) that reduce the risks of reoffending.
  • Reduction in incidents of harm to self and others.
  • Increased staff capability and confidence to be able to recognise, respond and refer people who have committed offences with mental health needs.
  • Increased positive engagement with family and community support.
  • To make explicit improvement in a person’s mental health.


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  • Location
    Milburn, Otago
  • Department
    Improving MH for Offenders
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience