Forensic Psychiatrist

Consultant/Specialist - Queensland, Australia

Ref: 447Friday 1 September 2023

up to $576k + oncall

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The Townsville mental health service is the state of Queensland's most comprehensive outside of the city of Brisbane.  The health service provides care to a catchment population of over 250k people across 19 hospitals and health centres providing services - from remote primary care to highly specialised care at a University Hospital -  the largest tertiary hospital in Northern Australia, providing specialist referral services for over 700,000 people.



This dynamic mental health service is seeking an exceptional Forensic Psychiatrist to join them. This could be your chance to join an Australian employer committed to the well-being and professional development of their employees, providing a great work life balance within an enviable laid back, tropical climate. 



Opportunity highlights


  • Package up to $487k +oncall and other allowances.
  • A comprehensive and well funded public mental health service dedicated to delivering first class contemporary psychiatric care.
  • A highly well-regarded Medical Director who will support your interests.
  • Opportunity to utilise all of your special interests from forensic psychiatry to further subspecialty interests.
  • The service and clinical director has an excellent reputation for providing rewarding professional opportunities.
  • Teaching opportunities available through affiliation with James Cook University.
  • Excellent remuneration and benefits, including CME allowance and leave, relocation, car allowances. 
  • Provide consultation liaison service to assist with the assessment and management of patients who either have committed or are alleged to have committed or are at risk of committing an offence.



Community highlights


  • Laid back tropical lifestyle suitable for families or couples. 
  • Much lower cost of living than Australian national average. 
  • Wonderful housing options including in downtown beachside areas or surrounding riverside suburbs.
  • One of the top private schools in Queensland.
  • Convenient access to the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands.
  • Plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities: olympic sized outdoor pools, cricket ovals, football, basketball, netball, hiking, golfing , camping, scuba diving, sea kayaking, sea fishing etc.
  • Multi-use sports stadiums. 
  • Great city amenities and plenty of events and festivals throughout the year.
  • Great shopping and dining options, professional sports, and a variety of historical and cultural attractions.



Selection criteria includes but is not limited to:


  • Knowledge of current forensic psychiatric practices and issues.
  • Evidence of appropriate expertise in the skills of a forensic psychiatrist.
  • Achievements as a clinical leader and innovator.
  • Clinical leadership in a multidisciplinary setting. 
  • Willingness to participate in teaching and education initiatives as well as supervising medical staff.
  • Demonstrated ability to shape strategy and policy. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to clinical governance and quality improvement. 




If trained outside of Australia, applicants must have equivalent specialist training completed in Ireland, UK (not CESR), New Zealand, Canada, South Africa or, if trained in Sri Lanka you must have completed 2yrs placement in Australia or New Zealand; and have completed at least 6months in child and adolescent psychiatry in training as well as have had at least 2.5yrs consultant level experience following your completion of specialist training. 



If we can help you get a job we provide FREE expert and highly valued guidance throughout the RANZCP and/or AHPRA & visa processes



For more info please register here or call/message Alasdair Spinner on +44 7414 531 583 or email 

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