Consultant Psychiatrist (516124) Department of Health


About the Role and Team:

The Tasmanian Health Service is seeking interest from suitably qualified applicants for a Forensic Consultant Psychiatrist vacancy based at the Wilfred Lopes Centre.

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.

The Role:

  • Provision of clinical care to inpatients of the Wilfred Lopes Centre, inmates within the Statewide Prison Service and clients of the Community Forensic Mental Health Service, in collaboration with other team members.  This will include the application of a wide range of specialist skills and interventions.
  • Acts as a consultant for and provide clinical leadership to team members.
  • Promote and maintain close links with other specialists and service providers to ensure continuity of patient care.
  • Liaison with other community service providers (especially GP’s), Community Corrections and Court staff.
  • Liaison with Primary Health staff within Correctional Health Service and with Correctional Services staff.

Note: – Please refer to the Statement of Duties for all the selection criteria of this position to address in your application.

Position Features:

  • Some Interstate and Intrastate travel may be required
  • This position involves regular oncall work which is divided equally between the medical workforce including the Statewide Specialty Director
  • Staff employed against this Statement of Duties as a Visiting Medical Practitioner will be employed in accordance with the Tasmanian Visiting Medical Practitioners (Public Sector) Agreement and remunerated accordingly

Details of Appointment:

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

*notwithstanding hours to be negotiated with the successful applicant

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


Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1 $163,005 – Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 3  $247,768 per annum, pro rata + 11% superannuation + access to salary packaging

Please note that access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range $234,726 -$247,768 is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1, 2 or 3 as outlined in the Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Award

  • Salary range is in accordance with Salaried Medical Practitioners (Tasmanian State Service) Agreement 2019

*A new wages agreement has been agreed and is currently being registered in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission. The new rates apply to this position and are effective from the first full pay period on or after 1 July 2023

In addition, the following allowances calculated on the salaried incremental point may be available: 

  • Provision of a fully maintained private plated motor vehicle or motor vehicle allowance of $25,758 per annum, pro rata
  • Communication allowance of $1,948 per annum, pro rata
  • Continuing Professional Development Allowance of $24,927 per annum, pro rata
  • Relocation assistance of up to $15,000 for eligible candidates
  • other allowances as applicable


Successful applicants will be required to meet the essential criteria:

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

Applicants should note the following criteria are desirable:

  • Current Driver’s Licence

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:
  1. Crimes of violence
  2. sex related offences
  3. serious drug offences
  4. crimes involving dishonesty
  1. Identification check
  2. Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

A person nominated for this position must also satisfy a further criminal history check in accordance with the Director of Prison’s Standing Orders established under the Corrections Act 1997:

  • Standing Order – Identification (ID) Cards and Visitor Passes 5.02
  • Standard Operating Procedure – Tasmanian Prison Service Identification (ID) Cards MH5.02.1

A nominated person cannot be employed within Correctional Primary Health Services if excluded from entry to Tasmanian Prison Services under the Corrections Act 1997.

Download the Statement of Duties and any Associated Documents:

We encourage you to review the Applicant Guide, Statement of Duties, prior to applying for an overview of the duties, program, selection process and selection criteria.

Statement of Duties:

Applicant Guide:

How to Apply:

Apply Online.  Please click the “Apply” 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 attached Statement of Duties.

Please Note:

  • 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.

For More Information:

Dr Sonny Atherton
Speciality Director – Forensic Mental Health Services, Tasmania
(03) 6166 0506
[email protected]

Applications close:  Friday, 1 September 2023 at 11:55pm