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Announcing our Strategic Plan 2021-26

Forensicare is proud to announce the launch of our Strategic Plan 2021-26. The next five years will be a period of exciting growth and development at Forensicare, and the Strategic Plan 2021-26 clearly details our purpose, vision, objectives and priorities, outlining a roadmap for how we move forward as an organisation. Watch the video to learn more about our Strategic Plan 2021-26. The Strategic Plan 2021-26 is the result of hard work by many people. We consulted widely with staff, executive, [...]

Creating pathways for students to forensic mental health

Forensicare has initiated the Allied Health Pre-Qualifiication Program to attract soon-to-be-qualified students to a career in forensic mental health. Soon we will welcome six final year universty students enrolled in social work, occupational therapy and psychology to our service.

Image reads: the Ascent, taking care of your mental health. This focuses on the mental health impacts of wearing masks during COVID-19.

Connecting and Communicating From Behind the Mask

This year has been a crash course in learning how to connect in new and creative ways. First, it was connecting via virtual means when touch and physical proximity was reduced during COVID-19. Now, over the past few weeks we have had to learn how to form connections whilst half of our face is covered by a mask. Then add to that, for healthcare workers, the introduction of protective eye wear. We need to do this for the safety of ourselves [...]

Celebrating mental health nurse practitioners with Forensicare's Nurse Practitioner Program

Ten years on: celebrating our mental health nurse practitioners

Every day is a new and exciting challenge for Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Courtney Dunn. It’s a complex role in a complex environment, but Courtney wouldn’t have it any other way. “Our days vary quite a bit,” said Courtney. “Professionally, it’s a great role to be in because you get to work independently, while still being attached to a team.” As a nurse practitioner with Forensicare at the Melbourne Assessment Prison, Courtney’s day might include anything from complex case management, advanced assessment and interventions, and [...]

Forensicare senior health clinician tackles mental health stigma

Tackling stigma and saving lives: Forensicare’s Mental Health Advice and Response Service

No single day is the same for Senior Mental Health Clinician Christian Bimbola Ogbah. As part of his role in Forensicare’s Mental Health Advice and Response Service (MHARS) team at Ringwood Magistrates’ Court, Christian helps some of society’s most vulnerable people—that is, people who are engaged with the justice system and live with a mental illness. “I can see anywhere from four to ten clients per day,” Christian said. Sometimes, Christian’s clients—whether they be referred from Corrections Victoria, the Magistrates’ courts, or walk-ins—have [...]

Celebrating mental health carers this Carers Week

Carers and the invaluable role they play in mental health recovery

We couldn’t do what we do without carers. Carers and families play a vital role in mental health recovery. In fact, mental illness is one of the leading causes of disability in Australia. The carers and families of consumers have an enormous impact on the live and functionality of their loved one, providing over 106 million hours of often unpaid mental health support, care and assistance per year in Australia alone. It would cost a whopping $13.2 billion to replace [...]

Forensicare’s submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

Forensicare’s submission to the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System

As the only agency in Victoria that provides clinical mental health services spanning across all components of the mental health and criminal justice sectors, we have a unique perspective to share. The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System aims to provide a clear set of actions that will change Victoria’s mental health system, enabling consumers to live their best lives with recovery-focused support. Forensicare’s submission Forensicare has made a formal submission to the Royal Commission. We highlight the challenges faced by our consumers, families and [...]