Mental Health Nurses

Job No: GEO1525
Location: Junee, NSW

  • Excellent remuneration packages up to $124k (pro rata)
  • Relocation assistance available for the right candidate
  • Centre tours are now available for prospective applicants
  • Full-time, Part-time and Casual roles available

About The GEO Group Australia

We are the country's leading provider of outsourced correctional services, operating in NSW, QLD and VIC. GEO aims to deliver better corrections and create safer communities. We focus on providing a continuum of care and integration of services to make a real difference in the lives of people we work with.

The GEO Group Australia is the country's leading provider of outsourced correctional services, operating in NSW, QLD and VIC. Our goal is to deliver better corrections, and in doing so, create safer communities. As a Registered Training Provider (number 3570), GEO offers a wide variety of training programs which are nationally accredited.

For more information about our organisation and Junee Correctional Centre, visit our website at

To check out our videos, including the type of individual's we seek to join our business click here. 

About Junee Correctional Centre

Junee Correctional Centre is located in Junee, New South Wales, 40 kilometres north-east of Wagga Wagga.

Junee has been continually managed by GEO on behalf of Corrective Services NSW since opening in 1993. It is New South Wales' largest regional correctional centre.

Junee's primary role is to safely and securely house up to 853 adult male prisoners and progress their sentence plans by delivering a comprehensive range of education, vocational training, reintegration and offending behaviour programs. Together, these lower a prisoners risk of re-offending and increase the likelihood of successful community reintegration.

The team at Junee achieves exceptionally high levels of prisoner engagement with its responsive interventions. This includes developing strategies that encourage and enable previously-marginalised prisoner groups such as Indigenous Australians and the chronically ill to participate.

About the Opportunity

Junee Correctional Centre is currently expanding the Centre to house an additional 480 inmates. This expansion will create a number of additional Mental Health Nurse roles, including full time, part-time and casual positions, within the Health Services Department (working 8 hour shifts on a rotating 5 day roster, ensuring weekend coverage). 

We are looking for a number of passionate, Mental Health Nurses to join our expanding team with both immediate and future commencement opportunities on offer.

Reporting to the Health Services Manager and working with other Mental Health Nurses, your primary responsibility will be to provide psychiatric nursing services to the Centre and to assist in the provision of suicide prevention program and strategies at the Centre.

Your key duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Developing nursing care plans for patients;
  • Monitoring and assisting in the implementation of treatment plans for patients with diagnosed mental illness;
  • Coordinating and undertaking mental health assessments on patients referred to them;
  • Developing and implementing suicide/self-harm strategies and regularly assess their effectiveness in reducing suicide/self-harm in the Centre;
  • Working with other psychiatric/psychological professionals to assist in the development of discharge plans for patients in transition from patient care to community care;
  • Using problem-oriented medical record systems to document in medical records using the Subjective, Objective, Assessment, and Planning (SOAP) format;
  • Documenting all patient occasions of service, refusal of service, non-attendance, and contacts;
  • Maintaining confidentiality of medical records; and
  • Preparing regularly scheduled reports and special reports as required.

To be successful in these roles, candidates must hold AHPRA registration as a Qualified Registered Nurse, postgraduate tertiary qualifications in mental health, and have professional postgraduate experience as a psychiatric nurse. You will also need a current working knowledge of the MHOAT system and NSW Mental Health Act 2007.

Candidates will need to be proficient in the performance of medical emergency, physical assessment, crisis intervention, medical and psychiatric nursing care, and venepuncture. 

As you will be working alongside a team of registered and endorsed nurses, occupational therapists, dentists, and other medical practitioners, it is key that you are able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

In addition, you will need to be computer savvy with the ability to adapt to a range of systems. 

Your ability to work within a correctional setting - which will involve direct contact with inmates - will be key to your success in this role. This will also be achieved through your resilience, self-confidence, hard-working nature, and adaptability.

Due to the nature of this business, you will need to have the ability to operate in a correctional setting, working directly with offenders and complying with the Centre's security procedures. You will also need to obtain and maintain a satisfactory security clearance as approved by the Commissioner of Corrective Services NSW. Such clearance is unlikely to be granted if you have been convicted of a criminal offence.

About the Benefits

Joining GEO is your chance to make a real and lasting difference in the lives of prisoners, their families and the community.

You will benefit from a competitive salary and with ongoing support and professional development opportunities. You will have access to, subsidised meals, internal career opportunities and many other employee (and family) benefits. 

Application Process

In order to assist GEO in processing your application for employment and determining your suitability and eligibility for a position with The GEO Group Australia, we ask that you complete a short questionnaire as part of the application process.

Due to the nature of our industry you will find that some of the questions contained in this questionnaire are unique and are different from those that you may have encountered in applying for other positions.

Please note: If you are successful in obtaining an interview for this position you will be required to complete a Statutory Declaration attesting your answers to this questionnaire.

At the end of the questionnaire, you will be required to attach a current Resume.

For any further information about the application process, please contact HR Officer Sarah Bishop on (02) 6930 5583.

Additional Information

To obtain further information about this role, download the position description HERE or contact the Health Services Manager Jan Te Maru on (02) 6930 5527.


If you are interested in a tour of the medical clinic, 

please contact the Health Services Manager, Jan Te Maru on (02) 6930 5527, to arrange a suitable time. 

You will be required to provide your full name, date of birth and AHPRA Registration Number.


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Applications Close on Sunday 2nd February 2020 at 4pm

GEO is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are highly encouraged to apply




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