• Northern Adelaide Local Health Network – Forensic Mental Health Service – Ashton House – Oakden
  • Salary: RN1 – $72,651 – $99,129 p.a. / RN2C – $84,870 – $107,279 p.a.
  • Full-Time Temporary, up until 30 May 2025

About Us:

The Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) provides care for more than 400,000 people living in the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide and boasts newly redeveloped wards and Emergency and Outpatient Departments, with plans for the addition of more brand-new facilities in the near future. NALHN provides a full range of high-quality medical, surgical, maternity, diagnostic, emergency and support services. NALHN offers a range of primary health care services across the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide, with a focus on providing preventive and health promoting programs in the community, and transition and hospital substitution and avoidance programs targeted at chronic disease and frail aged.

With a workforce of almost 6,500 employees, NALHN works to ensure quality and timely delivery of health care, whilst building a highly skilled, engaged and resilient workforce based on a culture of collaboration, respect, integrity and accountability.

Our core values of respect, integrity and accountability underpin our commitment to provide excellence in care, innovation, creativity, leadership and equity in service provision and health outcomes to the Northern area communities.

At NALHN Everyone Has a Story, Everyone Matters, Everyone Contributes and Everyone Grows.

Benefits of working at NALHN:

From salary packaging to flexible working arrangements, a large range of opportunities for movement and career progression, you’ll find there are lots of benefits of working with Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

Salary packaging is an option for saving money by paying for some of your everyday expenses from your salary before it is taxed.

Across SA Health there are always opportunities for you to develop your skills and career at any of our metropolitan or regional sites.

Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants from interstate or overseas.

About You:

Are you a dedicated, compassionate and enthusiastic Registered Mental Health Nurse looking for an opportunity to join a dynamic, growing healthcare network where you will be part of a supportive team delivering high quality care to the community? If so, then this could be the opportunity for you. This position will offer you professional growth opportunities within a supportive and inclusive culture.

In this role you will have strong interpersonal and communication skills which will enable you to successfully problem solve, resolve conflicts and negotiate, including the ability to engage in difficult conversations, whilst building and maintaining relationships. An ability to effectively manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities and demonstrated resilience within a stressful and complex environment is essential to this role.

About the Role:

An exciting opportunity is presented to work within the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network as a Registered Nurse or Clinical Nurse within the Forensic Mental Health Service at Ashton House.

Ashton House provides a range of recovery orientated and treatment services, therapy and educative programs to consumers on forensic licence, during the period of transition from a secure inpatient setting and the community, or those consumers in the community requiring an intervention to reduce risk of a readmission to a secure unit. Ashton House works closely with the inpatient treating team, community mental health services and other community systems of support and care and across the justice system.

The unit offers clinical case assessment and management, rehabilitation and preventative intervention services to consumers who are found Not Guilty By Reason of Mental Impairment under s269 of the Criminal Law Consolidation (Mental Impairment) Amendment Act 1995.

This position will offer you professional growth opportunities within a supportive and inclusive culture. In this key position you will demonstrate your experience and previous success working as a Registered Mental Health Nurse to ensure high quality care is delivered to our consumers.

As a Registered Nurse you will provide nursing services in health service settings. In this role you will develop from a novice practitioner to a proficient level of professional practice and consolidate knowledge and skills, developing in capability through continuous professional development and experience. As a Registered Nurse you will accept accountability for your own standards of nursing care and for activities delegated to others.

As a Clinical Nurse you will provide nursing services in a variety of health service settings which has been consolidated by experience and/or further study, developing from a competent to proficient practitioner. In this role you will accept accountability for your own practice standards, activities delegated to others and the guidance and development of less experienced staff. The Clinical Nurse role continues to be predominantly clinical in nature, however employees are assigned appropriate portfolios, have hands on involvement in the group rehabilitation program and provide case management in close coordination with the multi-disciplinary team.

To be eligible for this position, you must be registered as a Nurse by the Nursing/Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and hold a current practicing certificate. You must be enrolled in an approved mental health course or hold a qualification in mental health practice.

The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.

Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check.


  • National Police Certificate (NPC) for employment involving unsupervised contact with vulnerable groups required for this position (E.g. aged care employment or work involving vulnerable clients)

Immunisation Risk for this position is – Category A (direct contact with blood or body substances)

SA Health Services are required to implement the Addressing vaccine preventable disease: Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy in the workplace.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.  Job Ref: 868355


Shelagh Latham

Nurse Manager

Phone: 0434 852 428

E-mail: shelagh.latham@sa.gov.au

Application Closing Date

7 June 2024 – 11.55PM.


 868355 – Registered Nurse_Clinical Nurse – Ashton House – RN1 – role description.pdf

 868355 – Registered Nurse_Clinical Nurse – Ashton House – RN2C – role description.pdf

* Refer to the SA Health Career Website – How to apply for further information.

Applications close: 7 June 2024


For further information and to apply visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/careers and search for Job Ref: 868355 


Shelagh Latham

0434 852 428


Closing Date for Applications: 7 June 2024