Key accountabilities

Prison Health Service Delivery
  • Provide full range of primary nursing services including triage and primary mental health care as required under the Prison Health and Disability Support Service Specifications and PPM
  • Utilise a holistic framework for assessment and delivery of nursing care
  • Complete initial health screens and reception assessments within required timeframes
  • Assess prisoners health needs comprehensively and accurately
  • Develop and document prisoner treatment plans
  • Provide a range of comprehensive assessment and clinical activities within the scope of Practice
  • Ensure health care is culturally safe
  • Provides clinical on call service for custody and health staff in conjunction with other health staff and the Regional Health Services manager
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of prisoner sentence management, ensuring that significant health matters are integrated into individual plans
  • Evaluate outcomes of health care delivered
  • Validate and document decisions based on nursing knowledge and clinical experience
  • Monitor, promulgate and promote ‘best practice’ in the delivery of health services and the management of health service resources
  • Build and maintain effective relationship with relevant external individuals and agencies, including external service providers, with a view to developing opportunities for enhancing Public Prisons Services Health Service Manager
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of prisoner sentence management, ensuring that significant health matters are integrated into individual plans
  • Evaluate outcomes of health care delivered
  • Validate outcomes of health care delivered
  • Validate and document decisions based on nursing knowledge and clinical experience
  • Monitor, promulgate and promote ‘best practice’ in the deliver of health services and the management of health services resources
  • Build and maintain effective relationship with relevant external individuals and agencies, including external service providers, with a view to developing opportunities for enhancing Public Prisons Service Health Services
  • Make appropriate referrals to other health team members and/or support personnel eg social workers, chaplain, psychologist, forensic mental health team
  • Provide prisoners and where appropriate custodial staff with relevant and timely health information
  • Ensure privacy and confidentiality are maintained according to the Privacy Act
  • Provision of selected public health measures
  • Advocate for prisoner health needs
  • Deliver emergency care to prisoners and staff with work-related accidents and incidents
  • Provides immunisation service as required
  • Holds portfolio management responsibilities as required
Security
  • Take appropriate security measures to protect themselves, the health centre and health equipment and supplies
  • Wear personal alarm or radio while on duty
  • Request custody support for potentially risky situations
  • Challenge unsafe practice in an appropriate respectful manner
  • Ensure infection control principles are maintained
  • Administer medication in a safe manner as prescribed by a medical officer
  • Document all medication delivered
  • Check stock for expiry dates
  • Keep emergency and routine equipment in good working order
  • Report and document actual and potential risks or concerns

Administration

  • Use resources in a cost-effective manner
  • Contribute to initiatives which provide increased efficiencies
  • Assist in formulating and reviewing standards, policies and procedures
  • Participate in activities which monitor and/or audit delivery of prisoner care
  • Accurate completion of all documentation and referrals for allocated prisoners
  • Assists with the smooth functioning of the health care centre, for example ordering supplies, stock control, faxing of prescriptions etc

Health Education and Promotion

  • Provide education on health issues, formally and informally, to prisoners and staff in a culturally appropriate manner as required under Department policies and procedures and the Prison Health and Disability Support Service Specifications.
  • Assist in compiling resource material for educational purposes.
  • Network within and outside the prison service.
  • Acts as a resource person for other health services staff including nursing students.
  • Maintenance of immunisation and screening registers as appropriate and in accordance with Department policies and procedures and the Prison Health and Disability Support Service Specifications.