Jobs: CEO – Canberra ACT

Are you passionate about making a difference to the lives of Australians who use drugs, people in drug treatment and people living with hepatitis C? Would you like to lead a dynamic national organisation committed to improving the health and human rights of people who use drugs?

The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL), is the national organisation representing people who use or have used illicit drugs and is the peak body for the state and territory organisations. AIVL is looking to fill the position of Chief Executive. This role will be responsible for the strategic leadership and management of the organisation.

This full-time position is based at the AIVL office in Canberra with a salary range of $105,000- $120,000 p.a. plus superannuation and salary packaging.

AIVL operates on a peer-based philosophy and strongly encourages applications from people with lived experience of drug use and who identify with the community of people who use drugs.

Applicants will need to address all key selection criteria to be short listed for interview. The position description/application pack can be obtained by calling Amy McDonell on 02 6279 1600  or by visiting the AIVL website.

The closing date for this position is close of business on the 27 May 2016.

Jobs: Case Worker – Sydney

WHOS (We Help Ourselves) is based in NSW and QLD, and caters for individuals who are experiencing difficulties with Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) dependence. Our programs are based on the Therapeutic Community model of care. Transitional and Exit Housing is available to all WHOS clients after they have completed the residential treatment program.

We are currently looking for a Full Time Case Worker to join the WHOS Gateway Aftercare/Outreach service.

The primary focus of the Case Worker role will be working with clients in the Aftercare (‘Gateway’) phase of the WHOS program based in Rozelle (NSW). This program works with clients who have completed the main residential treatment programs and focuses on clients  re-integration back into the community through a structured and supported program.

 

Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Minimum Cert IV in AOD / Community Services
  • Minimum two years paid work experience in Alcohol & Other Drugs treatment services
  • Case management experience
  • Experience and knowledge of assisting clients into employment and training, relapse prevention and the development of independent living skills
  • Sound written and oral communication skills
  • Flexible, motivated and enthusiastic team player
  • Computer literacy and word processing skills
  • Current First Aid Certificate
  • Current Drivers Licence

Desirable Selection Criteria:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the Therapeutic Community model.

The position reports to the WHOS Service Enhancement Team Manager and will also be expected to contribute to policy development, maintaining data records in relation to KPIs relating to this service and producing monthly activity reports.

Remuneration: Negotiated dependant on qualifications and experience equivalent to SCHDS Award. Successful applicants will need to provide current Police Record Check.

Please forward a covering letter addressing the Essential Selection Criteria and a copy of your current Resume to Steve Hocking, Service Enhancement Team Manager stephenh@whos.com.au .  (02) 85727482

PREVIOUS APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT APPLY

Applications close: 5pm Monday May 23rd 2016.

Sydney MSIC Safer Injecting Workshop

Sydney MSIC Safer Injecting Workshop

Are you looking to enhance your skills in relation to working with people who inject drugs? Do you want to be able to offer the best Harm minimisation advice? Then book yourself onto the Safer Injecting Workshop run by the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC).

 

NEW COMPONENT ADDED FOR 2016: Administration of Narcan (Naloxone) in a community setting with your own take-home kit containing two doses of Narcan!

 

Monday 9 May 2016 (9am – 4.30pm)

Cost: $200 (includes cost for take-home Narcan kit)

Lunch and light refreshments provided

This workshop is aimed at workers or volunteers currently working with people who inject drugs and who have some level of training and/or experience.  The workshop provides a sound foundation to consolidate existing knowledge for those wishing to expand their skills in providing safer injecting advice.  This workshop is a full day course and aims to offer participants an understanding of:

  • Safer injecting practices including high risk injecting and related problems
  • Performance and image-enhancing drugs (steroids)
  • Drug filtration (particularly opioid tablets) for injection with a practical demonstration using wheel filters
  • An introduction to opioid overdose identification and management

Sydney MSIC trainers are in a unique position to offer you interactive and specialised training in the field of injecting drug use. Our training packages provide you with knowledge, skills and confidence to empower you to work effectively with people who use drugs. Training packages are interactive, engaging and give workers the chance to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask but were too afraid to…….

All participants can elect to attend an early morning tour of the service prior to the training start time. This tour commences at 8.30am. Please indicate if you wish to attend this at time of booking.

For a registration form to book a place on this course, please email:

rglasgow@uniting.org                                          NB: The closing date for applications is two weeks prior to the course date

Jobs: Community Aboriginal Worker – Western Australia

South Metro Community Alcohol and Drug Service –  Mandurah

 Community Aboriginal Worker – drug and alcohol

Full time contract to 30 June 2017

Palmerston Association is a leading and respected not for profit organisation supporting people with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues in Western Australia.

Based in Mandurah the Community Aboriginal Worker will provide AOD support to the local Aboriginal community in the Peel region. The successful applicant will have significant life skills and experience in building trust with local Aboriginal communities. The role includes outreach services, yarning and support to individuals and families struggling with alcohol and other drug issues, working with allied agencies including referrals and shared care. A strong sense of community connection is essential, along with good communication and individual support skills.

Palmerston can offer you:

  • an organisation that understands the importance of culture
  • excellent working conditions and environment
  • salary packaging benefits
  • training, development and support

Salary range is: $63,000 to $67,700.

For further information please download the job description form (JDF) from www.palmerston.org.au.

This appointment will be made under a Section 50(d) exemption of the Equal Opportunity Act.

For a confidential chat, please contact Terry Slomp on 9581 4010 or email: tslomp@palmerston.org.au

Applications to jobs@palmerston.org.au by 5pm Monday 7 March 2016. Please include your resume along with a statement outlining your interest and suitability for the position.

Great AOD App for Android and iOS Users

The Australian Indigenous Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre today launched an Android version of their free mobile phone app called AODconnect, which will support efforts to reduce harmful substance use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The new Android app provides a national directory of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and can be used by the AOD workforce, and the very wide range of health practitioners working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector.

The new Android version of the AODconnect app is the same as the iOS version launched in 2015, and now makes this valuable tool accessible to that large section of the workforce who use Android phones and tablets. The app is useful for those looking for a specific Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander AOD service by state, territory and/or region through an interactive map of Australia or by alphabetical listing. It has two filter options: focus (to identify the main focus of the service: Indigenous, mainstream with Indigenous focus or mainstream); or treatment categories (counselling and referral, harm reduction and support groups, outreach, mobile patrols and sobering up, residential rehab, withdrawal management, and young people).

AODconnect is available free for both Android and iOS devices (iPhones and iPads). Download it on the Knowledge Centre website, or Google Play and iTunes stores.

For more information: http://www.aodknowledgecentre.net.au/AODconnect

Please let us know if there is an AOD treatment service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that is not on the app and you think should be included.

Peer Helper Training (Victoria)

Association of Participating Service APSU @ SHARC will run the next Peer Helper Training course from 19 April – 5 May 2016. We invite people with the personal experience of problematic substance use, with or without mental health issues, to apply for this free training by 21 March 2016. The application will be followed by an individual assessment of each applicant before the final confirmation of enrolment.

APSU has been successfully running the Peer Helper Training since 2005. This training is designed to put a professional frame on participants’ lived experience. It particularly enables people who have had a disrupted education to test the waters, build their self-esteem, skill and knowledge level. Indeed, many people who have been through the Peer Helper Training have then moved on to further education or other socially engaging activities.

Training flyer with all the relevant information is available at http://sharc.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/FlyerA4-11.pdf. Feel free to contact Edita at 9573 1776 if you have any further questions.

AOD PhD Scholarship Available

PhD SCHOLARSHIP – ALCOHOL’S HARM TO CHILDREN

Melbourne or Perth

3 years @ National Drug Research Institute (NDRI)

 

This three-year Curtin University/NDRI PhD Scholarship will be linked to NHMRC funded research on alcohol’s harm to children and will be for doctoral research into the prevention or reduction of such harms.

Applications are invited in any of these broad research areas:

  • Alcohol’s harm to others, particularly to children affected by others’ drinking due to intentional and unintentional injury
  • Alcohol’s impact on child abuse and neglect as identified in the child protection system
  • Finding interventions that work: How do alcohol-related policy and treatment initiatives for parents and carers assist their children?

 

Applications are open. Click for full details

 

Methamphetamine Treatment Workshops

Via ADACA Update list:

Sydney 9th and 10th March 2016 – early bird date approaching

Looking for better responses for methamphetamine users? Get practical skills from Australian leaders in methamphetamine treatment

Attend our special training days for health and welfare workers, AOD specialists and service managers and team leaders and walk away with real skills you can apply immediately to your work! Our workshops are skills based, practical sessions run by Australian leaders in methamphetamine treatment and research who have been working with methamphetamine users for more than 25 years: A/Prof Nicole Lee, Linda Jenner, Paula Ross.

Choose from one of three treatment skills workshops plus a special half day workshop for those working with families of people who use methamphetamine.

Methamphetamine treatment workshops: 9th March 9:30am – 4:30pm (full day; 3 streams)

Workshop 1Beyond the tip of the iceberg: Responding to methamphetamine use (health and welfare workers)

Workshop 2: Breaking the ice: Tailoring CBT and MI for methamphetmaine users (AOD specialists)

Workshop 3: On thin ice: Creating a methamphetmaine-responsive service (service managers and team leaders)

Early bird $299 (book by 1st Feb 2016)   |   Standard rate $450 (book by 1st Feb 2016)

Working with families workshop: 10th March 9am – 12.30pm (half day)

Workshop 4: Cracks in the ice: Essential skills for working with families of people who use methamphetamine (anyone working or wanting to work with families)

Early bird $199 (book by 1st Feb 2016)   |   Standard Rate $299 (book by 1st Feb 2016)

Special early-bird combined workshop discount rate $166***

*** Attend one of the ice treatment workshops and receive a special 15% off the Working with Families Workshop rate (combined price $465 instead of $498)

Bookings: www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=135067

Further info: www.leejenn.com.au/new-ice-training

Register your interest for workshops planned for Perth and working with families workshops in Melbourne early 2016: training@leejenn.com.au

Your workshop facilitators


ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR NICOLE LEE is a practicing psychologist with 25 years experience in AOD and mental health treatment, research and training. She is one of Australia’s leading experts in methamphetamine treatment. She established the Access Point Stimulant Treatment Centre in Melbourne and developed Australia’s gold standard psychological CBT and MI therapy for methamphetamine use. Nicole is Adjunct Associate Professor at NDRI and National President of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy.


LINDA JENNER is a registered nurse with 36 years experience in clinical practice, research and training in AOD and mental health. She was the AOD sectors first CNC for Dual Diagnosis and has produced numerous clinical guidelines on methamphetamine for AOD and frontline workers. She has written numerous guidelines for specialist and frontline workers guiding responses to methamphetamine use.


PAULA ROSS is a practicing psychologist and holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She has worked in the drug and alcohol field for over 20 years and is highly regarded for her extensive experience in working with families. She has conducted research into AOD clinicians’ experience of working with families, is on the Advisory Committee of Family Drug Help at SHARC, and maintains a private practice working with individuals, couples and families with drug and alcohol and other issues.

2016 National Hepatitis Health Promotion Conference

2016 National Hepatitis Health Promotion Conference,  “Navigating the Future – Opportunities through Engagement”.

We are very pleased to advise that registrations are now open and abstracts are now invited for the conference to be held at Rydges Melbourne 19 – 20 May 2016.

The conference will explore the future health promotion response to viral hepatitis in Australia and look at how the sector workforce can maximise engagement and support people affected by viral hepatitis

 You can access further information at the conference website: http://www.hepatitisaustralia.com/health-promotion-conference-2016/

Abstracts are being sought under a number of sub themes. For further information regarding themes and to submit an abstract, please go to the website and click on the “call for abstracts” button.

Abstracts will be considered by an inter-agency selection committee. Those selected to present are required to register for the conference. Delegates may submit more than one paper, however, no more than two abstract presentations will be allocated to each individual.  We will advise of the outcome by 8thApril.

Registrations close Monday 2 May 2016

Abstracts close Friday 18 March, 2016

Any enquiries please email conference2016@hepatitisaustralia.com.

 

New Hepatitis C Treatments

Press release from the AIVL:

“People Who Use Drugs Welcome Decision to ‘Seize the Day’ on New Hepatitis C Treatments”

The Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) celebrates today’s momentous decision by the Australian Government to fund highly effective new hepatitis C treatment medications through their listing on the PBS. In making this decision the Australian Government has taken advantage of an opportunity rarely offered to governments, that is, to end a major public health epidemic by making these highly effective treatments affordable and accessible to the many thousands of Australians living with hepatitis C.

The recently released report from the Federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Hepatitis C in Australia declared in its introductory sentence that: “Hepatitis C, an infectious disease is the most prevalent blood-borne virus in Australia affecting an estimated 230,000 people.” The vast majority of people living with hepatitis C in Australia are people who inject/have injected illicit drugs.

 “Today we stand together with all Australians living with hepatitis C who have been waiting so long to welcome this news. Many people have been delaying treatment in the hope of an announcement like this that will allow people to be treated regardless of genotype and in a way that is affordable for the individual. The investment of $1 billion dollars by the Australian Government to subsidise life-saving treatments has the potential to transform the hepatitis C treatment landscape in Australia” says Annie Madden, AIVL Executive Officer.

For people living with hepatitis C, Australia is in the midst of a public crisis including a dramatic increase in serious liver disease and deaths (from liver cancer and liver failure) associated with chronic hepatitis C infection.  The number of people with at least moderate liver disease has more than doubled in the last 10 years and current hepatitis C mortality rates are estimated at almost 700 deaths per annum. Diagnosis and treatment costs associated with advanced liver disease and cancer are currently almost $80 million annually and chronic hepatitis C is now the leading indication for liver transplantation in Australia.

With extremely low levels of treatment access and uptake and a growing cohort of people with chronic hepatitis C who have been infected for 20 years or more, serious illness, liver transplantation and deaths associated with hepatitis C were set to rise significantly over the coming decade. This $1 billion dollar investment in hepatitis C treatment by the Australian Government is what was required to address this situation.

 “The new generation of hepatitis C treatments with significantly shorter treatment duration, increased tolerability, reduced medications and increased efficacy will significantly improve treatment for people with chronic hepatitis C infection. For the first time ever, we have targets agreed by all federal and state/territory health ministers for both hepatitis C prevention and treatment in the National Hepatitis C Strategy 2014-2017. Providing people living with hepatitis C with affordable access to these life-saving, new generation treatments give us a real chance at meeting the targets in the National Strategy” declared Ms Madden.

 The new generation hepatitis C treatments clear the virus in over 80-90% of people, can PREVENT CANCER and reduce mortality. We just need to ensure these ground-breaking new treatments are delivered in an appropriate way for those most affected and that we address the significant barriers to hepatitis C treatment associated with stigma, discrimination and the ongoing criminalisation of people who use illicit drugs. Currently less than 2% of people accessing NSP have ever had hepatitis C treatment.

“In addition to providing access hepatitis C treatment in tertiary care settings in hospitals, we need to be providing access to treatment in settings that present less barriers for people who inject drugs (PWID) such as community clinics connected with NSPs and primary health care settings that incorporate PWID peer support workers. Making the most of the new generation treatments will require genuine mobilisation and engagement with the main affected community and this means that peer–based drug user organisations must be central in creating those partnerships and pathways to care for people who inject drugs” concluded Ms Madden.