Jobs – Clinical Director, South Austraila

Clinical Director, Drug & Alcohol Services South Australia (DASSA)

 DASSA is looking for an esteemed medical consultant with superior skills and experience in addiction medicine to fill the role of Clinical Director. An individual with well-developed networks in the alcohol and drug field including links to academic institutions and a track record of published research would be well regarded.

While reporting to the Deputy Chief Executive, System Performance and Service Delivery, SA Health, the appointee will work in partnership with the State Director, DASSA, on a day to day basis.  This role will contribute to the achievement of relevant key performance indicators and strategic and operational deliverables for government operated alcohol and other drug treatment services for South Australia. Operationally, the Clinical Director will be responsible for the overall management and operation of clinical services and infrastructure across DASSA, including inpatient and outpatient services.

It is essential that the Clinical Director has a high level of knowledge of state, national and international drug policy and an understanding of the legislation and the structural mechanisms, which impact on drug related harm in South Australia. The position will also provide significant state-wide clinical leadership, particularly with the ongoing implementation of the DASSA model of care.

Highly developed communication skills with an exceptional degree of initiative with proven ability to develop innovative solutions to organisational issues and operational practices is required. Proven ability and experience in public speaking and media communication skills are also key to the success of this role.

DASSA has a well-established clinical governance framework and this role is the clinical lead and Chair of the DASSA Clinical Executive Committee.  Importantly, DASSA maintains a high level of transparency and accountability to internal and external stakeholders. The Clinical Director is an ex-officio member of the Community Advisory Council, a strategic committee for clients, carers and community to participate in the development, implementation and evaluation of DASSA programs and broader policy.

Through providing advice to the Minister for Mental Health and Substance Abuse and membership on the SA Health Safety and Quality Strategic Governance Committee, the Clinical Director has a significant opportunity to provide high level advice and influence to ensure drug and alcohol policy service delivery initiatives are appropriately prioritised.

Since 2003, DASSA has worked with the University of Adelaide to operate the DASSA World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Research in the Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Problems. The Centre has developed project and research based collaborations with many overseas organisations interested in evidence based treatment. In addition, the Centre provides valued support to the Cochrane Collaborative Review Group on Drugs and Alcohol. Up to 0.3 FTE of the Clinical Director role can be dedicated to further the achievements of the Centre.

Employment Terms: A competitive salary and flexible on-boarding arrangement including relocation and accommodation support will be negotiated with the successful candidate. In addition, from October 2016, there will be the option for this role to undertake private practice arrangements.

 For a confidential discussion, please contact Principal Search Consultant, Chris Thorburn
m: +61 (0) 407 620 918 e:

To obtain selection documentation please email quoting Ref No. H16_2320.

Applications Close: Friday 29th July 2016