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Jobs: Health Service Manager – Sydney NSW

Health Service Manager, Level 2
Alcohol & Drug Service, St Vincent’s Hospital

 Position No: 235394
Applications Close: 24/07/2015 5:00 PM
Location: St Vincents Hospital- Darlinghurst Campus Sydney NSW
Work Type: Permanent – Full Time (Mon – Fri 38 hrs)

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated individual seeking a Full Time management role within the Stimulant Services of St Vincent’s Alcohol and Drug Service. The Stimulant Services (incorporating the Stimulant Treatment Program and “S-Check”) is a leading innovator in responding to stimulant use disorders within the drug and alcohol sector. As the Stimulant Services Manager your responsibilities include all operational, financial, and human resource management of the unit. Working within a harm minimisation framework, you will be responsible for ensuring high quality patient-centred care is delivered in a safe environment for both staff and clients. In addition, the Stimulant Services Manager will provide both clinical oversight and leadership, and drive quality improvement initiatives, clinical policy and procedure development and implementation.

St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney (SVHNS) is committed to reconciliation and encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for all advertised positions.

All applicants are required to address the Selection Criteria in their application:

Selection Criteria:

  • Personal integrity and demonstrated commitment to the Philosophy, Mission, and Values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries.
  • Postgraduate tertiary qualification in a drug and alcohol-related clinical specialty or management (or willingness to undertake the same in 12 months) or relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated financial, quality and risk management, human resource, workplace health and safety and skills within an organisational context.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and the ability to motivate, inspire and organise staff to achieve organisational, professional outcomes with the ability to work within an interdisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of pharmacotherapy treatment as part of harm minimisation approach to alcohol and drug problems.
  • Demonstrated advanced computer literacy with MS Excel, Word, email and an electronic patient record system.
  • Proven effective negotiation and communication skills (written and verbal) with a wide range of stakeholders including patients, public and network representatives.
  • Demonstrated effective time management skills and ability to prioritise competing workloads within a complex environment.

Enquiries: Jenny O’Mahony, Manager Inner City Health, 02 8382 1519 or 0418 247 178

For further information and to apply, please go to:

Jobs: Program Manager, Sydney NSW

Program Manager at NADA

Redfern, NSW

Full time – 38 hours per week

12 months contract with possibility of extension

Salary range from $76,414 to $92,670 (depending on experience) + superannuation contribution + eligibility for salary packaging

The Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) is the peak organisation for the non government alcohol and other drugs sector in NSW. Our goal is to advance and support non government alcohol and other drugs organisations in NSW to reduce the alcohol and drug related harm to individuals, families and the community.

If you have experience managing multiple projects, understand the non government alcohol and other drugs sector, and have the ability to develop and implement workforce development initiatives we would like to hear from you. The successful candidate for this position will be highly organised, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, and have ability the ability to engage with a diverse range of stakeholders.

The Position Description can be downloaded here.

Guide to Applying for NADA Positions can be downloaded here.

All applicants must:

o   Provide a cover letter as part of their application

o   Address the essential criteria outlined in the position description, detailing how they best meet the criteria

o   Provide a curriculum vitae with references.

Contact Robert Stirling or ph. 02 8113 1320 for more information.

Closing date for applications is COB Friday 24 July 2015

Jobs: CEO of NUAA – Sydney NSW

Chief Executive Officer 


Permanent Full-Time Position 

  • Are you a dedicated individual with experience and passion for making a difference to people who use and inject drugs?
  • Do you have an energetic and inclusive operational and leadership style? 
  • Do you have a proven track record in developing relationships across the community, Blood Borne Virus Sector, NSW Government and key stakeholders? 

If you answered YES to the above questions then NUAA could be a place for you to work.


The Organisation

NUAA is the state wide drug user organisation which aims to advance the rights, health and dignity of people who use and inject drugs.


The Role

Reporting to the Board of Governance, this role is responsible for leading and managing NUAA’s services and programs.   This will include:

  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisation planning, policy, development and quality improvement
  • Program, project and service delivery management
  • Advocacy, media and public relations
  • Representation, liaison and building NUAA membership
  • Financial and administrative management
  • Partnershipbuilding
  • Fundraising



For more information about the role, please contact Andrew Herning, Corporate Services Manager, on telephone (02) 8354 7300.


Salary and Conditions

Wage Range $99, 564 – $113, 141 per annum.

Attractive salary packaging and enhancements are available – as a health promotions charity NUAA can provide access to non-taxable fringe benefit salary packaging.


How to apply for this job

For all the details, download the Chief Executive Officer job pack at request an information package by calling NUAA switch on (02) 8354 7300 or e-mail,au


Closing Date

Applications close on Wednesday 10 December 2014, 5.00pm.

Interviews will be held on 16 and/or 17 December 2014.

Jobs: Teachers – OTEN Strathfield

OTEN is looking for part-time casual teachers of community services with experience in AOD and/or mental health. Opportunities for off-site marking may also be available.


Part-time Casual/Contract Teachers of Community Services

Casual Teaching

Location:  OTEN Strathfield


Selection Criteria:


  • Note: As a minimum teaching qualification, Teachers must hold the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).  From 1 July 2014, all new teachers will be required to have completed the module Address Adult LLN Skills (TAELLN411) from the TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.




  • Relevant qualifications at degree level or equivalent and experience working in a community services role in more than one of the following areas:

Mental Health, AOD, Community Development; Community Work; Welfare; Youth Work,




  • A minimum of two years’ work in community services, at least part of which has been gained within the last 18 months, relevant to the AOD and/or mental health sector, and requiring a social justice framework of practice.


If eligible you would need to complete a short course called “Teaching by Distance” which aims to provide information specific to distance learners and an understanding of marking assessment tasks and providing feedback.  There is no cost to this course and can be completed online/by distance.


Please forward a CV, copies of qualifications and any other relevant information to Leon Fernandes or call 02 9715-8456 if you have any questions.

Jobs: NSEP Workers, Western Australia


3 Positions


  1. NSEP Co-ordinator, 35 hours per week, (negotiable up to 38hrs)
  2. Youth Outreach Worker, part-time 25 hours per week
  3. Dedicated NSEP Worker, 35 hours per week, (negotiable up to 38hrs)



The Western Australian Substance Users Association (WASUA) is a state-wide, peer based community organisation that aims to improve the health and social circumstances of people who use both licit and illicit substances in WA. Programs and services are delivered within a social health and community development framework underpinned by harm reduction and peer education. Services include a fixed site Needle Syringe Exchange Program (NSEP) in Perth & Bunbury, mobile NSEP in the South West, Health Clinic, Drug Treatment & Referral Service, Safe Disposal, Community Education & Hepatitis C Resource Project, Opioid Pharmacotherapy Advocacy & Complaints Service (ORPACS), Outreach NSEP program, Peer-administered Naloxone & Overdose Prevention and Management programs, Aboriginal Community Engagement team etc.


WASUA is an accredited agency against the WANADA Standard on Culturally Secure Practice (AOD).



NSEP Co-ordinator

WASUA is seeking a full-time (35 hours per week), suitably qualified worker to manage the Perth fixed site NSEP and NSEP team. The successful candidate will be part of the WASUA Management Team and have leadership and supervision skills & experience, an understanding of harm reduction and sound knowledge of the issues related to injecting & illicit drug use, excellent organisational & administrative skills and a commitment to consumer focused service provision and continuous quality improvement.Salary is in accordance with the Federal SCHCDS Industry Award Level 7/8 range, commensurate with experience (salary packaging is available).


Youth Outreach Worker

WASUA is seeking a part-time (25 hours per week), suitably qualified worker for the Outreach Team. The successful candidate will have an understanding of harm reduction, a sound knowledge and understanding of the issues related to injecting & illicit drug use as experienced by young people, hepatitis C and other BBV’s, education/training & resource development, excellent interpersonal skills including community development, computer competency & report writing skills and a current drivers’ license. Salary is in accordance with the Federal SCHCDS Industry Award Level 5 range, commensurate with experience (salary packaging is available).



Dedicated NSEP Worker

WASUA is seeking a full-time (35 hours per week), suitably qualified worker for the NSEP Team. The successful candidate will work on the Perth fixed site NSEP and have an understanding of harm reduction, a sound knowledge and understanding of the issues related to injecting & illicit drug use, hepatitis C and other BBV’s, education/training & resource development, excellent customer service and interpersonal skills including community development, computer competency & report writing skills and a current drivers’ license. Salary is in accordance with the Federal SCHCDS Industry Award Level 5 range, commensurate with experience (salary packaging is available).



For a copy of the application package/s please contact Gari-Emma Parry at WASUA on (08) 9321 2877 or email For more information regarding the positions please contact Louise Grant at WASUA on (08) 9321 2877 or email


Only those that address the selection criteria provided in the application package will be considered.


WASUA is prepared to negotiate hours with the right applicant


Applications close on Monday 27th October 2014. WASUA is an equal opportunity employer.

Jobs: Manager, Harm Minimisation – Sydney


Position Title Manager, Harm Minimisation Program

(HSM Level 2) F/T

Reference Number 207505
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Entity Sydney Local Health District
Geographical Location Redfern
Advertised Award/Classification Health Service Manager (Level 2)
Salary $86,451.00 – $102,538.00
Contact Person Judy Pearson
Contact Number 0425 288 568
Closing Date 03/10/2014


Purpose of Position       

  • Manage delivery of frontline clinical services of the Needle Syringe Program (including primary and secondary service delivery) across Sydney Local Health District in line with Ministry of Health policy and guidelines and evidence based practice
  • Manage human and financial resources
  • Develop strategic and annual business plans for the service
  • Coordinate management of health promotion programs targeting consumers and the community
  • Manage contentious issues relating to service delivery and escalate as appropriate
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders including Ministry of Health; SLHD clinical services; government and non-government organisations; peak bodies; community

Selection Criteria

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience
  • Demonstrated experience in the application of harm minimisation principles as they relate to injecting drug use, and understanding of relevant National and State policies.
  • Demonstrated experience in operationally managing programs across multiple sites including strong human, financial and physical resource management experience
  • Demonstrated experience in development and implementation of strategic, business and operational plans with experience in monitoring and evaluating outcomes
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal and written communication skills with experience managing partnerships with government, non-government and community sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience working with diverse cultural communities including Aboriginal communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of projects including health promotion programs and innovation / service enhancement.
  • Unrestricted NSW driver’s licence (P2 licence is acceptable)

This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children’s Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website






The SLHD vision is “To Achieve Excellence in Healthcare for All”.  This embeds concepts of patient and family centred care, equity, health improvement, timeliness and efficiency, recognising that evidence-based service delivery requires highly skilled and valued staff supported by research, education and state-of-the-art technologies.


The SLHD goals focus on patients, staff, community and the need for excellence in services, education, research and organisational support. Central to the District’s workplace culture are the “CORE Values” articulated by the NSW Ministry of Health in our Code of Conduct.


As an employee of SLHD you will be expected to uphold and promote these important CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment which inform every aspect of the District’s activities. These CORE values build upon the public sector values of integrity, trust, service and accountability.


For more information please go to:


Jobs: AOD Counsellor, Victoria (Dandenong)

The Salvation Army Positive Lifestyle Counselling Services (PLCS) provides professional and confidential alcohol and drug counselling and support to mainly clients within the criminal justice system. Clients are referred through DTO’s, CISP, CREDIT, Diversion, Corrections, CCO’s, DHS, DH, Court Chaplains and solicitors.

PLCS also provides intensive counselling and support for those affected by a history of trauma and abuse including anxiety and depression.

A position has become available at our Dandenong office for an experienced AOD counsellor for three days per week (including after hours – Wednesday 12:00-8:00pm). Applicants must have at least two years experience working with forensic clients, have tertiary level qualifications and possess the minimum AOD skill set to work in the AOD sector. The position is competitively remunerated and comes with access to salary packaging.

This is a fixed term contract until June 30, 2015 with the possibility of further work beyond this period.

Applicants must include a CV, application form and covering letter addressing the Job Competencies as in the job description, available by emailing

To further discuss the position, please contact Darrell Hinga on (03) 9794 9533.

Send completed applications, including all required documents to Darrell Hinga at or Positive Lifestyle Counselling Services, PO Box 7302 Dandenong, 3075 by Friday 15 August 2014.

This position is subject to a reference check and a police check.

Jobs: Quitline Counsellor, Sydney

If you have great people skills, are motivated by smoking cessation, harm reduction and client-centred practice, then Quitline would love to hear from you.

Alcohol and Drug Clinicians to work as a NSW Quitline Advisor

  • Fixed term (minimum 6 months), Part  time positions
  • 16 to 32 hours per week

St Vincent’s Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service is a long standing centre for excellence providing drug health specialist assistance in a range of face to face treatment clinics and harm reduction by educating, advising and referring the public via telephone and web services. It is well reputed as a training ground for professional health workers in the Alcohol and Drug field.

We are looking for clinicians keen to work across our services. This recruitment round is for staff for the NSW Quitline which works to help people quit smoking tobacco…and stay quit.

If you are energetic, qualified and keen to reduce the harms caused by smoking, we would be happy to welcome you to our friendly team. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island Health Workers are encouraged to apply. We also welcome bilingual applicants.

The successful applicants would work rotating shift rosters. NSW Quitline requires you to be a non-smoker.

Please read these criteria carefully. You will be contacted to discuss your application if you have responded to all the following criteria.

Essential Criteria:

  • Appropriate health qualification and registration
  • Demonstrated awareness of alcohol and drug issues
  • Demonstrated awareness of smoking cessation issues
  • Demonstrated knowledge of harm reduction when working with clients
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer literacy skill (minimum intermediate level)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of working with a database
  • Demonstrated interest in working as a team member
  • Demonstrated interest in professional development
  • Demonstrated knowledge of alcohol and drug issues in culturally diverse communities.
  • Immunisation history complies with NSW Health Policy Directive PD2011_005.
  • The Philosophy, Mission and Values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries

Desirable criteria:

  • Counselling experience.
  • People from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background encouraged to apply
  • Experience working with alcohol and drug dependent people in a specialist or non specialist setting.
  • Demonstrated high level computer skills, at least with Microsoft Office.
  • Call Centre/ telecommunications experience.
  • Smoking cessation related work experience.
  • Current NSW drivers licence.

David Lester, Manager, Phone: (02) 8382 1055

Application Instructions:
Applicants are requested to apply online and to address the selection criteria.
Please address your application to: David Lester, Manager.

Jobs: Executive Officer

Executive Officer, Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA)

Expressions of Interest are Invited

Appointment: Part-time
Salary level: Total remuneration package in the vicinity of $110,000 p.a. pro rata
Responsible to: The Directors of ATCA
Closing date: Friday 25 July 2014


The Australasian Therapeutic Communities Association (ATCA) currently represents forty-one members (including organisations and individuals), and they in turn manage 65 Therapeutic Communities (TCs) across Australia and New Zealand. These services employ more than one thousand members of staff in a variety of residential and non-residential services, in community and prison settings, and treat over 9,000 people annually as well as providing additional critical services such as detoxification units, family support programs, child care facilities, exit housing and outreach services to a further 23,000 annually.   Therefore, ATCA represents services which provide treatment to more than 32,000 people on an annual basis.

TCs are a proven model of effective treatment for a range of issues, including substance use and mental health, and have been shown to be especially effective for people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) conditions and those affected by chronic substance dependency.

ATCA was established in 1986, and from then until 2006, functioned largely as a voluntary association managed by an elected Board comprising CEOs and other Directors from TCs across Australia. Between 1986 and 2005, the Association provided support and peer reviews to 26 Therapeutic Community programs across Australia and New Zealand to ensure that TCs were operating within a quality framework and to ensure the fidelity of the TC model, which had been part of the Australian treatment landscape since the early 1970s with the establishment of the WHOS program and The Buttery in NSW, Odyssey House in NSW and Victoria, Killara House on the NSW/Victorian border and Karralika in the ACT.

In New Zealand, CareNZ had its beginning with the establishment of the National Society of Drug Dependence in 1954, Odyssey House was established in both Christchurch and Auckland in 1977 and Higher Ground in Auckland in 1984.

In 2006, the Association received a grant from the Australian Government Department of Health & Ageing (DoHA) which facilitated the establishment of the ATCA Secretariat.

Since the Secretariat’s inception ATCA membership has increased by 58 percent from 26 members to 41 members, and the number of TCs and other services which of member agencies provide, has also increased significantly.  Attendance at ATCA conferences and training symposia has grown by more than 100 percent.   The Secretariat has successfully contributed to the advancement of the sector in five key areas; treatment, education, support, research and governance, as well as developing quality standards and training for its members.

With the impending retirement of the current executive officer (EO), ATCA is seeking to appoint a successor who will continue the philosophy, ethos and direction of ATCA, continue to develop and support the membership and promote the TC method of treatment to governments, stakeholders and the community.

Position overview

  1. Duration of employment – the position is offered for an initial 12 month period.  A further contract may be entered into between the parties, dependent upon mutual satisfaction of job performance, with reference to the Key Performance Indicators.  Extension of the contract will also be subject to ongoing funding being available.
  1. Hours of work – this is a .5 position (38 hours per fortnight). These hours may be worked flexibly in accord with the needs of the project.  Any work required to be carried out beyond the 38 hours per fortnight allocated will require the approval of the ATCA Chairperson or the relevant Board Sub Committee.
  1. Location – work from home provisions are available in line with the ATCA working from home policy and procedure guidelines.
  1. Lines of Authority – to the Chairperson ATCA and in turn the ATCA Board of Management.



As part of the employment package offered to staff of ATCA, part of the salary will be paid as a non-salary fringe benefit.  The value of this benefit is $611.51 per fortnight.


Superannuation is paid at the rate of 9.5% to a nominated fund.


An Annual Leave entitlement of 76 hours paid leave per annum is paid to an equivalent full time position (ie: 38 hours per fortnight).

Sick Leave – also pro rata, nominally 38 hours paid per annum cumulative for five years but not payable on termination.


During the course of employment with ATCA the EO may become acquainted with or have access to Confidential Information such as financial information, donation amounts, client names, addresses and phone numbers.  Confidentiality must be maintained with regard to this information and prevent its unauthorised disclosure to or, use by, any other person, firm, company or organisation. Confidential Information must not be used for any purpose other than for the benefit of ATCA during or after a period of employment with ATCA.  Staff must not remove any of the confidential information from the premises of ATCA without the written consent of ATCA Board or the Chairperson.


Any and all information gathered and disseminated as part of the Executive Officers role remains the property of ATCA and is not to be used in any other position that the Executive Officer might hold in the future or concurrent positions outside of the Association.


Four weeks notice required, other than by mutual agreement or in the case of dismissal.


The Executive Officer is accountable to the Board of ATCA for all the operational activities undertaken by ATCA.  He/she oversees a small office and staff and is responsible for implementing the strategic direction and policies established by the ATCA Board of Management.

This position requires a person with knowledge of Therapeutic Communities and an understanding of the TC model of treatment.


  1. Responsibilities and Accountabilities


The primary responsibilities of the position are to:

  • Effectively establish the organisation nationally and provide effective leadership to support its vision and values and ensure it is appropriately managed to deliver on its strategic objectives and key priorities


  • Provide strong leadership and vision to create a supportive relationship with members which is flexible, consultative and accountable in its approach and characterised by effective team work, open and honest communication and a strong commitment to good customer service and delivering the best outcomes for those it serves


  • Advocate, negotiate and effectively represent the ATCA at senior levels across government and the broader health sector


  • Work closely with the Board to ensure the organisation is effectively governed and that strategic plans are implemented to achieve its core objectives


  • Provide leadership to the sector through the development of relevant policy and strategic plans, produce discussion papers, participate in key working groups, oversee any projects undertaken by the ATCA and provide forums for consultation regarding key issues


  • Oversee rigorous processes and systems to ensure accountability, particularly in regard to financial and contract management.


  1. Duties


The Executive Officer is responsible for ensuring that ATCA performs in the following key areas:


  1. Representation of the Therapeutic Community in the AOD sector to governments and key decision making bodies.


  1. Representation of the Therapeutic Community in the AOD sector to the broad community


  1. Information provision and brokerage aimed at improving the quality of Therapeutic Community services in the areas of treatment, research, education, and support


  1. The development of consultation and democratic processes aimed at accurately reflecting the views of the ATCA and interested parties


  1. The management and development of ATCA’s organisational structures, staffing and financial accountability


For further information and enquiries please contact:

Dr Lynne Magor-Blatch

T: 0422 904 040


P: PO Box 464

Yass NSW 2582


Jobs: Dual Diagnosis Clinician – Victoria


Full-Time Position

Make a difference for young people and their families

For six years, the Family Eclipse Program has been working with young people experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use problems, and with their families. A recent evaluation of the program found significant improvements in family functioning, mental health, quality of life and social relationships, together with a decrease in family stress in those who participated in the program. This is an exciting opportunity to join our small, dynamic and supportive team at Odyssey House Victoria based in Richmond. Details about Odyssey House Victoria can be found at

The Family Eclipse Program is funded by Department of Social Services (DSS). We are seeking a suitably qualified and experienced clinician to fill a full-time, fixed term vacancy until the current contract expires in December 2014. It is anticipated that funding will continue for a further 5 years, however, any contract extension is subject to continued project funding.

A salary ranging from $62 – 71,000 plus superannuation and attractive salary packaging is negotiable depending on qualifications, skills and experience. Applicants must address’ key selection criteria to be considered.

A position description and the online application is available at

Applications close 5pm, Monday June 16th. Please address online application letter C/O Program Manager: Odyssey Community Services.