Category Archives: Positions Vacant

Jobs: Community Health Worker, Victoria

Community Health Worker – Health Works

12 month Fixed Term contract, Part time (32 hours per week, 4 days X 8 hours per day)

“To create healthy and connected communities in Melbourne’s West through the delivery of high quality, accessible community and health services.”
The Western Region Health Centre (WRHC) provides a range of health and community support services and are committed to innovation and quality in all we do.

Western Region Health Centre is a non-for-profit organisation in Melbourne’s west which provides a broad range of services including community and allied health, medical, dental, counselling, support, and outreach. Our programs and services, addressing specific individual and community needs, actively cater for clients with a range of abilities and cultural backgrounds.

Health Works, a program of the Western Region Health Centre, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people who inject drugs in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The service provides a range of programs including:
• a needle and syringe program which provides people who use drugs with new injecting equipment
• a drug safety worker who provides education and health promotion activities for people who use drugs
• a Cambodian, Lao, Vietnamese worker who works with these communities to foster a greater understanding of harm reduction
• a community education worker who raises harm reduction issues with the broader community
• a health care team, who provide holistic health services to people who inject drugs
The Community Health Worker role involves the delivery of clinical (including first aid and post-test counselling for blood borne viruses) and non-clinical primary care services to people who inject drugs. Community Health Workers are part of a multidisciplinary team that works alongside clients to address their health needs in a holistic manner.

We are seeking a committed and experienced individual to undertake the role of a Community Health Worker in the Health Care Team. The successful applicant will ideally have experience working in a complex health setting. It is expected he/she would have a working knowledge of harm reduction, the social model of health and BBV/STIs, particularly hepatitis C and HIV. A lived experience of injecting drug use is desirable. This position is fixed for one year.

• Tertiary Qualification in a relevant discipline (i.e. Social Work, Psychology, Alcohol and other Drug Studies, Community Development), or other relevant professional or personal experience
• Experience of working with people who inject drugs and have complex needs
• Knowledge of and a commitment to community health principles and practices and a sound understanding of harm reduction. In particular, issues relating to injecting drug use, blood borne viruses, health care access and other health care risks
• A sensitivity to and understanding of the issues and needs of people from culturally and linguistically (CALD) communities who inject drugs
• Commitment to teamwork and a collaborative approach to service delivery
• Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills
• High level or computer literacy, including word processing and database skills and hold a current driver’s licence

Wages and Conditions: Community Health Centre (Stand Alone Services) Multi Employer Certified Agreement 2005 – As Varied 24 May 2011, classification Community Development Worker Class 2B (year dependant on experience). Attractive salary packaging with the option to salary package meals/entertainment and also venue hire (e.g. holiday accommodation) over the threshold, as well as FBT free items. This role offers a supportive team environment and flexible work arrangements to ensure a work life balance.

For a position description please visit our website at or for further queries, please contact Human Resources at .

Closing date for applications is Sunday 16th December 2012 at 5pm.
Please submit your application via email to , to the attention of Bernadette Suter and include:
• current resume
• covering letter
• a separate response to the Key Selection Criteria (located within the position description) – please note that applications will not be considered without this

A pre-employment criminal record check is mandatory.

WRHC is an equal opportunity employer.

Jobs: Case Worker, Coffs Harbour





Title:               Case Worker – MERIT Program Coffs Harbour

Location:      Mid North Coast, Coffs Harbour

Hours:                       Permanent Part Time – up to 32 hours per week


Permanent part time, up to 32 hours per week. The Magistrate’s Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) Program is a program aimed at breaking the drug cycle; reducing crime associated with illicit drug and alcohol use. The MERIT Program Case Worker operates within a multidisciplinary team environment as part of the Upper Hunter Drug & Alcohol Services Inc. based in their Coffs Harbour office.


Award: NSW Social, Community, Home Care and Disability  Services Industry Award 2010 – Grade dependent on qualifications and experience.


Selection Criteria




2.1       Relevant tertiary qualifications in health, science, social, education, behavioural

            sciences or equivalent.

2.2       Demonstrated understanding of contemporary methods of drug and alcohol client

            service delivery.

2.3       Demonstrated capacity to provide written reports, assessment, case management and

            co-ordinate care to clients referred to the MERIT Program.

2.4       Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

2.5       Demonstrated organisational and time management skills, strong interpersonal


2.6       Demonstrated oral and written communication skills including report writing.

2.7       Experience working with multicultural, Aboriginal and CALD communities with

            strong cultural awareness, empathy and understanding of a wide and diverse


2.8       Sound computer and typing skills.

2.9       Current driver’s licence.

2.10    Understanding of and commitment to Equity, Workplace Health and Safety and

            Quality Improvement.



2.11    Experience in facilitating groups.

2.12    Experience in the Criminal Justice system as it applies to the Local Court.

2.13    Experience in working with a variety of health and welfare settings.


Closing Date:                                  Friday 30 November, 2012

Enquiries contact:                Libby George (02) 6543 2677

For Position Description:     email

Send applications:                by email (above) or post

Postal address:                                 PO Box 370, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333


Selection Criteria must be addressed to be considered. Standard background/criminal checks will apply for the successful applicant


Jobs: Research Fellow, Victoria

Research Fellow

Turning Point Alcohol and Drugs
Temporary Full TimeResearch Fellow
Population Health Research
Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre

Population Health Research at Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre is looking for a Research Fellow to join the team, and undertake complex research examining alcohol-related harms at a population level.

This person will be responsible for undertaking quantitative research across projects, with support from senior researchers. The successful applicant will be required to undertake complex quantitative
analysis, and to contribute substantially to a range of other research tasks including ethics committee submissions, literature reviews, and the drafting of scientific articles, reports, and publications.

The successful applicant will bring:

• Tertiary qualifications in any relevant field
• Well developed quantitative research skills
• Strong organisational and planning skills
• Experience in research, preferably in health
• Capacity to work as part of a team and autonomously
• An interest in building a career in health research

Applicants are advised to include a written response to the key selection
criteria identified in the position description available at

Enquiries to be directed to Dr Belinda Lloyd, email to or Sharon Matthews, (03) 9412 9959 or email to

Applications Close: 16/11/2012

Jobs: Service Coordinator – Methadone to Abstinence Residential Service, NSW

WHOS (We Help Ourselves)

Service Coordinator – Methadone to Abstinence Residential Service


WHOS operates a Therapeutic Community residential treatment of opioid dependence withdrawal program WHOS MTAR,

for individuals seeking reduction and withdrawal from their opioid substitution treatment (OST).


We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic and motivated person to provide service coordination for the range of WHOS OST

withdrawal residential services under the direction of the manager.


The role includes team leadership, service coordination and case management duties, routine activity reports in relation to established KPIs,

and assisting the manager in the carrying out of the aims and objectives of the service.


Essential Criteria

  • Recognised qualification in AOD and Mental Health or equivalent degree
  • Sound knowledge of harm reduction strategies
  • Sound knowledge of opioid substitution treatment
  • Demonstrated experience in mental health work
  • A current NSW drivers licence, Current 1st Aid certificate
  • Computer literacy and word processing skills



  • Minimum 3 years experience in the AOD field with expertise in assessment, referral, group work and case management
  • Experience working in a therapeutic community



Remuneration under the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010.


An application package can be obtained from: WHOS MTAR Manager, Lyn Roberts (02) 85-727-461 or by email request to


Applications close: 24th September, 2012

Jobs: AOD Counsellor, Victoria

Experienced AOD Counsellor (forensic and voluntary)

Two positions: 12 month contract

Odyssey House offers a range of treatment options to individuals affected by substance use.


Two Positions are available with the Odyssey Community Services. Both positions will provide therapeutic interventions to individuals affected by substance use many of whom have co-occurring mental health conditions.


  • One position will operate within the Kildonan Stronger Families (SF) team.  The position will also provide secondary consultation and advice to the Stronger Families team. This is a new position to trial an integrated service delivery model to clients referred from child protection services. The work is expected to be outreach with a client load of 4-6 at any one time.  (.6 EFT)
  • The other position provides Counseling Consultancy and Continuing Care (CCCC) to adults referred through ACSO or who are voluntary. This role is located with Odyssey Community services (1.0 EFT).


We are seeking applicants interested in either one of these roles or in job sharing arrangements, for example, a full time position incorporating the role at Kildonan and part of the CCCC’s role. Please note that the role located at Kildonan cannot be divided.


The ideal candidates will have relevant qualifications (as outlined in the position description), along with experience working with clients from diverse backgrounds and complex AOD presentations.  We are seeking experienced professionals in providing high standard therapeutic interventions, assessment, treatment planning, report writing, and a capacity to work collaboratively with others.

Please refer to the position descriptions for details:

  • AOD CCCC Clinician and Advanced AOD Clinician (Kildonan/Odyssey)


¾     Attractive salary package, dependent upon position and experience.

¾       Odyssey House Victoria provides ongoing professional development and clinical supervision.

¾       Applications must address the key selection criteria in covering letter; include a CV and provide two referees.

¾       Applications should be made on line and a position description is available at

¾       For more information contact Miranda Manning, Manager Community Service Programs (03) 9420 7610.

Closing date for applications is17th September, 5pm.

Jobs: AOD Registered Nurse, Victoria

ReGen is the lead alcohol and other drugs (AOD) treatment and education agency of UnitingCare Victoria and Tasmania. In June 2012 we changed our name from UnitingCare Moreland Hall to UnitingCare ReGen to give people a better idea of who we are, what we do and how we work.

Our purpose is to promote health and reduce alcohol and other drugs (AOD)-related harm.  We recognise that AOD use may not be the only issue that our clients are dealing with and we provide individualised treatment, education and support to enhance their lives and reduce harm.  In combination with our workforce training and public advocacy, we support social justice and sustainable change at an individual, community and systemic level.

We are currently have an opportunity for a Registered Nurse to join our adult residential withdrawal team on either a part time or casual basis. Details can be found on our website at

Jobs: Project Officer, Victoria



(SCHADS Award range $56,482 – $62,000 pro rata 0.8)

This varied position is an exciting opportunity to develop in an emerging field of work. You will provide project support in working towards advancement of the alcohol and other drugs sector. We require previous project management experience or relevant qualifications, outstanding interpersonal & organisational skills and attention to detail.


For further information and Job Description see or contact Merissa at or (03) 9412 5600


Closing date for all applications:  C.O.B  Friday 7/09/12

Jobs: Case Manager, NSW

Position Details

Reference Number 95951
Position Title Case Manager (Allied Health Level 1/2) – Fairfield Enhanced Care Team – Temp F/T
Employment Status Temporary Full Time (up to 28/06/2013)
Entity South Western Sydney Local Health District
Geographical Location Fairfield
Award Classification:  

Dependent on qualifications

Salary: $1,040.90 – $1,508.00
Number of FTE: 1.00
Purpose of Position: The purpose of the Case Manager, Fairfield Enhanced Care Team (FECT), is to increase the capacity of the primary care sector (GPs and Pharmacies) to provide drug treatment services in the Fairfield Local Government Area (LGA).


The case manager will provide case management to clients in shared care participating in the Fairfield Enhanced Care Program, at sites including Fairfield and Liverpool Drug Health Services as well as at various general practitioner (GP) offices and pharmacies throughout the Fairfield LGA.


Selection Criteria:  

Qualifications in relevant discipline with relevant registration or professional membership if required

Understanding of the health issues facing drug users and the contemporary treatment approaches to addressing these

Demonstrated ability to deliver case management to patients with drug and alcohol issues

Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to harm minimisation philosophy

Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team

Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills including skills in using the Office suite of software

A current NSW drivers Licence (P2 Licence acceptable)


Contact Person Judy Pearson
Contact Number 0425 288 568
Closing Date 31/08/2012

Jobs: Adult Drug Court, NSW

The Liverpool Adult Drug Court Team is seeking an enthusiastic team member to fill a temporary full-time position within the South Western Sydney Local Health District.  Please see below for a brief job description.  On-line applications and full position descriptions can be found at the NSW Government Health website.  The position is based within Adult Drug Court Program – Drug Health Services located at George Street Liverpool.

All telephone enquiries can be forwarded to Patrick Leahy, A/Manager Court Diversion Programs on 0425 330 381 or Stephanie Hocking, Team Leader on 0417 323 183.




Position Details


Reference Number: 94826
Position Title: Clinician- Social Worker/Counsellor/Welfare Officer (Level 1/2) or Registered Psychologist – ADC Program – Temp F/T
Employment Status: Temporary Full Time (up to 05/04/2013)
Entity: South Western Sydney Local Health District
Geographical Location: Liverpool
Award Classification:  

Dependent on qualifications

Number of FTE : 1.00
Purpose of Position:
Provide assessments, evidence based interventions, case management and co-ordination of clinical and welfare interventions to Adult Drug Court (ADC) clients. Provide written and oral reports for clients who remain under Court supervision throughout the program. Support the clinical operations of Court Diversion Programs across the LHD.


  Temp F/T Maternity Leave Relief up to 5th April 2013 with a possible extension up to a further 12mths.
Selection Criteria : • Relevant qualifications and appropriate registration or membership to Professional Association (as required)

• Clinical skills in assessment, case management and counselling

• Knowledge of the harm reduction approach to drug and alcohol problems and demonstrated experience in the provision of interventions with drug dependent clients.

• High quality communication skills including the provision of quality written reports within a given timeframe.

• Demonstrated organisational and administrative competence including basic computer literacy and time management skills.

• Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as within a multidisciplinary team.

• Unrestricted NSW drivers licence (P2 licence acceptable).

Contact Person: Patrick Leahy
Contact Number: 0425330381
Closing Date: 31/08/2012

Jobs: Aboriginal Social Emotional and Wellbeing Worker, NSW




            An Aboriginal person (as defined by the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983) means a person who:

            (a) is member of the Aboriginal race of Australia, and

            (b) identifies as an Aboriginal person, and

            (c) is accepted by the Aboriginal community as an Aboriginal person

            This is in accordance with Part 9A, Section 122J of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977.

Status:                                    Permanent full-time, 38 hours per week, 3 year contract

Classification:                        Award; NSW Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award                         2010 – Grade dependent on qualifications and experience.

Organisation:             The Social Emotional Wellbeing Worker Project is managed by Upper Hunter Drug and                                    Alcohol Service Inc., funded by Coal & Allied (ADCC) and BHP Billiton Mt Arthur Coal


1.      Purpose of position:

The Aboriginal SEWB position aims to strengthen Aboriginal families and communities in the Upper Hunter Valley by building skills and commitment to protect and benefit children and young people; encouraging access to education and employment and contributing to better access to quality health care.


Selection Criteria:


1.1               Willing to undertake University enrolment to commence (or continue if already enrolled) studies in Bachelor of Health (Mental Health); or Associate Degree in Health Science (Mental Health); or Certificate in Health Science (Mental Health) to achieve the position’s requirements including a commitment to gaining relevant qualifications and experience for the duration of the Traineeship (with the support of an academic mentor).

1.2               Demonstrated organisational and time management skills, strong interpersonal skills.

1.3               Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.

1.4               Awareness of the issues and challenges Aboriginal people face in relation to alcohol and other drug issues, including an understanding of harm minimisation.

1.5               Sound computer and typing skills.

1.6               Current driver’s licence.

1.7               Understanding of and commitment to Equity, Workplace Health and Safety and Quality Improvement.

1.8               Demonstrated ability to empathise with a wide and diverse community.

1.9               Some experience within an alcohol or other drug treatment environment.

1.10           Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal people.

1.11           Demonstrated ability to work in a team.


1.12           Demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture


Application Closing Date: Friday 7th September, 2012

Enquiries and Position Description: Libby George (02) 6543 2677 or Email:

Forward applications electronically by email or to: PO Box 370, Muswellbrook, NSW 2333.  Only applications addressing the above selection criteria and confirmation of Aboriginality will be considered.  Standard background/criminal checks will apply for the successful applicant.

Important: Aboriginal Identified Position; applicants must be of Aboriginal descent through parentage, identification as being Aboriginal and accepted in the community as such.  Aboriginality is a genuine occupational qualification for this position and is authorised under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act.