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Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs Coordinator

Drug ARM

Position Overview 

We seeking a person with Lived/Living experience as the Project Coordinator who has first-hand experience of AOD and MH issues and recovery (as a consumer) and importantly, the ability to apply in practice the learning and knowledge gained through their experience. The position will collaboratively work with Brisbane South PHN, AMHS, service providers, including primary care, to build capacity and capability and identify and address barriers to service access. 

The Coordinator will:

  • Identify priority areas and outcomes with a primary focus of systems-level change.
  • Engage in a co-design process with people who have lived/living experience of accessing the health system with substance use and mental health concerns and commissioned service providers.
  • Help practitioners to effectively identify support needs, understand referral pathways and assist with participant readiness for AOD supports where there is co-occurring AOD use and mental illness.
  • Create a project plan, which identifies the sequences and the activities required to establish the project in line with the contract Schedule, identifying program deliverables, partnerships and resources required and align the project plan and activities accordingly.
  • Regularly review the project schedule with Drug ARM and the project governance committee.
  • Drive the implementation of an action learning approach for continuous improvement, guided by the project governance committee.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with existing consumer networks, ensuring the inclusion of consumers’ and carers’ views, perspective and experience is embedded into service development initiatives and activities. 
  • Implement the project in line with the project logic and monitor progress.
  • Increase the profile of lived/living experience led work, increase representation of lived/living experience in co-ordination, evaluation and decision making within commissioned providers, influencing and contributing to systems change.

Project Overview

The project aims to guide, inform and design a response that will improve outcomes for people with a lived/ Living experience of AOD/MH. This will include a system level approach to driving service integration and positive engagement with people who have co-occurring AOD and MH concerns. The project aims to reduce system fragmentation between AOD and MH service providers, reduce stigma and discrimination through relationship building, raising awareness, influencing systems, and building capacity and capability across commissioned programs and primary healthcare systems (including General Practice).

The project approach will recognise that people with a lived/living experience of substance use and co-occurring mental health issues are a central part of identifying and developing solutions to address system issues and fragmentation including stigma and discrimination, and support the development of an integrated and more seamless approach.

The project will be supported by an AOD lived/living experience practitioner acting as a systems-level connector.

With any further enquiries contact Katie Farmer on 07 3620 8801.

A full application pack is available below.

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