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Clinical Stream Lead - Addiction / Dual Diagnosis


Orygen Specialist Programs (OSP), a program of Melbourne Health, provides specialist mental health services for young people aged 15 to 25 and focuses on providing early intervention to young people with severe and complex mental illness.

Your new team

Addiction / Dual Diagnosis is an emerging stream within the evolving Orygen service system. This program will partner with young people, families / carers and the Orygen workforce to provide evidence-based best practice AOD assessments and interventions integrated into routine mental health care.

The AOD stream will have clinicians embedded within Orygen services providing secondary and primary consultation and assist in the management of AOD interventions including harm-minimisation, reduction in use withdrawal and detox. Care will be in partnership with ongoing care providers and enable opportunities for targeted interventions that can be completed within the home, sub-acute and acute environments.

The AOD stream will also establish and maintain key partnerships with external stakeholders representing Orygen within AOD networks and utilising these relationships to support collaborative care and to young people to engage with those agencies should they require their supports.

Your new role:

  • Collaboratively design, develop and deliver AOD training packages across primary and tertiary care.
  • Provide high-quality family / carer-inclusive integrated consultations.
  • Provide support, supervision, primary and secondary consultations to members of the multidisciplinary team, regarding evidence-based AOD and dual diagnosis practice principles and approaches.
  • Document and review a framework for AOD care across Orygen, engaging and collaborating with Orygen Primary, Specialist and Research programs.
  • Undertake and / or contribute to mental health and risk assessment, formulation, psychological treatment, crisis intervention, systems support for the young person, family / carers and wider system.
  • Participate in research expanding the evidence base regarding youth dual diagnosis care including innovative care trials and program evaluation.

About You:

This is a multidisciplinary role and is open to Grade 6 Registered Mental Health Nurses and Grade 5 Occupation Therapists, Social Workers and Psychologists.

  • Comprehensive experience in clinical practice within the mental health field, including young people experiencing mental health disorders.
  • Clinical experience working with young people with serious mental illness and substance use.
  • Experience and expertise in providing acute mental health care management and / or AOD management.
  • Ability to develop, implement and evaluate client-centred individual service plans, risk assessments and diagnostic formulations.
  • Knowledge of the rationale and evidence for early intervention in mental illness.

What you’ll get in return:

  • Grade 5 Allied Health or Grade 6 RPN + 10% super + salary packaging.
  • Employed by Melbourne Health under the Mental Health or Psychologists EBA.
  • Opportunity to contribute to service design and growth within youth mental health services.
  • Enjoy excellent work-life balance working in a supportive and collaborative team.
  • Further develop your leadership and skills within Orygen and be part of leading the revolution in youth mental health.

Orygen – leading the revolution

Imagine a future with unlimited potential. A future where every young person enjoys optimal mental health as they grow into adulthood. At Orygen, this is our life’s work, because we passionately believe it’s what all young people deserve.

Every step of the way, young people and families are at the heart of everything we do. Always. Through world-leading research that creates change. Through pioneering reform that delivers real-world practical solutions.

Join the revolution

If you’re keen to join Orygen and be part of our team challenging the status quo and reshaping the future for young people, apply now.
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Unless a suitable candidate is found sooner.

Orygen is dedicated to gender equality, diversity and inclusivity. We strive to continue to build a culturally safe workplace where our values underpin the way we work and our commitment to First Nations people of Australia, young people and their families, LGBTIQA+ people and CALD people. We strongly encourage applications from the First Nations people.

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