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Alcohol & Other Drugs Nurses

Youth Support + Advocacy Service
  • Generous Salary Packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program available
  • Fixed-term until June 2023
  • Full time (76 hours per fortnight)
  • Remuneration Registered Nurse level 4 dependent on qualifications and experience + 10 % Employer superannuation.
  • Abbotsford and Sunshine locations.

About us

Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is one of Australia’s largest and most comprehensive, youth specific community service organisation that enables young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

YSAS is a Child Safe organisation. We actively promote the safety and wellbeing of young people, and are committed to protecting young people from harm or abuse who come into contact with and/or access our service. Applicants must undergo rigorous screening and recruitment processes, including providing evidence of current WWCC and National Police Check.

About the position

YSAS is working in partnership with Drummond Street and Odyssey to deliver the Care Coordination Platform across the northwest region of Melbourne, funded by the North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN).

The Platform is based on evidence informed therapeutic process and intersectional practice aimed at increasing the engagement and improving AOD treatment outcomes for specific young people and families from diverse backgrounds and identities. The Intersectional Care Coordination Platform recognises the need to privilege cultural and intersectional knowledge and competence within therapeutic service and practice decision making. It also puts at the centre the primacy of family as a setting for both risk and protective factors for problematic patterns of AOD use, but also its importance as fundamental to support recovery. First Nations People, LGBTIQ+ people, people with disability, people of colour, public housing residents or people with a lived experience are encouraged to apply.

The role of the AOD Nurse is to provide evidence-informed AOD treatment and collaborative primary health care to young people, using brief interventions, harm reduction and trauma informed frameworks. This position plays an important role in the provision of a comprehensive integrated and intersectional primary health care to young people. It has the overall objective of providing optimal primary health care to young people accessing support across the North West region. The duties of the position include managing community based withdrawal, screening, assessment, treatment, supported referral and health promotion and education based on a harm minimisation framework.

It is expected that the AOD Nurse will establish and maintain close relationships with a wide range services including; medical, alcohol and drug specific and youth services to assist young people in meeting their individual treatment needs, with a significant focus on linking young people with community GP’s, addition specialists and other allied health services. The AOD Nurse is required to contribute to holistic care plans so that primary health is an integrated aspect of care to young people presenting to the Intersectional Care Coordination Platforms.

Key selection criteria:

  • Describe your experience working as a registered nurse, including experience at conducting comprehensive health assessments, delivery of clinical interventions, brief interventions or health promoting programs within scope of practice for young people with intersecting needs.
  • Outline your understanding of the principles and practice of harm minimisation orientated treatment and prevention interventions in the alcohol and drug field.
  • Outline your knowledge of the drug treatment system, pharmacotherapies, withdrawal symptomology and management, and drug interactions
  • Demonstrated ability in assertively engaging and supporting young people from a range of backgrounds, genders and age groups.
  • Demonstrated experience of participation in collaborative work practices with internal and external services
  • Outline any translatable skills or experience you have that may be advantageous to this role.

For full details of the position, please view the Position Description below.

Please note:

  • YSAS is a safe workplace and complies with laws set by the Victorian Government regarding the prevention and minimisation of spread of COVID.
  • Service delivery aspects of the role may be modified in order to comply with Victorian Government COVID-19 guidelines.
  • As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History check and have a current Working with Children Check.
  • You must have Australian work rights to apply for this position.

If you have the skills, experience and share our passion this is your opportunity to contribute to make a difference to the lives of seriously disadvantaged young people.

To submit your application, please click Apply Now. 

Further Enquiries

For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Brydie Hill, Manager on 0418 529 471.

  • YSAS is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
  • YSAS has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation.

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