Project Officer – Drug and Alcohol

Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Broken Hill or Bourke, NSW |

PLEASE NOTE: This position has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The successful applicant must have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged

The Role:

Western NSW Primary Health Network (WSNW PHN) is currently seeking a motivated individual who has a passion for primary healthcare and community wellbeing to join our Commissioned Services and Strategic Projects team as Project Officer – Drug and Alcohol.

The commissioning of Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug (MH&OD) services in the Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) regions represents one of the key priorities for the organisation.  The Project Officer – Drug and Alcohol will provide support to the organisation’s work in transitioning and redesigning funded Drug and Alcohol (D&A) services in the region.

To effectively drive this change, this role will build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure support structures and frameworks are in place to facilitate change in delivering services and building the capacity of providers to work within the D&A stepped care model, as well as existing and newly redesigned models of care.

The Project Officer will provide high level project support for the commissioning, implementation and evaluation of D&A projects and is responsible for local coordination, development, and delivery of WNSW PHN initiatives for the Opioid Mitigation and Alcohol Treatment Strategies.  This activity is being conducted across Western and Far West NSW.

The purpose of the strategies are:

  • To address the emerging concern of prescription medication misuse in Western NSW that can create a whole new cohort of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) clients who require addiction management and AOD services.
  • To improve the capacity and confidence of GPs to manage opioid clients, including non-opioid pain management alternatives, opioid withdrawal or reduction strategies and clients requiring prescription management following codeine up-scheduling.
  • To increase access to services available primarily though general practice that can help consumers avoid, reduce, or withdraw from alcohol and other drugs.

The strategies include several areas for development including but not limited to:

  • Specific capacity building in alcohol management strategies across General Practice.
  • The development of new approaches for managing alcohol that can allow consumers to engage in treatment closer to home.
  • Increased options for indigenous people to heal on country.
  • Opioid prescribing reduction activities.
  • GP led withdrawal, detoxification, and rehabilitation.

WNSW PHN has a strong focus and commitment to addressing Aboriginal health inequality across the region and your commitment to the values of improving Aboriginal outcomes is highly valued. The position can be based in any of our offices in Bathurst, Orange, Dubbo, Broken Hill or Bourke.

Essential:

  • This position has a strong involvement in issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The successful applicant must have an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and an ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander People. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience in a project management role with a sound knowledge of contemporary business and project management practices
  • Proven capability in financial/budget management and KPI reporting to achieve outcomes under time pressures.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Aboriginal culture including a commitment to cultural safety.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the project management life cycle and an ability to track and report against milestones.
  • Proven track record in stakeholder management, including an ability to build relationships and strategic partnerships.
  • Advanced computer skills required for MS Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Project.

Desirable:

  • Relevant Drug & Alcohol sector experience particularly in rural and remote areas.
  • Degree level qualification in Health, Business, Project Management, or related discipline.
  • Experience in working with Aboriginal people, organisations, and communities in view of planning and implementing services and achieving outcomes for Aboriginal people.
  • Demonstrated experience in health and community services.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Well-developed analytical, problem solving and negotiation skills

How to Apply:

As part of your application, you must provide a separate statement addressing each of the selection criteria as well as your resume. If you do not provide these two documents, your application will automatically not be accepted. 

For an outline of responsibilities, position description, selection criteria and information on how to apply, please refer to the Employment tab in the ‘About Us’ section of our website www.wnswphn.org.au/about-us/employment. WNSW PHN is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted via email (by the closing date and time) to: hr@wnswphn.org.au. For enquiries regarding this role, please contact Marijka Brennan (Portfolio Lead – Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol) on 0421 460 752.

Starting date: 
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Closing date: 
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Organisation: 
Western NSW Primary Health Network
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