Alcohol and Drugs (AOD) Nurse – Coordinator – Melbourne

turning pointFixed term Full time position until 31/07/2017

Salary Packaging available

Based in Fitzroy

A rare opportunity to make your mark as a senior clinical leader in a dynamic service delivery environment.

Turning Point is one of Victoria’s leading alcohol and drug treatment services. Our vision is to improve the well being of individuals, families and communities adversely affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling. Turning Point’s key strengths and distinguishing characteristics include:

  • robust and responsive face-to-face and ICT-based telephone and online service delivery;
  • integrated treatment, research and education capacity;
  • service provision at local, state-wide and national levels;
  • expertise in providing integrated psychosocial and medical interventions;
  • a comprehensive suite of non-residential, community residential and hospital inpatient addiction services;

The Specialist AOD Treatment Nurse Coordinator is within the Turning Point Statewide Treatment Services where specialist clinical services including Specialist Pharmacotherapy Service, Specialist Alcohol Clinic, Neuropsychology Clinic, and specialist AOD counselling services are based, including partnerships with Spectrum Borderline Personality Statewide Service.

You will work within a small multi-disciplinary clinical team and have some linkages to the Telephone and Online Services where both Gambling and AOD service delivery occurs. You will liaise with Work Force Development and Research arms of Turning Point as an integrated service.

Please refer to the position description on the Eastern Health eMercury recruitment site for more information.

If you have the ability and drive to make a difference then capitalise on the opportunity to make a difference to your career – apply today! ‘A member of Eastern Health ‘

The successful applicant to this position will be required to undergo a pre-employment Police Check

Recruitment agency applications will not be accepted

For more information and application forms go to Eastern Health’s eMercury recruitment site:

or contact by email:

Kitty Vivekanda, Clinic Manager, Turning Point Statewide Clinical Services


Dr Matthew Frei, Clinical Director, Turning Point

Closing date for applications 23/10/15


Urgent – Recruiting a CNC Richmond (NSW)

sjogClinical Nurse Consultant, Richmond

  •  Internal & External
  • Reference Number: 12330

 Welcome to St John of God Health Care
St John of God Health Care is a leading health care provider, with private hospitals, home nursing, pathology and Social Outreach services throughout Australia, New Zealand, and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

Our organisation is part of the Mission of the Catholic Church and every aspect of our care is based on the Christian values of Hospitality, Compassion, Respect, Justice and Excellence. It is these values that guide our holistic approach to caregiving, with respect for the dignity and worth of each person.

As a Catholic, not-for-profit group, we invest in the communities we serve by updating and expanding our facilities and technology; expanding existing services and developing and acquiring new services; and providing Social Outreach services to people experiencing disadvantage to improve health and wellbeing.

With over 118 years’ experience in health care, we have an excellent reputation as a caring, nurturing and supportive employer. Learning is highly valued and there are many opportunities for professional development.

 The Position

St John of God Richmond Hospital is an 88 bed Private Psychiatric Hospital located in a beautiful garden setting near the banks of the Hawkesbury River in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. We provide both inpatient and outpatient treatment programs for numerous psychiatric specialty areas including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Substance Dependence Disorders, Mood and Anxiety Disorders, Psychotic Disorders and Psychogeriatrics. We utilise a variety of treatment modalities including a specialist Dialectical Behaviour Therapy program for Borderline Personality Disorder.

 We have a position available for an Clinical Nurse Consultant with 7 years post registration experience and 5 years drug and alcohol experience to join our team. The Clinical Nurse Consultant provides care to patients of St John of God Health Care who are experiencing drug and alcohol disorders and related mental health problems.

This position is being offered on a permanent full time contract working 76 hours per fortnight.

 The successful candidate will have:

  • Ability to work within and contribute to the Mission and Values of St John of God Health Care.
  • Current AHPRA Registration
  • Minimum of 7 years full time equivalent post registration experience
  • Minimum of 5 years full time equivalent (Drug and Alcohol) experience
  • Experience in the development and provision of tertiary (Drug and Alcohol) services
  • Demonstrated leadership and clinical skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience as a principle researcher
  • Demonstrated evidence of contribution to the planning and development, implementation and evaluation of Drug and Alcohol educational programs
  • Ability to initiate and manage complex collaborative projects

The Benefits:

  • Salary Packaging
  • Flexible Work Options
  • Professional Development

* All applicants must address the Selection Criteria (as detailed on the last page of the Position Description) *

 St John of God Health Care embraces diversity and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people with disabilities.

 For enquiries about this position, applicants should contact Stephen Brooker, Director of Nursing on (02) 4570 6100.

Applications Close: COB 31 August 2015

Click HERE for further information the position description and how to apply.

Only online applications will be accepted

Alcohol and Drug Service Manager – St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney

ST VsAlcohol and Drug Service Manager, NM 5 , St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney

 Position No: 237760
Applications Close: 28/08/2015 5:00 PM
Occupation: Nursing
Location: St Vincents Hospital- Darlinghurst Campus Sydney NSW
Work Type: Permanent – Full Time (Mon-Fri 38 Hours)

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and motivated individual seeking a leadership role with the Alcohol and Drug Service at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. The Alcohol and Drug Service includes the Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS – state-wide telephone service), NSW Quitline (smoking cessation program), Rankin Court (Opioid Treatment Program), Stimulant Services, Gorman House (residential detoxification) and Alcohol and Drug Hospital Liaison.

As the Alcohol and Drug Service Manager you will have primary responsibilities for the co-ordination of patient services, ensuring that the health and wellbeing of patients is being met and the day-to-day operational, financial management, human resource, workplace health and safety and performance monitoring responsibility for the service. In partnership with the Clinical Director for the Alcohol and Drug Service, develop and deliver the Service’s strategic plans, clinical governance, workforce development, project management, quality improvement and research goals, and continuous improvement of practice standards and services.

St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney (SVHNS) is committed to reconciliation and encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for all advertised positions.

All applicants are required to address the Selection Criteria in their application:

Selection Criteria:

  • Personal integrity and demonstrated commitment to the Philosophy, Mission, and Values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and currently registered as a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency.
  • Relevant tertiary management, tertiary qualification in a drug and alcohol-related clinical specialty and/or health administration qualification or equivalent experience recognised by the organisation.
  • Demonstrated senior leadership skills and the ability to motivate, inspire and organise teams to achieve organisational and professional outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and analyse operational needs for the service and to recommend and evaluate strategies in response to those needs. This includes the implementation of innovative models of care, policies and procedures.
  • Proven effective high level financial, quality and risk management, human resource, workplace health and safety management skills.
  • Proven effective negotiation and communication skills (written and verbal) with a wide range of stakeholders including patients, consumers and network representatives.
  • Comprehensive understanding of clinical governance and current health system issues.
  • Understanding of contemporary nursing practice in the specialty/specialties.

Enquires: Jenny O’Mahony, Manager, Inner City Health, 02 8382 1519 or 0418 247 178
I wish to acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora nation as the traditional owners of the land on which I walk and work

Full Time Nurse Practitioner (Drug and Alcohol ) Newcastle Region

nsw healthReference Number  264528

The position as described  on the Hunter New England Local Health District  website…

Provide clinically focused care for Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services in an advanced and extended clinical role as defined by the scope of practice associated with the role (See Appendix 1 for template). Provision of high quality, evidence based care at an advanced nursing level. The Nurse Practitioner (NP) will provide health care within their agreed Scope of Practice (ScOP, and within an ethical, legal and risk management framework, through assessment, diagnosis and management of health care problems. Their attributes are clinically focused and are capable of research, education and leadership as applied to clinical care. Nurse Practitioner are required by legislation to comply with the NSW MoH Policy Directive PD2012_026 Nurse Practitioners in NSW.

The service catchment area includes a range of locations within the Hunter Valley Sector including Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton and Muswellbrook.

 Provide high quality, evidence based, clinically focused care for Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services in an advanced and extended clinical role as defined by the scope of practice associated with the Nurse Practioner role.  The positon is located in Newcastle and the service catchment area includes a range of locations within the Hunter Valley Sector including Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton and Muswellbrook.

 If there are no suitable applicants with endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner then applications from Registered Nurses transitioning to fulfil the requirements for endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner will be considered.

Visit the website for full details…

Casual Registered Nurse positions at Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (Kings Cross)

 msicWork on the cutting edge of public health with the Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC) in Kings Cross.

Are you passionate about public health and social justice? Do you support harm reduction and striving to improve the lives of marginalised people who inject drugs? Are you able to work flexibly and creatively in a non-traditional public health setting?  Then come and join the team at Australia’s only supervised injecting facility, the Sydney MSIC.

Sydney MSIC is currently recruiting Registered Nurses who are available to work casual weekday shifts and casual weekday evening shifts.

We are seeking applicants with experience in the Drug and Alcohol and/or Mental Health sectors. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Successful recruitment will be based on your ability to meet the following qualification, skills and experience:

  • Current Registered Nurse with AHPRA and at least two years post graduate experience
  • Understanding of and commitment to Harm Minimisation, Social Justice and the service delivery model of the Medically Supervised Injecting Centre;
  • Ability to work in a demanding and changeable environment;
  • Understanding of the health, social and legal issues related to injecting drug use and marginalised populations
  • knowledge of safer injecting practices, opioid overdose management and brief interventions
  • Understanding of the legislative, policy framework and values underpinning MSIC’s operation;
  • Computer competence including word processing and the use of clinical databases;
  • Experience in drug and alcohol, mental health or emergency nursing
  • 2 years’ experience working with people who inject drugs;

This is an opportunity for you to work in a supportive, flexible and friendly work environment, and gain experience in Australia’s only supervised injecting centre.

For a confidential in depth discussion or for more information please contact Acting Nurse Unit Managers William Wood or Sarah Doolan on 02 9360 1191.

We encourage you to visit and to come for a tour of the service prior to submitting an application. Contact William Wood or Sarah Doolan to arrange a time. Also, for more information visit our webpage

To submit an application please visit:

Love Your Work. Join Our Team. Make a Difference. Apply Now.

Appointment will be conditional upon a satisfactory Federal Criminal Records check. UnitingCare is an EEO employer. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


Volunteer for DANA!

If you would like to contribute fresh and innovative ideas to drug and alcohol nursing consider nominating for one of the vacant positions, or strongly encourage another DANA colleague to nominate for one of the vacant positions, on the DANA Management Committee.

Nominations close on July 24th 2014.  The form to use is available by clicking at this link to the DANA Management Committee Nomination Form 2015

The vacant positions are:

  • International Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Regional Chapter Representative, WA
  • Regional Chapter Representative, NT
  • Regional Chapter Representative Vic
  • Regional Chapter Representative New Zealand South Island
  • Regional Chapter Representative New Zealand North Island
  • Regional Chapter Representative, ACT
  • Regional Chapter Representative, TAS

These positions become vacant every two years. They can be filled either by the incumbent re-nominating or by alternative candidates being nominated. When there is more than one candidate for the position a vote is required.

The positions that need to be filled will be finalised at the next DANA Annual General Meeting being held in Sydney on Friday August 14th in conjunction with the DANA ‘Man Faces of Addiction’ Forum.

DANA volunteers have the opportunity to be directly involved with:

  • Conference planning
  • Regional educational activities
  • Strategic planning
  • Policy development
  • Development of DANA submissions
  • Influence nursing workforce development
  • Support innovative practice
  • Organising local chapter meetings
  • Contributing to DANA communication tools
  • Hosting DANA trade booths at conferences and events
  • And more!

Yes, there is a time commitment that you should consider carefully as you will be required to participate regularly in monthly teleconference meetings and various working parties.

In return for your hard work you will gain:

  • Valuable experience, professional development and an opportunity to develop new skills(looks great on your résumé)
  • Gain experience in a variety of roles
  • Opportunity to meet and learn from colleagues from across  Australia and New Zealand
  • Increase your  knowledge about all aspects of drug and alcohol nursing, and
  • Satisfaction in the knowledge that you are doing something really useful for your colleagues and professional area.

Would you like to know more?   Contact Rosalie Altus, DANA’s secretary  ( for more information, or your local chapter representative. Contact details are available by clicking on the tab labelled ‘people’ on this website.

Permanent RN – Fulltime – The Langton Clinic (Sydney)

nsw healthThis is a full time permanent nursing position in the Ambulatory Care Team, Langton Centre (Sydney*), working with clients concerned with poly-drug use issues in an outpatient environment.
*South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
The closing date for applications is June 1th 2015. The contact person is Skye O’Donnell

Find out more by following this link…

Professional Development Opportunity for highly experienced Clinical Nurses!

Professional Development Opportunity for highly experienced Clinical Nurses!

National Cannabis Prevention & Information Centre (NCPIC) at UNSW Sydney is seeking up to 5 highly experienced Clinical Nurses with:
• pre-existing knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
• skills in assessment and
• ideally some experience in presenting to groups
to be participants in a ‘Clinical Train the Trainer’ to be held in Sydney on Weds June 24 and Thurs June 25.

Candidates can be from any location in Australia and flights and accommodation for suitable candidates will be provided by NCPIC.

Candidates will need managerial support so that in the 12 months following the training they will be able to use NCPIC interventions with clients and run 2 trainings of the Adolescent Cannabis Check Up or Quitting Cannabis 1-6 interventions.

Limited places available! For further information please contact John Redmond Training Officer Contact John Redmond 02 9385 0451 or

Service Operations Manager Sydney Medically Supervised Injecting Centre (MSIC).

uniting careFor an appropriately experienced nurses this role will be an integral part of the executive team, with the chance to shape and grow the operation of this world renowned service.

For a confidential in depth discussion or for more information please contact the Medical Director, Dr Marianne Jauncey on: 02 9360 1191

We encourage you to visit and to come for a tour of the service prior to submitting you application. Contact Dr Marianne Jauncey to arrange a time or for more information visit our webpage on:

For more information or to submit an application please visit

Damascus Health Services Now Recruiting – Registered Nurse(s)– Brisbane Qld

healthscopeBrisbane Private Hospital
Damascus Health Services – Brisbane Queensland

Registered Nurses (s)
Full Time or (two) Part Time positions

Damascus Health Services has an opportunity for either a full-time registered nurse, or two part time registered nurses, experienced in the drug and alcohol speciality.

The role involves the care and treatment of people with problems related to the use of alcohol and / or prescribed and over-the-counter drugs. It includes the assessment and management of substance withdrawal, the use of evidence-based interventions and group facilitation.

Located within a general hospital environment in the Brisbane Private Hospital, Damascus Health Services provides treatment in a private and confidential way. The environment is caring and non-judgmental. It is supportive for both men and women. Family and significant others are encouraged to be involved in the treatment process. We aim to enhance each person’s sense of human dignity and maximise the quality of life.

The treatment modality is primarily group cognitive –behavioural therapy, based on a relapse prevention and coping skills model.

A ‘multi discipline’ team approach, designed to meet a broad range of patients’ needs and characteristics is used.

The nurse (s) we seek will work with a range of highly specialised healthcare professionals. The successful applicant(s) must be able to demonstrate:
• A proven ability to provide a high standard of patient care
• A preparedness to participate in all aspects of the treatment program
• Excellent communication and teamwork skills
• Further studies in drug and alcohol nursing.
Although not essential applicants who are working towards becoming credentialed drug and alcohol nurses through DANA (Drug and Alcohol Nurses of Australasia) are encouraged to apply.
While nursing staff at Damascus Health Service work on roster, every effort is made to accommodate each staff members’ special requests to the extent possible that still provides optimum patient care.

Applications close May 15th 2015.

For further information please contact Jill Brophy on 0738346479 or by email on