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Proactive Overdose Response Initiative (PORI) Coordinator (Fixed-Term Part-Time)

Position Description

The Proactive Overdose Response Initiative (PORI) Coordinator (Fixed-Term Part-Time, 0.4 or 0.5 FTE) will work collaboratively with the Medically Supervised Injecting Room and Harm Reduction Program teams at NRCH to effectively engage with clients who have experienced an overdose employing harm reduction strategies and operating in accordance with best AOD practice. The PORI Coordinator will facilitate access to naloxone as well as provide support, education, training and linkages to reduce the risk of fatal overdose to clients, their families, internal and external stakeholders, and to the community.

Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Actively engage with clients in and around the NRCH area that have experienced or are at risk of experiencing an overdose in a trauma-informed approach and in accordance with best AOD practice.
  • Develop and deliver appropriate training in overdose prevention, response and naloxone use for clients, staff and other key stakeholders
  • Liaise with local health service and Emergency Service providers as appropriate to encourage interagency referral of people who have survived overdose or are at risk of overdose
  • Work closely with Care Coordinators to identify and address health needs of the client and facilitate referral to local health and welfare services
  • Actively engage with the community and key stakeholders as appropriate to raise awareness, reduce stigma and develop skills in overdose response that accommodate the diverse needs of participants
  • Strengthen engagement with GPs, pharmacies and other local services likely related to the identification and management of overdose by providing naloxone education, enhancing access to opioid pharmacotherapy and providing information to facilitate referrals to NRCH


Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Qualifications in Health, Welfare, Community Services, Social Sciences or equivalent
  • Advanced Life Support or willingness to undertake
  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with vulnerable people who may exhibit complex and challenging behaviours
  • Knowledge of relevant health and community services for people who use drugs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of co-occurring drug use and mental health issues, harm reduction in the context of illicit & other drugs and risks associated with the use of these.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in clinical education or developing and implementing health promotion activities with community members.

Key Attributes:

  • Applied knowledge of current harm reduction policies and practice, relevant Victorian Government AOD policy, the National Drug Strategy and National Hepatitis C & HIV Strategy frameworks and implications at a state and local level
  • Sound interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution and negotiation, and the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.
  • Ability to multi task, prioritise effectively and achieve quality outcomes in a busy, client focused environment.
  • Ability to work as part of a team as well as independently with minimal supervision.

To apply for this position, please forward a cover letter which addresses the key selection criteria and your resume to [link removed] including the subject line PORI Coordinator Application, by close of business on Thursday, 16 September 2021. Please note that applications that do not address the Key Selection Criteria will not be reviewed.

The preferred candidate will be required to undergo a Police Check prior to any offer of employment being made and only successful candidates will be notified.

Work with us

Our organisation is a busy health hub in the middle of Richmond. North Richmond Community Health, which includes the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health, is a great place to work.  You’ll find an environment where staff are inspired through meaningful work and supported by colleagues and management. We prioritise an inclusive and positive working atmosphere at North Richmond Community Health. With flexible working arrangements, we help ensure that people of all circumstances are well-represented in our staff.

As an employee, you’ll enjoy a number of benefits including:

  • flexible working arrangements, including purchased leave, Accrued Days Off and Time-In-Lieu
  • wellbeing policy, with on-site subsidised fitness classes including pilates and personal training, work health checks and social events
  • comprehensive and competitive salary packaging options.

We enjoy rich cultural diversity in our workforce. Approximately 55% of our staff were born overseas and over 75% identify with an ethnicity other than Australian. Over 65% of our staff speak languages other than English. We would like to hear from you if you have:

  • superior skills in delivering culturally-responsive services in your given field
  • keen ability to contribute to a respectful collegiate environment
  • can contribute to innovation and service improvement
  • effective relationship building skills to foster a harmonious workplace.

You are welcome to send expressions of interest in employment at North Richmond Community Health or the Centre for Culture, Ethnicity and Health to To see positions available at the Centre for Culture and Ethnicity and Health, go to their website.

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Our Clients
Our Staff
Our Community
Our Contractors, Students and Volunteers
Our External Stakeholders

  • understand how community, social connections and support affect people’s overall health and wellbeing
  • our success is driven by our ability to build relationships, break silos and connect across teams, functions and our community
  • our whole is greater than the sum of our parts
  • value team and community, as much as individuals
  • how we get things done is as important as what we achieve – the means are greater than the end.
  • embrace change and be open to doing things differently
  • embrace new technology and look for efficiencies with resources
  • have a continuous improvement mindset, exploring opportunities to improve ways of working
  • strive to meet new and emerging client and/or community demands or needs
  • act with integrity and honesty, be transparent in your dealings, choose words and actions that are sincere and not misleading
  • share ideas freely, communicate clearly and with positive intent
  • actively listen and be receptive to feedback and ideas, encouraging others to contribute and speak up
  • avoid any real or apparent conflicts of interest and use powers responsibly
  • make the workplace a training ground for professional growth and transformation
  • learning is emphasised and values, encourage making time to update knowledge and skills
  • follow evidence-based practice
  • be allowed to try new things and sometimes make mistakes or not always get it right
  • learn constantly and keep abreast of latest developments and industry best practise
  • put yourself in other’s shoes, treating them how you would want to be treated
  • contribute to the diversity of NRCH, actively support what makes people different and different perspectives
  • foster a culture of inclusion where every voice is welcome, heard and respected – LGBTIQA+, women, people with a disability, First Nations and those from migrant and refugee backgrounds
  • endeavour to reflect everyone’s needs and preferences, avoiding ‘one-size fits all’ approaches
  • ensure freedom from exclusion, discrimination, harassment and bullying
  • we ensure clients and staff cultural safety
  • demonstrate dignity and respect for colleagues, our clients and community members
  • ensure due regard for people’s feelings, wishes, views and rights
  • treating others fairly and objectively
  • always communicate with respect, integrity and honesty
  • ensure provision of services to all vulnerable people without exception
  • demonstrate respect for our clients and members of the community; being compassionate to different circumstances and experiences
  • treat all members of our community fairly and objectively, being sensitive to unique differences
  • ensure freedom from any forms of exclusion, with information sharing, transparency and accessibility


We are currently updating our membership application form and will be making that available online shortly. In the meantime, please contact with any membership queries.

 Student Placements/Work Experience

 North Richmond Community Health provides a supportive environment for Student Placements and Work Experience offered to post-secondary, undergraduate and post-graduate students. Our placements aim to provide students with a valuable experience that enhances specific skills, leading to increased employability. Placement opportunities are available in the following disciplines:-

  • Occupational Health
  • Speech Pathology
  • Social Work
  • Medical
  • Nursing
  • Allied Health
  • Dental
  • Community Services

 For more information or to apply, please email

 All applicants must have a current Police Check and Working with Children Check (obtained at their own expense) and must be covered by insurance. 

Unfortunately, not all applicants can be offered a place.  This will be determined by the availability of qualified staff to supervise students.

Volunteering Opportunities

We have a range of volunteering roles throughout the year. Our volunteers bring with them their unique backgrounds, skill set and experiences making a dynamic Volunteer Team.

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