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Harm Reduction Practitioners (Casual)

North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) is committed to making healthcare more accessible and culturally relevant. It works with community members to support social justice principles which afford all people the right to dignity, respect, and the highest quality of care.  With the recent addition of Victoria’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Room, NRCH is dedicated to combating stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs, and improving their quality of life.

NRCH provides a range of medical, allied health, dental and community services to clients from all backgrounds. We also provide specialist health services in other parts of Victoria, and work with health, government and community services around the country.

The Harm Reduction Practitioner position is responsible for supervising clients before, during and after episodes of injecting. The position aims to optimise health by saving lives and reducing injury from the negative effects associated with drug use. Core activities include client engagement, working with complex and challenging behaviours, health assessment, management of health emergencies, health education, brief interventions and referral to other health and welfare services. This position is part of the MSIR Harm reduction team and works closely with the Nursing team.

This position is accountable to and works under the general direction and guidance of the Harm Reduction Practitioner Team Leader, the shift direction and guidance of the Nurse in Charge and receives guidance, support and direction from the MSIR Management team.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Observe and monitor client’s wellbeing throughout their visit to MSIR, acting on client alerts and behavioural contacts as indicated.
  • Provide interventions for safer injecting and health promotion
  • Engage with clients to identify health needs and refer to local health and welfare services
  • Develop and maintain skills in overdose management, incident de-escalation and management, infection control, vein care and safer injecting practices, harm reduction and health promotion.
  • Participate in needle/syringe retrievals and monitor the area around NRCH as required
  • Provide outreach support and respond to overdoses in the surrounding area as directed

Key Selection Criteria

Essential Qualifications and Experience:

  • Qualifications in Welfare or Social Sciences, Psychology, Public Health or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to engage with vulnerable people who may exhibit complex and challenging behaviours
  • Experience working in needle and syringe programs, drug and alcohol services, crisis services
  • Computer competence including the use of clinical databases

Key Attributes:

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, Harm Reduction and Social Justice
  • Understanding of the health, social and legal issues related to injecting drug use and marginalised populations
  • Demonstrated skill and experience providing a comprehensive range of harm reduction interventions with people who inject drugs
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including problem solving ability and conflict resolution skills, as well as sound oral and writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment

Preferred:

  • 2 years’ experience working with people who inject drugs advantageous
  • Experience in psychosocial and drug use assessment and referral, supportive counselling and crisis management desirable
  • Experience of working in a trauma-informed model of care desirable

We are looking for people who are available to work on week days only.  The shifts we have available are from 6.30am to 2.30pm, 9.00am to 5.00pm and 1.30pm to 9.30pm.

For further information regarding this position please contact Sarah Hiley, Harm Reduction Team Leader on sarahhi@nrch.com.au.

To apply for this position, please forward your resume and covering letter addressing the key selection criteria to workforus@nrch.com.au including the subject line Harm Reduction Practitioner Application, by close of business on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

The preferred candidate will be required to undergo a Police Check prior to any offer of employment being made.

Please note, interviews may commence prior to the closing date and only successful candidates will be notified.

Position Description

Project and Clinical Lead - Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Partnership

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) is a unique agency offering expertise in cultural diversity and health, cultural competence, social marketing, cross-cultural communication, consumer participation and health literacy to organisations across Australia.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Project and Clinical Lead, MDAP.

The purpose of this position is to project manage the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Partnership and provide clinical expertise and service delivery to reduce the risks of alcohol and other drugs use.  This position will work closely with bicultural workers to improve the health and well-being of families with South Sudanese backgrounds.  This role will employ harm reduction strategies and operate in accordance with best AOD practice, and will support evidence building in this area.

The position will lead the team to achieving key performance indicators with the overall goals of supporting young South Sudanese Australians into alcohol and other drug treatment; reducing alcohol and other drug harm in the community through education and harm reduction; reducing stigma and discrimination relating to alcohol and other drug use; improving cultural competence of alcohol and drug services so they are more accessible and appropriate for migrant and refugee communities.

Key responsibilities of the role include:-

  • Project Management across all aspects of the Multicultural Drug and Alcohol Partnership project including, individual and family support, peer education, community education and sector capacity building.
  • Provide supervision to bicultural workers.
  • Support team with general screening, assessment, crisis intervention, case work and supported referral.
  • Assess and monitor clients who present at the service at risk of overdose and/or who manifest other signs of high level or risky substance use.
  • Provide clinical insight and expertise on referral pathways for young people and families to address multiple complex needs.
  • Support MDAP team to manage caseloads and provide clinical supervision.
  • Support MDAP team with health education and prevention
  • Maintain team data quality and provide reports
  • Support the delivery of care with a comprehensive understanding of CALD AoD use.

Essential Skills and Experience include:-

  • Division 1 Registered Nurse or Clinical Psychology current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) OR Experienced Social Worker or Youth Worker
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in AOD and/or mental health assessment and treatment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of co-occurring drug use and mental health issues, refugee trauma and harm reduction
  • Minimum of 3 years demonstrated cultural competence in working with diverse ethnicities, religions, age, genders and sexualities
  • Working in community settings and outreach
  • Knowledge of local agencies and services relevant to the client group
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced, dynamic environment with limited supervision
  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence
  • Applicants must have a visa that allows them to work in Australia.
  • Current Victorian Drivers Licence

Position Description

To apply for this position, please forward your covering letter, resume and key selection criteria to workforus@nrch.com.au including the subject line Project and Clinical Lead, MDAP Job Application by 5pm Thursday 28th January 2021.

The preferred candidate will be required to undergo a Police Check prior to any offer of employment being made.

Please note, interviews may commence prior to the closing date and only successful candidates will be notified.

 

Policy, Research and Evaluation Officer

Policy, Research and Evaluation Officer

This position will lead policy and research projects related to multicultural health issues including sexual health and BBV/STI prevention with communities from refugee and migrant backgrounds. The role will administer CEH’s evaluation and quality management, reporting and dissemination of key learnings and outcomes. The role will develop and respond to policy, best practice evidence to strengthen CEH’s position as the leader in multicultural health.

North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) is committed to making healthcare more accessible and culturally relevant. It works with community members to support social justice principles which afford all people the right to dignity, respect, and the highest quality of care.  With the recent addition of Victoria’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Room, NRCH is dedicated to combating stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs, and improving their quality of life.

The Centre for Culture, Ethnicity & Health (CEH) is a unique program of North Richmond Community Health offering expertise in cultural diversity and health, cultural competence, social marketing, cross-cultural communication and consumer participation and health literacy to organisations across Australia.

Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Drive innovative research, outcome evaluation and reporting in the areas of refugee and migrant health including sexual health, BBV/STI prevention, and AoD to ensure we deliver on the requirements of funding and service agreements and meet identified community needs.
  • Provide on-going evidence-based research as a foundation for CEH’s policy and capacity
  • Lead and undertake grant/proposal/submission/article/discussion papers, and report writing tasks aligned to defined timelines under service agreements.
  • Develop research objectives, deliver proposals and publications.

Essential Qualifications and Attributes include, but are not limited to

  • Diploma in Community Health, Research, quality or equivalent
  • 3 years’ experience working in community health setting and/or community organisation with multicultural services.

To apply for this position, please forward your covering letter and resume to workforus@nrch.com.au including the subject line Policy, Research & Evaluation Officer Application, by close of business on Monday 25th January 2021.

The preferred candidate will be required to undergo a Police Check prior to any offer of employment being made.

Please note, interviews may commence prior to the closing date and only those shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Position Description

Dental Officer

Dental Officer

  • Full time fixed term, part time and casual positions available for this role

North Richmond Community Health (NRCH) is committed to making healthcare more accessible and culturally relevant. It works with community members to support social justice principles which afford all people the right to dignity, respect, and the highest quality of care.  With the recent addition of Victoria’s first Medically Supervised Injecting Room, NRCH is dedicated to combating stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs, and improving their quality of life.

NRCH provides a range of medical, allied health, dental and community services to clients from all backgrounds. We also provide specialist health services in other parts of Victoria, and work with health, government and community services around the country.

The Dental Officer will work within NRCHs multi-disciplinary dental team to provide high quality dental care directed to meeting the needs of the organisations diverse community. This will include preventive and emergency dental services, and oral health education. 

The position requires the understanding and application of social models of health, drawing on health promotion and community development principles and practice to ensure an inclusive and culturally sensitive, client focussed service. The Dental Officer will be exposed to a diverse clinical case load and will have a wide scope for career development and professional growth.

Roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • To provide, independently and efficiently, high quality clinical services according to the needs of the client and within the guidelines of the funding bodies.
  • Appropriate examination and diagnosis of emergency and general dental patients
  •  Preventive services and oral health education tailored to the client’s needs
  • Simple and complex direct restorations
  • Extractions and minor oral surgery procedures
  • Conservative periodontal management
  • Management of dental infections
  • Endodontic treatment necessary for aesthetics and function where appropriate i.e. teeth restorable and client well motivated 
  • Maintain high quality, accurate client records as per AHPRA and DHSV clinical record keeping guidelines.
  • Meet service objectives, standards and targets; ensure Quality Assurance in relation to direct patient care; continuously improve services provided.
  • Perform all duties, work practice and procedure in a manner which ensures personal health and safety and that of others in the workplace.

Essential Qualifications and Attributes include, but are not limited to

  • Australian-recognised Dental qualifications
  • Current registration with AHPRA and Radiation Licence
  • Current Professional Development requirements as per APHRA
  • Experience in a range of dental practices and procedures, including the provision of public dental services at level 3.
  • Well-developed knowledge of dentistry including an understanding of the epidemiology of dental diseases and a strong appreciation of preventive approaches to dental diseases
  • An understanding of the public dentistry environment, and of the wider community health service provision environment
  • Experience in Community Health Care setting.
  • Ability to practice / provide services in a manner that is sensitive and responsive to cultural requirements
  • Ability to speak a relevant community language would be advantageous.

To apply for this position, please forward your covering letter and resume to workforus@nrch.com.au including the subject line Dental Officer Application, by close of business on Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

The preferred candidate will be required to undergo a Police Check prior to any offer of employment being made.

Please note, interviews may commence prior to the closing date and only those shortlisted for interview will be notified.

Position Description

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 workforus@nrch.com.au. To see positions available at the Centre for Culture and Ethnicity and Health, go to their website.

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OUR PEOPLE

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

CONNECTEDNESS WITH OUR COMMUNITY
  • 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.
INNOVATION
  • 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
OPENNESS
  • 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
ORGANISATIONAL LEARNING
  • 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
EMBRACE DIVERSITY
  • 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
RESPECT FOR OTHERS
  • 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
EQUITY OF ACCESS
  • 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

Membership

We are currently updating our membership application form and will be making that available online shortly. In the meantime, please contact cristianak[at]nrch.com.au 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

Applications will only be accepted by filling out either a Student Placement or Work Experience form.  Please email completed forms to Nicole Burton at nicoleb@nrch.com.au.  For enquiries contact Nicole on (03) 9418 9967.

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.

Application Form Student Placements

Application Form Work Experience

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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