Western Health Australia
About the Role
Full-time, temporary position, until 30th May 2021
The Specialist Pharmacotherapy Services (SPS) sits within the Specialist Services suite of programmes at Drug Health Services, Western Health and delivers care to metropolitan and regional alcohol and other drug (AOD) users, their families, friends, carers, and the wider community.
The target client group is characterised by people with multiple and complex co-morbidities, requiring a skilled and sensitive approach to engagement and whose needs cannot be met solely by their regular community pharmacotherapy prescriber. These include clients with:
- unstable psychiatric conditions, including psychosis, depression and personality disorders
- high-risk patterns of substance abuse including significant alcohol, methamphetamine and poly drug use
- challenging behaviours unable to be managed in other community settings
- chronic pain disorders who are abusing licit and illicit opioids
- pregnancy and substance abuse issues
- medical conditions such as HIV and hepatitis C.
The SPS also provide a consultative service to staff at Drug Health Services , Western Health including the broader AOD service sector on opinion about management of clients with complex issues related to Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORT).
To be Successful in this Role you
- will provide specialist assessment, treatment and stabilisation for people receiving opiate replacement therapy who have complex medical, psychiatric or psychosocial problems
- will support clients accessing/stabilising/maintaining opiate replacemnet therapy in the community
- will provide case management and counselling support to clients on ORT
- will liase with community GP’s and pharmacists to monitor client engagement
- will collaborate with Addiction Consultants, Registrars and Nurse Practitioners related to ORT
- will be involved in Clinical Research trial related to opioid treatment.
Our workforce of over 7,000 employees are driven by our values of ‘Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES). We value our people and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop. Our teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring we deliver a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience.
Western Health comprises of three acute public hospitals: Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown Hospital. We also operate the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s, Sunbury Day Hospital, Transition Care at Hazeldean and a range of community based services. We care for a diverse community of over 1 million people with complex care needs ranging from Neonates to Geriatrics.
Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits such as:
- Professional development support
- Career advancement opportunities
- Salary packaging including novated vehicle leasing
- Work-life balance
Western Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and retaining diversity in our workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Western Health is committed to providing a safe environment for the children and young people who are involved in our services, sites and operations. We follow and abide by all legislative requirements to keep children and young people safe.
All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check, an Immunisation status clearance and (if applicable) a Working with Children’s Check.
Western Health do not accept unsolicited resumes/applications from Recruitment Agencies.