The role

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NSP/ Community Development Worker

Footscray, Australia

Reference: 6226589

  • Casual role, Upto $40.05 per hour
  • Based in Collingwood and Footscray
  • Generous Salary Packaging
  • Work for a multi-award-winning iconic community health organisation.

So why cohealth?

cohealth leads the way in reducing health and social inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. Named Premier's Health Service of the Year (Primary) and the Supporting LGBTIQ+ Health Service at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, cohealth's 1000 staff demonstrate courage, leadership, innovation, and agility in their commitment to providing inclusive and culturally safe health services that protect the human rights of all people of all gender identities, sexualities, ages, cultural backgrounds, faiths and abilities.

Our inclusive workplace culture enables staff to bring their whole selves to work, where uniqueness is valued, and people experience a feeling of belonging. Our aim is for everyone to thrive in their role. Please click here to find out more.

About the role

The cohealth AOD Response offers a medical practice as well as nursing and allied health, counselling, and Needle & Syringe Program (NSP), and a drop-in service that is staffed by health workers. The Needle and Syringe Program/ Community Development Worker is responsible for delivering effective, friendly and efficient services to clients by providing engagement and support, including advocacy and liaison. The individual would provide information and referral to appropriate services both within cohealth and externally.

Please refer to the Position Description for more information.

Your duties include:

  • Supporting and assisting clients to understand and navigate health and other community services within cohealth and externally
  • Maximising opportunities to provide information and education on safer drug use, BBV and STI treatment and prevention
  • Working with clients to facilitate the delivery of pharmacotherapies in collaboration with GPs and other providers
  • Assisting in the operation of the Needle & Syringe Program across cohealth sites including syringe management and outreach work
  • Ensuring ethical, responsive and professional goal directed client focussed services are provided

What cohealth offers:

  • Salary packaging to suit you - tax free amount of up to $15,900 p.a (mortgage, rent, or credit cards) and a further $2,650 p.a (meal, entertainment expenses and holiday accommodation) alongside generous reward programs from our salary packaging providers
  • Novated Leasing available
  • Counselling services for you and your immediate family through our EAP-Access provider, and mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing programs
  • We offer inclusion, equality, and opportunity in a workplace where making a difference counts (based on our guiding principles and values)

Our ideal candidate:

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. alcohol and other drugs, community development, social work), Certificate IV or higher, with minimum two years relevant work experience
  • Capacity to engage and assess client need to provide timely and appropriate information
  • Demonstrated understanding of harm reduction as it applies to people who use drugs (PWUD), including the transmission and prevention of blood borne viruses (Hepatitis B and C, HIV and STIs)
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution and negotiation and the ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds

Application Process

Click on apply now to be directed to our careers page. You will be asked to upload your CV/ resume and answer the Key Selection Criteria. We will be conducting interviews for this role as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact Michael Peacock michael.peacock@cohealth.org.au .


Applications Close: 03 Feb 2023