About the Role

The Drug Safety Outreach positions are responsible for engaging our service users to provide efficient and high quality needle and syringe distribution and disposal services in the CBD, North West Melbourne region through outreach, education, resources, and supported referral using harm reduction and community development principles.

We are seeking enthusiastic & dynamic practitioners to join our dedicated Drug Safety Workers casual or part time pool to deliver services across our Foot Patrol and North West Outreach Service teams who can demonstrate experience in distributing clean injecting equipment and engaging service users in positive harm reduction conversations.

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North West Outreach Service (NWOS):a mobile, out-of-hours service that operates out of a car across Melbourne's north western suburbs. Access is only available by calling either of the numbers below, letting our team know what you need and agreeing to meet at a mutually safe location.

Foot Patrol: a confidential street-based, drug safety and outreach support service in Melbourne's CBD. Access is only available by calling either of the numbers below, letting our team know what you need and agreeing to meet at a mutually safe location within the CBD.

Shifts are available between 12.30pm and 12.30am, Monday to Friday and 12pm - 12.30am on weekends.

What you'll bring:

  • Recognised Certificate IV or Diploma qualifications in relevant AOD, Community Services and/or Health related disciplines
  • Experience working alongside adults that are marginalised and complex (in particular people who inject drugs, people who are homeless and people with mental health issues) 
  • Sound knowledge of the principles of client-centre support and harm minimisation
  • Knowledge and understanding of homelessness, housing and health sectors (including mental health and AOD)
  • A desire to grow, develop, and build a career with a progressive organisation
  • Ability to build rapport in a semi-structured environment
  • Demonstrated experience in undertaking assessment and successful supported referrals

We’re all about cultural fit and experience, as well as developing emerging talent and giving people the opportunity to be the best they can be.

    Must Have’s

    • Recognised Diploma or Certificate IV level qualifications in AOD, Community Services and/or Health related disciplines
    • Valid Passport/Australian Working Rights
    • Police Check
    • Working with Children’s Check

    What's in it for YOU!

    • Comprehensive induction and support from our training team
    • Inclusive and transparent workplace culture
    • Access to learning and development
    • Access to Employee Assistance Program
    • Diverse and collaborative team culture. Your success is our success!

    About Youth Projects

    Youth Projects is an Australian-based independent, registered charity who recognises the complex and varying needs of our clients and offers a holistic model of care and provides pathways into our award-winning employment, education, and social enterprise programs. Located at two sites (Hosier Lane and the vibrant, northern region of Melbourne) Youth Projects provides frontline support to individuals experiencing disadvantage, unemployment, homelessness, alcohol and other drug issues, and young people looking to re-engage with learning and employment. Our mission is to provide high impact support, no judgement, full stop.

    Our commitment to diversity

    Youth Projects values diversity and we promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions and encourage applications from candidates with a disability, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and indigenous candidates.

    Safety screening

    Youth Projects has zero-tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation. All Youth Projects staff must undergo a Police Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

    How to apply

    Please email your resume and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria (from above) to [email protected]. Applications without addressing the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered. Furthermore, if you are interested in part-time or casual working arrangement please indicate on your Cover Letter.

    Recruitment for this position will be undertaken as applications are received. The position will be filled when a successful candidate has been selected.

    For further information, please contact Richie Goonan (Program Manager) via email.