About the Role

This role will utilise their lived experience of alcohol and other drugs to engage service users in order to coordinate pathways out of homelessness and reduce drug-related harm through our Proactive Overdose Response Initiative and The Living Room primary health service.

What you'll do

  • Assertively engage service users to create a safe and welcoming space, and actively promote The Living Room services to service users.
  • Conduct initial assessments for service users to access clinical services and therapeutic activities.
  • Support the management of dynamics and numbers in the drop in space.
  • Engage people who use drugs, their friends, family, and partners to provide education about safer using and the benefits of take-home naloxone.
  • Conduct 1:1 and group overdose awareness training to reduce drug related harm in the community through responsive and planned training sessions with individuals at risk of overdose, staff teams and the community.
  • Liaise and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Integration of care with the existing service system to ensure enhanced service coordination and collaboration.

What you'll bring:

  • Lived experience of alcohol and other drugs
  • Commitment to the principles of harm minimisation
  • Current First Aid level 2 Certificate (preferable)
  • Demonstrated understanding of health issues facing injecting drug users and an ability to relate and communicate with injecting drug users around these issues
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of blood borne virus prevention strategies and an ability to disseminate health education messages to service users and the wider community
  • Knowledge and familiarity of human services organisations, referral procedures and processes
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in the health and social support services - Certificate IV Alcohol & Other Drugs (as a minimum)
  • Completion of the 4 AOD Core Competencies (or completion within first 6 months of employment)

Must Have’s

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in the health and social support services - Certificate IV Alcohol & Other Drugs (as a minimum)
  • Completion of the 4 AOD Core Competencies (or completion within first 6 months of employment)
  • Current First Aid Certificate (Level 2)
  • Valid Passport/Australian Working Rights
  • Police Check
  • Working with Children Check

What's in it for YOU!

  • Flexible work environment
  • Access to generous employee benefits including salary packaging, training and professional development opportunities
  • Access to Employee Assistance Program
  • Continuous growth in owning your own space?
  • Diverse and collaborative team culture. Your success is our success!

About Youth Projects

Youth Projects is an Australian-based independent, registered charity who recognise the complex and varying needs of our clients and offer a holistic model of care and provide 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 front line 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 a 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 apply through the Seek website. 

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

For any questions or enquiries, please email us.