About the Role

This role will focus on reducing the incidence of fatal overdoses by delivering a comprehensive service response to engage people who survive overdose to provide support, monitoring, counselling and referrals to health and other support services as needed. 

What you'll do

  • Engage people who use drugs, their friends, family, and partners to provide education about safer using and the benefits of take-home Naloxone.
  • Conduct one-on-one and group group training on overdose awareness 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.
  • Ensure community health staff are trained in brief interventions related to overdose awareness and safer using strategies.
  • Participate in key networks to educate the broader community sector of the benefits of the Proactive Overdose Response Initiative and advocate for practice and legislative change where required.
  • Work with the Manager Harm Reduction and Outreach to produce high-quality, analytic reports to influence program design and meet external reporting requirements.

What you'll bring:

  • Experience working with people who have problematic drug and or alcohol use, people who are homeless or who have a mental illness and young people.
  • Experience in the facilitation and/or delivery of program activities as required (one on one or group activities with clients)
  • Minimum two years relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to build positive client relationships through assertive engagement.
  • Sound knowledge of the health and social issues for people who use drugs such as overdose, blood borne virus prevention, pharmacotherapy treatment, stigma, and discrimination.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the principles of harm reduction, reflective practice and ongoing professional development
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, quality documentation skills including ability to monitor and evidence client progress.
  • Ability to work independently with strong sense of focus, task-oriented, nonjudgmental, with a clear sense of professional boundaries.
  • Relevant qualifications Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. AOD, community development, social work), Certificate IV or higher + AOD core competencies (or within 6 months from employment) + current First Aid Certificate (Level 2)

Must Have’s

  • Tertiary qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. AOD, community development, social work), Certificate IV or higher.
  • AOD core competencies (or within 6 months from 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.