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Current Opportunity: Alcohol and Other Drugs Project Officer

Alcohol and Other Drugs Project Officer

Employer: AHCSA

Position Type: Full Time

Classification: AHCSA Level 6

Closing date: Thu 2 February 2023 at 5:00pm


The Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia Ltd. (AHCSA) is the peak body for Aboriginal health representing the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health and Substance Misuse Services at state and national levels.

Our primary role is to be the ‘health voice’ for all Aboriginal people in South Australia. We achieve this by advocating for the community and supporting workers with appropriate Aboriginal health programs based on a holistic perspective of health.

The Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Project Officer will increase support, resourcing and capacity building for ACCHS to improve the identification and management of clients with AOD use disorders. The position will also perform an advocacy, coordination, and networking role


for the ACCHS AOD sector as well as provide close links with the mainstream AOD service providers.

The AOD Project Officer is a Full-Time, fixed term position to 30 June 2024.


The AOD Project Officer reports to the General Manger, Programs. This position is expected to work in close collaboration with all AHCSA staff.

Statement of Outcomes


The AOD Project Officer will increase support, resourcing and capacity building for ACCHS to improve the identification and management of clients with AOD use disorders. For this purpose, the AOD Project Officer will:

Review ACCHS current capacity to prevent, identify early and manage clients with AOD use disorders. This will include working with individual ACCHS to identify potential solutions to barriers identified

Support the delivery of training and development for ACCHS workforce where required including the use of appropriate screening tools to assess AOD use and provide brief interventions where harmful use is identified

Assist in linking appropriate individuals to specialised AOD training via the AHCSA RTO Support system strengthening where required through

Ensuring all relevant staff have access to up to date, evidence-based best practice resources for the prevention, early identification and management of clients with AOD use disorders including harm reduction strategies

Ensuring the optimal use of clinical information systems within ACCHSs to record information related to AOD use

Developing processes for the use of routinely collected AOD data for local quality improvement activities, local ACCHS service planning, AHCSA program monitoring and State-wide program planning

Ensuring clear referral pathways are in place for individuals requiring follow-up or referral to specialist AOD services as well as harm reduction services such as clean needle programs

Specifically undertake a review of existing guidelines for the identification, management and referral for Aboriginal people with methamphetamine dependence attending primary care services

Working with ACCHS, local communities and the AHCSA Community Educator, support the development and implementation of culturally appropriate primary prevention and health promotion activities and initiatives for the at-risk population

Undertake a mapping exercise detailing existing specialist AOD services and supports available to ACCHS

Develop an AOD support and information network for key ACCHS AOD staff

Develop and cultivate relationships and linkages with government agencies, peak bodies, health service providers and other key stakeholders to support the delivery of comprehensive and culturally appropriate AOD services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in SA


What we offer


The opportunity to join the peak body representing Aboriginal community controlled health and substance misuse services in South Australia

Encourages work/life balance

An inclusive and diverse workplace Great salary package and benefits Generous leave provisions


Essential Criteria


Certificate, Diploma or Degree (in an area relevant to the position) from a recognised tertiary institution or industrial experience relevant to the position, such as Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care or Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Highly Regarded Experience


Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or equivalent.


Conditions of Employment


A valid National Police Certificate will be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

Please note that you may be required to provide evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations. A valid Drivers License is required


How to apply


Please apply via SEEK.


You are required to submit a resume and Suitability Statement of no more than 3 pages, addressing the Statement of outcomes of the Job and Person Specification please contact Julian Snook, HR Manager at julian.snook@ahcsa.org.au to request a copy of the Job and Person Specification or visit our webpage where it can be found under the Careers Tab - https://ahcsa.org.au/careers/careers.

Please note, late applications will not be accepted and no agencies please. Closing Date for applications: 5:00 PM, 2nd February 2023

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply