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Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act Coordinator

Private Company - Vincent, QLD

Any Industry
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  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Excellent Career Progression
  • Part-time (4 days per week)
  • Fixed term 1-7-21 - 30-6-23

About St Vincent's
St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) is part of St Vincent's Health Australia and a leading teaching, research and tertiary health service which employs more than 5,000 staff across 18 sites throughout Melbourne. SVHM provides a diverse range of adult clinical services including acute medical and surgical services, sub-acute care, medical diagnostics, rehabilitation, allied health, mental health, palliative care, correctional health and community residential care. SVHM is one of Australia's leading Catholic not-for-profit healthcare providers.

About Department
The Department of Addiction Medicine at St. Vincent's (which includes De Paul House withdrawal unit) is one of Australia's leading centres for the medical treatment of drug or alcohol addiction. The work includes direct patient treatment, research, education/training and policy development. Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers and specialist counsellors, and our treatment services encompass both acute withdrawal and long term management, using state-of-the-art methods and facilities. We have a strong culture of education, training and teaching, from undergraduate students to senior clinicians across a wide range of professional disciplines.

Another component part of the services provided by DoAM is the coordination and management of the Severe Substance Dependence Treatment Act (SSDTA) for the state of Victoria. The purpose of the SSDTA is to provide for the detention and involuntary withdrawal treatment / Management of persons with a severe substance dependence. Please review the act for details around the criteria for the use of the act.

About the Role
In consultation with and through the clinical governance provided by the DoAM Clinical Director and supporting Addiction Consultants the SSDTA coordinator will be responsible for supporting services, individuals and the Victorian community to better understand and utilise the SSDTA. This role will be the first point of contact for people enquiring about and or considering placing somebody under the act for treatment. Once somebody has been placed under the act the coordinator will facilitate their access to treatment in the most appropriate setting for their needs - medical admission to hospital; placement in a MH inpatient facility; admission to Depaul house residential withdrawal unit or equivalent. During their period of involuntary treatment the SSDTA coordinator will engage with the client, their family /carers and services involved and engaged with this person. During their admission the coordinator will provide support, advice and active input to the treating teams and facilitate the regular reviews as per the requirements of the Act. The coordinator will facilitate the discharge planning process and ensure appropriate linkage and follow is in place prior to discharge. They will also follow the clients progress post discharge with regular follow contact with the client, there supports and service providers.

The classification range for this positions is:

Registered Nurse Grade 4A Clin Coord - $101,764pa

Occupational Therapist Grade 2 - Yr 1 - 4 - $83,361.20 - $95,825.60pa

Social Worker Grade 2 Yr 1 - 4 - - $83,361.20 - $95,825.60pa


  • Respond to enquiries from people considering the use of the SSDTA - explore alternatives and provide advice and linkage information to appropriate services if the SSDTA criteria are not met and therefore the Act is not deemed appropriate
  • Provide regular training and information to service providers, the courts and the community around the appropriate use of the SSDTA.
  • Receive and triage referrals and enquiries to DoAM about the SSDTA and ensure a timely response
  • The follow-up post discharge is one focused on monitoring the clients progress, ensuring they have accessed and or engaged with the support services identified in their discharge plan.
  • Initially over the first 3 to 4 weeks the coordinator will make contact with the client and or their supports and service providers.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • A qualification in or equivalent:
  • Certificate / Diploma or Degree in Nursing which meets the registration requirements of the Nurses Board of Victoria in Division 1 or 3. A minimum of 5 year's experience - preferably in the AOD or related sector.
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). Eligible for membership of the A.A.S.W. A minimum of 5 year's experience.
  • Bachelor degree in Occupational Therapy. Eligible for membership of OT Australia. A minimum of 5 year's experience (Or equivalent qualification and experience in a related discipline)
  • Experience in Addiction Medicine and /or related fields
  • Working knowledge of the SSDTA and the Victorian AOD service sector
  • Work closely with the Access and Engagement Coordinator at Depaul House to ensure that SSDTA clients are supported and managed optimally during their residential withdrawal stay.
  • A current driver's license.


  • Salary packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Staff Health Centre
  • Staff Car Park


  • Please attach your resume and cover letter to your application.

At SVHM we acknowledge the importance of creating a work environment that is welcoming, safe, equitable and inclusive for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Employees and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. If you would like further information, contact our Indigenous Recruitment Coordinator through our careers page.

SVHA has a duty of care under work health and safety legislation to eliminate and/or control the risk of transmission of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) in healthcare settings. You are therefore required to comply with the SVHA Staff Health Screening Immunisation Policy, which, depending on the role you perform in the organisation will require you to undergo mandatory immunisations/vaccinations (including flu vaccinations).

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current satisfactory NDIS Worker Screening Check, conducted by the Worker Screening Unit, and National Police Check conducted by The Victoria Police.

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current satisfactory National Police Certificate conducted by The Victoria Police.

Shortlisting for this position will commence immediately. We encourage you to apply promptly as the advertisement may close early should a suitable applicant be sourced.