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Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment (MERIT) Case Manager – Queanbeyan or Cooma

Organisation / Entity : Southern NSW Local Health District

Job category :

Health – Allied Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

Job location :

Regional NSW / Goulburn & Southern Tablelands

Job reference number : REQ467803

Work type : Full-Time

Total remuneration package : $70944 – $82899

Closing date : 18 / 02 / 2024 – 11 : 59 PM

Employment Type : Permanent Full Time – Part Time will also be considered

Location : Queanbeyan or Cooma

Employment Type : Permanent Full Time – Part Time will also be considered

Location : Queanbeyan or Cooma Position Classification : Dependent upon qualifications

Remuneration :

Counsellor Lvl 1 / 2 : $70,944 – $101,211 per annum

Registered Nurse : $70,049.73 – $98,351.38 per annum

Psychologist : $74,742.00 – $109,397.00 per annum

Social Worker Lvl 1 / 2 : $70,944.00 – $101,211.00 per annum

Occupational Therapist Lvl 1 / 2 : $70,944.00 – $101,211.00 per annum

Welfare Officer Lvl 1 / 2 : $70,944.00 – $101,211.00 per annum

Hours Per Week : 38

Requisition ID : REQ467803

Applications Close : 18 February 2024

Interview Information : Scheduled within 10 days of closing

Southern NSW Local Health District covers a large area of the southern half of NSW. Surrounding the ACT on three sides and all the way down to the Victorian border, it extends from the pristine beaches of the NSW South Coast, the farmlands of the Southern Tablelands, across the picturesque Great Dividing Range and the spectacular Snowy Mountains.

We have 18 facilities and our hospitals take care of more than 200,000 people. As we are a major local employer, our staff are a part of our local communities.

To find out more on what it is like to live and work in Southern NSW LHD click here

We are Southern

What we offer

  • Salary Packaging up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing
  • Corporate Health and Fitness program
  • 11% Superannuation on top of your gross income
  • Annual Leave Loading

Where you’ll be working

There is an abundance of lifestyle benefits available to you in country NSW and you will be amazed at what you will have access to – and it all comes without the queues and crowds of a big city.

Forget about sitting in traffic for hours and paying for parking, live in the city you’ll be minutes away from work (perhaps even close enough to walk or cycle) and even if you live on a property outside of Goulburn or in one of the neighbouring villages, it’s still a much shorter trip than big city living.

That’s more time for family, friends and recreation. More time to live. Goulburn is 45 minutes from Canberra, 2hrs to the beach and 2hrs from Sydney.

Imagine Rural – Southern NSW Local Health District

What you’ll be doing

MERIT (Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment) is a court diversion program that provides the opportunity for suitable local court defendants with drug problems to address their drug use, associated lifestyle and health issues.

Engaging with people who are before the court with a history of or current drug use. Providing as part of a multi disciplinary team, assessment and case management that will help to improve their lifestyle and health in an effort to reduce re-offending.

The MERIT Case manager will provide assessment, intensive case management, support, counselling and treatment to

defendants with a drug and / or alcohol issue, who have current legal matters in a Local MERIT Court and MERIT

treatment area.

Selection Criteria

  • Tertiary Qualifications and current registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Psychologist OR Tertiary Qualifications for Social Worker, Counsellor or Welfare Officer with eligibility for membership for relevant professional association.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience of holistic treatment and prevention approaches in the alcohol and other drugs field applicable with people presenting with complex needs, including but not limited to screening, assessment, brief intervention, withdrawal management, contributing to treatment and discharge planning, referral, group work and community follow up.
  • Applied knowledge and competency in case management and treatment options for people and their families who present with problematic or harmful drug use.
  • Demonstrated experience in liaison and working in partnership with government and non government services, and community groups.
  • Demonstrated leadership within a diverse range of inpatient and / or outreach settings with the ability to work within a multidisciplinary team or autonomously.
  • Demonstrated high level communication skills, advanced written, oral communication and competent computer skills.
  • Evidence of a current unrestricted drivers’ licence and the ability to maintain. Ability and willingness to drive / travel as the role requires.

This may involve driving long distances and overnight stays.

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases

This is a Category A’ position, please read and understand NSW Health policy directive PD2022 030 . All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy.

OASV requirements also include proof of vaccination against influenza and is compulsory for NSW Staff that enter any Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) or who work in NSW Health owned and operated RACFs.

All NSW Health Category A workers are required to have received at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. You will be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status if successful.

Australian Work Rights

Please note that to apply for this position you must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Australia, or be able to independently and legally live and work in Australia by way of your own Temporary Visa.

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At Southern NSW Local Health District we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, where we don’t just accept differences but we honour and support it.

Committed to providing a working environment that thrives and values diversity, we encourage people of Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander background, people with a disability and people from the LGBTQI+ community to apply.

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