This is a new position which has been created to help drive reform and deliver contemporary care in mental health in alcohol & drug services. As the State-wide Clinical Director – Alcohol & Drug Services, Mental Health for Tasmania, this is a high-profile role in terms of Australia’s broader mental health reforms.
With a specific focus on alcohol and drug services, this will cover the full spectrum including better integration of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug services, and supports and treatments across government and non-government agencies. Delivering a seamless, easy to navigate, effective and integrated service system and ensuring supports and treatments are inclusive of families, carers, and significant others, is a key purpose of this role. Integrating AOD specialist services with non-AOD specialist services, particularly with Primary Health, will make up a large part of this opportunity. Additionally, establishing a Detox@Home Program, an AOD Homeless Consultation Liaison Program and a Brief Intervention Team that works closely with the Emergency Department are core reform initiatives.
The primary role of the State-wide Specialty Director - Alcohol and Drug Service is to provide leadership to all aspects of service delivery for the Alcohol and Drug Service. To ensure the provision of high standard, consumer focused and cost-effective clinical services to the Tasmanian community, in accordance with Tasmanian Health Service (THS), Department of Health (DoH) and Tasmanian government policies and priorities. Providing high level specialist advice in relation to alcohol and drug clinical practice, strategic direction, policy, and relevant legislation to senior management within the THS and DoH and to other government and community sector agencies naturally is central to this opportunity. The incumbent will work in partnership with and report to the Medical Director – State Mental Health Services, to ensure the delivery of safe, evidence-based patient care and the ongoing strategic development of state-wide clinical services within the Alcohol and Drug Service.
The successful applicant will be a Clinical Director or a Senior Specialist in drug & alcohol health services and have extensive high-level experience and skill in the provision of alcohol and other drug withdrawal services.
This is a special opportunity to take a significant high-profile step in your career. You will have a track record, and have a detailed knowledge of, the range of psychological based interventions and harm reduction interventions such as needle and syringe programs that are supported by evidence. You have experience and skills at a high-level regarding organising and managing medical staff within an alcohol and drug service or other related services. This position will require very strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within an interdisciplinary team, both clinical and non-clinical.
Tasmania is a beautiful part of the world, and Australia. As a state it is experiencing a high level of migration for those seeking a quality of life, which is quite different to larger metropolitan health services in other states. Best known for its land and sea scapes, adventure, wine and gourmet food an opportunity like this combined with enviable lifestyle, offers an attractive change.