Harm Reduction Worker cohealth


  • Full-Time and Part-Time positions
  • Work for a multi-award-winning iconic community health organisation
  • Generous salary packaging options to reduce your cohealth taxable income

So why cohealth?

cohealth leads the way in reducing health and social inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. Named Premier’s Health Service of the Year (Primary) and the Supporting LGBTIQ+ Health Service at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, cohealth’s 1000 staff demonstrate courage, leadership, innovation, and agility in their commitment to providing inclusive and culturally safe health services that protect the human rights of all people of all gender identities, sexualities, ages, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, faiths, and abilities.

Our inclusive workplace culture enables staff to bring their whole selves to work, where uniqueness is valued, and people experience a feeling of belonging. Our aim is for everyone to thrive in their role. Please click here to find out more.

About the role

This position is part of the Public Intoxication Response and sits within the AOD Outreach cluster. The Public Intoxication Response service will deliver a health response to people intoxicated in metro Melbourne in line with the recent decriminalisation of public intoxication by the Victorian Government.

As a Harm Reduction Worker in this program, you will respond to calls for support by developing and delivering outreach assistance to intoxicated individuals, transporting them to places of safety, creating health and social care pathways and broader prevention strategies. This role will provide outreach, triage, transport and a bridge between Police, Ambulance, and safe places for individuals to sober up. This role requires regular shift work including after-hours, day and night shifts, and weekends.

Please refer to the Position Description for more information.

Your duties include:

  • Provide high quality, recovery-oriented, evidence-based outreach services to clients exhibiting intoxication in public
  • Work with a nurse to triage the immediate needs of a client and enact a plan that maximises the client’s health, wellbeing and dignity while ensuring the safety of others
  • Provide care and recovery coordination services as required, including care planning, referrals, and support services, both in outreach and onsite
  • Arrange for someone to be taken to a place of safety, either through private means, a secondary paid service, direct provision of transportation, or in some cases, emergency services

What cohealth offers:

  • Generous salary packaging options to suit you – tax free amount of up to $15,900 p.a (mortgage, rent, or credit cards) and a further $2,650 p.a (meal, entertainment expenses and holiday accommodation). Salary packaging reduces your cohealth taxable income, meaning you pay less tax on your cohealth income
  • A generous rewards program from our salary packaging provider
  • Exciting Parental leave benefits
    • cohealth offers primary carers 14 weeks paid parental leave upon completion of only 6 months of continuous service
    • Eligible co-workers will continue to receive superannuation on unpaid parental leave as well
  • Novated Leasing available
  • Counselling services for you and your immediate family through our EAP-Access provider, and mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing programs
  • We offer inclusion, equality, and opportunity in a workplace where making a difference counts (based on our guiding principles and values)

Our ideal candidate:

  • Certificate IV or tertiary qualification in a relevant field or other appropriate qualification
  • A Lived experience of accessing AOD services will be highly regarded
  • The ability to assess client need and develop a care plan in order to support and assist both their immediate wellbeing and safety and their short-term navigation to health and other community services
  • A commitment to the principles of harm reduction and recovery

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Check, a Working With Children Check (WWCC), complete a Statutory Declaration, evidence of legal rights to work in Australia, and evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 (3 doses). Additionally, some roles will also require current AHPRA registration and/or NDIS Worker Screening Clearance.

Roles that are determined to be Risk Category A or B [staff that have direct and/or indirect contact with body substances and are at higher risk of occupational exposure to infections] will be required to provide evidence of immunisation assessment including Influenza prior to commencement [A] or within 12 weeks of commencement [B]. This is in accordance with the Victorian Minister of Health Mandatory Vaccination Orders for COVID-19 and legislated requirement for influenza vaccination.

Application Process

Click on apply now to be directed to our careers page. You will be asked to upload your CV/ resume and answer the Key Selection Criteria. We will be conducting interviews for this role as applications are received. This campaign will close on the mentioned date at 10.00 PM. If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact Danny Jeffcote, [email protected]

To apply for this job go to: https://cohealthcareers.org.au/Current-Jobs & enter ref code: 6451784.

Applications close 26 October 2023.