Mobile Drug Safety Practitioner Bendigo Community Health Services


About the business and the role

Bendigo Community Health Services has cared for the health and wellbeing of the Bendigo community for more than 40 years.  The success of BCHS starts with our staff.  A high level of professionalism and dedication allows BCHS to deliver quality services for the community with a particular focus on the vulnerable and disadvantaged.  As an organisation that employs more than 200 people across a broad range of services, you will find working at Bendigo Community Health Services challenging and rewarding.  We offer the chance for you to make a real difference to those directly in your care and the community in general.  Work-life balance and health and well-being is important in today’s busy lifestyle and we have a Staff Health and Well-being Program to take care of that. Added benefits of a career in the community health sector include training programs, flexible working conditions, salary packaging and study assistance.  Does this sound like somewhere you would like to work?  The next chapter in your career story awaits …

The Role of the Team 

The Alcohol and Drug Services Team is a multi-disciplinary team, supporting clients requiring a range of treatment, support and education related to their use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD). The team supports clients along the continuum of AOD use from active using to seeking access to stop their use. The focus of the team is to provide seamless treatment and support pathways, coordinated service and a range of information and education interventions relating to harm reduction. 

There are 3 positions available

2 x Full Time 76 hours per fortnight (1 FTE) 

Fixed term positions to June 2023 

1 x Part Time 30.4 hours per fortnight (0.4 FTE)  

Ongoing Position 


Position Role 

The Mobile Drug Safety (MDS) Practitioner provides leadership to communities in the Bendigo area by taking a community development approach to supporting local and regional harm reduction initiatives. The role enhances BCHS’s and partner agencies’ endeavours to reduce community and individual harms around alcohol and other drug (AOD) use. The role will also deliver harm reduction education to clients in the Bendigo area. The role is designed to:  

  • build and facilitate local and regional partnerships,  
  • provide education and capacity-building to partner agencies, service users and staff  
  • develop pathways between harm reduction and treatment options, and  
  • lead and support design and delivery of health promotion and harm reduction initiatives including but not limited to safe injecting education, overdose education, access to and use of Naloxone and prevention of blood borne virus.  
  • Provide outreach to high risk illicit substance users  

Position Responsibilities 

The responsibilities of the position are: 

  • Coordinate the day to day management of the harm reduction programs in conjunction with the Team Manager of Non-residential AOD Programs.  
  • Develop an annual harm minimisation activity plan.  
  • Support high-risk consumers who inject drugs with outreach visits, education and linkage to AOD treatment and other supports.  
  • Promote and deliver AOD community education.  
  • Maintain networks and collaborate with Penington Institute and Harm Reduction Victoria. 
  • Maintain data and program evaluation and participate in opportunities to access additional program funding.  
  • Participate in team and organisational wide aspects of quality improvement of programs, program performance reviews and redevelopment to achieve best practice standards.  
  • Ensure that all relevant program and staff comply with relevant legislation, regulations and standards.  
  • Actively participate in the AOD Individual and Group supervision, team meetings, and where required organisation-wide processes and activities.  

Key Selection Criteria 


  • Qualifications in Public Health, Community Development, Welfare Studies, Alcohol and Other Drug Diploma or other health related disciplines.  
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in working in the area of harm reduction with a strong demonstrated understanding of a range of related areas including; blood-borne virus prevention (BBV), overdose prevention, management and relapse prevention.  
  • Experience in a community development role, including project management, community partnerships and collaboration. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the social model of health and how to integrate these principles into practice.  
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated capacity to communicate effectively with a broad range of stakeholders, clients and people who support clients.  
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to the development of proposals, data analysis and report writing.  
  • Demonstrated ability to engage the target group in order to achieve positive educational outcomes including the ability to communicate key health messages in relation to drug safety.  
  • Ability to provide and deliver coordinated key educational programs to the target audience and the community.  
  • Strong knowledge of and ability to use the Microsoft Office Suite and Windows based programs and database management systems. 
  • Current driver’s licence.  
  • Ability to provide vaccination status information that meets the requirements for healthcare workers. 


For further information about the position contact Jess Gilmore on 54061519.

Applications addressing the Key Selection Criteria should be emailed to [email protected] by 4pm Monday 25th July 2022.



Bendigo Community Health Services

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