Nurse Practitioner - Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

Job posted: 01/08/2022
Applications close: 15/08/2022 (Midnight)
3 days remaining

3 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Nursing

Reference: 15572

Reference: 15572

Occupation: Nursing

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne

  • Full time ongoing position for RPN6

  • Based at Thomas Embling Hospital

  • A culture where people care

A career in the forensic mental health sector is diverse, challenging and rewarding. A career at Forensicare will be like no other. If you’re passionate about supporting people in their mental health recovery, Forensicare is where you need to be. You will be a part of a caring and supportive team, making a real difference to people living with the dual stigma of mental illness and offending. We approach our work with curiosity and a commitment to understanding the unique needs of our consumers and carers. Working across community, hospital and prison settings, you can learn, apply your specialist skills and advance in your profession. Together, we can contribute to a more connected, compassionate mental health and criminal justice system.

Job location

Forensicare is the statutory agency responsible for the provision of adult forensic mental health services across Victoria.

Forensicare is situated across five sites across Victoria with its largest site being Thomas Embling Hospital, located in Fairfield, just 15 minutes north of the Melbourne city centre. Thomas Embling Hospital is a 136-bed secure hospital providing acute care, rehabilitation and continuing care programs. It includes a dedicated women’s unit.

About the Role:

  • A new and developing role to build the capacity of Forensicare to develop and embed AOD specialist interventions.

  • The Nurse Practitioner-AOD provides an advanced nursing practice role within Thomas Embling Hospital with a key focus on specialist AOD screening, assessment, treatment and referral.

  • The Nurse Practitioner provides professional leadership for all staff contributing to education, training and professional development across the service and building the capacity of Forensicare staff and some project work in relation to the development of AOD capacity within Forensicare.


  • Conducts specialist AOD assessments, screening and specific interventions.

  • Implements strategies to better manage people with alcohol and drug related difficult behaviours and co-morbid mental health concerns.

  • Contributes to the development and evaluation of comprehensive treatment plans that are evidence based and informed by specialist knowledge.

  • Refers patients to other specialties and departments as required with recommendations for future management. 

  • Orders and monitors the results of tests and investigations within the NP practice guidelines.

  • Ensures Clinical decisions are informed by evidence based practice.

About You:

  • An expert nurse that role models leadership behaviours.

  • Extensive and advanced clinical knowledge and at least five years of experience in a senior nursing role.

  • Commitment to evidence based treatment for people with Alcohol and Other Drug issues.

  • Orders and monitors the results of tests and investigations within the NP practice guidelines.

  • Advanced clinical knowledge, skills and experience.

  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and ability to work independantly and within a multidisciplinary service delivery framework.

  • Strong evidence of participation in research, project management and quality improvement activities that support the development of programs and the nursing workforce.

  • Ensures Clinical decisions are informed by evidence based practice.

What you need:


  • Registration with Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Division 1 nurse with endorsement as a Nurse Practitioner.

  • The successful candidate will be required to register their qualifications on eCredential

This position is subject to a Police Check.

A culture where people matter.

  • Excellent supervision and investment in the skill development of managers and supervisors.

  • Celebration and reward for good performance, through employee recognition.

  • A leading, multi-faceted approach to safety, with unparalleled strategic, practical, individualised and team-based supports to minimise risks and fear and maximise safety and security, underpinned by our workplace health and safety strategy.

  • Access to an employee assistance program – an external, confidential, self-referral employee wellbeing program, for personal or work-related matters.

  • A mental health and wellbeing program providing psychological support, peer support and critical incidence response programs, as needed.

For more information on employee benefits visit https://www.forensicare.vic.gov.au/careers/employee-benefits  

Successful applicants will be required to provide evidence of three COVID-19 Vaccination prior to commencing work at Forensicare. Under the Victorian Public Health orders, all employees working within the Public Health system must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. All applicants will also be required to provide evidence of a flu vaccination.

Current Forensicare employees should apply through eRecruit using an account which is linked to their Forensicare email address and should contact People and Culture if they are unable to access their Forensicare eRecruit account.

 Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and developing a diverse workforce which reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people who identify as LGBTQI, people with a lived experience of disability, as well as people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Forensicare promotes our guiding principles of curiosity, purpose, strong ethics, compassion and fairness; and promotes behaviours that are consistent with these values at all times. Forensicare is an equal opportunity employer and offers a smoke free environment.

Nurse Practitioner - Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)

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Jo Ryan - (04) 0831 7675

Nurse Practitioner - Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)