Senior Drugs and Poisons Officer (VPSG5.1)

Job posted: 09/05/2022
Applications close: 31/05/2022 (Midnight)
5 days remaining

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Part time

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $102,637 - $113,410

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Reference: VG/DH/RRIL/30100512B

Reference: VG/DH/RRIL/30100512B

Occupation: Health and Allied Health

Salary Range: $102,637 - $113,410

Work location: Melbourne | CBD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.


Senior Drugs and Poisons Officer

The Senior Drugs and Poisons Officer is critical to the daily operations of the Safer Prescribing Team. This position will support the assessment of complex Schedule 8 permit applications, notifications and warrants. The position will also assess Voluntary Assisted Dying permit applications and prepare recommendation briefs for the Secretary. The Senior Drugs and Poisons Officer will provide advice, guidance and information to prescribers and pharmacists seeking to understand their legal obligations regarding Schedule 8 permits and SafeScript. The role also has an educative lens in promoting safer prescribing of drugs of dependence through research, analysis and evaluation of trends and risks of drugs of dependence as well as promoting the appropriate use of and response to SafeScript. In addition, this position will be providing project and policy support related to Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances legislation, Voluntary Assisted Dying and SafeScript. The Senior Drugs and Poisons Officer will be working very closely with other members of the team as well as the branch to support the objectives and outcomes of Medicines and Poisons Regulation.

Medicines and Poisons Regulation and Safer Prescribing Team

Medicines and Poisons Regulation branch is within the Regulatory, Risk, Integrity and Legal division. It provides technical and regulatory advice on all aspects of controlled drugs, poisons and therapeutic goods for industrial, educational, research, veterinary and human treatment purposes, including Chinese medicine. It conducts inspections and issues permits and licences for the manufacture, supply and use of drugs and poisons. It is also responsible for monitoring compliance with legislative requirements and prosecuting breaches under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981.

The Safer Prescribing Team takes the lead for enabling medical and nurse practitioners to safely prescribe drugs of dependence. It does this through education, Schedule 8 permit assessment and provision of legislative and policy guidance to health practitioners. This team plays a key role in the operationalisation of SafeScript as well as Voluntary Assisted Dying permits.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients.  As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.  This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19.  Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made.  If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.vic.gov.au/department-health>

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Senior Drugs and Poisons Officer (VPSG5.1)

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Queenie Lo | 03 9500 7585, queenie.lo@health.vic.gov.au

Senior Drugs and Poisons Officer (VPSG5.1)