Specialist Pharmacotherapy Service (SPS) Clinician

Job posted: 15/09/2021
Applications close: 29/09/2021 (Midnight)
7 days remaining

7 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Western Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Nursing

Reference: 42490

Reference: 42490

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Nursing

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Specialist Pharmacotherapy Service (SPS) Clinician

Permanent, Full time, Monday - Friday


The Specialist Pharmacotherapy Services (SPS) sits within the Specialist Services suite of programmes at Drug Health Services, Western Health and delivers care to metropolitan and regional alcohol and other drug (AOD) users, their families, friends, carers, and the wider community.

The target client group is characterised by people with multiple and complex co-morbidities, requiring a skilled and sensitive approach to engagement and whose needs cannot be met solely by their regular community pharmacotherapy prescriber. These include clients with:

  • unstable psychiatric conditions, including psychosis, depression and personality disorders

  • high-risk patterns of substance abuse including significant alcohol, methamphetamine and poly drug use

  • challenging behaviours unable to be managed in other community settings

  • chronic pain disorders who are abusing licit and illicit opioids

  • pregnancy and substance abuse issues

  • medical conditions such as HIV and hepatitis C.

The SPS also provide a consultative service to staff at Drug Health Services , Western Health including the broader AOD service sector on opinion about management of clients with complex issues related to Opiate Replacement Therapy (ORT).

To be Successful in this Role you

  • will provide specialist assessment, treatment and stabilisation for people receiving opiate replacement therapy who have complex medical, psychiatric or psychosocial problems  

  • will support clients accessing/stabilising/maintaining opiate replacemnet therapy in the community 

  • will provide case management and counselling support to clients on ORT 

  • will liase with community GP’s and pharmacists to monitor client engagement 

  • will collaborate with Addiction Consultants, Registrars and Nurse Practitioners related to ORT

  • will be involved in Clinical Research trial related to opioid treatment.

About Us

Our workforce of over 9,000 employees are driven by our values of ‘Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES). We value our people and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop.  Our teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring we deliver a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience.

Western Health is in a period of rapid growth. Our services comprise of four acute public hospitals: Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital (including Joan Kirner Women's and Children's), Williamstown Hospital and Bacchus Marsh & Melton Hospital. We also operate Sunbury Day Hospital, Hazeldean Transition Care, Grant Lodge Residential Aged Care, as well as community health centres in Melton, Caroline Springs and Bacchus Marsh and a range of community-based services. We care for a diverse community of more than 1 million people with complex care needs ranging from neonates to geriatrics.

Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits such as:

  • Professional development support

  • Career advancement opportunities

  • Salary packaging including novated vehicle leasing

  • Work-life balance

Western Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and retaining diversity in our workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Western Health is committed to providing a safe environment for the children and young people who are involved in our services, sites and operations. We follow and abide by all legislative requirements to keep children and young people safe.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check, an Immunisation status clearance and (if applicable) a Working with Children’s Check.

Western Health do not accept unsolicited resumes/applications from Recruitment Agencies.


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Scott Withy - 0401157390
Dimce Kotevski

Specialist Pharmacotherapy Service (SPS) Clinician