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Manager - Women's Drug and Alcohol Service

The Royal Women's Hospital
  • Key Leadership Position
  • Ongoing Permanent Role - 40 hours per week (inclusive of ADO) 

The Royal Women’s Hospital

The Royal Women’s Hospital is Australia’s first and largest specialist hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of newborns and women of all ages. To join the Women’s is to be instrumental in forging progress towards health equity for women from ground-breaking research through to the bedside delivery of multi-disciplinary clinical care.

Creating exceptional experiences is at the heart of everything we do for our patients, their families, and our people across our specialised services within maternity, neonatal and women’s health.

The Women's Drug and Alcohol Service

The Women's Drug and Alcohol Service is a state wide service providing specialist clinical services and professional support in the care of pregnant women and their babies impacted by complex substance use and alcohol dependence. Our philosophy values a social model of health, gender sensitivity and acknowledges the diversity in womens lives. The service provides state wide multidisciplinary professional support, education and training, secondary consultation, professional and student placement and consumer and professional resources. In addition the service has a leadership role in improving outcomes for pregnant women affected by drugs and alcohol. This includes an advocacy role in policy and program development and research.

Your contribution:

Your duties will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Manage and develop the services of WADS in consultation with the Director, Social Model of Health, and Medical Head of Unit
  • Liaise with key internal and external stakeholders to the Women’s
  • Maintaining a clear partnership with maternity services and the teams sitting within the Social Model of Health to ensure wrap around maternity and psychosocial care.
  • Identify and develop long and short term strategic and operational goals for the service.
  • Provide leadership, support and direction to the developments and improvements of the service.
  • Ensure that all staff are supported to work professionally, safely and effectively, in accordance with the Women’s evidence-based guidelines, and relevant professional standards.
  • Provide a visible leadership presence across the service.
  • Maintain a clear partnership with Maternity services to ensure appropriate linkages and supports for the midwifery team member.
  • Ensure that the service operates within allocated program grant and budget, maximising efficiencies
  • Foster and encourage a research-based culture and promote participation in clinical research activities which ensure high quality service provision

About you

To be successful within this role you will need to have:

  • University obtained Bachelor Degree in Social Work or
  • Division One registration with endorsement as a midwife with APHRA
  • Eligibility for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) or relevant professional body
  • Embodies the Women’s values of courage, passion, discovery and respect.
  • Have a “can do” and flexible approach.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Able to balance competing and conflicting priorities.
  • Able to prioritise and time manage effectively and efficiently.
  • Holds a professional demeanour at all times promoting respect for staff and the department.
  • Demonstrates leadership while working within a team environment.

Our offering

The Women's Social Model of Health Division is a newly formed division that reinforces our commitment to the social determinants of health. Whilst all services at the Women's ensure health equity for all women, the Social Model of Health Division brings together our multidisciplinary services and programs that specialise in providing care to women facing challenges that may adversely affect their health. When you join the Women’s you unite with talented people who share your purpose and unwavering determination to advance health outcomes for all.

Our staff benefits program includes salary packaging, on-site car parking and childcare (subject to availability), alongside a range of discounted financial, lifestyle and wellbeing benefits provided by our staff benefit partners. To learn more, please visit: www.thewomens.org.au/careers/why-work-at-the-womens/staff-benefits/.

We are proudly Breastfeeding Association accredited. The Women’s is committed to gender equity principles and our people have an awareness of and sensitive approach to violence against women/family violence matters.

The Women’s is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and social inclusion. We welcome applications from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including those from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders, people with lived experience of disability and people who identify as LGBTIQ.

Ready to make the move?

For more information about the position, please see the Position Description attached and apply online by selecting “apply now” below.

All appointments to the Women’s are subject to a satisfactory clearance of Working with Children Check and Police Check.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

Please be aware that in line with the Chief Health Officers COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Directions, all workers at the Women's regardless of role, will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Applicants will be required to provide acceptable evidence of their vaccination status.

If you would like to receive this information/publication in an accessible format (such as large print or audio) please call our HR Enquiries Line on 8345 2080, or email hr.enquiries@thewomens.org.au, using the subject line: Manager - Women's Drug and Alcohol Service enquiry via EthicalJobs.

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