Published February 18, 2024
Last Modified February 19, 2024
Odyssey House Victoria
Job Type
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Closing Date
February 23, 2024

Job Description

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Residential Withdrawal Nurse (EN)  

  • Casual
  • Based at Bairnsdale
  • Salary dependent on skills and experience.
  • Generous salary packaging options
  • Lunch provided on-site!

About Odyssey House Victoria:

Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) is a place of hope and positive change for individuals working towards breaking their pattern of addiction. At Odyssey House we believe that every person should have the opportunity to change and grow. Our diverse teams work with individuals, families, and communities to reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, improve mental health, and reconnect people to their family and the community. OHV is a dynamic and fast-growing organisation committed to excellence in service provision and innovation in responding to alcohol and other drugs use problems.

About Hope Centre:
The Hope Centre is one of three residential rehabilitation facilities operated by Odyssey House Victoria. Using a therapeutic community model, the program offers a holistic treatment experience for those seeking help for problematic drug or alcohol use. To enhance individual motivation for change, the Therapeutic Community combines meaningful work and recreational activities, with therapeutic group work and skills development, in a physically and psychologically safe environment.

About this opportunity:

We are seeking an experienced Enrolled Nurse to support our new residential withdrawal service through the application of related nursing interventions to clients within our Therapeutic Community at Hope Centre!

You will work closely with the Withdrawal Nurse (RN) and be responsible for supporting our residents through the withdrawal process.

Key areas of focus:

  • Clinical
  • Networking
  • Quality

Duties include but are not limited to…

  • Support the resident through the withdrawal process in a non-medical environment:
  • Assessing, triaging and responding to resident medical needs
  • In collaboration with the Registered Nurse administering medication as prescribed;
  • Maintaining records and ensuring resident confidentiality;
  • Participating in clinical team meetings and communicating/liaising between clinical and medical staff regarding resident medical issues, including:
    • Pharmacotherapy – script dates, changes, scales etc.;
    • Residents on key medications, e.g. anti-psychotic, anti-depressant, strong pain management, to ensure informed and coordinated care.
  • Administration including writing up reports as developed;
  • Assisting in the appropriate referral and conjoint treatment of clients with specific or specialist needs by liaising with other treatment services.
  • Operating within the Enrolled Nurse scope of practice.
  • Contributing to staff meetings and discussions regarding resident health care needs.

For a copy of the position description which outlines the full list of responsibilities, please click HERE.

A week in the role:
If you were here last week, you would have…

  • Supported residents through withdrawal process.
  • Worked in collaboration with staff, senior residents and external services to support withdrawal plan.
  • Participated in recreational activities, meals and meetings with staff and residents.

Key Selection Criteria

Key Selection Criteria:

We are looking for an individual who can support our new withdrawal service by applying a high standard of nursing assessment, treatment and care to our residents.

To be successful in this role, you must have…

  • Registration (current) with APHRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency) as an Enrolled Nurse.
  • Qualifications in Medication Endorsement.
  • Well-developed nursing skills, including comprehensive assessment, crisis intervention, problem-solving, conflict resolution, decision-making, goal setting, case planning, development, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience with people withdrawing from drug and alcohol use
  • Ability to effectively liaise and communicate with a wide variety of agencies and individuals at many levels.

For a copy of the position description which outlines the full key selection criteria, please click HERE.

What we can give YOU!

In return we are committed to offering you an inclusive and transparent workplace culture where our people can develop to be their very best by:

  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities.
  • Providing work that is meaningful and challenging, with career development opportunities through secondment opportunities.
  • Access to 24/7 counselling through our Employee Assistance Provider (EAP).

Application information

Please apply directly via our careers website (applications via external recruitment websites or via email will not be considered).

Applications should be addressed to Cristina Francioli and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Cristina Francioli, Program Manager – Hope Centre, on 0460 765 223 or

We will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and suitable candidates will be shortlisted immediately. This role will close once a suitable candidate has been selected which may be prior to the application deadline, so please don’t wait to apply!

Our commitment to diversity

At OHV we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions by encouraging people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, LGBTQIA, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.

Safety screening

OHV is committed to child safety and is a child safe organisation. All OHV employees must undergo Police Records and Working with Children Checks. Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with us.

Mandatory COVID vaccinations

In line with OHV's Mandatory Vaccination Policy, all Odyssey House Victoria staff are required to hold Fully Vaccinated (Boosted) status, having also received the Booster Vaccination. Evidence of this minimum of three (3) COVID-19 vaccinations will be requested during the onboarding process and offers will be rescinded where such evidence cannot be provided.

All Odyssey House Victoria sites are smoke free for all employees.