Published May 11, 2022
Last Modified May 11, 2022
The Salvation Army
Job Type
St Kilda
Closing Date
May 31, 2022

Job Description

The St Kilda 24/7 Needle and Syringe Program (NSP) operates within the Crisis Services Network of The Salvation Army Southern Territory (TSA).

The NSP is funded by the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services to provide a free, confidential and anonymous service providing safe injecting equipment and safe sex products such as needles, syringes, swabs, condoms and disposal containers.

The NSP is part of The Salvation Army Crisis Services network and works collaboratively with the Crisis Contact Centre and Access Health (among other community services) to provide comprehensive support to our clients.

We are currently seeking a Harm Reduction Worker to work within a Harm Reduction framework in the provision of services in a welcoming environment, free from judgment and prejudice.

This is a permanent part-time position (26 hours per week), including 2 active overnight shifts, Tues 11pm-9am, Wed 11pm-9am & Fri 5pm-11pm, based in the St Kilda NSP.

You will successfully

  • Ensure injecting equipment and safe-sex products are distributed promptly, without Outcomes judgement, and in a manner that encourages clients to return when they are next in need of products
  • Provide accurate information about drugs, reducing harm, injecting related injuries and diseases and sexually transmitted infections when requested and appropriate
  • Ensure clients are greeted by a friendly, professional and alert person when they attend the NSP
  • Provide accurate information about, and referrals made to, relevant health, housing, legal, family violence, welfare and community services
  • Ensure confidentiality and anonymity is strictly maintained
  • Respond to telephone enquiries with accurate information and appropriate referral
  • Ensure data is collected where appropriate on the NSPISAR software
  • Participate in team meetings with thoughtful and respectful contributions, and taking minutes on a rostered basis
  • Adequately stock the NSP throughout the shift, and ensure it is fully stocked on handover of shift
  • Perform of other duties as required

What we offer

  • As a registered not for profit organisation you may be eligible for generous tax-free salary packaging benefits
  • Financial, retail and lifestyle discounts and benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program - Independent confidential counselling service
  • An inclusive culture of dedicated, passionate and professional team members

For additional details about the role, please contact Richard Sherman 0417 855229.

The Salvation Army is an Equal Opportunity Employer who provides an inclusive work environment and embraces the diverse talent of its people. We value people of all cultures, languages, capacities, sexual orientations, gender identities and/or expressions. We are committed to achieving a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Salvation Army is a child safe organisation and is committed to protecting children and young people from harm. All child facing roles will require the successful completion of a Working with Children Check. Applicants for all roles require a mandatory National Police Check.

The Salvation Army has a mandatory vaccination procedure to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and works in areas covered by Public Health Orders requiring vaccination. Please consider this requirement when applying to a position at The Salvation Army.

We value Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Diversity, and Collaboration

Key Selection Criteria

You will have

  • Tertiary qualification or equivalent in the specific or related field is essential
  • Current knowledge, skills and/or previous experience is essential
  • Level 2 First Aid Certificate (training will be provided)
  • A willingness to undergo a National Police Record Check is required
  • A current and valid Working with Children Check is required