Published February 26, 2024
Last Modified February 28, 2024
Odyssey House Victoria
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Closing Date
March 1, 2024

Job Description

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Residential Withdrawal Nurse (RN)  

  • Full-time, Permanent
  • Based at Bairnsdale
  • $96,031.78 per annum plus super
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options
  • Progressive Workplace Flexibility options that enable genuine work life balance
  • Daily 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 Registered 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 within a multidisciplinary team and be responsible for the medical management of our client’s alcohol or other drug withdrawal.

You will be required to apply your knowledge and expertise on medication management, opiate assisted therapy (OAT) and other nursing interventions to improve our client’s health status.

Key areas of focus:

  • Client Treatment
  • Networking with Other Community Services
  • Administration

Duties include but are not limited to…

  • Conduct withdrawals from substances in a non-medical environment.
  • Facilitate the commencement and stabilisation of OAT (Opioid Assisted Therapy) with clients who use opioids.
  • Assist clients with OAT conversions i.e. Methadone to Suboxone or Long-Acting Injectable Buprenorphine (LAIB).
  • Provide harm reduction interventions (e.g. safer injecting practices, provision of Naloxone training etc).
  • Provide several evidence-based interventions such as psycho ed, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, basic CBT etc.
  • Work alongside other involved service providers and closely with AOD clinicians to provide wrap around services.
  • Conduct comprehensive AOD assessments as required.
  • Contribute to a dynamic and evolving AOD treatment plan guided by the client and the GP.
  • Develop close connections with pharmacotherapy networks and access to DACAS (Addiction Medicine Specialists - AMS).
  • Contribute to the achievement of quality improvement, both in terms of individual and program performance by encouraging an environment where high quality work is achieved and supported by the adherence to / development of quality systems documentation.

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…

  • Monitor, support and assess withdrawal needs.
  • Participated in activities, meal times and meetings with residents.
  • Working in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to support withdrawal plan.
  • Facilitating education, therapy, and conflict resolution groups.

Key Selection Criteria

Key Selection Criteria:

We are looking for an individual who can apply best practice clinical and health care processes in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction.

To be successful in this role, you must have…

  • Relevant Tertiary Nursing qualification (Div 1) and registration with the Australia Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Certificate IV in AOD or have completed the required competencies* (or able to complete within the first 12 months of employment) and competencies in dual diagnosis (or able to complete within the first 24 months of employment).
  • 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 the provision of nursing interventions with people who use drugs and alcohol and are withdrawing from use.
  • Sound understanding of alcohol and other drug withdrawal, overdose, and intoxication.
  • Sound knowledge of evidence based AOD interventions, such as harm reduction principles, motivational interviewing etc.
  • Experience working with complex clients.
  • Experience with the provision of providing in the home or outreach services.

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 project and secondment opportunities and succession planning.
  • Access to 24/7 counselling through our Employee Assistance Provider (EAP).
  • Generous leave options such as 48/52 Purchase Leave, Study Leave and Sabbaticals.
  • Flexible working arrangements (arrangements will vary based on role requirements).

In addition to the above, staff will also be provided monthly Clinical Supervision sessions for professional development and personal wellbeing.

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.