Published October 13, 2021
Last Modified October 14, 2021
Penington Institute
95 Drummond St, Carlton, Australia
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
October 29, 2021

Job Description

Working at Penington Institute means that you’re passionate about the world’s public health.

You understand the challenges we face supporting approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity.

You are up for the challenge and believe you can make a positive contribution.

You love exploring ideas, sharing your knowledge and working with a diverse range of dedicated stakeholders.

You understand and have experience building the capacity of workforces including delivering training in a range of engaging formats. You are always open to new ideas and ways to empower people with knowledge.

We are seeking a new team member who is self-motivated and enthusiastic to further develop the role of Workforce Development & Health Promotion Officer to assist in the ongoing development of the community and health sector workforces (including Needle and Syringe Programs) to minimise the harms of drug use across Victoria.

The Workforce Development & Health Promotion Officer will be responsible for supporting health sector workforces including Needle and Syringe Programs to minimise the harms of drug use. A central component to the role includes delivering workforce development and training to the Victorian Needle and Syringe Programs.

Position responsibilities

  • Identify training and education needs and develop materials that are fit-for-purpose and reflect current evidence/knowledge
  • Deliver training and education programs to Needle and Syringe Programs and other related workforces
  • Engage regularly with frontline services to keep abreast of emerging issues
  • Assist in preparing proposals and tender submissions for funding
  • Contribute to identifying health promotion opportunities and support the development of new initiatives
  • Support and assist in the delivery of other services provided by Penington Institute as opportunities arise (for example: providing guidance, information and advice)
  • Administrative and communication activities to meet responsibilities above
  • Other activities as required

Knowledge, Experience and Skills


  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Demonstrate high level interpersonal, communication, and liaison skills which can be applied across a range of differing cultural environments and diverse communities and organisations
  • Value individual differences and diversity

Build and Utilise Stakeholder Relationships

  • Build networks within the wider community
  • Maintain strong, positive relationships both internally and externally

Communication Skills

  • Confidently convey ideas and information in a clear way
  • Welcome and provide constructive feedback

We offer a dynamic working environment and are located in Carlton next to the city. The remuneration package will be negotiated with the successful applicant.


Please read the position description here.

Key Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria - Knowledge, Experience, Skills


You will have:

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering public presentations and training
  • A good understanding of alcohol and other drug issues and the principles of harm minimisation
  • An understanding of the workforce development needs of frontline workers in the community and health sector and the decision-making processes within these organisations
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • A commitment to quality improvement, and health promotion principles
  • The ability to liaise confidently with people at all levels and from various backgrounds
  • A current unrestricted driver’s licence and willingness to travel across the state
  • Proven self-direction with the ability to exercise initiative, discretion and judgement when working remotely
  • Appreciation of and commitment to a person-first approach when discussing drug-related harms and use



You will have:

  • Experience working in a Needle and Syringe Program or other relevant frontline service
  • Qualifications relevant to substance use and/or mental health
  • Public health and/or health promotion education and/or experience
  • Lived experience of substance use issues or mental health issues
  • Experience working with CALD communities and multiple language skills


To apply for this position, you must:

  • Provide a cover letter as part of your application
  • Address the essential criteria, detailing how you best meet the criteria
  • Provide a current CV

Further information

Please contact Dr Stephen McNally for further information on this position by calling 03 9650 0699.

Submit your application to Anna Rolle

Closing date.  Submit your application by Friday 29th October