Employment Opportunities at WNSW PHN

WNSW PHN is an agile and high performing organisation that responds to the identified needs of the community, Commonwealth and State health policy, and the development needs of primary health care providers.


Program Officer Mental Health, Alcohol & Other Drugs


Location: Dubbo, Orange, Bathurst, Broken Hill or Bourke

Full time maximum term contract to 30 June 2026 (with possibility of further extension)

Western NSW Primary Health Network (WNSW PHN) is currently seeking a motivated individual who has a passion for primary healthcare and community wellbeing. WNSW PHN funds a range of health services and programs to improve access to care and better health for our communities.

The commissioning of Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drug (MHAOD) services in the WNSW PHN region represents one of the key priorities for the organisation.  The Program Officer – MHAOD will provide support to the organisation’s work in transitioning and redesigning funded MHAOD services in the region.

To effectively drive this change, this role will build strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders to ensure support structures and frameworks are in place to facilitate change. Another focus will be delivering services and building the capacity of providers to work within the MHAOD stepped care model, as well as existing and newly redesigned models of care.

The Program Officer will provide high level project support for the commissioning, implementation and evaluation of MHAOD projects and is responsible for local coordination, development, and delivery of WNSW PHN Initiatives Treatment Strategies. 

The purpose of the strategies will:

  • Address the emerging concern of workforce deficit in Western NSW with a view to create a whole new cohort of Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) trained workers giving access to clients who require addiction management and AOD services.
  • Improve the capacity and confidence of GPs to refer Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) clients to access treatment including opioid clients, including non-opioid pain management alternatives, opioid withdrawal or reduction strategies and clients requiring prescription management following codeine up-scheduling.
  • Increase access to services available primarily though general practice that can help clients, reduce, or withdraw from alcohol and other drugs.

Applying for this role

If you have any questions about this position after you have read this document, please contact Linda Smith on 0439 404 122.

Applications should be submitted via email by 11.59pm 02 June 2024 to: hr@wnswphn.org.au

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