Part Time Peer Overdose Prevention Worker

Employer:                            Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre Inc.

Position:                               Part Time Peer Overdose Prevention Worker 0.2 EFT or 1 day per week

Location:                              Warrnambool

Salary:                                   Competitive remuneration package including Salary Packaging

Award:                                   Health Professional and Support Services Award

WRAD values diversity and believes that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our work.  We actively seek to include, welcome and value unique contributions by encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, people with disabilities, people from LGBTIQA+ communities, younger people, older people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for our positions.

The Peer Advocate Role will support the implementation and delivery of the WRAD peer participation plan as well as offer support and encouragement through the intentional peer support program to consumers of the service as required.  The recovery framework requires that services demonstrate a culture and language of hope and optimism, be person centred and holistic, support personal recovery, develop a workforce and organisational culture that is conducive to recovery and make active choices regarding social inclusion.



  • Working with staff and senior management to implement the peer participation plan.
  • As required at times support and advocate for individual clients and groups.
  • Provide peer advocacy to support the consumers of our service.
  • Provide education to staff about the lived experience of consumers and support any consumers willing to tell their story as part of enhancing the service understanding of the lived experience.
  • Peer workers have a role in educating clinical staff and providing representative input into systemic issues through service development activities
  • Model personal recovery, self-awareness and self-advocacy to inspire and instil confidence in others.



  • A relevant Tertiary qualification is desired or
  • Diploma in Community Services or Alcohol and Other Drugs or
  • Certificate IV Alcohol and other Drugs.
  • Demonstrate experience working effectively with people with Alcohol and other Drug issues.
  • Knowledge and commitment to Harm Minimisation principles.
  • Good time management and organisations skills

Candidates will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Consistently demonstrates behaviours that reinforce the CORE Values of our organisation; Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment. Demonstrates these behaviours with all stakeholders; colleagues, direct reports, as well as our patients and consumers, and those that care for them.
  • Lived experience of a substance use and/or mental health problem and ability and willingness to share aspects of your recovery experience with others, individually and in groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and foster effective working relationships with a diverse range of people, including people of diverse gender, cultural and religious backgrounds, their families and support people, clinicians, managers and community members.
  • Understanding of the issues faced by people struggling with substance use, their families and support people.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage challenging situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate group meetings and maintain minutes and agendas.
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills, computer and internet literacy.
  • Have completed or are willing to complete, within a reasonable time-frame, a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, or intentional peer support program with SHARC.


Contact WRAD and ask for the Operations Manager on 1300 009 723 to obtain a job description


Applications to be made in writing to Geoff Soma, Director, WRAD Centre, 172 Merri Street, Warrnambool 3280, or  Applications close 5pm Friday 11th June 2021.


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Our Vision & Values

The WRAD Centre’s vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of those in the South Western Region of Victoria affected by Addictive behaviours and to promote optimal enjoyment of life.

The WRAD Centre seeks to provide comprehensive, holistic support and treatment to individuals and others affected by addictive behaviors and associated issues.

The philosophy of harm minimisation underpins the delivery of all programs offered by WRAD. This principle recognises that people in our society use both licit and illicit drugs, and that drugs can be used in ways that are more or less harmful to individuals, families and society. Harm minimisation offers a number of options designed to reduce the harm of drug use to the user and society.


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