Job Vacancy: Opiate Substitution Treatment Case Manager

22 Jan 2019 1:45 PM | Anonymous


Opiate Substitution Treatment Case Manager

Taranaki Base Hospital New Plymouth

Permanent, Full time 1.0 FTE

•  Are you passionate about delivering a high quality service?

•  Do you want to work in a dynamic Alcohol and Addictions team?

We are seeking a suitably qualified, appropriately registered and experienced Healthcare Professional to work in our passionate and dynamic multi-disciplinary Alcohol and Addictions team to deliver Opioid Substitution Treatment.

The Alcohol and Addiction’s team works from a base site in New Plymouth and has satellite clinics in Waitara, Opunake Hawera & Stratford. The team provides a specialist service throughout Taranaki, for adults from the age of 18 years inclusive, who are experiencing problematic alcohol and/or substance abuse. The service is structured around a diverse multi-disciplinary team who provide 1-1 counselling, group therapy work, detoxification treatment, Opioid Substitution Treatment and Co-existing Problems treatment.

We will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to provide:

•  a community/outpatient based mental health service (in the Taranaki Region) to adults aged 18 years and over

•  comprehensive and holistic addiction and mental health and risk assessments to people and their families referred to our service and

•  therapy and recovery support to people seeking help

To be successful you will have experience:

•  in assessment, utilising a wide range of assessment tools.

•  with delivering a range of therapeutic interventions.

•  working in the addiction sector and within the hospital setting and

•  hold a current annual practising certificate

In Taranaki, it is easy to achieve an enviable lifestyle without having to compromise your career path.  The region’s amazing mountain, rivers, lakes, fantastic coastline and outstanding surfing and tramping opportunities, masses of parks and gardens, as well as a major events calendar, make it a great place to live and work.

The Taranaki District Health Board is a large organisation (2,000 staff, $395m cost-centre) operating in the exciting, changing Health sector.

Application

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If you are interested in this position, please apply online from this page.  

Closing date for applications is Friday 1 February, 2019.


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Letter to the Listener 28 July 2017 in response to Fever Pitch (Listener 21 July 2017)

Catherine Woulfe’s thorough investigation of rheumatic fever brings to the surface a range of important questions not only about this cruel disease, but also wider issues about health policy. The Government’s bold initiative to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever as one of its 'Better Public Service' targets in 2012 certainly raised awareness of rheumatic fever for the general public as well as communities and families directly affected. But even when medical science and the public have a clearer understanding of the immediate causes of rheumatic fever, interventions like the $65m ‘sore throats matter’ still won’t stop the epidemic. 

Ramona Tiatia’s blunt description of the experience of affected families not only painted a picture of the impact on affected families and communities, it also highlighted the invidious choices our health funders face.  How much should we prioritise health spending between response to the urgent need of young people whose lives and potential can be devastated by the disease versus the expense of addressing the economic and social factors that underlie the reasons we have this epidemic at all?   

As several of the clinicians interviewed pointed out, it’s only when the poverty and over-crowded housing issues are addressed that we will make a real difference.

Rheumatic fever illustrates the contradictions in our health system identified in the recent American Commonwealth Fund report. Of the 11 countries the Fund monitors, the work our health professionals do is ranked among the highest. But our overall performance as a health system falls to the middle ranking because of our poor performance on access and equity. The Fund also notes that our per capita expenditure is among the cheapest. 

Failure to invest in real prevention - that is, poverty, housing, good nutrition etc. - will continue to drive conditions like rheumatic fever, whether the immediate cause is strep throat or skin sores, until we invest upstream.

Why not spend more on these conditions - the economic and social determinants of health? 

We all pay in the long run - the young people whose misery we tolerate and whose potential remains unfulfilled, the families whose sacrifices are unrewarded, and the taxpayer who picks up the tab.

Ngā mihi,
Warren Lindberg

CE Public Health Association of New Zealand

                                            

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