Position Details
Reference Number 35785
Position Title Director, Drug Health Services
Employment Type Permanent Full Time
Location Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital
Position Summary

About Us

Western Health manages three acute public hospitals: Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown Hospital. It also operates the Sunbury Day Hospital, Transition Care at Hazeldean and a range of community based services. We care for a culturally diverse population of more than 1 million people. We have 7,000 employees who are driven by our values of ‘Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES).

Our continued growth has seen the addition of a new purpose built, multi-storey Joan Kirner Women's and Children's at Sunshine Hospital.

About the Role

Western Health is seeking a Director for our Drug Health Services.  The Director is responsible for the operational, clinical and strategic direction of the service. This includes: operational budget management; oversight of staff recruitment, retention and development (91.8 FTE); management of associated assets; development of strategic relationships both internal and external to Western Health. This includes providing expert advice and support for the development of policy, planning, co-ordination and evaluation of addiction treatment services both within Western Health and to the broader community AOD service system. The Director of Drug Health Services will also lead the development of an AOD research, training and education strategy to Western Health and the community.

This role has oversight over the Dual Diagnosis Residential Rehabilitation Unit (Westside Lodge), the Community Residential Withdrawal Unit, Community Programs, Adolescent Community Programs and the Addiction Medicine Unit.

The Director of Drug Health Services also serves a key leadership role within the WIDAN Consortium (comprised of IPC Health, Co Health and Djerriwarrh Health Services), with oversite of budget dissemination and performance outcomes. As a member of the NorthWest Metropolitan Integrated Pharmacotherapy Network, the Director also provides support and advice to the development of a sustainable pharmacotherapy service system in the West.


We offer a wide range of benefits such as:

  • Work-life balance
  • Professional development and career advancement opportunities
  • Salary packaging including novated vehicle leasing
  • Onsite fitness clubs
  • Culturally safe and respectful environment
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program


At Western Health, we value our employees and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop.  Our teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring we deliver a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience. Western Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and retaining diversity in our workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Western Health is committed to providing a safe environment for the children and young people who are involved in our services, sites and operations. We follow and abide by all legislative requirements to keep children and young people safe.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check, an Immunisation status clearance and (if applicable) a Working With Children’s Check.

Western Health do not accept unsolicited resumes/applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Selection Criteria Desirable: • Excellent analytical and strategic skills in order to manage Drug Health Services taking into account relevant social, demographic, organisational, logistical and policy considerations
Desirable: • Demonstrated ability to manage activity and budget targets, develop and implement business plans and address quality management requirements and standards.
Desirable: • Understanding of quality requirements and standards
Desirable: • A proven track record of achievement as a senior manager in a complex health service delivery environment and demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to promote a supportive and service oriented environment
Desirable: • Experience in delivering health (hospital and community based) drug and alcohol services with demonstrated high-level communication skills including interpersonal, negotiation, representational, and consultative liaison skills.
Desirable: • Proven management and leadership skills to manage reform outcomes in the Drug and Alcohol Sector and implement Victorian Drug and Alcohol policies and plans with sound knowledge of relevant legislation.
Desirable: • Proven ability to introduce strategies to support and move staff through difficult situations and develop a safe, respectful wellbeing culture in the workforce
Desirable: • Qualifications in Nursing, Social Work, Psychology or equivalent
Contact Person Dr Paul Eleftheriou
Contact Number 83456420
Contact Mobile Number 0413090734
Closing Date 29/11/2019
Position Description Director Drug Health Services 2019 FINAL.docx
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