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Tasmanian Government

Specialist Medical Practioner - Alcohol and Drug Service (519733)

Department of Health
Community, Mental Health & Wellbeing
CMHW - MH & Statewide Services

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Position details

Applications close: AEST
Award/Classification:Specialist Med Pract Lvl 1
Employment Type: Full Time
Region: South
Location:Grd Floor, Carruthers Building

The Tasmanian Health Service is an innovative and dynamic organisation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our community.  We are committed to providing the highest levels of healthcare and services.

Hours/Period of Appointment

Permanent, full time, day working 76 hours per fortnight to commence as soon as possible. Notwithstanding hours may be negotiated with the successful applicant. 



Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1- Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 3 $149,197 - $226,780 per annum.

Please note that access to the Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner salary range $214,844 -$226,780 is subject to the successful applicant satisfying the criteria for Senior Specialist Medical Practitioner Level 1, 2 or 3 as described in the Salaried Medical Practitioners Interim Agreement 2015.



Provide direct patient care, expert medical advice and clinical leadership across Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) Statewide, working within a multidisciplinary health Team to facilitate the comprehensive assessment, planning and implementation of appropriate clinical management for persons who are dependent on alcohol and or drugs including:

a)       Assess the appropriateness of methadone, buprenorphine or depo buprenorphine treatment for opioid dependent persons.

b)      Advise clients on the appropriate treatment of their drug or alcohol dependence and related problems and implement or facilitate such treatment.

c)       Prepare a treatment plan and safely induct onto the selected opioid pharmacotherapy and provide on-going clinical and laboratory monitoring and adjustments of the methadone, buprenorphine or dep buprenorphine dose.

d)      Assess and implement of facilitate safe alcohol and/ or other drug withdrawal management in the inpatient or ambulatory care setting, as appropriate to the clinical and social circumstances of the patient.

Provide education to patients, particularly in relation to healthy lifestyles, adaptive behaviour changes and, importantly, education about avoiding or minimising risky substance use behaviours.

Undertake comprehensive medical assessments which include a full medical and drug taking history, physical examinations and laboratory investigations, as appropriate.

Participate in case conferences with other team members to facilitate individualised treatment, and to plan further clinical management strategies.

As part of the medical assessment, undertake screening of patients for common manifestations of alcohol and drug related harm including, for example, liver disease, psychiatric disorders and other medical problems. This will include screening for complications, which arise from needle sharing and high-risk sexual behaviours, such as viral hepatitis, HIV, HBC and HCV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Focus of Duties:

Participate in the provision of addiction medicine consultation and liaison services to acute care tertiary services and to primary health care and human services.

Provide specialist medical consultation/liaison services to medical practitioners, health professionals and generalist health providers, both in hospital and community settings in relation to the appropriate management of persons who have a substance use related problem. 

Initiate and participate in the training of medical practitioners with an interest in becoming an opioid pharmacotherapy prescriber

Provide clinical and other teaching to medical students, medical practitioners and other health professionals and non-professional groups. This includes training about harm minimisation principles and the assessment and prevention and treatment of alcohol and other drug dependence and related disabilities.

Location: Carruthers Building, St Johns Park, New Town

We can offer:

Attractive Salary Package, including On Call Allowance and Call Back, and election to participate in the Private Patient Plan
Negotiable salary including superannuation and access to salary packaging
Relocation and accommodation assistance
Commitment to ongoing professional development, including conference and sabbatical leave, in additional to annual leave entitlements
Flexible work/life balance
Dynamic team environment

Essential Requirements

  • Specialist or limited registration with the Medical Board of Australia in a relevant specialty.
  • Current Driver's Licence.
  • Current Tasmanian Working with Children Registration.
  • Refer to SoD for further essential requirements 
  • The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer.  The following checks are to be conducted:

1.  Conviction checks in the following areas:

a)  Crimes of Violence
b)  Sex Related Offences
c)  Serious Drug Offences
d)  Crimes involving dishonesty

2.  Identification check
3.  Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

Download the Statement of Duties and Associated Documents

Download File 519733 Specialist Medical Practitioner - ADS SMP1-11 (February 2021).pdf
Download File 519733 Specialist Medical Practitioner - ADS SMP1-11 (February 2021).docx
 THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.pdf
 THS Jobs Website Applicant Guide.docx

How to apply

Online applications are preferred, please click the blue Apply Now button. If you apply online please do not send a hard copy application as well.


Complete the following application form and email your application to the listed contact person including the below form:
 Application for Employment (PDF).pdf
 Application for Employment (Word).docx

In order to be considered for this position it is a requirement that you address the selection criteria which are located in the Statement of Duties

For more information:

Dion Butler
Area Manager ADS South
(03) 6166 0747

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