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