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  • Full time, fixed term position to 28 June 2019
  • SCHCADS level 6.1 – 6.3 dependent on qualifications and experience  + 9.5 % Employer superannuation
  • Located in Box Hill

About us
Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive, youth specific community service organisation that enables young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

YSAS is a Child Safe organisation. We actively promote the safety and wellbeing of young people, and are committed to protecting young people from harm or abuse who come into contact with and/or access our service. Applicants must undergo rigorous screening and recruitment processes, including providing evidence of current WWCC and National Police Check.

Youth Support Service (YSS)
The YSS is an early intervention program targeting young people 10-17 who have had contact with police and are at risk of entering the justice system. The YSS approach is client-centered, holistic, developmentally appropriate, family sensitive and culturally appropriate.

About the position
The team leader has management responsibilities for members of their team which includes the provision of regular supervision and day to day mentoring/support to ensure quality service provision and responsible for a range of program functions such as management of referrals, assessments and intake and stakeholder management. Supporting the manager, the team leader will have responsibilities in relation to program reporting, targets and team projects.

Please note that some after-hours work will be required to meet the needs of young people and their families.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  1. The support of staff including, provision of supervision, mentoring and maintaining a positive team environment
  2. Building and maintaining positive stakeholder relationships, particularly with Victoria Police and Youth Justice.
  3. Management responsibilities, ensuring streamlined and timely program processes such as intake and that program targets and reporting requirements are met.
  4. Contribute to continuous quality improvement in relation to service delivery
  5. Ensure that young people and their families who access YSAS services receive a high quality service that is client centered, timely, responsive, professional flexible, evidence based and developmentally appropriate

For full details of the position, please view the POSITION DESCRIPTION on our website www.ysas.org.au.

How to apply
To support your application you must provide a covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria found in the position description and a current Resume (in Word or PDF format only).  Applications received without addressing the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Applications close: COB Monday, 26 November 2018 and should be addressed to: careers@ysas.org.au, using the subject line: YSS Team Leader application.

Interviews will be held during business hours on Monday, 3 December 2018.

Please note:

  • As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History check and have a current Working With Children Check.
  • We can only accept applications from Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Further Enquiries
For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Tracey Martin (Acting General Manager, Operations) 0407 861 430.

  • YSAS is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
  • YSAS has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation.

Due to the predicted volume of applications, please note you will only be contacted if you are successful in progressing to a first round interview.

  • Full time (1.0 EFT 38 hours per week) fixed term contract for 12 months (parental leave backfill)
  • SCHCADS level 5 dependent on qualifications and experience + 9.5 % Employer superannuation
  • Located in Sunshine

About us
Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive, youth specific community service organisation that enables young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

YSAS is a Child Safe organisation. We actively promote the safety and wellbeing of young people, and are committed to protecting young people from harm or abuse who come into contact with and/or access our service. Applicants must undergo rigorous screening and recruitment processes, including providing evidence of current WWCC and National Police Check.

About the position
As the Forensic Youth AOD Outreach Worker you will be working with young people who are experiencing a range of challenges with their alcohol and/or drug use, providing them with crisis intervention, assessment, case management services and continuing support to minimise the harm of drug use to the young person. You will have the capability to advocate, support and engage with young people engaged in the justice system, as well as monitor and achieve forensic targets.

Please note that some after-hours work may be required to meet the needs of young people and their families.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Direct Service Activities
  • Referral Networks and Pathways
  • Administration
  • Program Development and Evaluation
  • Service Promotion
     

To be successful in this position you will have:

  1. Relevant tertiary qualifications in in Youth Work, Community Services or other health related qualifications (i.e. Social Work, Youth Work, Family Studies, etc.).
  2. Experience in working with young people with complex needs in an outreach capacity especially issues relating to problematic alcohol or other drug use.
  3. Demonstrated understanding of case planning and review and case work / case management approaches. In addition to responding to crises and accessing other support services.

For full details of the position, please view the POSITION DESCRIPTION on our website www.ysas.org.au.

How to apply
To support your application you must provide a covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria found in the position description and a current Resume (in Word or PDF format only).  Applications received without addressing the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Applications close: COB Friday, 23 November 2018 and should be addressed to: careers@ysas.org.au, using the subject line: Forensic AOD Outreach Worker Sunshine application.

Please note:

  • As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History check and have a current Working With Children Check.
  • We can only accept applications from Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Further Enquiries
For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Emma Hutchinson (Team Leader) on 9091 8200 or 0417 380 307.

  • YSAS is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
  • YSAS has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation.
  • Part-time permanent  position
  • SCHCADS Level 5 (dependent on qualifications and experience) + 9.5% Employer superannuation, salary packaging
  • Located in YSAS Head Office, Fitzroy

About us

Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive, youth specific community service organisation that enables young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

YSAS is a Child Safe organisation. We actively promote the safety and wellbeing of young people, and are committed to protecting young people from harm or abuse who come into contact with and/or access our service. Applicants must undergo rigorous screening and recruitment processes, including providing evidence of current WWCC and National Police Check.

About the position

YSAS is a quality accredited organisation and is committed to continuous quality improvement.  YSAS is looking for an enthusiastic, experienced person to help drive quality improvement, risk management and compliance processes at YSAS, and to ensure YSAS continues to meet its accreditation obligations.

Your key responsibilities will include

  1. Assist with the coordination of YSAS quality accreditation requirements
  2. Work in collaboration with Program Managers and other relevant stakeholders to plan, conduct and evaluate internal audits and other quality improvement activities as required
  3. Analyse quality, risk and compliance data and prepare reports for relevant operational and governance committees
  4. Provide advice and support to YSAS staff and management regarding quality improvement, risk management and compliance activities
  5. Assist in the development and implementation of new processes, policies, performance measure and reporting tools

For full details of the position, please view the POSITION DESCRIPTION here.

How to apply

To support your application you must provide a covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria found in the position description and a current Resume (in Word or PDF format only).  Applications received without addressing the Key Selection Criteria will not be considered.

Applications close: COB Friday, 23rd November 2018 and should be addressed to: careers@ysas.org.au, using the subject line: Quality & Risk Officer application .

Please note: As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History check and have a current Working With Children Check.

Please note: We can only accept applications from Australian citizens and permanent residents.

There is no formal closing date for this position and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

Further Enquiries

For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Tracey Brooke (Quality & Risk Manager) 03 9415-8881.

YSAS is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.

YSAS has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation.

Due to the predicted volume of applications, please note you will only be contacted if you are successful in progressing to a first round interview.

 

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Date Posted Aug 16, 2018
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Launched at a parliamentary breakfast event 16th August, 2018, YSAS presents its “Ten Point Plan for Improving the Lives of Victorian Young People and Families Experiencing AOD-Related Harm” on behalf of the sector.

The plan calls upon the State's politicians to make a bigger commitment to funding early intervention and support programs for young people dealing with substance use related problems. 

For enquiries, please contact YSAS via email or on (03) 9415 8881. 

Download the Ten Point Plan here

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Date Posted Aug 15, 2018
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Hallam, K. T., Landmann, O., Hall, K., Kutin, J., Bruun, A., & Ennis, D. (2018).  The Victorian Youth Needs Census: Report on the Needs and Characteristics of Young People in the Youth Alcohol and Other Drug System in 2016-2017. Melbourne, Australia.

The Victorian Youth Needs Census (ThYNC) was a study aimed at identifying the needs and characteristics of 850 young people registered as clients of specialist youth AOD treatment services in across the state in 2016. The study was conducted by YSAS in partnership with 35 Victorian youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services. 

Download the snapshot here

Download full technical report here

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Victoria's largest provider of youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) services is calling on the state's politicians to make a bigger commitment to funding early intervention and support programs for vulnerable young people dealing with substance misuse.

The Youth Support & Advocacy Service (YSAS) is the state's largest and most comprehensive youth specific AOD treatment provider with more than 20 years’ experience in providing frontline services.

Ahead of the Victorian state election in November, YSAS has launched a 10 Point Plan aimed at improving the lives of young Victorians and their families experiencing harm from alcohol and other drugs.

YSAS chief executive Andrew Bruun is calling on each of the state's political parties to endorse and support the plan ahead of this year's election.

"We know that substance misuse leads to poor health outcomes, increased crime and community concern.

"It makes sense to nip substance use problems in the bud by intervening early with effective programs for young people an families.  We will all reap the long-term benefits if we do."

Mr Bruun says state government support has already made a huge difference through the $184m Ice Action Plan and the $87m Drug Rehabilitation Plan. But he notes none of the investment has been dedicated to services for vulnerable people aged between 12 and 18.

"We know that the teenage years are the key period for the emergence of substance abuse disorders," Mr Bruun said.

"When the problems that start emerging for younger people aren't dealt with, there's a high risk that these people will have extremely poor health and social outcomes by the time they're young adults."

Mr Bruun says that can result in entrenched dependency on harder drugs, or lifelong disadvantage as a result of missed education and work opportunities.

"We've been able to fund what we do right now through the support of the government, along with donors and fundraising," he said.

"But our services are overwhelmed by demand.

"With targeted investment - focused on the youngest and most vulnerable Victorians - there is so much more that can be done."

YSAS is launching the 10-Point Plan at a breakfast event at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Thursday.

 

MEDIA: For more information or to arrange interviews please contact Alys Francis on 0476 287 787 or Jackie Hanafie on 0412 652 439.

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Date Posted Dec 1, 2017
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YSAS is committed to providing a safe environment for all young people who come into contact with, or access our services. We recognise that all young people have the right to develop and reach their potential in environments that are caring, nurturing and safe. 

YSAS considers any form of young person abuse, inclusive of emotional, physical, sexual abuse or neglect, as intolerable under any circumstances.

YSAS works with vulnerable young people whose lives are affected by serious disadvantage, which may include exploitation and abuse. As such, YSAS has a legal, ethical and mission driven responsibility to protect young people from harm and to ensure that any incidents of suspected child abuse are promptly and appropriately dealt with.

As YSAS, safeguarding young people from harm is everybody's responsibility.

Read our Child Safe Policy here

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Marriage equality is about people. It’s about the young people we support, our friends, families and work colleagues. It’s about Same Sex Attracted people who want the choice to marry, just as other people in our communities.

And, we are thrilled to learn of this morning’s yes announcement. It is great to see that much of Australia shares our vision of a community where all young people are valued, included and have every opportunity to thrive. This message has been sent to young people and all in the LGBTIQ community through today’s announcement.

Our community agrees that ALL Australians are to be treated equally under the law including having full legal rights and the choice to marry the person they love. They have said “yes” to choice, “yes” to equal rights and “yes” to promoting the health and well-being of all people in our community be they YSAS clients, our colleagues or loved ones. 

The “yes” outcome demonstrates a significant step forward for the LGBTIQ community. Drawing upon our own data in the YSAS Youth Needs Census, we know firsthand the impact this positive outcome will have on the lives of LGBTIQ young people in particular.  

YSAS will continue to advocate for the needs of LGBTIQ young people, but today we celebrate this incredibly positive outcome – a historic day for our nation.

To note: cost free Marriage Equality Counselling Services are available to help young people and staff who have been affected by this prolonged debate.

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Eastern Melbourne PHN has commissioned a unique initiative with Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS)  that combines outreach services, day programs, recreational activities, family support and connection to counselling services helping to support and improve the lives of young people aged 12 to 21.

YSAS SHERPA team leader, Kellie Ferris, said the Supporting the Health, Education, Recreation and Personal Autonomy (SHERPA) initiative aims to encourage young people to “…come and hang out with us until you find people you’d prefer to hang out with”.

“Many of the young people are experiencing issues such as disconnection, trauma, domestic violence, problematic alcohol and other drug use,” she said.

“SHERPA aims to help people find their passion or purpose, and establish a positive future and connection to whatever that is.”

Since mid-2017, the SHERPA initiative has seen more than 20 young people participate in a range of activities in out-of-office settings including outdoor experiences, healthy eating and nutrition initiatives, and visits to attractions.

In addition, there is weekly group work, one-on-one counselling, access to a nurse and assistance accessing a range of wrap-around services.

When commencing in the SHERPA initiative, goal setting is undertaken to determine the key issues the young person wishes to work on.

Youth workers work alongside them to help identify what they feel is having a negative impact on them and assistance is provided to reduce these factors.

Issues often relate to family dynamics, education and employment, health and wellbeing, or problematic alcohol and other drug use.

Connection to family or other support people is key to a successful journey, and SHERPA youth workers work closely to educate carers and families on ways to support young people to improve overall health and wellbeing rather than just addressing a ‘single’ issue.

“SHERPA provides the opportunity for participants to connect with a group of people in a positive, supportive setting among peers, while receiving help accessing the resources and supports to encourage them to work on the issues they are struggling with,” Kellie said.

“Regular activities assist young people and their carers or families familiarise themselves with routine which, in turn, assists in building capacity and confidence to engage in education, work or training.

“Three months into the program and it’s great to hear participants come to the realisation about what they need to do to make their future better.

“They are doing some great work turning around their lives in a way that is self-led and sustainable.”

Following participation in SHERPA, young people report they’ve had a great time and that they wish to continue doing the things that connect them to others and help them get outside with nature.

One young person said they have been having the time of their life. Another participant said “I feel like I can’t do other stuff like go to school but I love being with YSAS; they help you and you know they care about you”. Another during an outing at Sugar Loaf Mountain said “…this is so much better than doing nothing and just thinking about all your problems.”

To find out more about the SHERPA program, please contact YSAS directly on (03) 9415 8881.

  • Part time ongoing position (up to 21 hours / 5 to 6 sessions per week)
  • Attractive salary plus 9.5 % Employer superannuation, generous salary packaging
  • Located in Fitzroy, Glen Iris and Abbotsford

About us
Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive, youth specific community service organisation that enables young people experiencing serious disadvantage to access the resources and support they require to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.

About the position
The primary focus of this position is to provide health care to young people undergoing residential alcohol &/or other drug withdrawal. The position requires a General Practitioner with experience in providing primary health care, with a strong emphasis on mental and sexual health

Please note that some after-hours work may be required to meet the needs of young people and their families.

Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Residential Withdrawal Admissions.
  • Management and General Medical consultations.
  • Vaccinations.
  • Sexual health and blood borne virus screening, assessment, referral and co‑management of mental health presentations.
  • Medication management and prescribing, including the support and preparation of medication management plans.

For full details of the position, please view the POSITION DESCRIPTION on our website www.ysas.org.au.

How to apply
To support your application you must provide a covering letter addressing the Key Selection Criteria found in the position description and a current Resume (in Word or PDF format only).

There is no formal closing date for this position and applications will be reviewed as they are received.  We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.  Applications should be addressed to careers@ysas.org.au using the subject line: GP – Primary Health Services application.

Please note: As part of our Employment screening process you will be required to undertake a National Criminal History check and have a current Working With Children Check.

Further Enquiries
For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Peter Wearne (Director, Services) on 0409 550 549.

  • YSAS is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community.
  • YSAS has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the provision of a child-safe organisation.

Due to the predicted volume of applications, please note you will only be contacted if you are successful in progressing to a first round interview.

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