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Marriage Equality
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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.

YSAS vision is a community where all young people are valued, included, and have every opportunity to thrive. This is not the message being sent to young people through the current marriage equality plebiscite debate. It is impacting the LGBTIQ+ and Gender Diverse (GD) community greatly, and it is a particularly difficult time to be a same sex attracted young person.

The YSAS Youth Needs Census (2013 and 2016) data on 1153 young people receiving services for AOD issues revealed marked differences between same sex attracted young people and other young people. These included double the rates of suicide attempts (47.6 of same sex attracted young people had attempted suicide) and deliberate self-injury (76.8% of same sex attracted young people had deliberately self-injured in the past). This places them at significantly greater mental and physical health risk than other young adults receiving the same services across Victoria. The same sex attracted young people also reported experiencing more conflict and difficulty in their family environment than other young people (61 versus 52%) and difficulty with housing stability (24.4% experience housing instability) over the previous four weeks. Overall, the data demonstrates the significant additional psychosocial complexities facing same sex attracted young people, highlighting the importance of services and the community in supporting these young people to be safe and have as many opportunities to go on and live meaningful lives as the rest of the young people being supported by services.

What we need to do is treat same sex attracted people the same as everyone else. The prolonged marriage equality discussion is harming same sex attracted young people and adults, as well as increasing feelings of segregation that contribute to poorer health and well-being outcomes. The postal vote is unnecessary, costly and hurtful to many but we are stuck with it so please vote yes to choice, yes to equal rights and yes to promote the health and well-being of all people in our community be they clients, colleagues or loved ones.

Hallam, K. T., Ennis, D.E., Kutin, J., Landmann, O., & Bruun, A. (2017). The Statewide Youth Needs Census of Young People Supported by Victorian Alcohol and Other Drug Services. Online Publication due October 2017 at ysas.org.au.

YSAS is committed to attracting and retaining passionate, talented staff who share in our vision of a community where all young people are valued, included and have every opportunity to thrive. 

If this is you, you've come to the right place. Our current vacancies are listed to the right and you can find out more about how to apply for one of our vacant positions below. 

HOW TO APPLY:

To maximise your opportunity for employment, it is recommended that you provide the following information:

  • Covering letter
  • Written response to the key selection criteria
  • Your current Resume

Applications, including your resume and relevant details should be forwarded to careers@ysas.org.au
If you require any additional information, please contact HR YSAS on  (03) 9415 8881.

Please note: To be a successful candidate you must meet the position requirements as well as undergo a National Victorian Police Check and hold a valid Working With Children Check prior to your appointment.

WHY WORK FOR YSAS?

There's a few reasons why. Take a look at the benefits of working for YSAS here or watch our video below.

 

  • 1 x Full Time Position 1.0 FTE to June 30th 2019 (Fixed Term Contract)
  • Annual Salary (SCHCADS 5 Plus 9.5% Employer Superannuation and generous Salary Packaging)

About YSAS

Youth Support + Advocacy Service is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive youth specific community service 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 Youth Crime Prevention Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s response to youth offending, particularly recidivist offending, tackling the issue through the proven strategy of strengthening the ability of local communities intervening early and diverting young people from criminal behaviour. YSAS is the lead agency to a consortium of partners who will deliver the Crime Prevention Program pilot over two years in the LGA Frankston.

The Youth & Family Outreach Worker (the Advocate) will provide a range of holistic supports to young people utilising a resilience based service delivery model. The successful applicants will draw from a deep experience base of working with vulnerable young people and families in community settings. This position will appeal to those who are excited by the prospect of working within a high profile project that will explore new ways of delivering services and achieving tangible outcomes for participants. Advocates will be empowered to provide a comprehensive and intensive service response to ensure young people and families involved in the program can achieve the goals that they identify as important to them. The Guides will be required to work collaboratively with project partners, drawing from each other’s expertise, networks and resources in order to maximise opportunities and outcomes for clients. The Guides will also need to work autonomously; make sound judgements in the field; and will be capable of making sophisticated recommendations and conducting advocacy in complex environments.

The Youth Crime Prevention Project will invite applications from experienced workers who will in turn have the opportunity to utilise their wide experience base to provide services that are relevant, meaningful and practical. Led by a Partnership Manager who will create an authorising environment for innovation, the Guides will be creative in how, when and where young people are engaged and supported, including the provision of assertive outreach approaches, after hours work and other group work activities where required.  

The position will be based in Frankston but will be part of a broader team who service Casey/Dandenong LGA’s and thus may involve activities at locations across these catchments.

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

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 close: COB 30th August 2017 and should be addressed to: careers@ysas.org.au, using the subject line: Youth & Family Outreach Worker (Advocate) - Frankston Youth Crime Prevention Program.

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 enquiries about these roles please contact either Warren Eames (0418126107) or Ipsita Wright (0409133289).

-  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.

 

  • 1 x Full Time Position 1.0 FTE to June 30th 2019 (Fixed Term Contract)
  • 1 x Part Time Position 0.8 FTE to June 30th 2019 (Fixed Term Contract)
  • Annual Salary (SCHADS 5 Plus 9.5% Employer Superannuation and generous Salary Packaging)

About YSAS

Youth Support + Advocacy Service is Australia’s largest and most comprehensive youth specific community service 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 Youth Crime Prevention Grants program is part of the Victorian Government’s response to youth offending, particularly recidivist offending, tackling the issue through the proven strategy of strengthening the ability of local communities intervening early and diverting young people from criminal behaviour. YSAS is the lead agency to a consortium of partners who will deliver the Crime Prevention Program pilot over two years in the LGA’s of Casey and Dandenong.

The Youth & Family Outreach Worker (the Guide) will provide a range of holistic supports to young people utilising a resilience based service delivery model. The successful applicants will draw from a deep experience base of working with vulnerable young people and families in community settings. This position will appeal to those who are excited by the prospect of working within a high profile project that will explore new ways of delivering services and achieving tangible outcomes for participants. Guides will be empowered to provide a comprehensive and intensive service response to ensure young people and families involved in the program can achieve the goals that they identify as important to them. The Guides will be required to work collaboratively with project partners, drawing from each other’s expertise, networks and resources in order to maximise opportunities and outcomes for clients. The Guides will also need to work autonomously; make sound judgements in the field; and will be capable of making sophisticated recommendations and conducting advocacy in complex environments.

The Youth Crime Prevention Project will invite applications from experienced workers who will in turn have the opportunity to utilise their wide experience base to provide services that are relevant, meaningful and practical. Led by a Partnership Manager who will create an authorising environment for innovation, the Guides will be creative in how, when and where young people are engaged and supported, including the provision of assertive outreach approaches, after hours work and other group work activities where required.  

The positions will be based in Dandenong and will involve outposting/hot-desking at other locations in both Dandenong and Casey.

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

Further Enquiries

Applications close: COB 21st August 2017 and should be addressed to: careers@ysas.org.au, using the subject line: Guide - Youth & Family Worker (Youth Crime Prevention Program) application.  For enquiries about these roles please contact either Warren Eames (0418126107) or Ipsita Wright (0409133289).

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 fixed term position 1.0 EFT to June 2018 with possibility of ongoing upon conclusion of contract.  Potential for job share (part time).
  • Annual salary (SCHADS Level 4-5 dependent on qualifications and experience) plus 9.5% Employer superannuation, salary packaging.
  • Access to generous salary packaging options

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

Are you a mature (& experienced) Youth drug and alcohol worker who wants to expand your practice and be on the front foot of Youth AOD work?

Do you love encouraging colleagues who are new to the field and supporting & learning from those who are old?

Can you crack a trucker joker with a struggling dad, explain harm reduction in a way that a young person gets it but also turn on the professional jargon when advocating to a doctor, lawyer, or intake worker?

Are you on a constant mission to educate your neighbours, friends, strangers, (anyone who will listen!) about youth AOD issues? Do you use humour and non-judgment to counter ill-informed generalisations?

Do you listen deeply, searching for strengths? Do you know yourself well and are able to dance that clunky, beautiful dance that is trauma informed work?

Are you up for learning? Lots and lots of learning!

Are you creative, gutsy and hilarious and unafraid of the menial tasks as well as the heroic?

Does your natural humility tell you that you can only say yes to half of these but your natural adventurer says, “go on, you’d be great”?

We’d love to hear from you.

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

How to apply for this job

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 close: COB 9th August 2017 and should be addressed to: careers@ysas.org.au, using the subject line:  YoDAA Youth AOD Advisor (24191) application.

Further Enquiries

For a confidential discussion about the position, please contact Cara Munro Steensma (YoDAA Manager) 03 9415-8881.

YSAS is an equal opportunity employer.
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.

 

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. headspace streamlined services focus on four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

headspace Collingwood is currently looking for GP’s who would like to provide session/s in either a fixed term or locum contract in youth mental health at the iconic Victoria Park site in Abbotsford. You will be providing a range of health services to young people including;

  • Physical health assessments;
  • Sexual health assessments;
  • Drug and alcohol assessment; and
  • Developing mental health care plans

Benefits of working for headspace Collingwood:

  • Flexible work days and hours scheduled around your commitments;
  • The opportunity to work in a supportive environment with an onsite Practice Nurse, experienced medical administrators and a wider multi-disciplinary team including Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Worker and Employment Support Workers.
  • Competitive remuneration with a very high percentage of MBS billings and low administrative costs
  • The opportunity to improve the lives of young people and their families within a holistic wrap around service

Please view the position description for full details. 

For more information or a confidential discussion, please contact our Practice Manager Catherine Roberts, headspace Collingwood, on 9417 0150 or via email croberts@collingwoodheadspace.org.au

At YSAS, we uphold the right of young people to participate in decisions that affect them. We believe this participation not only empowers young people but helps to build confidence and develop new skills for all involved.

Youth participation at YSAS is designed to benefit the young people involved. The young people also decide what that benefit is for their own goals and plans. As an organisation, we hugely value young people's contributions and welcome the creation of new ideas and suggestions that improve our services and programs for everyone.

From volunteering with one of the Youth Action and Advisory Groups or helping out with an event to attending focus groups or providing feedback, there are a number of ways in which you can get involved in youth participation at YSAS.

You will be reimbursed for some of these activities. If you want to know more about this reimbursement, or anything else about Youth Participation at YSAS,  ask your workers or YSAS Youth Participation and Leadership Program Officer on (03) 9415 8881.

Here's how to get involved

The CREW
The CREW

The CREW is YSAS’ Youth Action and Advisory Group; a collective of young people with the goal of taking action and making change. The CREW is about creating pathways for young people to participate in all areas of decision making. Members of the CREW are young people aged 12-25 from across Victoria with a connection to YSAS.

The CREW meets fortnightly and plays a key role in the organisation; from consulting and advising on programs and treatment models, to planning and co-delivering CREW ideas.

Headspace Collingwood YAC
Headspace Collingwood YAC

Our services at headspace Collingwood are influenced by the hard work of our Youth Advisory Committee (YAC). Our YAC is run by a peer worker who works one day a week on all things youth participation.

The group meets every three weeks and run regular fundraising events in the community, develop projects, inform policy and processes at our centre, speak at schools and local organisations, run a blog and create social media content, as well as generally make our centre a better place to be. Email reception@collingwoodheadspace.org.au to find out about the YAC or how to get involved.

Headspace Collingwood
Headspace Frankston YRG
Headspace Frankston YRG

The Youth Reference Group helps shape headspace Frankston services; co-designs and delivers programs, projects and events; and educates other young people.

YRG members are aged 16-24, from the Frankston & Mornington Peninsula regions, and:

  • Have had experience of feeling depressed or anxious, substance use or other mental health issues, &/or
  • Have a family member who has/had a mental illness or substance use problem &/or
  • Has an interest in youth health and wellbeing.

The YRG meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 4pm. For more information about getting involved call 9769 6419 or email hryan@headspacefrankston.org.au

Headspace Frankston
Feedback - Dropbox and Online
Feedback - Dropbox and Online

YSAS welcomes all types of feedback. It helps us to improve our services to you.

If you have an idea for how YSAS can do something better or differently OR want to let us know that we did something well, you can:

  • Fill out the Online Feedback and Complaints form
  • Fill out a hard copy feedback form and put it in the DropBox or give it to your worker. You can ask your outreach worker for a copy of the form if you don’t visit a YSAS site.
  • Talk to a worker, manager or Director
  • Write a letter and send it to Youth Participation Officer - YSAS, Level 1/131 Johnston Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
  • Send an email to feedback&complaints@ysas.org.au

The DropBox is emptied each week and sent to the Youth Participation Officer (YPO) at Head Office. 

Watch out for YSAS posters telling you what we’ve done about your feedback.

Surveys and Consultation Groups
Surveys and Consultation Groups

Sometimes YSAS asks young people their thoughts and ideas about things we need to change. This could be a consultation group, a survey or an interview about a specific topic.

Sometimes we help other organisations with their surveys and focus groups as well. Your worker will know about these or we put posters up at our programs to let you know about when and where they’re happening. We also let young people know through our YSAS Facebook page.

Serious Complaints
Serious Complaints

If you have a serious complaint, please talk to a worker, manager or Director directly.

Fill out a complaint form and return it to a worker or manager. A YSAS worker can give you a form and an envelope, and help you fill in the form if you want. 

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Introduction

Adolescence, as described by Ingersoll (1989), is a, “period of personal development during which a young person must establish a personal sense of individual identity and feelings of self worth which include an alteration of his or her body image, adaptation to more mature intellectual abilities, adjustments to society’s demands for behavioral maturity, internalising a personal value system and preparing for adult roles.”

These detailed Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Withdrawal Guidelines have been developed as a resource to support clinicians who are working with adolescents seeking to address their substance use.

Read Guidelines Here

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Date Posted Dec 8, 2016
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Substance misuse and dependence continues to be a leading cause of harm for Victorian young people and their families.

Victoria has an established, youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) service system that works with young people and their families to reduce risk of harm and prevent problems from escalating.

The purpose of this report is to provide policy makers and service planners with a deeper understanding of the Youth AOD service system in Victoria as well as offer recommendations to advance practice within the current system.Substance misuse and dependence continues to be a leading cause of harm for Victorian young people and their families.

Victoria has an established, youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) service system that works with young people and their families to reduce risk of harm and prevent problems from escalating. The purpose of this report is to provide policy makers and service planners with a deeper understanding of the Youth AOD service system in Victoria as well as offer recommendations to advance practice within the current system.

View Report Here

The YSAS Preston team provides the following services to young people living in the northern suburbs of metropolitan Melbourne:

  • Youth AOD outreach
  • Early intervention - Youth Support Service
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YSAS Preston is hopen Monday to Friday, from 9am - 5pm

Contact

34 Wurruk Avenue, Preston, 3072

Phone: (03) 9478 0786

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