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Nurse Unit Manager – Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services

Nurse Unit Manager – Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services

Job Title: Nurse Unit Manager – Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Tamworth, New South Wales
Salary: On Application
Start Date: ASAP
REF: 10739
Contact Name: Elizabeth Cox
Contact Email: nurse@icegroup.ie

Job Description

Job Description


Tamworth is the largest and most populated city in the North Western region of New South Wales (population of 42,872 in June 2018).   It is the administrative centre for the North Western region.  The climate is warm with hot summers and mild winters. Tamworth is located approximately 420 km from Sydney and 574 km from Brisbane.  Known as the “Country Music Capital of Australia” as it hosts the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival in January.  This the second biggest country music festival in the world after Nashville.  It is also home to the Australian Equine and Livestock Events Centre, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Nurse Unit Manager – Drug & Alcohol Clinical Services

Our client has an excellent opportunity for an experienced Nurse Unit Manager to join their Northern Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services.  The primary function of this role is to carry out the day to day operational management of the Drug & Alcohol Clinical Services (DACS) within the Northern sector including Clinical Leadership, Opiate Treatment Program and Psychosocial Services (counselling, MERIT, SUPPS and Harm Minimisation)


  • Oversee and co-ordinate the clinical activities, therapeutic processes and interventions of the service to ensure consistent delivery of excellent person centred care focussed on maximising the health outcomes for patients/clients.
  • Ensure patient/client care is delivered within professional, organisational, legal and ethical boundaries and reflects evidence based, best practice knowledge and practice.
  • Ensure a workplace environment that encourages collaboration within and across health care teams to optimise outcomes for patients/clients.
  • Liaise with relevant services and units both within and external to the health service to ensure effective coordinated service delivery that meets the needs of patients/clients.
  • Analyse and use appropriate data to inform patient/client service delivery and assist in the effective management of human and material resources within the service.
  • Provide a high standard of nursing care and clinical leadership within a defined service area that reflects the use of evidence based best practice outcomes in accordance with the legal and ethical requirements of AHPRA, NSW Nurses Act and policies, procedures and guidelines of HNE Health.
  • Provide support for patients/clients and their families to ensure patients/clients receive optimal care.
  • Act as primary interface between senior managers of the service and front line staff to support two-way communication through the organisational hierarchy.
  • Facilitate a workplace environment where feedback is considered as an opportunity to learn and such learning is transferred into daily practice.
  • Initiate, facilitate and participate in continuous improvement activities focused on enhanced service provision.
  • Ensure management of the resources of the unit to achieve both budget and service delivery targets, whilst maximising service delivery outcomes for patients.
  • Provide management of workforce functions for the Northern Sector of Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services including recruitment, induction, professional development, performance reviews and performance management.
  • Model and actively promote workplace behaviour that reflects the HNE Health Values Charter and NSW Health Code of Conduct.
  • Comply with and implement the NSW Health Work Health and Safety Better Practice Procedures and relevant District procedures.


Successful candidates must have the following skills and experience:

  • AHPRA registration.
  • Demonstrated extensive management experience and extensive experience in a health care setting with qualifications in Health Management or willingness to undertake same.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills with the ability to motivate, inspire and manage staff.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to contemporary principles of drug and alcohol service provision.
  • Demonstrated ability to build a cohesive service focussed team through coaching, mentoring and guiding team members and proven ability to apply and share professional expertise to immediate work and the work of the team to enhance service delivery.
  • Demonstrated service excellence focus evidenced by the ability to plan for and act on issues quickly, decisively and effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple services across locations to maximise the allocation and utilisation of resources to achieve service delivery outcomes through a broad range of strategies.
  • Eligibility to drive in New South Wales.

ICE Group

I.C.E. Group have been recruiting nurses and midwives internationally since 2002. We have been on the Panel of Overseas Recruitment Agency (PORA) list for New South Wales Health, renewed three times since 2008.  ICE Group have a track record in helping Nurses / Midwives and their families make the move to Australia.  We have supported them through each of the many phases of the recruitment process including interview, recruitment screening, AHPRA Registration, visa nomination and arrival to Australia.  This process can take 6 to 12 months to complete (shorter if you already have your AHPRA registration), and we pride ourselves at keeping our people up to date on the any changes that occur during this time.

With over 18 years’ experience in overseas nurse recruitment, we can provide advice and guidance to make your transition easier, and removing any uncertainties out of your move