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Addiction Psychiatry Advanced Trainee

St Vincent's Hospital

Addiction Psychiatry Advanced Trainee

  • Excellent benefits including salary packaging
  • Challenging and rewarding work environment
  • Friendly and supportive team environment

About Department

The Department of Addiction Medicine at St. Vincent's (which includes Depaul House Alcohol and Drug Withdrawal unit) is one of Australia’s leading centers for the medical treatment of drug or alcohol addiction. The work includes direct patient treatment (both inpatients and outpatients), research, education/training and policy development. Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, specialist counselors, and lived experience workers. Our treatment services encompass both acute withdrawal and longterm management, using state-of-the-art methods and facilities. We have a strong culture of education, outreach to community and rural settings, training and teaching, from undergraduate students to senior clinicians across a wide range of professional disciplines.

Addiction Medicine at St Vincent’s strives to ensure that our clinical knowledge and experience informs public health policy, to achieve a more sophisticated understanding in the community of the nature and treatment of addiction, and to improve the health outcomes for those seeking assistance for drug or alcohol problems.

About the Role

This position aims to provide Addiction Psychiatry Specialist Services to the Department by providing excellence in Consultation Liaison for inpatients, addiction outpatients and Depaul House residential withdrawal unit inpatient care as required. The Addiction Psychiatry Registrar is employed through the St Vincent’s Department of Addiction Medicine, and participates in an Addiction Medicine Training Program approved by the Australasian Chapter of Addiction Medicine, Royal College of Physicians as well as the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP). The position will provide training experience at St Vincent’s Department of Addiction Medicine Department and, as appropriate, at other external agencies that provide drug and alcohol services and with whom St Vincent’s Department of Addiction Medicine collaborates. The Registrar will be accountable for the delivery of clinical services to the patients with drug and/or alcohol problems, through providing high quality clinical services, contributing to service evaluation and research and displaying a commitment to ongoing learning and professional development in Addiction Medicine. When employed on external rotations outside St Vincent’s, the Registrar will provide care to patients under the supervision of Addiction Medicine specialists.

The role includes exposure to general addiction outpatients, clinical liaison on inpatient wards, inpatient withdrawal management, opioid agonist treatment including longacting formulations of buprenorphine, dual diagnosis, pain medicine, correctional health, as well as external rotations to youth services and women’s services.


  • Undertake inpatient ward service in Addiction Medicine as per the consultant roster.
  • When on inpatient ward service undertake 1 full round at least once per week
  • Provide support to the unit Junior Medical Staff (JMS) during business hours.
  • Assist in the achievement of the department’s activity and quality targets
  • Make an active contribution to medical student education and post graduate education sessions
  • Provide mentorship to the Junior Medical Staff of the Department.
  • Participate in Clinical Research Projects relevant to Addiction Medicine.
  • Participate in the implementation of relevant policies and procedures within the Department and the Hospital as required

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery or equivalent
  • For Addiction Psychiatry accreditation, applicants must be registered medical practitioners in Australia or New Zealand and be registered as a Trainee of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).
  • In the case of overseas trained specialists (including general practitioners) they must have been considered equivalent by the relevant Australasian medical college, and should apply via the AMC.
  • Registration with APHRA
  • Doctors who have completed Basic Training (including success in the FRACP Examination) of the RACP are also eligible to train under the Chapter.
  • In the case of overseas trained specialists (including general practitioners) they must have been considered equivalent by the relevant Australasian medical college, and should apply via the AMC.
  • Registration with AHPRA


  • Salary packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Staff Health Centre


  • Please attach your resume and cover letter to your application.

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current satisfactory National Police Certificate conducted by The Victoria Police.

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St Vincent's Hospital
Location Melbourne
Job Reference Number JR119789
Sub Classification Specialist Physicians
Job Type Permanent/Full-Time
Estimated Salary Package Not Applicable
Closing Date 15-10-2021

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