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Overdose Prevention Site Workers, Middlesex-London Health Unit

London, Ontario
February 11, 2018

Overdose Prevention Site Workers (temporary casual opportunities)

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) has a new, innovative opportunity for temporary casual workers supporting the Temporary Overdose Prevention Sites with the Sexual Health team in the Environmental Health and Infectious Diseases division. This position will be working at the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection at its 186 King Street location in London.

The employment period will be from date of hire until August 13, 2018 and will require working both weekday and weekend shifts. Staffing is required between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday and 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Applicants will be required to be available for shifts during these times with a minimum availability of 4 shifts per month, at least one of which shall be on a weekend.

The Overdose Prevention Site is a health service that provide a hygienic environment for people to inject pre-obtained drugs under supervision. In addition to supervised injection, individuals are provided with sterile injection supplies, education on safer injection, overdose prevention and intervention, medical and counselling services, and referrals to drug treatment, housing, income support and other services.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work directly in the consumption area and establishing a rapport with clients, assessing their level of knowledge and understanding of potential harms associated with injection drug use, providing harm reduction education, ensuring access to clean supplies, preventing risky injection practices, monitoring for signs of drug overdose or anaphylaxis, and intervening in emergency situations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Workers are required to have health care or clinical work experience, including but not limited to nursing, social work, or street-level outreach work.
  • Successful incumbents will be aligned to the appropriate Collective Agreement depending on their background and qualifications.
  • Standard First Aid (or equivalent) and CPR level C (Health Care Provider level, preferred)
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills.
  • Valid Ontario Driver’s license and own transportation.

Other Qualifications:

  • Ability to work with those unstably housed and adults with various health/social problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, to work independently with minimal direction, to multi-task, to problem solve, to take initiative, to anticipate potential problems/conflicts and take appropriate actions, to organize and prioritize work and to meet the needs of the client.
  • Understanding of Indigenous Cultural Safety principles and trauma-informed care.
  • Preference will be given to those with experience in acute care, mental health, addictions, and harm reduction.
  • The ability to communicate (oral and written) in French and/or any other language(s) is highly desirable.

Please see http://www.healthunit.com for further information about our programs and services. To apply to this position, please submit all applications electronically via our Career Opportunities page by February 11, 2018 quoting posting #: TOPS-0118.

Information concerning applicants is collected under the authority of the Health Protection & Promotion Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. H-7, as amended, and will be used to consider suitability for employment. 

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.  The Health Unit is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Accommodations are available, upon request, to support potential applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process.  Should you require accommodation, please indicate in your cover letter and we will work with you to meet your accessibility needds.