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DanceWize Program Coordinator - AADANT

DanceWize Program

DanceWize (DW) is a volunteer-delivered, peer harm reduction program that aims to prevent and reduce the potential harms of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use through the delivery of education, care and support to music festival attendees. DW programs operate in New South Wales (NSW Users and AIDS Association - NUAA) and Victoria (Harm Reduction Victoria - HRVic).

This project, under the guidance of the Harm Prevention and Reduction Darwin Local Drug Action Team, will see the development and implementation of a Northern Territory (NT) trial of the DanceWize (DW) Program. 

The Position

The DanceWize Program Coordinator (DWPC) will be responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of a DanceWize (DW) program for delivery at music festivals and events in the Northern Territory. For the project, the DWPC will be required to liaise with staff from DW Victoria and New South Wales to adapt existing program models to suit the context of the Northern Territory. 

For this project period, the DWPC, in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders, will be responsible for managing the operational requirements for delivery of the DanceWize program at BASSINTHEGRASS 2022.

Flexible working conditions - work from home or from our office in Cullen Bay at hours that suit you.

Responsibilities 

Oversee the development and implementation of a DanceWize (DW) program model for application in the Northern Territory. The NT Program Coordinator will liaise with staff from DW NSW and DW Victoria to undertake the adaptation and development of existing DW program models, contextualised to meet the needs of NT festival attendees.

Working with key stakeholders, develop and deliver a communications plan promoting harm prevention and reduction messaging for people at risk of alcohol and other drug harms in festival/event settings in the NT.

In collaboration with staff from DW NSW and Victoria, and a range of relevant NT-based stakeholders, plan and deliver a DW program at BASSINTHEGRASS 2022. This will require the recruitment, training and coordination a team of Key Peer Educator Volunteers for delivery of the program. This includes coordinating a DanceWize drop-in space, a team of roving peer-engagement volunteers and the delivery of harm reduction resources and messages to people who use drugs.

This role may require the observation of drug affected peers and coordination and appropriate referrals with first aid and emergency services as required.

Coordinate and support the training and operational activities of DW volunteers, with the aim of preventing and reducing the incidence and impact of drug-related harms in association with the dance party scene, festivals, clubs and other events in the Northern Territory.

For this contract period, the focus will be on the delivery of a DanceWize trial at BASSINTHEGRASS Festival 2022.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential (Role Specific)

  • An intimate knowledge and understanding of the health, social and legal issues that affect people who are part of the dance party scene. This must include a sophisticated understanding of the pharmacology of drugs commonly used within the community, the social and cultural contexts in which these substances are used and the factors that can contribute to increased risk of harms.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain strong partnerships with a diverse range of stakeholders including government and community health organisations, event promoters, venue staff and researchers.
  • Demonstrated experience managing and leading a team/volunteers.
  • Demonstrated experience in contributing to the coordination, development and evaluation of community or health promotion projects. 
  • Excellent written communication skills, including demonstrated experience producing policy/procedure documents, project/activity reports and contributing to funding submissions. 
  • Competency in the use of computers including software skills for the use of Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel, and the use of a range of social media platforms.

Essential (Employment Requirements)

  • Hold or have the ability to obtain a Working with Children Card
  • Hold a current NT driver’s license
  • Evidence of full vaccination status for Covid-19

Desirable

Knowledge of the Territory’s AOD services, networks and associated sectors.

 

TERM OF EMPLOYMENT

Contract commencing January 2022 to June 30, 2022. This contract may be extended dependent on future funding. 

20 hours per week with flexible work arrangements.

 

Please apply through Seek: https://www.seek.com.au/job/55172591