Positions Vacant

Position Vacant: International Overdose Awareness Day volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to assist with our coordination of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD), an annual event held on 31 August.

Hours are flexible

Are you passionate about alcohol and drug policy and want to make a difference? Do you want to be part of a growing movement that supports events in hundreds of locations across the world? If so, volunteering for Penington Institute is for you!

This volunteer position includes a range of tasks such as distributing International Overdose Awareness Day merchandise around the world, contacting stakeholders and organisations taking part in IOAD and mailing letters to people including policy makers, authors, activists and high-profile drug law reform advocates.

There may be other opportunities in the future for volunteers to assist with YEAH activities as well!

About International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day started in Melbourne, Australia in 2001 with a small backyard event. At that event ribbons were handed out to anyone who wished to commemorate a friend, partner or family member who passed away from overdose. Any member of the community, even if not directly affected, could wear a ribbon to offer their condolences to those who had suffered from overdose.

Since then International Overdose Awareness Day has grown bigger and bigger. Many community organisations, government and non-government organisations such as hospitals, community health centres and user groups have held events to raise awareness and commemorate those who have been lost to drug overdose. Since 2012, the annual event has been coordinated by Penington Institute.

Last year almost 500 events were held across the world and 2018 promises to break that record again. It is making a real difference to communities affected by overdose, particularly in the United States where there were 64,000 overdose deaths in 2016.

If you are interested, simply send an email to John Ronan at j.ronan@penington.org.au

Please see the IOAD Volunteer Role Statement 2018 for more information.


Position Vacant: Human Resources Coordinator – Volunteer

Volunteer position (3-6 hours per week flexible)

Penington Institute, a not-for-profit organisation, actively supports the adoption of approaches to drug use that promote safety and human dignity through thought leadership, community education, frontline worker training, research and policy formation.

We are seeking a Volunteer Human Resources Coordinator to assist us in the development and delivery of Penington Institute’s human resource functions including

  • Ensuring there is a robust people policy / procedure platform that guides management and the broader workforce in executing their responsibilities
  • Delivering contemporary HR practices for all stages of an employee’s / volunteer’s engagement cycle: recruitment and selection; on-boarding; induction / orientation, performance / satisfaction processes; development and transitions
  • Providing mentoring support to Penington Institute’s leadership team in their management and leadership of Penington Institute’s workforce

We offer a dynamic working environment and are located in Carlton South

For further information, please read the position description and submit your application to John Ryan (j.ryan@penington.org.au).