Published March 9, 2023
Last Modified March 9, 2023
Odyssey House Victoria
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Closing Date
March 24, 2023

Job Description

Love      Trust      Honesty      Respect      Concern

AOD Clinician: Care and Recovery Employment


  • Part-time (0.4 FTE), maximum contract until 30 June 2024.
  • Based at Barwon
  • $79,136 - $85,149 per annum FTE (neg), plus super
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options
  • Progressive Workplace Flexibility options that enables genuine work life balance

About Odyssey House Victoria:

Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) is a place of hope and positive change for individuals working towards breaking their pattern of addiction. At Odyssey House we believe that every person should have the opportunity to change and grow. Our diverse teams work with individuals, families, and communities to reduce alcohol and other drug (AOD) use, improve mental health, and reconnect people to their family and the community. OHV is a dynamic and fast-growing organisation committed to excellence in service provision and innovation in responding to alcohol and other drugs use problems.

Role Purpose:

The AOD Clinician: Care and Recovery Employment is responsible for proactively case manage and improve outreach services for clients who are awaiting or currently engaged in alcohol and drug treatment. The main purpose of the role is to establish the first alcohol and other drug (AOD) Recovery Employment Support Service in the Barwon region.

The service is designed to fill in the gap between AOD recovery and finding employment training or going back to school. The role will provide practical and individualised treatment that increases the clients’ employability and contributes to their overall recovery.

Key areas of focus:

Clinical Practice

  • Provide high quality engagement, assessment, treatment and support services to individuals and their families, including Family Inclusive Practice and Dual Diagnosis principles.
  • Provide flexible coordination and support and targeted interventions to enhance the client’s engagement and retention in treatment, including pre-care support. Interventions may include:
    • assessments of clients’ AOD treatment and recovery needs
    • practical assistance
    • motivational interviewing and supportive counselling
    • harm reduction information and education
    • case conferences to facilitate integrated and consistent treatment across services
  • Participate in daily clinical reviews to confirm treatment planning and care coordination and provide information that may aid in the achievement of the program’s objectives.
  • Utilise the Drug & Alcohol Outcome Star and/or other outcome measure to identify goals, track and monitor progress across a range of recovery domains and provide clients with tangible evidence of the effectiveness of their treatments.
  • Create discharge plans and provide post care support including assisting clients and their families to negotiate their treatment beyond the AOD sector.
  • Follow up with clients at 3- and 12-months post treatment to track recovery progress and support reengagement with treatment as required.
  • Liaising with other health and welfare services, provide clinical expertise and secondary consultation.

Employment Support

  • Provide Information, navigating employment services/service options.
  • Deliver workshops for confidence building, employability, job-search skills.
  • Provide career coaching for previously employed, returning to work.
  • Provide job placement support (employment services) for post-recovery programs.
  • Provide support to attend appointments, work-related commitments.
  • Create and establish processes for Employment Support Services.

Professional Liaison / Supervision / Administration

  • Develop and maintain collaborative and productive working relationships with GPs, mental health, hospitals, employment and family services, housing workers and homeless support, child protection, financial counselling, all other AOD services and other community and sector connections.
  • Maintain up to date progress notes, case files and data entry.
  • Provide supervisory assistance to students as required.


A week in the role:

If you were here last week, you would have:

  • Engaged in an entire catchment team building/staff learning day.
  • Participated in clinical reviews.
  • Attended a team meeting, where you enhanced you own clinical skills whilst also providing support to other staff.
  • Networked with and engaged with other services and stakeholders.
  • Attended a team building lunch at a local café.
  • Worked in a professional, safe and fun workplace.

Key Selection Criteria

Key Selection Criteria:

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Clinician to reduce harms and increase a client’s capacity to effectively manage the difficulties they are experiencing.

To be successful in this role, you must…

  • Hold a relevant Business, health and or welfare Tertiary Qualification e.g., in Business Management, Business Administration, Job Coaching and or Counselling, Psychology, Allied Health Sciences or working towards completion of relevant qualification.
  • Have completed or able to complete within the first 12 months of employment the required AOD competencies * refer to appendix A.
  • Possess a current Victorian Driver’s License.
  • Proven skills in the application of assessment, case coordination, case management, case formulation, development of Individual Treatment Plans and discharge planning.
  • Experience in delivering employment support services.
  • Experience in working with AOD and dual diagnosis clients and those experience other life complexities.
  • Ability to convey empathy and concern and to collaborate effectively with a range of people (including specific groups such as Aboriginal, CALD and Forensic clients) and families experiencing problematic alcohol and other drugs use in a respectful and compassionate manner.
  • Highly developed communication and conflict resolution skills.
  • Proven reporting writing skills.
  • Capacity to maintain file records and data collection processes to a high professional standard.


*Appendix A (AOD Competencies)

OHV requires staff in clinical positions to have the following competencies (or their equivalent). Where people do not already have these competencies, OHV will invest in the staff’s professional development by providing them through our registered training organisation (RTO).

The competencies required in the first 12 months of employment are:

  • CHCAOD001 – Work in an alcohol and other drugs context.
  • CHCAOD004 – Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues.
  • CHCAOD006 – Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues.
  • CHCAOD009 – Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans.


What we can give YOU!

In return we are committed to offering you an inclusive and transparent workplace culture where our people can develop to be their very best by:

  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities
  • Providing work that is meaningful and challenging, with career development opportunities through project and secondment opportunities and succession planning
  • Providing career pathways across diverse OHV programs.
  • Access to 24/7 counselling through our Employee Assistance Provider (EAP)
  • Generous leave options such as 48/52 Purchase Leave, Study Leave and Sabbaticals
  • Flexible working arrangements such as a school-orientated part-year hours and monthly RDO’s for full-timers (arrangements will vary based on role requirements).

In addition to the above, staff will also be provided monthly Clinical Supervision sessions for professional development and personal wellbeing.



Application information

Please apply directly via our careers website (applications via external recruitment websites or via email will not be considered)

Applications should be addressed to Nicholas Morgan and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Nicholas Morgan Team Leader – Intensive Services  on, 0466 319 468 or at

We will be assessing applications on a rolling basis and suitable candidates will be shortlisted immediately. This role will close once a suitable candidate has been selected, so please don’t wait to apply!


Our commitment to diversity

At OHV we value diversity and believe that a range of backgrounds brings a variety of ideas, perspectives and experiences that will enhance our effectiveness. We promote a workplace that actively seeks to include, welcome and value unique contributions by encouraging people with disability, Aboriginal Australians, LGBTQIA, young people and people from culturally diverse backgrounds to apply for this position.


Safety screening

OHV is committed to child safety and is a child safe organisation. All OHV employees must undergo Police Records and Working with Children Checks. Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible for employment with us.


Mandatory COVID vaccinations

In line with recent Victorian Government mandatory vaccination requirements for the health industry, and OHV's Mandatory Vaccination Policy, all Odyssey House Victoria staff are required to hold full vaccination status, and effective as of 1 March 2022 also have received the Booster Vaccination. Evidence of such vaccination status will be requested during the onboarding process and offers will be rescinded where such evidence cannot be provided.

All Odyssey House Victoria sites are smoke free for all employees