Published January 14, 2023
Last Modified January 16, 2023
Odyssey House Victoria
202-208 Nicholson Street, Australia
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Closing Date
February 13, 2023

Job Description

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AOD Clinician: Counselling and Assessment (parental backfill)


  • Part-time (0.6 FTE), Maximum term contract to 23 February 2024.  
  • Based at Footscray
  • $68,612 to $73,568 FTE (neg), plus super
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options (up to $15,900 per annum)
  • 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.

About this role:

The AOD Clinician: Counselling & Assessment is responsible for conducting comprehensive assessments and providing a range of counselling interventions to assist clients and their family members to change harmful behaviours resulting from problematic alcohol and other drug use. The key purpose of the position is to reduce harms and increase a client’s capacity to effectively manage the difficulties they are experiencing.

Key areas of focus:

  • Provide high quality engagement, assessment, treatment and support services to individuals and their families, through evidence-based, therapeutic counselling and group work.
  • Conduct comprehensive assessments including:
    - Ascertaining information on substance abuse, history, mental health, and risk.
    -  Determining if a client requires a standard or complex treatment response.
    - Utilising the mandated AOD assessment tool.
    - Arranging further assessments and secondary consults if required; and
    - Presenting assessments at clinical review and making recommendations.
  • Provide information, education, and practical assistance to clients to help them reduce the harms of their substance use.
  • Provide clients with exit and post treatment support plans to offer them appropriate support to maintain treatment gains.
  • Consult with other services to develop and support the provision of recovery and harm reduction orientated treatment.
  • Support the student placement program and supervise students as requested.

A week in this role:

If you were here last week, you would have…

  • Attended a daily clinical review with a multidisciplinary team to identify treatment pathways.
  • Conducted a comprehensive AOD assessment looking at the holistic needs of clients to support them with their AOD goals.
  • Held a caseload of counselling clients who are working towards recovery goals.
  • Attended care team meetings with internal programs and external services such as child protection and mental health to engage in collaborative practice around client care.
  • Engaged in reflective individual and group supervision.
  • Engaged in learning opportunities with addiction psychiatrists and specialised family violence practitioners

Key Selection Criteria:

We are looking for an experienced and compassionate clinician to work closely with our clients and their family members to reduce harms and increase their capacity to effectively manage the difficulties they are experiencing.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Hold a relevant tertiary qualification and/or have experience in Health, Social or Welfare.
  • Hold or be willing to obtain within the first 12 months of employment, the required AOD competencies in dual diagnosis (refer to Appendix A*).
  • Possess a current Victorian Driver’s License.
  • Have experience in the provision of assessment and counselling services, preferably with AOD or dual diagnosis clients.
  • Have  experience with therapeutic approaches such as: Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Coping Skills Training, Family Inclusive Practice, self-help groups, Community Reinforcement Approaches.
  • Demonstrate understanding of community-based interventions for reducing alcohol and drug-related harm.
  • Proven ability to work with a range of people and organisations (including specific client groups such as Aboriginal, CALD and Forensic clients) in a non-judgemental and respectful manner.
  • Be able to self-regulate and self-monitor own behaviours, practice self-reflection at all times, display a commitment to realistically assess own personal strengths, limitations, biases, and effectiveness, and remain open to feedback and constructive criticism
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance and application of inclusive practice when working with people from diverse communities, such as cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds
  • Demonstrate understanding of the importance and application of intersectionality when working with people from all cultures, genders, sexualities, bodies, abilities, spiritualities, ages and backgrounds

*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 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.

How to apply:

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

Applications should be addressed to Shinai Wiki, and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Shinai Wiki – Team Leader Counselling Program on 0481 450 854 or

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.