Published January 18, 2023
Last Modified January 19, 2023
Odyssey House Victoria
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February 24, 2023

Job Description

Love      Trust      Honesty      Respect      Concern

AOD Clinician: Intake & Assessment

  • Full-time, Maximum term contract until 30 June 2024 (likely to be extended, subject to funding).
  • Based at Footscray with flexibility to work from home
  • $68,612 - $73,568 per annum (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: Intake & Assessment is responsible for providing intake and assessment services. The key purpose of the position is to reduce AOD related harms to individuals and their families by conducting assessments and providing a range of counselling interventions to assist clients to change harmful behaviours. The intake role is vital to supporting the workflow of AOD programs across the Northwest Region. Intake is a crucial first step to support service users’ access AOD treatment, and has an incredible impact on engagement in AOD treatment.

At Odyssey, the intake role is highly valued, diverse and job satisfaction is high. This role is contracted to mid-2024 to reflect the government funding cycle, however we expect funding to be rolled over and as we’re a large organisation that continues to grow other opportunities will arise regularly.

Odyssey is pleased to be able to offer the flexibility of condensed working days (for example full time hours over a 9-day fortnight), and increased flexibility to work from home and applicants from further afield are welcome to apply.

Key areas of focus:

  • Conduct phone-based intakes and screen those contacting intake for suitability, prioritisation and on-refer as needed.
  • Conduct comprehensive AOD assessments including:
    - Ascertain information on substance abuse history, mental health and risk.
    - Determine if a client is standard or complex nature; and
    - Utilise the Assessment Tool.
  • Develop treatment plans and provide effective AOD interventions to meet the individual needs of clients and their families. These interventions may include assisting clients to:
    - Identify their substance use triggers and high-risk situations.
    - Develop practical skills such as problem solving, goal setting and assertive communication.
    - Access a range of community services and supports to promote recovery
    - Develop insight into their thinking and behaviour in order to help them make and sustain positive changes; and
    - Understand the relationship between their substance use and other areas of their lives, such as mental and physical health, relationships, and lifestyles.
  • Operate within diverse therapeutic frameworks and modalities including:
    - Elements of individual counselling
    - Provision of brief interventions and bridging support
    - Family Inclusive Practice, and opportunistic interventions
    - Dual Diagnosis principles; and
    - Working with diverse communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, CALD and LGBTIQ+ communities
    - Support clients with FV presentation using the MARAM framework
  • Maintain a high standard of documentation, data collection and processes which comply with the accountability structures of professional, legislative, service contractual obligations and organisational standards. This includes ensuring that client files and electronic records are appropriate, accurate and up to date with all relevant information included and maintained in a confidential manner.

A week in the role:

If you were here last week, you would have:

  • Provided several person-centred phone interventions with diverse and complex clients.
  • Enjoyed a diverse role that is not siloed and worked broadly with other services in the region, bringing meaning to a multilayered system.
  • Worked within a friendly, experience-rich environment where colleagues are jovial and inclusive.
  • Contributed to work that reflects your personal values and help those who need it most.

Key Selection Criteria

Who are WE looking for?

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Clinician to support service users’ access AOD treatment across the North West Region.

To be successful in this role, you must…

  • Hold a relevant health, social or welfare related tertiary qualification and/or experience.
  • Have completed or able to complete within the first 12 months of employment the required AOD competencies * refer to appendix A.
  • Demonstrated understanding of community-based interventions for reducing alcohol and drug-related harm.
  • Proven ability to effectively work with people and families experiencing problematic alcohol and other drugs use in a respectful, compassionate, and positive manner.
  • Be willing to travel within the SECADA catchment and to work out of various partnership locations.
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to teamwork and the ability to take appropriate individual and team responsibility for the welfare of clients.
  •  Have proven ability to effectively work with a range of people and organisations (including specific work 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 a 9 day fortnight, 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 Olivia Nichols and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Olivia Nichols Clinical Consultant N&W Metro AOD Service  on, 0466 319 415 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.