Published May 11, 2019
Last Modified May 10, 2019
Thorne Harbour Health
Level 5, 615 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, Australia
Job Type
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
May 27, 2019

Job Description

Are you a skilled health services professional with experience working with AOD clients and a keen desire to work in the LGBTI community?

Thorne Harbour Health, Victoria’s largest provider of LGBTI health services is now recruiting for an appropriately qualified alcohol and drug clinician to provide predominantly appointment based counselling with some care and recovery coordination. The position is based at our main office on St Kilda Rd with one day per week at Uniting ReGen in Coburg. Clinically, you will have demonstrable skills and experience in delivering trauma-informed AOD counselling and brief interventions. Knowledge of HIV and Hep C is desirable.

The AOD Counsellor/C&RC sits within the growing Counselling, AOD, Family Violence and Capacity Building Programs (CASP) and works with a small team of clinicians, casual group facilitators and volunteer peer group facilitators. The successful candidate will have previous AOD experience and genuine interest in working with LGBTI community members and people living with HIV.

The position offered is for a fixed term contract, covering a team member who is on 12 months leave. For a detailed position description, including selection criteria click on the attachment below or visit

How to apply

Applications close COB Monday 27th May 2019 and should be marked ‘Confidential Recruitment: AOD Counsellor/C&RC' and emailed to

For more information please contact Venetia Brissenden on 9865 6700.

Members of the LGBTI community, people living with HIV and those with past lived experience of recovery from alcohol and other drug issues are encouraged to apply.

We offer generous salary packaging and a commitment to quality improvement and professional development.

Important: Applications must directly address the selection criteria within the position description.

Key Selection Criteria


  1. Certificate IV in AOD
  2. Eligibility for membership of a relevant professional association (e.g., AASW, AHPRA, APS, PACFA)
  3. Current driver’s licence

Skills and experience

  1. Knowledge of and experience with evidence-based therapeutic frameworks suitable for short to mid-term counselling practice including brief interventions and motivational interviewing
  2. Experience and competence in the provision of assessment, risk management casework, treatment planning, and discharge planning
  3. Experience and competence in the design and delivery of face-to-face individual, family, or group counselling involving a diverse client group, preferably with people living with or affected by HIV, Hepatitis C, and/or from LGBTI communities and their families
  4. Commitment to recovery-oriented approaches within a harm minimisation framework, acknowledging and building on people’s own resilience and resources
  5. Advanced organisational skills, demonstrating capacity to provide client centred care coordination across providers to facilitate service access and care continuity
  6. An interest and willingness to work with people from LGBTI communities, including people in a non-judgmental and respectful manner
  7. Ability to convey warmth, openness, empathy and concern for the wellbeing of clients and their families, and capacity and willingness to contribute to a supportive and productive team environment
  8. Highly developed oral and written communication, organisational and administrative / reporting skills