Published September 11, 2021
Last Modified September 10, 2021
Gateway Health
155 High Street Wodonga, Australia
Job Type
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
September 26, 2021

Job Description

The Role

This role will be required to enhance our service provision capacity by offering high quality, evidence based Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Comprehensive Assessment and Counselling interventions. It is expected that the successful person in the role will facilitate the development of an individualised treatment plan including appropriate referrals and will provide brief interventions and bridging support as required to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.  You will work closely with other staff in the AOD team to provide a flexible, responsive service to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients.

The role is part of the AOD program area which currently comprises of approximately 24 staff, with a number of new positions and projects funded and in development. It is a vibrant team with a strong commitment to achieving the best outcomes for and with clients and their families.

The AOD Program is funded by the Department of Health and Murray Primary Health Network and aims to make it as easy as possible for a person and their family to get the help they need with an alcohol and/other drug concerns.

The model of care used in this Program is underpinned by the Victorian DHS AOD Treatment Principles, the principles have as their foundation a philosophy of harm minimisation and recovery orientation.

The Organisation

Gateway Health is a not-for-profit Company limited by guarantee and a registered Community Health Service under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic).

Vision:               People living well

Our Mission:     Gateway Health provides primary health care & support to all in our community & focuses on providing services to those with the highest risk of poor health.

Our Values:       We care – We work together – We achieve – We learn – We Innovate

Our Principles: We advocate for fair and equitable access to health care and wellbeing services for all.

We respect the strength of individuals and the community, and their capacity to recover from adversity.

We recognize the importance of adaptability and responsiveness to enable us to deliver on our commitment to the community.

We actively listen and work alongside the community and each other to design and deliver better solutions.

We believe a learning culture is critical to enhancing the wellbeing of staff, clients and the community.

We contribute to creation of a connected and integrated health and community care system to achieve the best outcomes for our clients and community.

Gateway Health strives for an achievement culture that encourages innovation and initiative.  We build and foster strengths-based programs that focus on support and recovery.  Our staff are our greatest asset.

The organisation employs over 380 staff providing a range of  primary health and community services across the Ovens Murray region in North East Victoria and parts of Southern New South Wales.  Gateway Health serves all people, and is committed to improving individual and population health outcomes. We will do this by providing health care and support to individuals and communities in times of need, and by actively working with our partners to address the social and environmental determinants of health.  Services are delivered through a mix of centre-based services in Wodonga, Wangaratta and Myrtleford, and outreach to rural communities across the region.

To Apply

Please go to to review the Application Process and full position details including Position Description.

Applications must address the selection criteria and have two referees who are the applicants previous or current managers.

Your application must include:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Qualifications
  • Address the Selection Criteria stated above
  • Proof of Current Victorian Working with Children clearance
  • Employment Disclosure Application Form (located on our gateway website)

Please forward your application, resume and selection criteria responses to

Applications close Sunday 26th September 2021

Gateway Health is a child safe organisation. Gateway Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Gateway Health is currently working towards achieving Rainbow Tick accreditation. Gateway Health does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law.


Key Selection Criteria


  1. Ability to behave in accordance to the Gateway Health Values of We Care, We work together, We achieve, We learn, We innovate.
  2. Tertiary qualifications in Social Work, Social Welfare, Psychology, Community Welfare Work or relevant equivalent studies with a minimum of Certificate IV in AOD or have completed the core competencies (or able to complete within the first 24 months of employment).
  3. Forensic AOD accreditation (as required by DFFH, Victoria), or the eligibility/willingness to obtain same.
  4. Demonstrated experience in a range of assessment, counselling and support approached, brief interventions and other strategies suitable for use with individuals impacted by alcohol and drug use.
  5. Demonstrated ability to engage and form therapeutic relationships with people from diverse ages and backgrounds in a variety of settings.
  6. Demonstrated ability in IT systems including Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word/typing skills) and client information management systems.
  7. Knowledge and experience of issues relevant to people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use problems, and knowledge of, or experience in working with high risk, marginalised or difficult to engage young people and adults.
  8. Well-developed communication skills with the capability to prepare reports and correspondence in clear information in a manner appropriate to the purpose and audience.
  9. Minimum 2 years’ experience within the community, health or welfare sector, or AOD field.

Mandatory Requirements

  1. Current Australian Drivers Licence or accepted International Drivers licence
  2. Confirmation of your right to work in Australia, Satisfactory National/International Police, National Disability Inclusion Scheme Worker Check and Victorian Working with Children Checks must be provided prior to commencement.


  1. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other agencies in: co-ordinating service delivery, providing direct care to clients, and in advocating with and on behalf of clients and their families.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of consumer-directed and/or client-centred models of care, and a commitment to working within a recovery-oriented framework using evidence-based approach
  3. Understanding of the principles of harm minimisation.