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

Job Description

Gateway Health and Odyssey House Victoria are excited to be partnering in the roll out of a new 24/7 Alcohol and Other Drugs Residential Rehabilitation Service that will be based in Wangaratta supporting our Community and existing Services in our region.

As such, we will be recruiting to various positions between July through to September for this exciting development.

The Senior AOD Therapist performs duties of a specialised nature and supports the Senior Practitioner in implementing programs based on clinical best practice within a Therapeutic Community (TC) to residents, families, significant others and staff.

The role is an integral component contributing to the effective operations of the Therapeutic Community requiring sound clinical knowledge with a lead function in clinical design and delivery and clinical expertise support to the therapeutic community.

Certificate IV in AOD or equivalent, or willingness to undertake within the first 12 months of employment.

The role will support all staff in fostering the Therapeutic Community process of mutual self-help to guide the resident / client through a process of self-discovery and change. The Senior Therapist will ensure that every resident in the community obtains relevant individual and group counselling whilst enhancing and promoting self-help as a concept and using the social environment to maximise peer influences by encouraging residential community teachings rather than directly instructing.

The Wangaratta Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Residential Rehabilitation Service is a new state-wide centre operated by Gateway Health (GH) in partnership with Odyssey House Victoria (OVH). The service is located at Greta Road, Wangaratta. The centre is a 30-bed facility providing a ‘Therapeutic Community (TC)’ residential AOD program for adults experiencing harm and significant problems relating to their AOD use.

The model of care used in this Program is underpinned by the Victorian Department of Health AOD Treatment Principles which have as their foundation a philosophy of harm reduction and recovery orientation.

This program objectives are:

  • Ensure capability and capacity to deliver a sustainable high-quality service
  • Provide guiding principles that aim to achieve the best possible health outcomes for people who use AOD services at Gateway Health
  • Provide a model for AOD staff that supports best practice and informs expectations for the treatment/management of people with substance use concerns
  • Monitor new developments in AOD treatments to be informed by evidence and guided by models of good practice.
  • Ensure services are underpinned by the Victorian AOD Treatment Principles and those of a Therapeutic Community (TC).
  • Enhanced service development, evaluation and review.

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 provided in the Position Description
  • 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

Contact person for enquiries is Danny Baxter on 0448 903 486

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. Qualifications in health, welfare, behavioural or social sciences or extensive experience in the substance use, mental health, welfare or youth fields.
  3. Certificate IV in AOD or equivalent, or willingness to undertake within the first 12 months of employment.
  4. Demonstrated experience working therapeutically with clients that have issues relating to alcohol and other drugs.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, be open to giving and receiving feedback, and recognise and resolve interpersonal conflict.
  6. Demonstrated experience and / or knowledge of therapeutic communities and service delivery with a strong theoretical and practice base in the principles of recovery.
  7. Demonstrated ability to build relationships both clinically and professionally
  8. An understanding of issues relevant to people with co-occurring mental illness and substance use problems
  9. High level interpersonal, engagement, communication, problem-solving and negotiation skills with a demonstrated ability to work with a consultative approach to addressing issues.

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 and Victorian Working with Children Checks must be provided prior to commencement.
  3. Empathy for those whose lives have been affected by problematic alcohol and other drug use/ and or mental health disorders
  4. First Aid Certificate


  1. Recovery experience within a therapeutic community or residential setting.