Published November 8, 2022
Last Modified November 7, 2022
Odyssey House Victoria
202-208 Nicholson Street, Australia
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Closing Date
December 7, 2022

Job Description

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Senior AOD Clinician: Counselling & Assessment


  • Full-time (1.0 FTE), Maximum term contract until 11 August 2023.
  • Based at Footscray and Broadmeadows (based on catchment needs).
  • $79,136 - $85,149 (neg) per annum, plus super.
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options (up to $15,900).
  • 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 the role:
The Senior 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 behaviors resulting from problematic alcohol and other drug use. The role is also responsible for providing day to day support and practice guidance to the wider team of counselling and assessment clinicians.

Key areas of focus:

  • Assist the Team Leader/ Program Coordinator to:
  • Implement change and promote a culture of best practice.
  • Develop, implement, monitor, and review client-focused clinical practice.
  • Support staff while fostering a positive team culture, consistent with work plans, organisational expectations, policies, and procedures.
  • Support the student placement program and supervise students as requested.
  • Provide high quality engagement, assessment, treatment, and support services to both community based and forensic clients 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 standard or complex treatment response.
  • Utilising the mandated AOD assessment tool.
  • Arranging further assessments and secondary consults if required.
  • Presenting assessments at clinical review and making recommendations; and
  • Preparing CISP reports
  • Provide information, education and practical assistance to clients to help them to reduce the harms of their substance abuse.
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide clinical leadership and supervision to less experienced clinicians.

A week in this role:
If you were here last week, you would have:

  • Joined a multi-disciplinary team in daily clinical review sessions to contribute to discussions on supporting clients with treatment pathways.
  • Conducted assessment and counselling sessions with both voluntary community and mandated forensic clients.
  • Contributed to care team meetings, as part of collaborative practice, to support clients with complex needs and have multiple services involved
  • Gained learning opportunities through monthly training sessions with an Addiction Medicine Specialist and Family Violence Advisors

Who are WE looking for?
We are looking for an experienced and passionate clinician to reduce harms and increase a client’s capacity to effectively manage the difficulties they are experiencing.

To be successful in this role, you will…

  • Hold a relevant tertiary qualification in health or welfare such as Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, AOD or other relevant area of study desirable.
  • Hold or be willing to complete within first 12 months of employment a Certificate IV in AOD or have completed the required competencies (see Appendix A).
  • Extensive experience in therapeutic approaches such as: Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Coping Skills Training, Family Inclusive Practice, self-help groups, Community Reinforcement Approached.
  • Demonstrated understanding of community-based interventions for reducing alcohol and drug related harm.
  • Previous experience in the AOD sector role and the ability to provide leadership and supervision to others.
  • 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.

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.

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 Shinai Wiki, Team Leader Counselling Program 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 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!

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.