Published May 15, 2024
Last Modified May 16, 2024
Odyssey House Victoria
202 Nicholson Street, Australia
Job Type
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Closing Date
June 7, 2024

Job Description

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Senior AOD Clinician Outreach

  • Full-time (1.0 FTE), Ongoing
  • Based at Footscray
  • $96,031.78 per annum, plus super
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options
  • Progressive Workplace Flexibility options that enable 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 this opportunity:

We are seeking an experienced Senior Clinician to provide assertive and intensive interventions across the Northwest and Southwest Metropolitan area, based on a Care and Recovery Coordination outreach service delivery model!

Key areas of focus:

  • Teamwork
  • Provision of Treatment Services
  • Professional Liaison and Consultation
  • Supervision and Professional Development
  • Administration

Duties include but are not limited to…

  • Support the Outreach Coordinator to implement change and promote a culture of best practice.
  • Hold caseload of Intensive Support Program clients, providing assertive brief intervention and case management type interventions
  • Identify individuals at risk of overdose and conduct individual overdose risk assessments.
  • Complete comprehensive AOD assessments.
  • Provide advanced harm reduction interventions.
  • Liaise with client treatment providers, inclusive of biomedical and psychological professionals and welfare agencies to collate client information and facilitate a coordinated and individualised harm reduction response.
  • Provide practical assistance, such as transport to key appointments and facilitating access to relevant services.
  • Utilise opportunistic therapeutic interventions such as motivational interviewing, CBT, and other treatment modalities.
  • Provide training and other capacity building initiatives to create a community response to prevent the occurrence of overdose.
  • Providing clinical leadership and supervision to less experienced clinicians.
  • Adhere to and keep informed of relevant legislative compliance requirements, and reporting any perceived breaches, risks, hazards, incidents where relevant.

For a copy of the position description which outlines the full list of responsibilities, please click HERE.

A week in the role:

If you were here last week, you would have:

  • Provided harm minimisation interventions to clients with a history of, or risk of, overdose.
  • Transported clients to Residential Withdrawal or Rehabilitation admissions.
  • Visited case management clients at the office, in their home or other identified locations.
  • Attended case co-ordination meetings to support client treatment and advocacy.
  • Supported other staff with clinical risk management.


*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.

Application information

Please apply directly via our ELMO careers website (applications via email will not be considered).

Applications should be addressed to Patrick Birtles and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Patrick Birtles Outreach Coordinator on, or 0466 852 494.

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 which may be prior to the application deadline, 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 OHV's Mandatory Vaccination Policy, all Odyssey House Victoria staff are required to hold Fully Vaccinated (Boosted) status, having also received the Booster Vaccination. Evidence of this minimum of three (3) COVID-19 vaccinations 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.

Key Selection Criteria

We are looking for an experienced and passionate Clinician to keep people engaged in treatment and reduce harms associated with AOD related overdose via case management with harm minimisation lens in an outreach format.

To be successful in this role, you must meet the following:

  1. Relevant health and or welfare Tertiary/Degree qualification e.g., in Social Work, Psychology, Nursing or Allied Health Sciences with experience and/or an Associate Diploma with substantial experience.
  2. Certificate IV or above in AOD or completion of the AOD Skill Set for Health Professionals (or commitment to obtain one of these within 12 months of employment). Staff will be fully supported in obtaining the skillset. * (Refer Appendix A).
  3. Experience within AOD and/or Case Management service sectors.
  4. Experience providing outreach-based services.
  5. Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with stakeholders.
  6. Advanced harm reduction intervention knowledge and skills.
  7. Experience working with complex clients (particularly AOD, dual diagnosis clients and those with other significant comorbidities).
  8.  Proven skills and experience providing assessments, client informed individual treatment plans, case management interventions and thorough discharge planning.
  9. Experience with best practice therapeutic approaches such as: Motivational Enhancement Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness, as well as utilising Family Inclusive Practice etc.
  10. Ability to collaborate effectively with a diverse range of client cohorts (such as Aboriginal, CALD, LGBTIQ and Forensic clients) and their families experiencing problematic alcohol and other drugs use in a respectful and compassionate manner.
  11. Highly developed communication, advocacy, and conflict resolution skills.

For a copy of the position description which outlines the full list of responsibilities, please click HERE.