Published November 15, 2022
Last Modified November 16, 2022
Odyssey House Victoria
28 Bonds Road, Australia
Job Type
Lower Plenty
Contact Phone Number
Closing Date
December 9, 2022

Job Description

Love      Trust      Honesty      Respect      Concern

Senior LGBTIQ+ AOD Clinician


  • Full-time, Permanent
  • Based at Lower Plenty
  • $79,136 - $85,149 per annum (neg), plus super
  • 17.5% annual leave loading and generous salary packaging options (up to $15,900 per annum)
  • 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 Lower Plenty Therapeutic Community (TC):

OHV’s adult residential rehabilitation program at Lower Plenty provides live-in treatment for individuals, couples and parents with their children (aged 0-12 years old). Operating as a therapeutic community, the values-based program provides a structured environment where up to 143 residents and 30 staff work together to help people make changes and choices on their pathway to recovery.

About the role:

The Senior AOD Clinician performs duties of a specialized nature based on acquired expertise in the field. Supporting the effective operations of the TC, from client admission to residency and graduation, the Senior AOD Clinician ensures the clinical and administrative functions pertaining to this process are carried out effectively.

Through direct supervision of the AOD Clinicians, the Senior AOD Clinician guides staff in fostering the TC process of mutual self-help recovery, engaging the combined functions and activities of the Facilitator, to guide the individual through a process of self-discovery and change, the Counsellor to ensure that every resident in the community obtains relevant individual and group counselling whilst enhancing and promoting self-help as a concept and activity, and the Role Model, using the social environment to maximise peer influences by encouraging transmission of residential community teachings rather than directly instructing, and delivering such communications in the manner or style that reflects the rational purpose of helping.

Key areas of focus:

  • Assist the Clinical Team Leader to develop, implement, monitor, and review client-focused clinical practice with an LGBTQI+ and intersectional lens
  • Ensure that all AOD Therapist reports are appropriately supported, professionally supervised, and provided with regular feedback regarding their performance.
  • Assist in the supervision of therapy team reviews, case reviews and other relevant meetings.
  • Facilitate LGBTQI+ therapy groups and individual counselling sessions.
  • Prepare and review all awareness’s, awards and sanctions received by residents.
  • Conduct client planning groups to develop individual recovery plans (IRPs).
  • Contribute to the development, review and implementation of program modules.
  • Assist in the appropriate referral and conjoint treatment of clients and the development of inter-agency protocols.
  • Participate in an ‘’on call’’ roster.

A week in this role:

If you were here last week, you would have…

  • Supported LGBTQI+ residents in their recovery journey
  • Promoted cultural safety amongst the staff and residents
  • Provided and participated in secondary consultations internally and externally
  • Worked collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team to provide best practice outcomes for residents
  • Participated in community-based activities, for instance, the arts and sports.

Who are WE looking for?

We are looking for a skilled, empathetic and highly motivated Senior AOD professional to foster the therapeutic community process of the mutual self-help recovery journey of residents in the Therapeutic Community by supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bi/Pansexual, Transgender, Intersex and other sex, sexuality, and gender diverse communities (LGBTIQ+) people through the admissions process and during their participation in the residential program.

To be successful in this role, you must…

  • Hold a Bachelor’s Degree or a Diploma in Alcohol & Other Drugs, Mental Health or Allied Health, with a minimum of two year’s experience.
  • Have completed the AOD Skill Set for Health Professionals (or commitment to obtain within 12 months of employment). See Appendix A*
  • Possess a current Victorian Driver’s License.
  • Self- identified as belonging to one of the LGBTIQ+ communities
  • Have excellent case management skills and the ability to work with complex clients.
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage clients in dialogue and develop a therapeutic relationship.
  • Demonstrate experience and knowledge of high-quality therapeutic service delivery, coupled with a strong theoretical and evidence-based practice in the principles of recovery, and a commitment to community education and health promotion
  • Well-developed capacity to continuously review and make responsive changes where needed to ensure a high standard of service delivery.
  • 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 Tim Flora, Program Manager, Lower Plenty and include your CV and a cover letter addressing the key selection criteria.

If you have any questions relating to the position, please contact Tim Flora on 0403 334 169 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.