Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist (Counsellor) – Byron Northern NSW Local Health District


Employment Type: Temporary Full Time (56 weeks)
Position Classification:Counsellor Lvl 1/2, Social Worker Lvl 1/2, Psychologist
Remuneration: $34.01 – 53.41 per hour dependant on qualifications
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ350501
Byron Central Hospital is seeking a Mental Health Professional to join their team to work to minimise the harmful effects of substance use on people, by providing and maintaining a high standard of individualised client care through the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Service for patients accessing the service.


If you have/are:

  • Tertiary qualifications and where applicable, membership of the relevant association or registered with the relevant board, in one of the following disciplines: Psychologist (registered or able to obtain registration in NSW) OR Social Worker (eligible for membership of the AASW) OR Counsellor (bachelor degree in counselling or a related field, or other qualification deemed equivalent by the employer). Professions which fall under the Health Professionals State Award (Social Worker, Counselor) must provide evidence of 3 years clinical experience in their profession to be appointed at Level 2
  • Ability to work independently and effectively within a multidisciplinary team, with effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Knowledge and experience of a variety of evidence based therapeutic counselling approaches in the AOD field applicable with people presenting with complex needs  and understanding of how to apply Trauma Informed Care and harm minimisation principles in the care of people with AOD issues
  • Experience in working in partnership with government services, non government agencies and the broader community groups

We can offer you:

  • Flexible and supportive work environment
  • Diverse career pathways
  • Professional and personal development
  • Opportunities to start or build a career, or re-enter the workforce
  • Challenging, inspiring and rewarding roles, and
  • The opportunity to make a difference!

Northern NSW Local Health District embraces the diverse skills and perspectives that our people bring to the workplace. We foster inclusiveness and diversity to help us deliver quality care to our community.

NNSWLHD is committed to reconciliation and strongly encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for this position. All applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people will be viewed most favourably.  For help with your application to this role visit Stepping Up, our online recruitment resource for Aboriginal people.

  • To apply for this position, you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or be able to independently, legally live and work in Australia.  For more information please see
  • You may be subject to a probationary period of three months from the date of appointment to this position.


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For role related queries or questions contact Mitch Dobbie on [email protected]

Applications Close: 24 November 2022





Northern NSW Local Health District

Job Salary

$71,240 - $105,895