AOD Counsellor Western Health


Are you committed and passionate about providing counselling to the adult alcohol and other drug population? Do you want to work for a unique alcohol and other drug service, in the North West catchment that can provide complete wrap around service for clients? Would you like to make a difference sharing your passion in a highly skilled environment that provides support, promotes reflection and encourages growth?

About the Role

Western Health Drug Heath Services is seeking an experienced Drug and Alcohol Counsellor to join Adult Services and provide counselling to Voluntary and Forensic clients. This presents an exciting opportunity to work in a therapeutic and supportive environment, providing counselling to people experiencing alcohol and other drug issues.

The alcohol and other drug counsellor provide innovative, evidence-based therapeutic counselling interventions to both voluntary and mandated AOD clients. This role also includes clinical assessment and management, psychosocial support and discharge planning including referral to and shared care models with community service providers. A key aspect of this role lies in engagement and provision of a positive therapeutic experience to a complex, often marginalised and disenfranchised client group. Part of the role also entails that the counsellors facilitate a voluntary relapse prevention and life skills group.

The successful candidate will have a high level of written and verbal communication skills; a passion for working with the alcohol and other drugs population; values a cohesive team environment; a drive to ensure best care for an often marginalised group; excellent engagement skills; extensive experience with alcohol and other drug issues; a desire to role model high level practice skills and support other staff to attain excellence in practice.

To be successful in this role: 

  • Relevant qualifications Health or Welfare discipline
  • Proven experience in the Alcohol and other Drug sector
  • Ability to engage, assess and provide risk management to clients with complex presentations
  • Experience in providing AOD counselling to the Forensic population
  • The ability to network and maintain professional relationships with internal programs at Drug Health Services and external service providers

About Us

Our workforce of over 11,000 employees are driven by our values of ‘Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES). We value our people and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop.  Our teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring we deliver a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience.

Western Health comprises of three acute public hospitals: Footscray, Sunshine and Williamstown Hospital. We also operate the Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s, Sunbury Day Hospital, Transition Care at Hazeldean and a range of community based services. We care for a diverse community of over 1 million people with complex care needs ranging from Neonates to Geriatrics.

Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits such as:

  • Professional development support
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Salary packaging including novated vehicle leasing
  • Work-life balance

Western Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and retaining diversity in our workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Western Health is committed to providing a safe environment for the children and young people who are involved in our services, sites and operations. We follow and abide by all legislative requirements to keep children and young people safe.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check, an Immunisation status clearance and (if applicable) a Working with Children’s Check.

Western Health do not accept unsolicited resumes/applications from Recruitment Agencies.