AOD Practitioner Gateway Health


  • Based in Wodonga
  • Full time 76 hours a fortnight
  • 12-month fixed term contract


Gateway Health is a not-for-profit Company limited by guarantee and a registered Community Health Service under the Health Services Act 1988 (Vic).

The organisation employs over 380 staff providing a range of primary health and community services across the Ovens Murray region in North East Victoria and parts of Southern New South Wales. Gateway Health serves all people, and is committed to improving individual and population health outcomes. We will do this by providing health care and support to individuals and communities in times of need, and by actively working with our partners to address the social and environmental determinants of health.


This role will be required to enhance our service provision capacity by offering high quality, evidence-based Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Comprehensive Assessment and Counselling interventions. It is expected that the successful person in the role will facilitate the development of an individualised treatment plan including appropriate referrals and will provide brief interventions and bridging support as required to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients. You will work closely with other staff in the AOD team to provide a flexible, responsive service to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients. 

The role is part of the AOD program area which currently comprises of approximately 30 staff, with a number of new positions and projects funded and in development. It is a vibrant team with a strong commitment to achieving the best outcomes for and with clients and their families. 

The AOD Program is funded by the Department of Health and Murray Primary Health Network and aims to make it as easy as possible for a person and their family to get the help they need with an alcohol and/other drug concern. 

The model of care used in this Program is underpinned by the Victorian DHS AOD Treatment Principles, the principles have as their foundation a philosophy of harm minimisation and recovery orientation.


Ideally you have experience working in an AOD service and demonstrated experience and understanding of working with people who have drug and alcohol issues. You will be proactive and engaging, with experience working with dual diagnosis clients You will also have demonstrated experience in the provision of assessment and counselling services.

You will hold a tertiary qualification in social work, psychology, community Services or other relevant health discipline including cert IV, Diploma and above, certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Holding Forensic AOD accreditation would be desirable, or the willingness to obtain same. 

There is a requirement of the role to travel to other locations and for outreach.


Community Health Centre (Stand Alone Services) Social and Community Service Employees Multi Enterprise Agreement 2022

Classification Level 4


Gateway Health promotes a learning culture that encourages innovation and initiative and recognises our staff as our greatest asset. Gateway Health is committed to creating a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We believe that a workforce that recognises and celebrates diversity will best meet the health and well-being needs of all people we serve within our community.


  • Work within a supportive team environment
  • Laptop, mobile phone with remote access on and offsite
  • Generous Not For Profit Salary Packaging A$15,900 tax free
  • Flexible hours and arrangements, for a work-life balance that works for you
  • Paid parental leave
  • Professional development + ongoing training and support provided
  • Free car parking
  • Fitness Passport – a discounted workplace health and fitness program for you and your family
  • Access to regular external supervision debriefing with Employee Assistance Program (EAP) support available as needed, together with Group Supervision and Wellness activities.
  • Access to our free confidential counselling service through EAP for staff and their family
  • Corporate health insurance cover to keep you healthy
  • Access to annual vaccination program
  • Discounted Health Insurance
  • A suite of employee reward and recognition programs

For a confidential chat about the position please call Caddy Russell on 0477 210 059 or Renee Gillespie on 0417 834 724

Don’t meet every single requirement? At Gateway Health we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every selection criteria and/or qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Gateway Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to creating a workforce that reflects the communities we serve. We believe that a workforce that recognises and celebrates diversity will best meet the health and well-being needs of all people we serve including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; people with disability, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse people, intersex people, people experiencing health inequalities, and culturally and linguistically diverse people.

Please Note – should you be successful, you are required to undergo a:

  • Criminal History Check
  • Working With Children Check
  • Proof of your eligibility to work in Australia (provide either – birth certificate, passport. VISA, etc)
  • Vaccination Evidence

If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at time of application. We will then work with you to identify the best way to assist you through the recruitment process.

All personal information will be kept confidential in compliance with relevant privacy legislation.