Counsellor- Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health cohealth


  • Part Time (0.6 FTE), Ongoing role
  • Access to 14 weeks paid parental leave benefits above standard industry agreements
  • Work for a multi-award-winning iconic community health organisation
  • Generous Salary Packaging
    • Lived experience and/or being able to speak a community language is highly valued
  • $47.38 per hour

So why cohealth?

cohealth leads the way in reducing health and social inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live. Named Premier’s Health Service of the Year (Primary) and the Supporting LGBTIQ+ Health Service at the Victorian Public Healthcare Awards, cohealth’s 1000 staff demonstrate courage, leadership, innovation, and agility in their commitment to providing inclusive and culturally safe health services that protect the human rights of all people of all gender identities, sexualities, ages, cultural backgrounds, faiths, and abilities.

Our inclusive workplace culture enables staff to bring their whole selves to work, where uniqueness is valued, and people experience a feeling of belonging. Our aim is for everyone to thrive in their role. Please click here to find out more.

About the role

The Counselling role is part of the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health team and provides a therapeutic service to residents in the western suburbs of Melbourne with a focus on marginalised communities. This role provides a crucial response to the psycho-social/mental health needs of cohealth clients in collaboration with other cohealth services. The role involves direct counselling services to cohealth clients. Counselling duties are the primary focus, but the position also includes casework, care-planning, group work and health promotion.

Please refer to the Position Description for more information.

Your duties include:

  • Provide a culturally safe, trauma informed counselling service for people from refugee and asylum seeker background
  • Provide ethical, flexible, professional goal-directed and client-centred counselling services to a range of individuals and families within a systems approach (in a generalist counselling caseload)
  • Provide casework, referral, and advocacy to clients particularly where this would enhance the therapeutic work and/or where other services are not available
  • Provide services in a manner that are sensitive to each client’s background and beliefs (e.g., cultural)
  • Keep abreast of and utilise evidence-based and best practice approaches
  • Provide group work and secondary consultation and participate in projects and evaluation as required

What cohealth offers:

  • Exciting Parental leave benefits
  • Cohealth offers primary carers 14 weeks paid parental leave upon completion of only 6 months of continuous service
  • Eligible coworkers will continue to receive superannuation on unpaid parental leave as well
  • Salary packaging to suit you – tax free amount of up to $15,900 p.a (mortgage, rent, or credit cards) and a further $2,650 p.a (meal, entertainment expenses and holiday accommodation) alongside generous reward programs from our salary packaging providers
  • Novated Leasing available
  • Counselling services for you and your immediate family through our EAP-Access provider, and mindfulness, resilience, and wellbeing programs
  • We offer inclusion, equality, and opportunity in a workplace where making a difference counts (based on our guiding principles and values)

Our ideal candidate:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Post Graduate Counselling or Social Work with eligibility to membership of AASW, PACFA or ACA or an equivalent qualification as determined by cohealth.
  • Proof of qualification to be sighted.
  • Ability to manage own time effectively, organisational skills, well developed clinical engagement, assessment and formulation skills, goal setting and intervention planning, clear and timely communication skills.
  • Minimum of two years demonstrated experience in provision of a high standard of client centred, evidence-based short to medium term counselling for the target population
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct family violence risk assessments and safety planning.
  • Understanding of trauma informed practices
  • Demonstrated capacity to conduct mental health risk assessment and safety planning.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Check, a Working With Children Check (WWCC), complete a Statutory Declaration, evidence of legal rights to work in Australia, and evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 (3 doses). Additionally, some roles will also require current AHPRA registration and/or NDIS Worker Screening Clearance.

Roles that are determined to be Risk Category A or B [staff that have direct and/or indirect contact with body substances and are at higher risk of occupational exposure to infections] will be required to provide evidence of immunisation assessment including Influenza prior to commencement [A] or within 12 weeks of commencement [B]. This is in accordance with the Victorian Minister of Health Mandatory Vaccination Orders for COVID-19 and legislated requirement for influenza vaccination.

Application Process

Click on apply now to be directed to our careers page. You will be asked to upload your CV/ resume and answer the Key Selection Criteria. We will be conducting interviews for this role as applications are received. If you have any questions regarding this role, please contact Janice Florent [email protected]

To apply for this job go to: & enter ref code: 6446033.

Applications close 28 September 2023.