Practice Leader Mission Australia


  • $85k – $100k + super + Salary Packaging (dependent upon experience and qualifications)
  • Full Time, Permanent
  • Location: Cairns area – between Mareeba and Kuranda
  • Make a meaningful difference to the lives of Australians in need

Life at Mission Australia

When you join the team at Mission Australia, you become part of a community who are determined to end homelessness and ensure people in need can thrive. United by our Christian purpose and values, we stand together with anyone who needs us, for as long as they need us. Find out more about us and our purpose.

Your Opportunity

The Cairns AOD service is a 10-bedroom facility located between Mareeba and Kuranda. The service aims to provide a way for people who have self-identified substance use concerns, to take control of their use and reduce the negative impacts on their life. The service will empower and equip them to achieve their individual goals relating to their substance use, and to be able to continue their recovery journey for a further 6 months after leaving the residential setting. This may look different for different people including goals relating to safer use/harm minimisation; reducing use or ceasing use.

Reporting to the Program Manager, your key responsibilities will be to:

  • Assist in the recruitment, supervision, leadership and development of a small team of clinical and health support staff
  • Support the service to use the SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) Recovery therapeutic group program
  • Actively engage with clients to deliver a range of therapeutic interventions including informal and specialist therapies, counselling, etc.
  • Assist with ensuring the service is obtaining and maintains its accreditation standards

Requirements for Success

  • Relevant tertiary qualifications – Clinical Social Work, Clinical Nurse, Behavioural Sciences, Psychology, or other human services-related field
  • Previous leadership experience in community-based nursing, alcohol and drugs and/or mental health
  • Demonstrated ability to provide specialised or complex therapeutic interventions and manage a caseload of complex clients
  • Experience supervising and leading teams in a clinical setting
  • Evidence of full Covid 19 vaccination 

Before starting work with us, you will need to undertake a national police history check, qualifications and referee checks, and have a clearance to work with children/vulnerable people.

Our culture

Our innovative and inclusive culture will ensure you feel valued at Mission Australia as you help Australians in need and develop in your career.

We’re committed to the safety and wellbeing of each other and the people we serve.

We recognise and respect diversity. So, whoever you are, if you’re skilled and actively support our purpose and values, you would be welcome at Mission Australia.

Find out more about a career with Mission Australia.

If you need support to submit your application, please email [email protected].


Your benefits

  • Rewarding work – every day you know you’re making a real difference
  • Not-for-profit salary packaging, reducing your tax (details via AccessPay)
  • Generous discounts with health insurance and major retailers
  • Free external, confidential counselling and access to chaplaincy support.


How to apply

View the Position Description and click “Apply now”. We will respond to your application.


Applications are shortlisted as they are received. Please apply as soon as possible to be considered. Thank you



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