Youth Drug and Alcohol Clinician – Nepean Hospital – Perm FT Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: SW Level 1/2, Counsellor Level 1/2
Remuneration: Dependent on Qualifications
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ326900
Applications Close: 7/08/2022

This position is dependent on Qualifications:

Social Work Level 1/2 – ($65,778.00 – $95,298.00)
Counsellor Level 1/2 – ($$65,778.00 – $95,298.00)

Working with NBMLHD Health gives you access to a great range of benefits:

  • Sustainable Healthcare: Together towards zero
  • Proximity to shopping and other services
  • Accrued Day Off (ADO) each month (for full time employees)
  • 4 weeks annual leave each year (pro-rata for part time employees)
  • Superannuation contributions
  • Salary packaging options
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members
  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals
  • Innovative career options available 
  • Multiple career development opportunities on offer

Salary Packaging: 
Salary packaging is beneficial to most Nepean Blue Mountains Health staff. You can potentially salary package a range of your personal expenses including but not limited to novated motor vehicle lease, relocation expenses and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more information by contacting Smartsalary via email at [email protected] or on 1300 476 278.

What you’ll be doing:

  • The position will work within a multidisciplinary and multi-agency approach liaising with key stakeholders both internal to the Drug & Alcohol Service and NBMLHD, and externally with key government and non-government partners including Department of Human Services, Department of Education, General Practitioners, Department of Justice and Drug & Alcohol residential treatment providers.
  • The Youth Drug & Alcohol Clinician will provide direct frontline services to young people and the youth sector. The core functions of this position are:
  • Provide counselling and case management for young people with drug & alcohol issues, as informed by their professional discipline
  • Facilitate the development of case management plans in consultation with all relevant parties including addiction medicine specialists and best practice models.
  • Provide referral for young people with drug & alcohol issues to appropriate support services and group work programs.
  • Help develop and facilitate group work programs as required (in conjunction with other services).
  • Provide support for other staff (mainstream drug & alcohol, Youth Sector etc.) in relation to youth drug and alcohol issues.
  • Support education and health improvements initiatives for young people experiencing drug and alcohol issues and develop links and partnerships both internal and external to the Local Health District

An eligibility list may be created for future vacancies. 

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD): 
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District will drive innovation and excellence in health service delivery that provides safe, equitable, high quality, accessible, timely and efficient services that are responsive to the needs of patients and the community.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages diversity and inclusion within our workforce.  In the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Mental Health Service, we value and strive for a diverse and inclusive workplace. We aim to enrich our working environment and deliver excellent care to all consumers, their families and carers, no matter their background or needs. We encourage and welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; people living with disability; people from a Cultural and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background; people who identify as LGBTQI+, people with a lived experience of mental health concerns and people of mature age.

What we can offer you: 
Being the largest employer in the region we can offer salary packaging options, educational opportunities and support from a broad network of health professionals. With CORE Values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment your professional life is provided every opportunity to succeed and develop in your chosen profession.

Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases: 
If you are applying for a Category ‘A’ position, please read and understand NSW Health policy directive PD2020_017. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy

All NSW Health workers are now required to have received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved medical contraindication certificate. You will be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status if successful.

To be eligible for employment with NBMLHD you must be an Australian Citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or a citizen of another country with an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia. If you currently hold a temporary visa that allows you to live and work in Australia, you may only be offered employment in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.

Selection Criteria to be addressed:

  1. A recognised qualifications in Social Work (Level 1 or Level 2), Counselling(Level 1 or Level 2) or equivalent as deemed by the health service and eligibility for membership with relevant professional organisation such as membership of AASW.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of the issues and difficulties faced by young people presenting with Drug and Alcohol problems and previous clinical experience working in a counselling environment.
  3. Demonstrated experience in providing evidence-based assessment, psychosocial interventions, case management and individual/ group counselling interventions for young people with drug and alcohol problems.
  4. Demonstrated partnership building and negotiation skills with a wide range of service providers and well developed understanding of the interface between services.
  5. Evidence of an advanced level of verbal/written communication skills, analytical and interpersonal skills and the ability to apply these skills within a Youth Drug and Alcohol Service setting
  6. Demonstrated advanced reasoning skills with proven ability to work autonomously and as part of a medically led multidisciplinary team.
  7. Experience in, or commitment to, working with individuals and families from Aboriginal backgrounds and/or diverse cultural backgrounds.
  8. Current Driver’s Licence and willingness to use for work purpose travel.


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For role related queries or questions contact Rowena Power on [email protected]





Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District

Job Salary

$65,778.00 - $95,298.00

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