Youth Drug and Alcohol Clinician, Nowra Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District


Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Psychologist / Social Worker Level 1/2
Remuneration: $70,944 – $109,397 per annum 
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ441066
Applications Close: 29 October 2023

What you’ll be doing

Provide high quality care to clients and their family/carers to ensure the provision of evidence based interventions and optimal health outcomes consistent with ISLHD policies, procedures, standards, relevant legislation, and the NSW Health Code of Conduct. This position provides the above service to the Drug and Alcohol Youth Counselling Service. This service provides assessment, counselling and case management to young people with alcohol or other substance misuse issues, and their family, carers or friends and young people with substance using parents. The Youth Team additionally provide outreach to the local community and youth focussed health education programs.

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed an up-to-date course of a COVID-19 vaccine (2 doses) which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health, or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.


Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. Please provide proof of vaccination if available.


Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District is committed to equal employment opportunity and embraces diversity and inclusion within its workforce. As such, people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. This includes but is not limited to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People with Disability, Women and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds.


Talent Pool

This recruitment may be used to create a talent pool / eligibility list where candidates may be offered casual, ongoing permanent, or temporary full-time or part-time positions within the next 12 months.


Please note: Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable permanent resident or citizen of Australia has been identified for this position following suitable labour market testing


Successful applicants to the role must provide certified documentation of vaccination history and pathology as part of their recruitment documentation. The applicant must be certified as compliant with Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases before employment can commence.


Criminal record checks will be undertaken on successful applicants. This position is designated as child-related employment and you will be required to obtain a Working With Children clearance from the Office of the Children’s Guardian. To apply, please go to


Your claim against the selection criteria is the most important part of your application as it will help determine whether or not you have met the standard of response required by the panel to be eligible for an interview. You should read the Position Description and then address the selection criteria for the role, giving examples where required. Applicants are encouraged to review the following information on Applying for a position within NSW Health at:

Selection Criteria 

  1. Relevant tertiary qualification in Psychology, Social Work or other relevant behavioural science.
  2. Demonstrated superior skills/experience in counselling young drug and alcohol clients with complex needs, using a range of modalities e.g. CBT, DBT, ACT.
  3. A demonstrated understanding of alcohol and other drug issues, and the harm minimisation philosophy.
  4. A proven ability to work in a health related field and provide a range of interventions e.g. psychosocial assessment, case management ,group work, advocacy and education.
  5. Proven ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team.
  6. Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and succinctly both verbally and in writing.
  7. Demonstrated competence in the use of electronic information systems.
  8. Current NSW Drivers Licence, with the ability to travel in accordance with position responsibilities.

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



Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District

Job Salary

Full time