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Counsellor - Alcohol And Other Drugs

St Vincent’s Health Network Sydney - Sydney, NSW

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Job Description


Title: Counsellor

Employment Type: Maximum Term, Part-Time (up untill 1 April 2022)

Hours per week: 36 hours per week (24/7 hour rotating roster)


Grade: Counsellor Level 1 / 2

Salary: $64463.00 to $93,393.00 (pro rata) base salary per annum

Enterprise Agreement: NSW (Non-Declared) Affiliated Health Organisations' Professional & Associated Staff Agreement 2009

Department Name: Alcohol and Drug Contact Centre

Position Summary

A vacancy exists in the above unit for a highly motivated Counsellor with appropriate knowledge and skills to join our friendly and supportive team at St Vincent’s Alcohol and Drug Contact Centre. Our progressive and innovative team offers development opportunities for our staff and a caring environment for the delivery of high quality patient centred care. The Alcohol & Drug Contact Centre operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and operates a number of state-wide telephone and online services for people who use alcohol or other drugs (including nicotine).

The successful applicant will be expected to work within a strengths-based and harm-minimisation framework and deliver high quality person-centred drug and alcohol counselling, including bio-psychosocial assessments, evidence-based brief interventions, health education and advice, and referrals to external agencies.

This Position Is Expected To Work Across All Of, But Not Limited To, The Following Service Lines

The successful applicant is expected to take a lead role in 1300DRIVER promotional initiatives relating to the continuous improvement of the service which targets the truck driving community.

  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS), including WebChat
  • Opioid Treatment Line (OTL)
  • Drug and Alcohol Specialist Advisory Service (DASAS)
  • Stimulant Treatment Line (STL)
  • ACT Quitline
  • 1300DRIVER
  • Cannabis Caution
  • Western Australia Alcohol and Drug Support Services (overnight only)
This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children's Guardian. For more information and how to apply, please visit the Office of the Children's Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/working-with-children/working-with-children-check

The vacancy is open to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens who hold a valid New Zealand passport, Australian permanent residents and those non-residents deemed by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to be eligible to work in Australia only.

About St Vincent's Health Network Sydney

St Vincent's Health Network Sydney is made up of three public hospitals, St Vincent's Hospital Sydney, Sacred Heart Health Service and St Joseph's Hospital at Auburn. We are part of St Vincent's Health Australia, the largest diversified health care organisation within Australia's not for profit Catholic health care sector. As a Catholic health and aged care service provider, our mission is to bring God's love to those in need through the healing ministry of Jesus, with a commitment to those who are poor and vulnerable.

We are committed to equal employment opportunity, ethical practices, and the principles of cultural diversity and promote a smoke free work environment. Appropriate criminal record and child protection checks are conducted for all successful candidates. Employment with St Vincent's is subject to you having current immunity status that complies with the Occupational Assessment, Screening & Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases - NSW Health Policy Directive PD2020 _017. Appointment and ongoing employment will be subject to continued compliance with the policy directive.

What We Offer
  • Generous salary packaging and Fitness Passport for eligible staff
  • Opportunity to access a large range of clinical and non-clinical education programs
  • Supported post graduate opportunities within applicable fields
  • Careers development opportunities across the St Vincent’s Health Australia Network.
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Work/Life balance
Application Instructions

St Vincent's Health Network Sydney is committed to reconciliation and encourages Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people to apply for all advertised positions.

When applying for the position, Applicants will be required to upload a recent Resume as well as a separate Cover Letter addressing the Selection Criteria for the position as outlined below. External applicants are to upload their Cover Letter alongside their Resume when reaching the ‘My Experience tab >Resume/CV> Upload. For Internal applicants, this document is to be uploaded further down the page alongside your Resume under Resume/CV> Upload.

Selection Criteria
  • Personal integrity and demonstrated commitment to the Philosophy, Mission and Values of Mary Aikenhead Ministries and St Vincent’s Health Australia
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications in counselling, social work, psychology, or a related field, and eligibility for membership of the relevant professional association.
  • Demonstrated relevant clinical drug and alcohol experience including assessment, brief intervention and counselling of clients with drug and alcohol problems and co-existing mental health issues
  • Demonstrated understanding of contemporary approaches to drug and alcohol treatment, including harm reduction, person-centred and strengths-based approaches
  • Ability to identify clients’ specific needs and provide the appropriate assessments, interventions and approaches for proving an effective solution
  • Demonstrated high level written and verbal communication skills (including via telephone and typing), including a minimum typing speed of 40 WPM.
  • High level computer skills, including Microsoft Office, and previous experience with electronic patient record systems.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, ability to recognise, understand and manage emotions in yourself and others.
An example on how to address and upload selection criteria is provided in the attachment below in order to assist you with completing your application.

Please ensure you review the instructions on how to upload this document as applicants that do not address the selection criteria may have their application automatically culled.

Applications close on 12 June 2021

Review The Following Documents


Description and Critical Job Demands Checklist:

JR117072_How to upload and address the selection criteria.pdf

Job Demands Checklist



Contact Details

Contact Centre Manager, Hazel Sgouras, 0416 143 772, Hazel.Sgouras@svha.org.au

Closing Date

Alternate Contact:

12 June 2021 11:59pm

Reconciliation Action Plan

At St Vincent's we acknowledge the importance of creating a work environment that is welcoming, safe, equitable and inclusive for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Employees. As part of our Commitment to Reconciliation and Closing the Gap in employment related outcomes, we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

For further information, visit https://www.svha.org.au/about-us/reconciliation or get in contact at indigenouscareers@svha.org.au

View Reconciliation Action Plan

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