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AOD Counsellor


Reference: 3937886

Part-time 0.6EFT, ongoing position

Based at our Niddrie site

Keep your work-life balance in check with the flexibility of part-time hours


We believe in developing our people to assist in driving continuous improvement within the organisation. At the same time, we are dedicated to creating a working culture where staff members can flourish. We work hard to ensure that all our positions are challenging and rewarding, where you can utilise and further develop your skills to truly make a difference.


We are looking for an experienced AOD Counsellor to work with clients to provide behaviour changing interventions as well as assisting people with healthier lifestyles, free from alcohol and/or drug use.

Our service operates as a multidisciplinary team that values personal, professional and academic experience. We work together, support each other, engage in reflective practice and are accountable to service users via regular consultative conversations with service users. Aimed at ensuring service users are involved in evaluating and designing service offerings, that are appropriate to and which meet their stated needs.


We seek a self-motivated and friendly individual with;

  • A tertiary qualification in Social Work, Psychology, Counselling, Cert IV in AOD / Community Development or equivalent;
  • Experience in the provision of a high standard of client-centred, evidence-based short to medium-term counselling for the target population;
  • A highly developed understanding of the philosophy and principles of community development and harm reduction in relation to drug use, blood borne viruses and primary health care;
  • The ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team; and
  • Possesses skills and experience to establish respectful professional relationships that have clear boundaries with consumers, staff and partner organisations.


This position sits within the Counselling and Treatment Team within the broader AOD Response team. The key features of the counselling role include:

  • Providing counselling and support to people experiencing difficulties with their usage of drugs and alcohol;
  • The delivery of robust, evidence-based, therapeutic individual, group and family counselling interventions;
  • Prioritising access for ‘complex' clients and those transitioning to and from bed-based services;
  • Incorporating face-to-face, online and telephone counselling for individuals and families, as well as group counselling programs;
  • The creation of exit plans or continued work with care and recovery coordination staff for further supported referral; and
  • Assisting other staff of cohealth in developing strategies to effectively manage clients with complex drug and alcohol related needs.


If you're a hard-working, reliable individual who enjoys interacting with the community and genuinely making a difference, please apply!


Who is cohealth?

For more information about cohealth and the services provided, please visit our website:

This position will be paid under the Community Health Centre (Stand Alone Services) Social and Community Service Employees Multi Enterprise Agreement 2013 - 2015, Social Worker Class 2 Year 3 (SCHADS Level 4)


To be considered for the role, you must address the Key Selection Criteria (with clear headings) within your cover letter. The Key Selection Criteria can be found in the attached Position Description.

Applications close on 28th January


People accepting employment with cohealth are unable to access our services, some exemptions may apply.

Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.