Career Opportunity

Family Drug Support Worker


Reference: 4973927

  • Part Time, Fixed term Position (15.2 hours per week until 30th June 2021)
  • Based in Collingwood - Close to Public Transport
  • Make a difference to the lives of others!

What We Offer

  • You will be joining a dedicated and caring team of professionals, you will also enjoy:
  • The opportunity to join one of Melbourne's most respected non-profit organisations
  • Role diversity and internal career progression opportunities
  • Keep your work-life balance in check with the flexibility of part-time hours
  • Generous salary packaging options, which will significantly increase the value of take-home pay

About the role

Supporting the Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Treatment Services program, this position seeks to provide support for the family members and significant others of those who use drugs. Support is delivered in person or over the phone to either individuals or to groups as appropriate and is informed by a counselling ethos. The aim of the program is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of those adversely affected by others' drug use through therapeutic intervention and/or assisting with access to appropriate health and support services.

cohealth's AOD Treatment Services program operates within the wider AOD & Homelessness team which is situated across the northern and western regions of Melbourne. Collectively, these programs aim to improve the health and wellbeing of people who are considered homeless or use drugs and/or alcohol by offering a holistic, social model of health care to address the health inequities they may experience. These programs are confidential, innovative, responsive and based on a harm reduction framework, and seek to empower and educate this client cohort to make informed decisions about their health
A primary objective of this role is to assist the team to deliver a consumer first service.

Your daily duties will be diverse however, in essence will include:

  • Provision of individual and, where appropriate, group based therapeutic support. Group based supports may be delivered in conjunction with Family Drug Help services;
  • Provision of a client-centred and responsive service that caters for population and cultural diversity, with targeted support provided to marginalised communities, including young people, CALD and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities;
  • Supports and services are delivered within an evidence-based and harm reduction perspective; and
  • Actively seek support during critical incidents and participate in debriefing and any other post incident support as required.

About you

You possess well-developed communication skills, you liaise comfortably with a range of internal and external stakeholders. To be suitable for this position, you will possess;

  • Tertiary qualifications in Counselling, Social Work, or similar and have eligibility to join the relevant professional body. Other appropriate tertiary qualifications may also be considered.
  • Experience in delivering family focused and sensitive interventions
  • Demonstrated experience working in the Drug & Alcohol sector, or working effectively with people with Drug & Alcohol issues
  • Experience working with, and an awareness of the issues that affect, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people from marginalised communities
  • Experience in the provision of a high standard of client-centred, evidence-based short to medium-term counselling for the target population
  • Highly developed networking, liaison, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, Harm Minimisation principles
  • Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team, including with peer workers, as well as independently
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills

If you have the passion, dedication and drive to make a difference in achieving high quality care with demonstrated success in working with clients then capitalise on this great opportunity, apply today!

Applications are being reviewed and interviewed immediately.

Additional information can be obtained from the attached position description.

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.

Who is cohealth?

We believe in developing our people, to assist in driving continuous improvement within the organisation. At the same time, we're 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.

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

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

The successful candidate will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number and criminal record history check)

Applications Close: 31 Jan 2020