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Job Number : 33459
Type and Location : Counselling / ACT
Listed By : NeonLogic on 4 May 2021

Canberra Health Services

Clinical Services

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Service

Alcohol and Drug Service




Health Professional Level 3

Salary Range: $95,883 - $101,033 (up to $106,044 on achieving a personal upgrade) (PN: 28446)


Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.

Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

Position Overview

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their families and carers is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for clients.

The Division delivers services at a number of locations, including hospital inpatient and outpatient settings, community health centres, detention centres, other community settings including people’s home. These services include:

·       Adult Acute Mental Health Services

·       Adult Community Mental Health Services

·       Alcohol and Drug Services

·       Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

·       Justice Health Services, and

·       Rehabilitation and Specialty Mental Health Services

The Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) is a part of the division of Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS), which is contemporary, evidence, based service providing high quality alcohol and other drug services that are guided by the principles of harm minimisation. The ADS provides a range of services for people affected by alcohol and other drug use incorporating 6 areas including:

·       Opioid Treatment Services

·       Medical Services,

·       Consultation and Liaison Service,

·       10 bed Inpatient Withdrawal Service

·       Police and Court Drug Diversion Service

·       Counselling and Treatment Services

This position is part of an allied health team based at the Canberra hospital that provide support to clients of the withdrawal unit, the opioid replacement therapy service or the medical service.

This position works collaboratively with individuals that are on Opiate Replacement Therapy to address psychosocial issues they may be experiencing. This may involve direct intervention or counselling, advocacy or referral to other agencies for more support.

This role is a mandatory qualified position and will require recent demonstrated experience in the provision of comprehensive assessments, and group work to adults.

All team members are required to undertake professional development and supervision, participate in quality initiatives and contribute to the multidisciplinary team processes.

About You

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

·       Ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team and adapt quickly and flexibly to a changing environment.

·       Ability to consider the broader bio psychosocial components to clinical presentations and their interaction or influence on the presenting problem.

·       Ability to uphold access and equity for clients with diverse needs through advocacy and liaison.

·       The ability to provide a range of psychological/counselling treatments.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

Relevant tertiary qualifications and a minimum of three years’ experience working professionally in Allied Health or counselling is preferred.

·       Have an understanding of how the National Standards and the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS)indicators align with this role.

·       Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

·       Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

·       Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

·       Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.

How to Apply: For further information, please visit

Applications Close: 27 May 2021


Contact Details
Contact Officer: Daniel Panozzo (02) 5124 2591

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