23960 - 01NMS

Withdrawal Unit Counsellor
Full-time Permanent

Closes: 29 January 2020

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $93,346 - $98,359 (up to $103,237 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Position No: 23960 - 01NMS
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 09 January 2020
Contact Officer: Daniel Panozzo on daniel.panozzo@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 2591

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

Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Seven community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services.

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services provides health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment, to recovery and maintenance, and harm minimisation. Consumer and carer participation is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with consumers, carers and 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:

  • Rehabilitation and Speciality Services
  • Adult Community Mental Health Services
  • Adult Acute Mental Health Services
  • Alcohol and Drug Services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • Justice Health Services

Overview of the work area and position:

The Alcohol and Drug Service is a multidisciplinary service within the ACT Health providing a range of specialist services for people affected by alcohol and other drug use. The Alcohol and Drug Service is a part of the division of Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS), which is a contemporary, evidence based service providing high quality care, guided by principles of harm minimisation.

The 10 bed Inpatient Withdrawal Service is available for people with substance use disorders who can be admitted for five – seven days for supervised 24 hour medical withdrawal. The team consists of doctors, nurses, social workers, counsellors, psychologists, art therapist and administration staff who work together to support people requiring medically supervised withdrawal. This service also supports people with ongoing referrals to other alcohol and drug services as required.

This counselling position provides counselling to people admitted to this unit. This role utilises a client-centred, stepped, integrated model of treatment. In offering client centred care, clinicians work collaboratively with clients in such a way that respects their experience, expertise, perceptions and goals. Client centred care appreciates that clients have the right to set their own goals, draw their own conclusions and make their own choices about treatment.

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

This position may be required to work across multiples sites.

Eligibility/Other Requirements


If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in Canberra Health Services facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any appointment being made.

For Social Work:

  • Degree in Social Work.
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.

For Psychology:

  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration as a Psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.

For Counselling

  • Eligible qualification pathways

Pathway 1

Minimum five-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) sequence of study made up of:

(i) Minimum three-year undergraduate Bachelor-level accredited degree in a health-related discipline (psychology, social work, occupational therapy or other discipline considered relevant)


(ii) Minimum two-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-graduate study in counselling via a Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) or Australian Counselling Association (ACA) accredited course;


(iii) Three-year part-time Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychotherapy (ANZAP) training in the Conversational Model.

Pathway 2

Minimum three-year undergraduate Bachelor of Counselling degree via a PACFA or ACA accredited course


(i) Minimum one-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) post-graduate study in counselling via a PACFA or ACA accredited course


(ii)Three-year part-time ANZAP training in the Conversational Model. Demonstrated evidence of eligibility for listing on the Australian Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (ARCAP) as either a Division A PACFA minimum Clinical Registrant or Division B ACA minimum Level 3.


  • Current Drivers Licence

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing requirements for allied health.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).

Note: This position maybe required to participate in an overtime, on call and/or rotation roster.

How to Apply

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Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services