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Alcohol and Drug Counsellor (FIFO 8:2)

Aboriginal Health Council Of Western Australia

Organisation: Spinifex Health Service, Tjuntjuntjara, Spinifex Lands, WA
Employment Type: Full time (8:2 roster), Fixed Term 12 Month Contract with a view to extend
Remuneration: $79,973 (negotiable for the right candidate) + superannuation + salary sacrifice + annual district allowance of $4333

About the Organisation

The Spinifex Health Service (SHS) is an expanding Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Service located in the Tjuntjuntjara Community on the Spinifex Lands, 680km north-east of Kalgoorlie in the Great Victoria Desert region of Western Australia.

SHS provides a comprehensive primary health care service from the Tjuntjuntjara Clinic, servicing approximately 200 people with a strong focus on chronic disease management, child and maternal health, social & emotional well-being, aged care and Home and Community Care (HACC).

For more information about Spinifex Health Service (SHS), please visit

About the Opportunity

As the Drug and Alcohol Counsellor, you will assist adults and young people to make healthy lifestyle choices, particularly in relation to alcohol and drugs.

Working within a strategic plan framework informed by the Health Committee (a sub Committee of the PTAC Board) and closely with the mental health team including a visiting Psychologist, your day to day responsibilities will include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Implementing a range of strategies and interventions that support community and client awareness of Social and Emotional Wellbeing, Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug services;
  • Providing both individual and group education sessions on positive / healthy lifestyles choices focusing on community identified issues;
  • Planning, developing, preparing, promoting and delivering education and other activities consistent with program goals for footprints for better health;
  • Providing case-management and support for clients on an as needs basis.

To be successful, you will have a qualification in counselling, psychology, social work, alcohol and drug education and mental health or a related field paired with a commitment to Aboriginal social and emotional wellbeing.

You will have an understanding of the social determinants of health affecting Aboriginal people and the ability to communicate sensitively in a cross-cultural environment. Your strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills will enable you to strengthen existing community partnerships, establish and sustain stakeholder relationships and determine priorities in order to meet agreed timelines and achieve results.

To view the full job description and selection criteria, visit

About the Benefits

$79,973 (negotiable for the right candidate) + superannuation + salary sacrifice + annual district allowance of $4333

  • 8:2 FIFO roster - travel provided from Kalgoorlie to the community and back each swing
  • Accommodation and utilities (including wifi) provided at a cost of $40 per week
  • Relocation allowance (including airfares from your place of origin to the community and the cost of freighting your belongings up to the cost of 1 Pallet)
  • 4 weeks annual leave
  • At your own cost, you can bring your partner out to the community on your swing!

This position offers the opportunity to engage in a dynamic, challenging and fast-paced role where no two days are the same. You’ll be working closely with remote Aboriginal communities and making a drastic impact to the health and well-being outcomes of these communities. You’ll enjoy fantastic career progression and growth as you advance your skills, with ongoing training and support provided.

Not only this, but you’ll be working in some of the most beautiful outback regions that Australia has to offer!

For more information about the Tjuntjuntjara Community, please visit

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 5pm, Thursday 11th July 2019

For more information please contact Jacinta Sutcliffe on 08 9227 1631

As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) SHS seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the different needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees.

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Aboriginal Health Council Of Western Australia
Location WA
Job Reference Number SPINIFEX1010
Job Type Contract/Full-Time
Estimated Salary Package Not Applicable
Closing Date 24-07-2019

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