Western NSW Local Health District

Join our dedicated and professional Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Team at Dubbo and make a positive change to the health of our Aboriginal community.

To be considered for interview, candidates must address the Selection Criteria in the Position Description.

Employment TypePermanent Full Time (job share may be considered)
Position Classification
Registered Nurse ; Counsellor Level 1/2 ; Occupational Therapist Level 1/2 ; Social Worker Level 1/2 ; Welfare Officer (incl. Djirruwang Graduate) Level 1/2 ; Psychologist
Remuneration: $64,377.92 – $101,217.00 pa (plus super)
Hours per week: 38
Dubbo, NSW

Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol Clinician
Dubbo and Region Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services


About the role:
The Aboriginal Drug & Alcohol (D&A) Clinician functions within a multidisciplinary team environment, working to align with strategic plans to achieve meaningful gains in Aboriginal health with the provision of services to clients whom are using substances at a level that meets the threshold for a specialist D&A services.  They actively participate in and promote culturally safe and appropriate services across communities in Dubbo and surrounds with clients from the age of 13 to 99 years.  Services are provided face to face or via Telehealth.

The Clinician will provide D&A intake, assessments and treatment for clients seeking assistance with their substance use problems and/or comorbidity issues within a Harm Minimisation Framework.

A variety of psychosocial interventions are used, primarily evidence-based approach of Motivation Interviewing and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  D&A Services actively collaborate with Mental Health Services in treatment planning and provision with shared care clients.  Clinicians build capacity/networks with Non-Government agencies, Government agencies, Aboriginal Health Officers within Health and Aboriginal Corporations including all agencies linked to Substance Use in Pregnancy & Parenting (SUPP) Program.  They also work with Opioid Treatment Program, MERIT program, consultation and referral to other agencies for support or crisis management.

This is an identified position in accordance with Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977. Whereby being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent is a genuine qualification required to undertake this role to ensure the approach to service provision is effective, appropriate and culturally safe.

Where you’ll be working:
If you’re considering a tree change, Dubbo provides one of the best Australia has to offer.  It is a place where cafes and farms are within minutes of each other; where the people are relaxed and welcoming – and really mean it when they ask how you are.  The community of about 40,000 people is growing and prosperous.

With boutique shops, major chain supermarkets and retailers, weekend markets, wineries and parks, affordable housing and property prices, the iconic Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Charles Sturt University, TAFE Western Campus, 16 private and public schools, early learning and child care and so much more; life in Dubbo really is a package deal.

There are so many opportunities in the region. Find out more about all of the exciting things to do and see in Dubbo here or read the new resident guide.

About us:
WNSWLHD is the largest employer in the region, with over 7,700 dedicated staff working across 3 major rural referral hospitals, 50 community health centres, numerous corporate and executive offices and 38 inpatient facilities – which include 25 multipurpose services and 4 district health services.

We are committed to building a workplace that values diversity, inclusion and belonging, by recognising and valuing the skills and strengths each person can bring to our organisation. As a vibrant and diverse region, rich in community and culture, we welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Watch our video to find out what it is like to work with the Western NSW Local Heath District:-

Some of the benefits of working with us include:

  • Genuine support in an inclusive, compassionate and caring team environment.
  • Interesting and challenging work that will bring your purpose to life, broaden your scope and fast track your career. 
  • Greater autonomy and responsibility to reach your full potential.
  • Opportunities to make an impact and shape the future of rural health through involvement in projects, innovations and research.
  • Opportunities for learning and development, including access to a mentoring program and in-house training with our Organisational Development Unit and eLearning system.
  • Access to Fitness Passport and free and confidential counselling services.


How to apply:
Candidates must read the Position Description and address the Selection Criteria for the role, providing examples where required. You must also upload a copy of your current CV as part of your application. For assistance, see our Guide to Employment with WNSWLHD. For further information on the remuneration and conditions, visit NSW Public Health System Awards.

Candidates should note we are unable to sponsor working visas for this position.

Applications will close 2 Aug 2021 – 11:59pm.

For role related enquiries, please reach out to Jenny Taylor on (02) 6881 4000 or jenny.taylor@health.nsw.gov.au

Talent Pool
If we identify a surplus of suitable candidates for this role, you may also be invited to an eligibility list where you could be offered an alternative position per the relevant Award.