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 community.

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

Employment TypePermanent Part Time
Position Classification: Registered Nurse ; Occupational Therapist Level 1/2 ; Social Worker Level 1/2 ; Welfare Officer (incl. Djirruwang Graduate) Level 1/2 ; Psychologist
Remuneration: $32.47 – $51.05 per hr plus super
Hours Per Week: 20
Dubbo, NSW

Drug & Alcohol Clinician
Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services – Dubbo


About the role:
The Drug & Alcohol clinician will provide Drug and Alcohol intake, assessments and treatment for clients seeking assistance with their substance use problems and/or comorbidity issues – provide clients who use drugs and alcohol and their families within a Harm Minimisation Framework.

A variety of psychosocial interventions are used, primarily evidence-based approach of Motivation Interviewing and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.  Drug & Alcohol Services actively collaborate with Mental Health Services in treatment planning and provision with shared care clients.  Additionally, working with Opioid Treatment Program, MERIT program, consultation and referral to other agencies for support or crisis management.

This role also provides outreach counselling/case management to clients in surrounding areas such as Wellington, Narromine and Gilgandra.

This is a targeted position in accordance with GSE Rule 26: Employment of eligible persons. Whereby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply and, where found suitable, will be given higher priority under affirmative action in order to improve access to employment and career opportunities. In the event there are no suitable Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants, then applications from non-Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be considered. 


For more information, view the Candidate Information Pack.

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 21 Jun 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.