March 10, 2018

Support Worker / Counsellor AOD

Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation delivering primary and clinical health care services to the Aboriginal people in Katherine and surrounding communities.  Wurli prides itself on delivering a range of health and wellbeing services to the community in a style and manner that makes clients feel welcome and comfortable.

The Katherine Individual Support Program (KISP) is the overarching collaborative case management approach with other key Katherine agencies to address the needs of people who struggle to achieve quality of life due to the impact of chronic ill health, addiction, social and emotional, and homelessness. The Wurli-Wurlinjang Wellbeing Unit’s contribution to KISP will provide a holistic approach to addressing the needs of individuals identified by the Katherine Hospital, who present with comorbid complexities. The Wellbeing KISP team will work in partnership with clients, and the homeless community to provide a culturally appropriate and comprehensive service that is strongly influenced by the Social and Emotional Wellbeing Framework and a recovery focused model of care.

The Support Worker / Counsellor (AOD)  is responsible for providing a culturally sensitive approach and assistance to our clients in order to improve their social and emotional wellbeing.  Key components of the role at this level is to provide culturally safe therapeutic counselling to individuals who are currently experiencing complex physical, social and emotional issues.  This is achieved by working in partnership with individuals to identify goals that ultimately strive to promote independence, empowerment, and connection to family, culture, spirituality, health and country.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:-

  • Ability to develop and cultivate sound community and client relationships and communicate sensitively and effectively with indigenous people (Bilingual oral communication skills)
  • Ability to communicate appropriately within a multi-disciplinary team and other external personnel professional
  • Experience in a variety of interventions including individual counselling and group facilitation
  • Sound awareness of basic case management principles
  • Good knowledge of, and an ability to access, a range of relevant community resources, particularly in the areas of drug and alcohol services, mental health, legal assistance, income support, employment service providers, training and accommodation, family assistance and permanent housing options.
  • Awareness of own skills strengths and gaps

How to Apply

For further details regarding this position please refer to the Position Profile _ Support Worker (Level 3)

Applications for this opportunity can be submitted online or to  Please ensure your application includes:-

  • a completed online Employment Application Form
  • current resume of curriculum vitae (cv)
  • cover letter / email which provides a clear and concise overview of your ability to meet the key requirements of the role (prerequisites, qualifications / experience and competencies)

If you have any queries regarding this position please contact a member of the Human Resource team on 8972 9195.

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