Health Professional Level 3 - Allied Health - Withdrawal Unit

$95,883 - $101,033 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 09 Apr, 2021
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Closes: 27 April 2021
Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $95,883 - $101,033 (up to $106,044 on achieving a personal upgrade) plus superannuation
Position No: 23960 - 01V5W
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 09 April 2021
Contact Officer: Daniel Panozzo on 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‐based 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.
  • Six 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.

Overview of the Work Area and Position

Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services (MHJHADS) provide health services directly and through partnerships with community organisations. The services provided range from prevention and treatment to recovery, maintenance of wellbeing and harm minimisation. The participation of people accessing our services, their families and carers is encouraged in all aspects of service planning and delivery. The Division works in partnership with 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:

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

The Alcohol and Drug Services (ADS) 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 alcohol and other drug services that are guided by the principles of harm minimisation. The ADS provides a range of specialist services for people affected by alcohol and other drug use incorporating 6 areas including:

  • Opioid Treatment Services
  • Medical Services
  • Consultation and Liaison Service
  • 10 bed Inpatient Withdrawal Service
  • Police and Court Drug Diversion Service
  • Counselling and Treatment Services

The allied health team works with voluntary clients within a harm minimisation framework.

These positions provide support to the 10-bed inpatient unit, Comorbidity Clients, and the outpatient Opioid Treatment Service. The Allied Health Team provide biopsychosocial assessments, psychosocial support and evidence-based interventions designed to address client’s substance use issues and related psychosocial needs. This may involve direct intervention or counselling, group work, advocacy, or referral to other agencies for more specialised support.

These positions work within a larger team of doctors, nurses, allied health, an art therapist, and administration staff who work collaboratively to provide service to people seeking treatment for Drug use issues. You may be called upon to participate in and provide training to, consultation and support for, other CHS staff when needed.

These roles are mandatory qualified positions and will require recent demonstrated experience in the provision of comprehensive assessments, 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.

Note: This position(s) may be required to participate in an overtime, on call and/or rotation roster. This duty statement outlines a range of possible duties that staff are expected to perform at this level.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


Please note: 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.

Applicants must have a minimum of three years (ideal five years) post-qualification experience.

For Occupational Therapy


  • Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Have a minimum of 3 years (ideally 5 years) post-qualification experience.

For Social Work:


  • Degree in Social Work.
  • Professional membership or eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).
  • Registration under the ACT Working with Vulnerable People Act 2011.
  • Have a minimum of three years (ideally five years) post-qualification experience.

For Psychology:


  • Be registered or be eligible for general registration with Psychology Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Have a minimum of 3 years (ideally 5 years) post-qualification experience.

Highly Desirable:

  • Approved or eligible for approval as a Psychology Board of Australia Supervisor.

For Counselling:

  • Eligible qualification pathways

Pathway 1

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

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


  • 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;


  • 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


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

Pathway 3

  • 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.

Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing for Allied Health professionals.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

Job Closing Date

27 Apr, 2021