Goldfields - Ngaanyatjarra Lands

Vacancy Number: 1166

AOD Counsellor

About the Role
  • ?Ngaanyatjarra Health Service is a unique organisation that provides professional and culturally appropriate health care to the Ngaanyatjarra people in remote WA Communities. NHS are seeking suitably qualified applicants to fulfil this important role.<br> <br> Provide ongoing assessment and treatment of clients (aged 14 years and over) who are seeking support with AOD issues.
  • Provide effective case management. This includes the development of a client care plan, provision of direct assistance and/or coordination of resources and services for clients to respond to the range of health and psychosocial issues they may present with.
  • Provide support to parents, families and significant others. This includes contribution of support and advice as part of a coordinated response in relation to AOD use problems affecting children under 14 years.
  • Provide coordinated care in partnership with key human service agencies. This includes the development and maintenance of effective links with Department of Corrective Services, WA Police, Department for Child Protection and Family Services, mental health services and other Ngaanyatjarra health programs.
  • Explore and develop culturally acceptable methods of providing counselling and support services to individuals and families.
Experience & Skills
  • Relevant qualification in alcohol and other drugs (such as a Cert IV or Graduate Diploma).
  • Demonstrated high level of working knowledge and understanding of the drug and alcohol treatment sector and community support services.
  • Understanding of harm minimization and reduction principles and ability to work with a recovery-oriented model.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.
  • The ability to work respectfully and creatively with a culturally and linguistically diverse client population, including Indigenous Australians. A National Police clearance and WA Working with Children’s check or ability to obtain.
  • Current Manual Driver’s License.
What's on Offer
  • Subsidised housing - staff are charged a utilities allowance of $50 per fortnight. Flight allowance every 12 weeks continuous service
  • Total of 11 weeks off per year
  • Salary sacrificing
  • Roster is 12:1 with an additional week annual leave able to be used if available.
Practice Type Community Care
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Benefits $90,000 - $110,000
Map of Goldfields


The Eastern Goldfields is the largest region in Western Australia. It covers almost one third of the State and has a population of about 54,000. More than half of the region’s residents live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Esperance, on the southern coast, is the second largest centre with a population of around 13,000.

The Kalgoorlie region has been historically significant in the development of Western Australia, as the centre of the gold rush in the 1890s. As well as reminders of those times in the buildings and institutions around the city, there is still a plethora of natural bounty to be enjoyed in its eucalyptus forests, wide sweeping plains and abundance of wildlife. The cultural mix found in the region is also rich, with a melding of Indigenous and European heritages that has created an area of unique character. To the southern edge of the region the pristine beaches provide a stunning backdrop to Australia’s southern ocean, reached through a corridor of National Parks and wide swathes of unspoiled natural beauty.

The primary industries in the cooler southern part of the region are fishing and farming. The warm, dry northern areas are dominated by gold and nickel mining and industry-related services.

About 50 general practitioners work in the region across 22 practices, including Aboriginal Medical Services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Kalgoorlie is well serviced by specialists.