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Senior AOD Clinician - Geelong

  • Combination role of staff leadership and clinical service delivery
  • Be part of the forefront of major systemic change in mental health service delivery
  • Create the career that works for you. Part time role (22.8 hours per week)

About the service

The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System has challenged us to think beyond incremental improvement to deliver a mental health system that helps all Victorians live their best lives. In a region characterised by fragmentation, complexity, and access barriers, implementing the Greater Geelong and Borough of Queenscliff (GGQ) Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is a key step in realising this goal.

The GGQ Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is delivered by a consortium of equal partners: Barwon Health, Watharoung Aboriginal Cooperative Ltd, Wellways Australia and ermha365.

The GGQ Local Service is underpinned by positivity, hope and inclusion. No matter whether a consumer, carer or provider enters or seeks assistance via digital platforms, contact centre, or physical locations, the first engagement will always start with a simple question: “Welcome, how can we help?” Drawing on established services, networks, and pathways, the GGQ Local Services provides seamless integration between local, area and wellbeing services for the benefit of consumers, carers, and providers. This is supported through standardised assessment tools, treatment and support processes, care plans and care coordination, colocation of services and regional navigational pathways.

The three core elements of our service are people, purpose, and place and we are seeking mental health professionals ready to be part of a central and accessible service that understands the needs of their community.

About You

Passionate about mental health and with extensive experience working in the AOD field you will be excited about the prospect of helping to establish a new service in Geelong. To be suitable for this role you will need:

  • Formal qualifications in Psychiatric Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Social Work or Psychology (including endorsement to practice as a clinical or forensic psychologist)
  • Highly developed skills in the holistic assessment of consumers’ mental health and associated physical health and psychosocial needs
  • Demonstrated advanced level of clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of people with substance use and co-morbid mental health disorders in a community setting
  • Significant experience in delivering evidence informed, person-centred and recovery oriented mental health services in the community
  • Sound understanding of the spectrum of mental health services available in a stepped care model
  • Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) - required

About the Role

The vision of the Locals Service for the GGQ region is a unified, mental health and wellbeing system that is underpinned by the approach of 'How can we help?’. We have a variety of opportunities suitable for mental health professionals to assist us in implementing this vision across a range of disciplines and experience levels. Please note positions will be involved in the implementation phase of the service as well as clinical/operational functions. At full operationalisation of the Locals Service, all positions will also include a requirement of occasional after hours work.

This role will perform the following key functions:

  • Provide consumers and their families a range of AOD specific therapies
  • Provide primary and secondary consultation within and external to the Locals service
  • Demonstrate leadership in both the ongoing development of the Locals service and day-to-day operations of the team, including management and supervision

It is a requirement of this position to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and meet all compliance requirements in relation to background checks such as a police check, NDIS Work Screening check, Working With Children’s Check, work rights and possess a current & valid driver’s licence.

While ermha365 continues to operate services through COVID-19, we are taking appropriate actions to ensure that our staff and the people we support are as safe as possible. You will be expected to adhere to all COVID-19 standards, requirements and processes, including (but not limited to) wearing appropriate PPE and regular hygiene and cleanliness practices.

What we offer

Located in the centre of Geelong's CBD, we offer an easier commute from the Western Suburbs of Melbourne, rather than travelling across the city

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Access to the ermha365 staff benefits program which includes access to a 24/7 EAP service, discounts with over 380 retailers and an online wellbeing centre
  • A competitive salary including attractive salary packaging benefits!

Diversity and Inclusion

The GGQ Local Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is committed to reconciliation, lived experience and inclusivity. We strongly encourage and warmly welcome people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, people with a lived experience of mental health and disability and people who identify as LGBTIQA+ to apply. Even if you only meet some of the criteria, we’d love to hear from you. If we can assist you with any reasonable adjustments in order to submit your application for this role, please contact the Talent Acquisition team via email at [email protected] using the subject line: Senior AOD Clinician enquiry - Geelong via EthicalJobs noting your preferred method of communication and contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.

About ermha365

ermha365 exists to ensure that people experiencing mental illness and cognitive disability, and their carers, can thrive in and become part of the community. We choose to work with people experiencing mental illness and cognitive disability who have fallen through the gaps in the system and where there is no obvious support. We are often considered the provider of last resort.

We are a child safe and equal employment opportunity employer. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged.
We are excited to partner with Barwon Health, the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-Operative and Wellways to create the GGQ Local Service

ermha365 is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. Further information at

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