• Use your experience or education in the Clinical or Drug & Alcohol sector to take on a rewarding new challenge.
  • Make a difference to local Aboriginal Communities! Enjoy a friendly, close-knit team environment!
  • Generous remuneration up to $92,000 with a range of included benefits including relocation allowance.

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service – Empowering community, health and identity
WAMS not only provides healthcare: it helps educate and support Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the community to care for their own health and improve their wellbeing, with many initiatives to help make healthy living more accessible. Their Healthy for Life program includes a market garden where clients and the community can have access to fresh fruit and vegetables grown on-site.

Services offered include public health, family health, sexual health, dental health, mental health and GP Clinical Services and a range of health programs, including drug and alcohol and limited health-related transport services.

WAMS have invested in state-of-the-art facilities that many urban locations lack. Staff and community members have access to a children’s services area and a gymnasium, as well as a modern Chronic Diseases Building offering medical, optical, and dental care.

Be part of a multi-cultural team, live in a welcoming small town, and join a long-standing organisation that has been the life-breath of the Walgett community for more than 35 years.

About the Opportunity
Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service currently has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated Drug and Alcohol Program Coordinator (Aboriginal Identified) to join their dedicated team in Walgett.

As an integral part of the Murdi Paaki Drug and Alcohol Network, you will work closely with a team of specialist outreach workers to improve drug and alcohol service delivery in north and west NSW. You will have the opportunity throughout rural communities to provide essential outreach services.

Core duties:

  • Deliver culturally sensitive alcohol and other drug clinical services and counselling;
  • Coordinate with local services to support the development of community programs;
  • Provide expert advice, training and supervision to drug and alcohol trainees;
  • Develop systems for cross-agency coordination to provide seamless pathways to care;
  • Provide case consultation and assisting with strategic planning to aid growth; and
  • Identify opportunities for organisation development and service improvement.

About You 
To be successful in this vital and rewarding position, you will have a Cert IV or higher in a field relevant to Drug and Alcohol counselling. Experience or education in training, program management, or community service, or counselling will also be highly beneficial and help you hit the ground running in your new role.

Importantly, you will be committed to helping individuals find ways of dealing with their addiction, be it by way of counselling or being admitted into a rehabilitation centre, or simply by just having someone there to support them. You will have a compassionate nature and a non-judgmental attitude, as well as an understanding of the challenges facing Aboriginal communities and an unwavering dedication to helping these communities find solutions.

This is a pivotal hands-on role, and accordingly, your ability to communicate effectively, to solve problems and organise your time efficiently will be paramount to your success. Furthermore, you will need the capacity to inspire health trainees, negotiate with local service providers and forge positive links with external stakeholders.

Please note: Aboriginality is essential to this role and is a genuine occupational requirement. Racial discrimination is prohibited as outlined under Section 8 (1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

About the Benefits
Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service will reward your commitment with an excellent remuneration package up to $92,000, commensurate with skills and experience. You will also have the opportunity to take advantage of significant professional development opportunities to help you grow your career.

This package is inclusive of a range of great benefits such as:

  • Subsidised modern accommodation;
  • 4 weeks annual leave;
  • Vehicle available for outreach trips;
  • Salary sacrificing up to $15,000 per year; and
  • Relocation assistance.

In addition, you will be welcomed into a supportive and welcoming team that will listen to and value your ideas. This is an opportunity to make your mark on an established and highly respected community organisation, using your experience and skills to have a direct and positive impact on those within the Walgett shire.

Why work in Walgett?
Walgett is nestled in north-central New South Wales and is at the junction of the Barwon and Namoi rivers. It is also conveniently located on the Castlereagh Highway connecting Sydney and Brisbane, with a wide range of transport companies serving the township, in addition to an airfield.

With a population of 2,300, Walgett is a regional hub for the wool, wheat and cotton industries, bringing an influx of harvesters to the shire every year. It is also the gateway to the New South Wales opal fields.

Education throughout the Shire is provided by a range of high quality schools, which offer distance education units to assist with education for rural and isolated families. Post secondary education is also offered by the Western Institute of TAFE, Walgett campus.

Walgett Shire offers a friendly relaxed lifestyle and there are many sporting and recreational pursuits available. Many people take advantage of the proximity of the Narran Lakes, while others take the opportunity to explore Australia’s natural landscapes that seem a world away from the bustle of the city. If you’re looking for a change of pace and the opportunity to gain a unique rural experience that few will ever encounter, this is the location for you.

Grow your career and make a meaningful difference to local Aboriginal Communities – Apply Now!

Closing Date for Applications: 17 May 2021