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Aboriginal alcohol and other drugs workers - 2 positions available

WHOS Sydney


WHOS Penrith Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drugs Workers –Two full time positions
WHOS provides a range of alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment programs in NSW and Queensland.

Information on the range of services provided by WHOS can be found at

WHOS Penrith Day Program has two positions available.
 Position 1 – Aboriginal AOD Worker position, available to Aboriginal identified applicants only. Position 2 - AOD Worker position targeted recruitment is to Aboriginal applicants, and open to non-Aboriginal applicants.

Key responsibilities for the positions are to provide the WHOS Day Program range of services to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal clients within a culturally appropriate manner. This includes the use of WHOS assessment and care planning tools, and group work materials. Training on the use of these will be provided.

The successful applicants be skilled in:
  • Addressing harmful AOD use as it relates to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people 
  • AOD assessment and referral, case management, one to one support and groupwork 
  • Providing AOD information and education sessions in a culturally appropriate manner
  • Liaison with allied service providers, in particular Aboriginal service providers 
  • The use of electronic client file and data management systems
Remuneration: SCHADSI Award, based on qualifications and experience. Salary packaging is available. 


Applicants must submit a resume and provide a cover letter that addresses the selection criteria below.
Selection Criteria:
For the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identify position.
Being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under Section 14 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW).

For both positions: 
  • Qualifications in AOD, Community Services, Aboriginal Primary Health Care or related fields 
  • Experience working in AOD, mental health or a related field 
  • Networking experience, including links with Aboriginal specific service providers
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills 
  • Computer literacy 
  • Current First Aid Certificate 
  • Current driver's license and satisfactory driver declaration 
  • Knowledge of AOD Harm Reduction approach 
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal specific services, AOD and health services in the Penrith area 

How to apply?

Applicants must provide a current National Police Clearance Check.
Forward your application addressing the above criteria and resume via e-mail to
Molly Phelan -

Enquiries: 0438 913 156

Applications close: 18 Dec 2023

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