Working in the community based alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector is an incredibly rewarding experience. People who work in the sector are highly valued and regarded and make a significant contribution to the lives of people affected by AOD use.
Why work in the sector? People are drawn to the sector for a range of reasons, including:
the ability to work with diverse populations
the opportunity to develop and practice a broad range of skills
the ethical and philosophical nature of the work
the ability to work with clients in innovative and holistic ways
the autonomy and diversity of the sector
access to flexible work practices
the opportunity to work alongside skilled and passionate colleagues and as part of a diverse and multidisciplinary team.
What can I do? There is a wide range of occupations in the community based AOD sector. Typical roles include alcohol and other drugs worker, counsellor, residential worker, needle and syringe program worker, peer worker, community development worker, health education officer, nurse, doctor, psychologist, occupational therapist and many more. Visit the jobs page for current vacancies.
Where can I work? Workers are employed in a diverse range of settings including counselling services, residential rehabilitation programs, outreach services, day programs, needle and syringe programs, and many more. Visit the members page for a list of NADA member services across NSW.
What qualifications do I need? What you will need will depend on the role you are applying for. Refer to the selection criteria of role you are applying for as requirements vary. Vocational qualifications at Certificate IV level are common for alcohol and other drugs worker positions.
Organisations also tend to look for people who are:
respectful and non-judgemental
ethical and professional
able to manage conflict and crisis situations
aware of their own limits and committed to practicing self-care.
How can I enhance my AOD knowledge and skills? There are a growing number of training opportunities, catering to introductory through to specialist levels. Visit the events page for upcoming training opportunities at NADA.