Staff Counsellor - Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Located on the beautiful Great South Coast, South West Healthcare offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and psychiatric services. The organisation serves a catchment in excess of 110,000 and comprises of a total of 282 beds and an extensive range of primary and community services. Warrnambool boasts excellent sporting, education (pre-school to university), social and cultural facilities. The city’s award winning foreshore promenade is a 5.7km path that stretches from the breakwater along the coastline to the Hopkins River mouth.
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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Ongoing - part time
Job Function: Medical and Nursing
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1659706
Closing Date: 09-Oct-2022
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - EAP Grade 3.pdf (PDF, 454KB)

Contact: Kerryn Anderson

Position Details

About the role

South West Healthcare (SWH) is committed to implementing and providing a safe and healthy workplace for our valued employees. In recognition of this, our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counselling service assisting employees with personal and/or work-related issues impacting their health and wellbeing. The internal EAP model is unique to SWH and has built a solid base over the last 10 years. The model is highly valued by both the staff and the organisation.

This position is based predominately in Warrnambool however provides a responsive, service across all SWH campuses. Applications are sought from experienced, committed and dynamic Social Workers, Psychologists or Counsellors to join the team and enhance its future growth and development.  

We are seeking applications from clinicians seeking either part time or sessional work. Whilst the positions are permanent, secondment opportunities are able to be offered to the right internal applicants. There is no expectation of out of hours work.

What you bring

As an experienced Clinician with a background in counselling, you will have a sound appreciation of evidence-based counselling and coping strategies. You will value the importance of compassion and confidentiality and be cognisant of organisational dynamics and the challenges these can create.

The successful applicant/s must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills with proven ability to work autonomously and within a team. An ability to demonstrate good judgement, work planning and strong decision-making abilities is required along with sound understanding of organisational dynamics within the healthcare system.

What we offer

You will enjoy benefits such as:

  • Excellent salary packaging options including meals & entertainment, novated leasing and additional superannuation contributions;
  • Internal and external professional development opportunities, particularly related to upskilling in counselling techniques;
  • Ongoing clinical supervision;
  • A range of internal development opportunities focusing on personal development such as resilience and mentoring workshops and comprehensive leadership programs;
  • Excellent terms and conditions of employment.

Who we are

As an organisation SWH prides themselves on their values; Care, Respect, Excellence, Integrity and Leadership and their overall dedication to the local community.

SWH respects all individuals and promote equity and inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people of all genders, sexual orientations, abilities, ages, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds and socio- economic status.

SWH is the major specialist referral centre for the Barwon South West sub-region, and provides a comprehensive range of acute, sub-acute, specialist, community, mental health and aged services.

With a population of 39,000 and a catchment of 100,000 Warrnambool is the regional centre to Victoria's Great South Coast.

To learn about the vibrant town and region please visit:

How to apply

If considering an application please contact any of the team members below for a confidential conversation;

  • Kerryn Anderson, Executive Director Primary and Community Services
  • Richard Campion, Executive Director Mental Health Services
  • Sheron Cook, Interim Executive Director People and Culture.

Submit your application by selecting the Apply button below and include a cover letter and resume by Sunday 9 October 2022. Please ensure you address the selection criteria as outlined in the position description.

Employment Terms and Conditions will be in line With Victorian Public Health Sector (Medical Scientists, Pharmacists And Psychologists) Single Interest Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021, or Allied Health Professionals (Victorian Public Sector) (Single Interest Employers) Enterprise Agreement 2020 – 2021. Classification will be dependant on skills and experience

The successful applicant will be required to be eligible for and undergo the following:

  • Police Record Check
  • Employee Working with Children's Check
  • Current Immunisation status

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