Principal Clinical Advisor, AOD

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Ongoing - full time
Job Function: Policy
Classification: VPS6
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/MH/682439
Closing Date: 15-Aug-2022
Salary Range: $127,467 - $170,579
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: 682439- Principal Clinical Advisor VPS6 .docx (Word, 215KB)
Job Specification

682439- Principal Clinical Advisor VPS6.pdf (PDF, 418KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Melanie Kowalski
0438 328 669 or

Position Details


The Principal Clinical Advisor, Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) provides expert clinical, operational and policy advice related to substance use or addiction. Priority initiatives and strategic directions include:

  • A broad range of Alcohol and other Drug initiatives such as addiction specialist services, pharmacotherapies (e.g. opioid replacement therapy), service delivery design and workforce capability support
    • Integrated treatment, care and support in response to the Royal Commission into Victoria's Mental Health System

The position will lead and coordinate projects that respond to key challenges raised by alcohol and other drug consumers, carers, clinicians and service providers to facilitate the provision of high quality and responsive access to alcohol and other drug treatment, care and support. The role will collaborate with sector and other experts in delivering key reform priorities.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients.  As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment.  This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19.  Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made.  If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through rather than via external advertisement.

For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <>

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