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Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service - Counsellor

Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation delivering primary and clinical health care services to the Aboriginal people in Katherine and surrounding communities.  Wurli prides itself on delivering a range of health and wellbeing services to the community in a style and manner that makes clients fell welcome and comfortable.  The Wurli Community Services team aims to achieve better outcomes in early intervention, treatment and management of mental health and other social and emotional wellbeing concerns for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through an integrated approach in a primary health care setting.   

The Wurli Community Services stream has a range of programs incorporating culturally safe and holistic intervention, education and treatment, these include:


  • The Social and Emotional Wellbeing Project
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Management Program
  • Strong indigenous Families (Family and Domestic Violence)
  • Katherine Individual Support Program; and
  • Strongbala Justice Program

The role of a Counsellor is to provide holistic, person centred and culturally appropriate case management, education therapeutic services and advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and groups in accordance with the requirements of the program specific funding agreement. 

Required Skills and Knowledge:


  • Willingness to work within Wurli’s values and vision and adhere to quality improvement practices, policies and procedures
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of indigenous societies and culture, including issues effecting indigenous people in contemporary Australian Society and knowledge of Katherine and surrounding  communities
  • Demonstrated ability to work within a service delivery model which recognises people’s capacity for change
  • Demonstrated articulation of a well-developed practice framework for crisis intervention in counselling, as well as an understanding of the practices and principles of community development and education.
  • Experience in a variety of interventions including individual counselling and group facilitation
  • Sound knowledge and practice with CBT and at least one other  suitable therapy
  • Strong planning, time management and organisational skills, including ability to take initiative where appropriate.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Sound computer skills including the ability to use MS Office Suite, MS Outlook, client data base and/ or equivalent.

Applications can be sent to