Are you currently studying social work, psychology, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), counselling or another relevant qualification? Do you have an interest in working in the AOD sector and a passion for working with people affected by alcohol and drug issues to achieve their goals?

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About student placement

Odyssey House Victoria (OHV) offers a variety of student placements that are challenging and rewarding. A placement with OHV can offer you a valuable introduction to work in the AOD sector through a structured and meaningful experience. Depending on your qualification and your goals, you may work with groups including children and families, young people or people with complex histories of long-term alcohol and drug use.

At OHV, we are committed to providing student placements that benefit students, our organisation and most importantly, the people we work with. You will be on the ground doing varied work that directly impacts people with alcohol and drug issues.

We have a strong culture with staff, students and volunteers committed to our core values of love, trust, respect, honesty and concern. We are always looking for dedicated, team-minded and empathetic people who are open to learning new skills and ways of working.

Applications can be made at any time during the year. Applications for semester 1 will close in the first week of January and are reviewed for shortlist and interview across December and January. Applications for semester 2 will close in the first week of July and are reviewed for shortlist and interview across June and July.

Eligibility

  • Placements are all clinically focused, and high school work experience students are not eligible.
  • Eligible qualifications vary by program and site. For more information on relevant qualifications please visit Current Student Placement Opportunities and select the site or program you are interested in. Only placements that a mandatory requirement of the relevant course will be considered.
  • OHV may accept placement students from other disciplines, such as nursing, occupational therapy, business and administration, on an ad hoc basis. If you are a student looking to complete a placement or a professional project, please email studentplacements@odyssey.org.au to find out more.
  • Students will need to complete a Police Check and a Working with Children Check before commencing their placement. Any student placement offer is conditional until proof of these checks is provided.
  • Applications that do not follow the correct process will not be considered, so please read job description carefully.
Financial Counselling Student – (Lower Plenty)

For this placement, you would be based at the Residential Rehabilitation in Lower Plenty. Students on placement in Lower Plenty will need to have a police check and a Working with Children Check.

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AOD Student – LP (Lower Plenty)

For this placement, you would be based at the Residential Rehabilitation in Lower Plenty. Students on placement in Lower Plenty will need to have a police check and a Working with Children Check.

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AOD Student – HC (Bairnsdale)

For this placement, you would be based at the Residential Rehabilitation in Bairnsdale. Students on placement in Bairnsdale will need to have a police check and a Working with Children Check.

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AOD Student – NW (Footscray)

For this placement, you would be based at the Footscray centre with intermittent work at other sites within the North West region of Melbourne. Students on placement in the North West will need to have a police check and a Working with Children Check

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AOD Student – KIF

For this placement, you would be based at our Footscray office but working outreach across all of Melbourne metropolitan area. Students on placement with KIF will need to have a driver’s license (either full or probationary license), Police check and current Working with Children’s check.

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AOD Student – (Barwon)

For this placement, you would be based at the Geelong West office with intermittent work at other sites including Geelong, Bellarine Peninsula, Colac and the Surf Coast.

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AOD Student – SW (Werribee)

For this placement, you would be based at the Werribee centre with intermittent work at other sites within the South West region of Melbourne.

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AOD Student – Admissions (Richmond)

For this placement, you would be based at the Richmond office.

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