Counsellor – Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service – Katherine

  • Supportive and team orientated work environment
  • Professional development opportunities supported by 10 days study leave
  • 12 weeks rental allowance at $350.00


NT PHN are partnering with Wurli Wurlijang Health Service to find a Counsellor to work in their multidisciplinary team. Wurli Wurlijang is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health 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 services to the community in a style and manner that makes clients feel welcome and comfortable. Services include acute and general care, chronic disease, men’s health, woman and children health, alcohol and other drugs and a range of social wellbeing programs and client support services.

The Wurli-Wurlinjang Community Services team 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

In this role you will be required to provide a holistic, person centred and culturally appropriate case management, education and therapeutic services and advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, families and groups. Counsellors will provide program specific, wrap around trauma informed therapeutic support focusing on building and supporting safety in the community by addressing stressors for social and emotional wellbeing.  


  • Delivery of culturally appropriate counselling/therapeutic services such as cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, play therapy and other relevant therapies to clients on a need identified basis
  • Actively assist with the development of treatment plans/case management processes that are client focused
  • Ensure interventions developed to address client needs are clearly linked to an appropriate treatment plan, which is continuously monitored and evaluated for effectiveness
  • Provide for skill development in clients in the area of coping mechanisms, mediation, conflict resolution, anger management, grief and loss and health promotion and awareness
  • Design and deliver group counselling activities and workshops and well being promotion as required


To be considered for this opportunity, you must meet the below essential criteria:

  • Minimum qualification Diploma in Counselling or equivalent with relevant registration with the associated peak body
  • Minimum of three years counselling experience in a specialised area of service
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander societies and culture, including issues affecting communities


  • Minimum salary $69,337.00 (dependent on experience)
  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • 12 weeks rental allowance at $350.00
  • Professional development opportunities supported by 10 days study leave
  • Salary Sacrificing options
  • Supportive and team orientated work environment

The successful candidate must be willing to obtain a satisfactory police clearance and working with children’s check (Ochre) prior to commencement in this role.

If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact our Recruitment and Retention Team for a confidential discussion today.

t 08 8982 1000


NTPHN Incentives

Northern Territory PHN (NT PHN) may be able to offer support and financial assistance to health professionals who are relocating to the NT or moving within the NT to a greater remoteness area classification for the purposes of employment. For further information regarding these opportunities, contact the recruitment and retention team.

The Location: Katherine Region

The town of Katherine is the thriving main town within this sub-tropical region, situated a three hour drive south of Darwin. The main town is situated on the banks of the Katherine river and has a population of around 10,000 people while the larger Katherine region has a population of just over 24,000. Katherine is well equipped as a regional town with a shopping centre that features a supermarket and many specialty shops. Katherine is on the edge of Kakadu National park which is filled with waterfalls and bush walks. Kayaking through the picturesque Katherine Gorge is a popular weekend activity.

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