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BUSHkids is a non-Government, not-for-profit organisation which works within local communities to support the development of children by increasing community capacity through education, prevention and early intervention programs.

Our priority is always the health and safety of children, their families and our staff, and more so given the current COVID-19 situation.  There has been a shift to provide our services to children and families in more innovative ways.

We appreciate your interest in BUSHkids.  Please continue to check this page from time-to-time for updates on employment opportunities or email recruitment@bushkids.org.au with any queries.

Full time - Fixed term contract: Emerald and Mount Isa

BUSHkids Services

Children’s Allied Health Services are delivered at regional Centres based in Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa and Warwick, with satellite sites delivering Children and Parenting Support Services in Inglewood, Stanthorpe, Kingaroy/Nanango and Agnes Waters/Miriam Vale.

BUSHkids is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Partner in the Community for the delivery of NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Services for Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Central Queensland areas servicing Emerald and Gladstone; with the Fraser Coast servicing Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy and Cherbourg; and the Sunshine Coast servicing Maroochydore and Gympie areas.

BUSHkids also works in partnership with the Department of Education & Training (DET) to provide eKindy in rural and remote Queensland to ensure all children receive good quality early years opportunities prior to entering formal education.

Regional activities are coordinated by a team of support staff located in the BUSHkids offices based in Toowong, Brisbane.

Our Purpose

To provide equitable and accessible health, developmental and educational services to families and communities that will encourage them to grow.

Our Vision

To become recognised as a leader in developmental services, empowering children and their families in rural, remote and regional Queensland to be engaged, connected, aware and resilient.

Our Values

  • Child-focused and family centred
  • Working collaboratively to make a difference for vulnerable families
  • Accountability to clients, communities and stakeholders

 

PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION

The Social Worker (Family Health Support Worker) provides evidence-based family-centred support and programs for children and families living in regional, rural and remote areas. The social worker is a core multidisciplinary team member, and provides a link between the therapy team and the child’s family and support network by offering comprehensive assessments, and individualized support and /or group programs to develop the capacity and knowledge needed for healthy, strong families. This role is key to enhancing service delivery for children and their families through assessment and identification of barriers/challenges and assisting in goal setting and planning of services which are responsive and tailored to family’s needs, cultural beliefs, social and environmental circumstances.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

  • Facilitate a range of evidence based interventions and group programs (centre based and/or external location) to children and their families to allow optimum development and wellbeing. These programs may include but are not limited to the following:
    • Parenting skills programs (e.g. 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching, Circle of Security Parenting)
    • Health Education Sessions (HES) for children and their families
    • Skill development group programs for children such as social skills and emotional resilience group programs (e.g. Fun Friends, Friends for Life, PALS)
    • Outreach programs to nearby communities (as required)
    • Individual programs (as required)
    • Home visits (as required)
  • Identify and monitor program needs specific to the children and their families in local communities in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team, Allied Health Services Manager and other key community stakeholders.
  • Actively participate in multidisciplinary team decision-making regarding client programs, progress and therapy planning by attending Case Management Meetings
  • Implement and support Centre, home or school based programs to ensure that skills are attained by children and parents/caregivers according to identified goals, as part of the multidisciplinary team
  • Recognise and respond to psychosocial risks such as domestic and family violence, child protection, mental health, substance use, mental health issues
  • Consult and liaise with parents/caregivers, health professionals, educational professionals, other agencies, and community members as required
  • Provide information and appropriate resources to referring health and educational professionals and other agencies as required, including capacity building activities for the wider community
  • Maintain data / accurate records of service provision to clients in accordance with medico-legal standards
  • Maintain and care for equipment and resources provided for service provision and identify resource requirements as required
  • Contribute to and participate in professional development and supervision activities as deemed appropriate by the professional lead/clinical supervisor and Allied Health Services Manager for continued skill development in contemporary social work practice
  • Participate in allocated clinical project work and research activities in consultation with the Allied Health Services Manager and professional lead/clinical supervisor 

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

  • The Social Worker (Family Health Support Worker) is responsible directly to the Services Manager – Children’s Allied Health Services
  • All BUSHkids staff are ultimately responsible to the Chief Executive Officer of BUSHkids
  • This position has no financial delegation

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS

  • Tertiary qualifications in Social Work
  • Membership to the Australian Association of Social Workers
  • Valid Blue Card (Queensland’s Working with Children Check) – No Card, No Start.

 OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Current C Class Queensland Drivers Licence
  • Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination status

The successful applicant will be required to provide the Allied Health Services Manager with certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.

 ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

  • BUSHkids is committed to supporting its staff members’ ongoing professional development (PD)
  • BUSHkids has an established supervision program to help support continued professional development within the organisation. A Professional Supervisor will be allocated on commencement with BUSHkids

EXPECTED BEHAVIOURS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Maintain a personal presentation, code of conduct and ethics in keeping with the mission and aims of the organisation
  • Treat all other BUSHkids staff in a professional, respectful manner
  • Give clients of the service every courtesy and their needs given prompt professional attention
  • Implement all reasonable directions of the direct Manager to the position
  • Use good judgement in conveying information to relevant authorities
  • Demonstrate well developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be well-presented, friendly and courteous
  • Represent BUSHkids in a professional, confident and positive manner at all times
  • Undertake all duties in a diligent manner, with honesty and integrity
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding BUSHkids sensitive information
  • Have a vigilant attitude to accuracy and double check work as necessary
  • Work cooperatively and independently
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and organise, with attention to detail
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The successful applicant will be required to provide certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.
  • BUSHkids is a not-for-profit organisation – the ongoing duration of this position is dependent on the availability of continued funding
  • Each staff member is appointed to the appropriate classification level based on their clinical experience
  • Travel and overnight stays from the centre may be required of this position
  • A criminal history check may be initiated on the successful applicant with the Queensland Police Service
  • A discipline history check may be initiated on the successful applicant
  • A non-smoking policy applies in all BUSHkids buildings, offices and motor vehicles
  • All staff are required to complete a six (6) month probation period on commencement of employment
  • As BUSHkids is a not for profit organisation, participation in fundraising activities may be required

 SELECTION CRITERIA

Clinical practice

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge in contemporary family-centred approaches with focus on social, emotional, behavioural and parenting support
  • Experience in presenting information and skills based group presentations to parents and carers and children

 Communication/Team Participation

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills necessary for good working relationships and client care
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.

Leadership/Work Unit Management

  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal and professional development and ability to share knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently without close supervision and to appropriately manage time and workload

 HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are to submit a brief resume with contact details of 2 referees (current or previous employers); and a maximum 2 page written response outlining your suitability for the role by addressing the key selection criteria above.

People with a disability or people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or CALD communities are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

Applications received directly from SEEK or recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

Please refer to the full Position Description (669KB) to view further details about the role, including all Requirements and Criteria.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: recruitment@bushkids.org.au

Applications will be shortlisted as they are received, early applications encouraged.

Closing date for applications is close of business Monday 21 September 2020.

Enquiries can be directed to the BUSHkids Services Manager – Children’s Allied Health Services contact via phone 07 3870 7288 or email recruitment@bushkids.org.au

Full time - 12 months with possible extension

BUSHkids Services

Children’s Allied Health Services are delivered at regional Centres based in Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa and Warwick, with satellite sites delivering Children and Parenting Support Services in Inglewood, Stanthorpe, Kingaroy/Nanango and Agnes Waters/Miriam Vale.

BUSHkids is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Partner in the Community for the delivery of NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Services for Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Central Queensland areas servicing Emerald and Gladstone; with the Fraser Coast servicing Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy and Cherbourg; and the Sunshine Coast servicing Maroochydore and Gympie areas.

BUSHkids also works in partnership with the Department of Education & Training (DET) to provide eKindy in rural and remote Queensland to ensure all children receive good quality early years opportunities prior to entering formal education.

Regional activities are coordinated by a team of support staff located in the BUSHkids offices based in Toowong, Brisbane.

Our Purpose

To provide equitable and accessible health, developmental and educational services to families and communities that will encourage them to grow.

Our Vision

To become recognised as a leader in developmental services, empowering children and their families in rural, remote and regional Queensland to be engaged, connected, aware and resilient.

Our Values

  • Child-focused and family centred
  • Working collaboratively to make a difference for vulnerable families
  • Accountability to clients, communities and stakeholders

PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION

This position provides administrative support to ensure the smooth running of the internal operations of the regional Centre; and is responsible for a range of administrative duties, both general and clinical. Duties include the reception area, to promote a welcoming and supportive environment, to ensure that all who call, or visit the offices, feel valued and appreciated.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Reception and telephone duties
    • Meet and greet visitors on arrival
    • Excellent telephone etiquette, directing incoming calls to appropriate person
    • Logging incoming mail, ensuring distribution to the appropriate staff
    • Organising outgoing mail, including couriers where required
  • Secretarial and word processing duties
    • Minute taking and organisational arrangements for meetings, where required
    • Proof reading where required
    • Ability to draft documents on instruction
  • Assist with event coordination, where required
  • Coordinate and assist with centre meetings
  • General filing, archiving and data entry
    • Maintaining electronic filing system for clinical services
    • Data entry into BUSHkids database – BUSHbase, where required (training provided)
    • Client feedback questionnaire collation
  • Resource inventory for the regional Centres
    • Checking stock for stationery and resources
  • Coordinating clinical appointments where required; arranging, cancelling, rescheduling
  • Collaborate with Allied Health and NDIS team members to facilitate a seamless and effective interface between Centre activities and look for opportunities to enhance service, quality, accuracy and timeliness
  • Maintain data and accurate records of client service provision in accordance with medico-legal standards – including (but not limited to):
    • Entering referrals
    • Letters to parents/carers, referrers
    • Case Management Meeting Agenda and Minutes; record case notes, update waiting list
    • Scanning as required
    • Filing as required
    • Archiving records as required
  • Creating resources/booklets for therapy sessions and groups, where required, including; printing, laminating, binding
  • Other administrative duties as the team may require.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

  • Responsible directly to the Children’s Allied Health Services Manager
  • All BUSHkids staff are ultimately responsible to the Chief Executive Officer of BUSHkids
  • This position has no financial delegation

EXPECTED BEHAVIOURS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Create a welcoming and helpful image for BUSHkids, liaising with all stakeholders in a professional manner
  • Adhere to BUSHkids code of conduct and ethics in keeping with the mission and aims of the organisation
  • Treat all other BUSHkids staff in a professional, respectful manner
  • Adhere to BUSHkids policies, procedures and related documents; Employee Handbook and be familiar with and understand workplace health and safety, and apply these in the workplace
  • Give clients of the service every courtesy and their needs given prompt professional attention
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times, in regards to client and BUSHkids sensitive information
  • Implement all reasonable directions of the direct Manager to the position
  • Use good judgement in conveying information to relevant authorities
  • Demonstrate well developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be well-presented, friendly and courteous
  • Represent BUSHkids in a professional, confident and positive manner at all times
  • Undertake all duties in a diligent manner, with honesty and integrity, as well as displaying a positive manner at all times
  • Have a vigilant attitude to accuracy and attention to detail
  • A collaborative approach to work as well as the ability to work autonomously
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and organise
  • Actively attend and participate in team meetings and all staff meetings
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development and attend any necessary training sessions (in house and external) when required

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • BUSHkids is a not-for-profit organisation – the ongoing duration of this position is dependent on the availability of continued funding and is at the discretion of the direct Manager according to service needs
  • Each staff member is appointed to the most appropriate classification level based on their clinical experience
  • Travel and overnight stays from the Centre may on occasion be required of this position
  • A criminal history check may be initiated on the successful applicant with the Queensland Police Service
  • A discipline history check may be initiated on the successful applicant
  • A non-smoking policy applies within all BUSHkids buildings and grounds, and all motor vehicles
  • All staff are required to complete a 6 month probation period on commencement of employment
  • As BUSHkids is a not for profit organisation, participation in fundraising activities may be required

 KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential

  • Demonstrated experience providing a high quality service delivery in office environment and administrative support across a range of services.
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Ability to apply structured problem solving approaches and good judgement to analyse, manage and resolve a diverse range of sensitive matters.
  • Strong written communication skills and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated organisational skills to manage multiple competing priorities.
  • Excellent typing skills with ability for transcription, writing and word processing skills Excellent use of Microsoft Office Suite – Outlook, including scheduling meetings, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Other requirements:

  • Working with Children – Blue Card – Positive notice
  • Current C Class Queensland Drivers Licence

The successful applicant will be required to provide certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are to submit a brief resume with contact details of two (2) referees; and a maximum two (2) page written response outlining your suitability for the role by addressing the Key Selection Criteria.

People with a disability or people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or CALD communities are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

Applications received directly from SEEK or recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

 Please refer to the full Position Description (691KB) to view further details about the role, including all Requirements and Criteria.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: recruitment@bushkids.org.au

Applications will be shortlisted as they are received, early applications encouraged.

Closing date for applications is close of business Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Enquiries can be directed to the BUSHkids Services Manager – Children’s Allied Health Services contact via telephone: 07 3870 7288 or email: recruitment@bushkids.org.au

Full time, Part time - Multiple Locations: Bundaberg, Emerald, Mount Isa, Warwick, Dalby, Brisbane

BUSHkids Services

Children’s Allied Health Services are delivered at regional Centres based in Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa and Warwick, with satellite sites delivering Children and Parenting Support Services in Inglewood, Stanthorpe, Kingaroy/Nanango and Agnes Waters/Miriam Vale.

BUSHkids is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Partner in the Community for the delivery of NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Services for Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Central Queensland areas servicing Emerald and Gladstone; with the Fraser Coast servicing Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy and Cherbourg; and the Sunshine Coast servicing Maroochydore and Gympie areas.

BUSHkids also works in partnership with the Department of Education & Training (DET) to provide eKindy in rural and remote Queensland to ensure all children receive good quality early years opportunities prior to entering formal education.

Regional activities are coordinated by a team of support staff located in the BUSHkids offices based in Toowong, Brisbane.

Our Purpose

To provide equitable and accessible health, developmental and educational services to families and communities that will encourage them to grow.

Our Vision

To become recognised as a leader in developmental services, empowering children and their families in rural, remote and regional Queensland to be engaged, connected, aware and resilient.

Our Values

  • Child-focused and family centred
  • Working collaboratively to make a difference for vulnerable families
  • Accountability to clients, communities and stakeholders

 

PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION

The position fulfills discipline specific and multidisciplinary support within the Children’s Allied Health Services team providing services to families with children with developmental delay or disability.  The position will implement and continue to develop BUSHkids teleHealth services for families in regional Queensland areas.

As part of the Children’s Allied Health Team you will:

  • Collaborate with families and other organisations in the provision of psychology services to children who require support for their communication development in accordance with the BUSHkids model of care.
  • Actively participate in the multidisciplinary team setting with particular emphasis on the delivery of psychology services to optimise development and independence for children and their families.
  • Promote the importance of early intervention and its role in preventing long term educational and behavioural issues through community development and health promotion strategies.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Be responsible for assessment, planning, delivery, evaluation and continuous improvement related to the provision of the scope of the incumbent’s discipline.
  • Provide care when and where it best meets the clients’ needs including on site, at home and in the community.
  • Provide a range of contemporary evidence based Psychological services to families and children in accordance with the BUSHkids model of care.
  • Provide evidence based assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, intervention, referral and monitoring for children on allocated caseload.
  • Provide a fly-in/out (FIFO) / drive-in/out (DIDO) service to regional Queensland areas (as required) to provide face to face support to families, BUSHkids team and key stakeholders. This may involve individual assessment and intervention, seminars and/or workshops. Frequency and manner (FIFO/DIDO) is dependent on the requirements and based on the Service Centres being supported. All travel costs will be covered by BUSHkids.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of professional governance structures and adhere to professional practice standards.
  • Undertake accurate and timely documentation and communication. This includes but is not exclusive to statistical information, clinical notes, reports, responses to enquiries, verbal and written documentation to referrers, clients and others.
  • Maintain accurate records of Psychological service provision to clients in accordance with medico-legal standards.
  • Use evidence to deliver services ensuring best practice guidelines are followed.
  • Contribute to quality improvement activities and participate in research.
  • Contribute to and participate in professional development as agreed in your Professional Achievement and Development Plan (PADP).
  • Staff are to keep informed about current research in early childhood intervention relevant to your role by maintaining professional knowledge and responding appropriately to unsafe or unprofessional practice, fulfilling duty of care by attending training as provided by BUSHkids and seeking further relevant training externally.
  • Integrating organisational policies and procedures in order to provide effective and professional care in a way that respects the rights and beliefs of all individuals yet maintains practice within own approved scope of practice.

Other tasks include

  • Actively participate in general staff meetings
  • Attend training sessions (in-house and external) when required
  • Know and apply BUSHkids policies and procedures; and be familiar with and understand workplace health and safety and apply these in the workplace.

Desirable

  • Experience in working in childhood education, intervention or other relevant work experience
  • Experience working via telehealth pathways
  • Experience with planning, implementing and evaluating small group programs with children and/or their parents/carers
  • Experience in the provision of health promotion/community education activities
  • Experience working with families in rural, regional and remote areas
  • Experience working with families in rural, remote or Indigenous communities.

 QUALIFICATIONS / PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS / OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Mandatory Requirements

  • Tertiary Qualifications in Psychology (4 year degree)
  • Certified Practicing Membership with Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA)
  • Working with Children Blue Card – positive notice

Other Requirements

  • Current C Class Queensland Drivers Licence
  • Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination status

The successful applicant will be required to provide the certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.

Reporting Requirements

  • The position is responsible directly to the Clinical Services Manager for clinical issues
  • All BUSHkids staff are ultimately responsible to the Chief Executive Officer of BUSHkids
  • This position has no financial delegation

Ongoing Professional Development

  • BUSHkids is committed to supporting its staff members’ ongoing professional development (PD) and a generous annual PD budget is allocated to clinicians (full or part time)
  • BUSHkids has an established supervision program to help support continued clinician development within the organisation

Expected Behaviours and Personal Attributes

  • Maintain a personal presentation, code of conduct and ethics in keeping with the mission and aims of the organisation
  • Treat all other BUSHkids staff in a professional, respectful manner
  • Give clients of the service every courtesy and their needs given prompt professional attention
  • Implement all reasonable directions of the direct Manager to the position
  • Use good judgement in conveying information to relevant authorities
  • Demonstrate well developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be well-presented, friendly and courteous
  • Represent BUSHkids in a professional, confident and positive manner at all times
  • Undertake all duties in a diligent manner, with honesty and integrity
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding BUSHkids sensitive information
  • Have a vigilant attitude to accuracy and double check work as necessary
  • Work cooperatively and independently
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and organise, with attention to detail
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development

Additional Information

  • The successful applicant will be required to provide certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.
  • BUSHkids is a not-for-profit organisation – the ongoing duration of this position is dependent on the availability of continued funding
  • Each staff member is appointed to the appropriate classification level based on their clinical experience
  • Travel and overnight stays from the centre may be required of this position
  • A criminal history check may be initiated on the successful applicant with the Queensland Police Service
  • A discipline history check may be initiated on the successful applicant
  • A non-smoking policy applies in all BUSHkids buildings, offices and motor vehicles
  • All staff are required to complete a six (6) month probation period on commencement of employment
  • As BUSHkids is a not for profit organisation, participation in fundraising activities may be required

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

Clinical Practice

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with children with developmental delay or disability with a focus on early intervention and family centered practice

Communication/Team Participation

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills necessary for good working relationships and client care
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.

Leadership/Work Unit Management

  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal and professional development and ability to share knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently without close supervision and to appropriately manage time and workload

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are to submit a brief resume with contact details of 2 referees; and a maximum 2 page written response outlining your suitability for the role by addressing the above Key Selection Criteria.

People with a disability or people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or CALD communities are highly encouraged to apply for this position.

Applications received directly from SEEK or recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

Please refer to the full Position Description (657KB) to view further details about the role, including the Key Selection Criteria.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: recruitment@bushkids.org.au

Applications will be shortlisted as they are received, early applications are encouraged.

Closing date for applications is close of business on Friday 25 September 2020

Enquiries can be directed to BUSHkids Service Manager – Allied Health, contact via phone 07 3870 7288 or email recruitment@bushkids.org.au

Full-time, Part-time, Casual - Dalby, Emerald

BUSHkids Services

Children’s Allied Health Services are delivered at regional Centres based in Bundaberg, Dalby, Emerald, Mount Isa and Warwick, with satellite sites delivering Children and Parenting Support Services in Inglewood, Stanthorpe, Kingaroy/Nanango and Agnes Waters/Miriam Vale.

BUSHkids is the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) Partner in the Community for the delivery of NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Services for Bundaberg, Rockhampton and Central Queensland areas servicing Emerald and Gladstone; with the Fraser Coast servicing Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Kingaroy and Cherbourg; and the Sunshine Coast servicing Maroochydore and Gympie areas.

BUSHkids also works in partnership with the Department of Education & Training (DET) to provide eKindy in rural and remote Queensland to ensure all children receive good quality early years opportunities prior to entering formal education.

Regional activities are coordinated by a team of support staff located in the BUSHkids offices based in Toowong, Brisbane.

Our Purpose

To provide equitable and accessible health, developmental and educational services to families and communities that will encourage them to grow.

Our Vision

To become recognised as a leader in developmental services, empowering children and their families in rural, remote and regional Queensland to be engaged, connected, aware and resilient.

Our Values

  • Child-focused and family centred
  • Working collaboratively to make a difference for vulnerable families
  • Accountability to clients, communities and stakeholders

PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION

The position fulfills discipline specific and multidisciplinary support within the Children’s Allied Health Services team and/or the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Team, providing services to families with children with developmental delay or disability.  The position will implement and continue to develop BUSHkids teleHealth services for families in regional Queensland areas.

As part of the Children’s Allied Health Team you will:

  • Collaborate with families and other organisations in the provision of occupational therapy services to children who require support for their communication development in accordance with the BUSHkids model of care.
  • Actively participate in the multidisciplinary team setting with particular emphasis on the delivery of occupational therapy services to optimise development and independence for children and their families.
  • Promote the importance of early intervention and its role in preventing long term educational and behavioural issues through community development and health promotion strategies.

As part of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Team you will:

  • Develop goals and plans with every client inclusive of other team members involved in the care and management of that client in accordance with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach.
  • Adhere to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) statement of requirements.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Be responsible for assessment, planning, delivery, evaluation and continuous improvement related to the provision of the scope of the incumbent’s discipline.
  • Provide care when and where it best meets the clients’ needs including on site, at home and in the community.
  • Provide a fly-in/out (FIFO) / drive-in/out (DIDO) service to regional Queensland areas (as required) to provide face to face support to families, BUSHkids team and key stakeholders. This may involve individual assessment and intervention, seminars and/or workshops. Frequency and manner (FIFO/DIDO) is dependent on the requirements and based on the Service Centres being supported. All travel costs will be covered by BUSHkids.
  • Have a comprehensive understanding of professional governance structures and adhere to professional practice standards.
  • Undertake accurate and timely documentation and communication. This includes but is not exclusive to statistical information, clinical notes, reports, responses to enquiries, verbal and written documentation to referrers, clients and others.
  • Maintain accurate records of occupational therapy or physiotherapy service provision to clients in accordance with medico-legal standards.
  • Use evidence to deliver services ensuring best practice guidelines are followed.
  • Contribute to quality improvement activities and participate in research.
  • Contribute to and participate in professional development as agreed in your Professional Achievement and Development Plan (PADP).
  • Staff are to keep informed about current research in early childhood intervention relevant to your role by maintaining professional knowledge and responding appropriately to unsafe or unprofessional practice, fulfilling duty of care by attending training as provided by BUSHkids and seeking further relevant training externally.
  • Integrating organisational policies and procedures in order to provide effective and professional care in a way that respects the rights and beliefs of all individuals yet maintains practice within own approved scope of practice.

Other tasks include:

  • Actively participate in general staff meetings
  • Attend training sessions (in-house and external) when required
  • Know and apply BUSHkids policies and procedures; and be familiar with and understand workplace health and safety and apply these in the workplace.

Desirable:

  • Experience in working in childhood education, intervention or other relevant work experience
  • Experience working via telehealth pathways
  • Experience with planning, implementing and evaluating small group programs with children and/or their parents/carers
  • Experience in the provision of health promotion/community education activities
  • Experience working with families in rural, regional and remote areas
  • Experience working with families in rural, remote or Indigenous communities.

QUALIFICATIONS / PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS / OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Mandatory Requirements for this role:

  • Tertiary Qualifications in Occupational Therapy
  • Certified Practicing Membership with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
  • Working with Children Blue Card – positive notice

Other requirements:

  • Current C Class Queensland Drivers Licence
  • Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination status

Successful candidate will be required to provide the certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

  • The position is responsible directly to the Clinical Services Manager for clinical issues
  • All BUSHkids staff are ultimately responsible to the Chief Executive Officer of BUSHkids
  • This position has no financial delegation

Ongoing Professional Development

  • BUSHkids is committed to supporting its staff members’ ongoing professional development (PD) and a generous annual PD budget is allocated to clinicians (full or part time)
  • BUSHkids has an established supervision program to help support continued clinician development within the organisation

EXPECTED BEHAVIOURS AND PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Maintain a personal presentation, code of conduct and ethics in keeping with the mission and aims of the organisation
  • Treat all other BUSHkids staff in a professional, respectful manner
  • Give clients of the service every courtesy and their needs given prompt professional attention
  • Implement all reasonable directions of the direct Manager to the position
  • Use good judgement in conveying information to relevant authorities
  • Demonstrate well developed interpersonal and communication skills
  • Be well-presented, friendly and courteous
  • Represent BUSHkids in a professional, confident and positive manner at all times
  • Undertake all duties in a diligent manner, with honesty and integrity
  • Maintain absolute confidentiality regarding BUSHkids sensitive information
  • Have a vigilant attitude to accuracy and double check work as necessary
  • Work cooperatively and independently
  • Demonstrate ability to prioritise and organise, with attention to detail
  • Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • The successful applicant will be required to provide certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.
  • BUSHkids is a not-for-profit organisation – the ongoing duration of this position is dependent on the availability of continued funding
  • Each staff member is appointed to the appropriate classification level based on their clinical experience
  • Travel and overnight stays from the centre may be required of this position
  • A criminal history check may be initiated on the successful applicant with the Queensland Police Service
  • A discipline history check may be initiated on the successful applicant
  • A non-smoking policy applies in all BUSHkids buildings, offices and motor vehicles
  • All staff are required to complete a six (6) month probation period on commencement of employment
  • As BUSHkids is a not for profit organisation, participation in fundraising activities may be required

KEY SELECTION CRITERIA

Clinical Practice:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with children with developmental delay or disability with a focus on early intervention and family centered practice

Communication/Team Participation: 

  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills necessary for good working relationships and client care
  • Demonstrated ability to function as an effective member of a multidisciplinary team.

Leadership/Work Unit Management:

  • Demonstrated commitment to ongoing personal and professional development and ability to share knowledge and skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently without close supervision and to appropriately manage time and workload

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants are to submit a brief resume with contact details of 2 referees; and a maximum 2 page written response outlining your suitability for the role by addressing the above Key Selection Criteria.

People with a disability or people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or CALD communities are highly encouraged to apply for this position, as are new graduates.

Applications received directly from SEEK or recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

Please refer to the full Position Description here (658KB PDF) to view further details about the role, including the Key Selection Criteria.

PLEASE EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: recruitment@bushkids.org.au

Applications will be shortlisted as they are received, early applications are encouraged. New graduates are welcome to apply.

Enquiries can be directed to BUSHkids Service Managers – Allied Health or ECEI, contact via phone 07 3870 7288 or email recruitment@bushkids.org.au