Full-time, Fixed term contract
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 also 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.
Dedicated NDIS ECEI service Centres have now been established in Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Gympie, Maryborough, Maroochydore and Rockhampton. ECEI services are also provided to Cherbourg from our Maroochydore service Centre.
BUSHkids works in partnership to assist with the provision of eKindy in rural and remote Queensland. Since 2016, BUSHkids has worked in the eKindy space with rural schools beginning at the Proston State School, and in 2017 began working in partnership with Gumlu State School, Bell State School, Karara State School and Yelarbon State School. From 2018, we have partnered with the Department of Education (DoE), Brisbane School of Distance Education (BSDE), Early Childhood Education and Care (South West, Central and North Queensland) to add more new eKindy Pods.
Regional activities are coordinated by a team of support staff located in the BUSHkids offices based in Toowong, Brisbane.
All Queensland children reach their potential regardless of where they live.
Our Values • We Are
- Child-focused and family-centred
To support children’s health, developmental, educational and social and emotional wellbeing through equitable and accessible health services.
PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE POSITION
This position fulfills discipline specific and multidisciplinary support within the Children’s Allied Health Services team. This team consists of family health support worker/social work, occupational therapy, psychology, and speech pathology.
As the Occupational Therapist you will:
- Fulfil a participative, consultative and collaborative role in the multidisciplinary team to facilitate early intervention services that improve the health and well-being of children with, or at risk of, developmental and other difficulties
- Provide health education sessions, screening and/or clinical assessment and goal-directed intervention
- Work collaboratively with the client’s parents/caregivers, other team members and the client’s key support personnel to provide services which maximise developmental outcomes for the client
Duties include, but are not limited to:
- Provide a range of evidence-based occupational therapy services to children in accordance with the BUSHkids Model of Care
- Provide evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, program planning, intervention, referral and monitoring for children on allocated caseload
- Support an integrated clinical intake process to the BUSHkids service, this includes multidisciplinary screening, triage and case management
- Provide consultative and educational services to families and other organisations as required to support the child’s ongoing development
- Maintain data/accurate records of occupational therapy service provision to clients in accordance with medico-legal standards
- Maintain and care for equipment and resources provided for Occupational Therapy and identify resource requirements as required
- Monitor and review clinical therapy services in local centre in consultation with the Clinical Services Manager and Clinical Supervisor
- Contribute to and participate in professional development and supervision activities as deemed appropriate by the Clinical Supervisor and Clinical Service Manager for continued skill development in contemporary occupational therapy practice
- Participate in allocated clinical project work and research activities in consultation with the Clinical Services Manager and Clinical Supervisor
- Supervise Occupational Therapy students during placement following consultation and endorsement from the Clinical Supervisor and approval from the Clinical Service Manager
- Maintain a code of conduct and ethics in keeping with Code of Conduct of the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
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
QUALIFICATIONS / PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATIONS / OTHER REQUIREMENTS
- Tertiary Qualifications in Occupational Therapy
- Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
- Working with Children – Blue Card – No Card, No Start (Not required for AHPRA Registered Professionals)
- Current C Class Queensland Drivers Licence
- Proof of Hepatitis B Vaccination status
The successful applicant will be required to provide certified copies of required documentation prior to formal offer of employment.
- Experience in working with children experiencing learning, mild to moderate developmental delays and neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD, ADHD
- Experience with planning, implementing and evaluating group programs for young children and their families
- Experience in the provision of health promotion/community education activities
- Experience working with families in rural, regional and remote areas
- Experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
- This position is responsible directly to the Clinical Services Manager for all 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 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
- 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
- As 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
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the assessment, diagnosis, management and evaluation of children with, or at risk of, developmental, social, emotional and behavioural difficulties, with a focus on early intervention and family centred practice
- Demonstrated knowledge and skills in working with vulnerable families who may experience barriers to accessing services
- 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 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 full contact details of two (2) professional referees (current or previous employers); 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 (193kb) to view further details about the role, including the Key Selection Criteria.
PLEASE EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for applications is close of business – Tuesday 11 May 2021.
Applications will be shortlisted as received – early applications are encouraged.
Enquiries can be made by phone 07 3870 7288 or email email@example.com