Full-time, Part-time, Casual - Dalby, Emerald
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.
To provide equitable and accessible health, developmental and educational services to families and communities that will encourage them to grow.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with children with developmental delay or disability with a focus on early intervention and family centered practice
- 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: email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org