OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST - Grade 2
Are you motivated to deliver high quality client centred occupational therapy? Are you excited by the opportunity to work across a mixed caseload in a progressive, expanding rural health service? Are you passionate about clinical leadership and supporting the development of occupational therapy staff? An exciting opportunity awaits for a permanent Grade 2 Occupational Therapist at Swan Hill District Health. This is a new position to join our caring occupational therapy team consisting of an Occupational Therapy Manager, seven Occupational Therapists and two Allied Health Assistants. Our team is supported by an expanding Primary Care Division, including Health Promotion, Counselling, Dental, Community Rehabilitation, Aboriginal Hospital Liaison and Allied Health Departments. Our integrated health service provides Occupational Therapy to clients of all ages through the following programs/ streams: Acute ward, Subacute ward (GEM, rehabilitation, transition care), Outpatients, Community Rehabilitation Centre, Hospital Admission Risk Program (HARP), Community Health, Home and Community Care Program for Younger People (HACC PYP), Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP), Home Care Packages (HCP), National Disability Insurance Program (NDIS), Residential Aged Care. This role is for a Grade 2 where you will have the opportunity to provide clinical care and leadership, including progressing and developing current services, complete quality improvement and support the learning needs of Occupational Therapy Staff. Applicants with 4 or more years experience would be highly favoured in this role. Those experienced or seeking promotion into a Grade 2 role are encouraged to apply.
Provide evidence based occupational therapy to clients accessing services through Swan Hill District Health, throughout the continuum of care. This includes appropriate, timely and effective clinical management through assessment, goal setting, intervention, handover, re-evaluation, documentation, service coordination and discharge planning. All services provided are in accordance with person centred care and wellness philosophies. Effective high level communication including negotiation with clients on the occupational therapy role and recommendations made. Work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary team (including external organisations) including joint assessments and treatments with other clinicians as required and contributing effectively within client and team meetings. Provide clinical leadership within a service delivery area (e.g. acute, rehabilitation, community, aged care, disability, paediatrics, hand therapy) Represent occupational therapy in an appropriate manner at all times, including acting as a resource for the department to other areas. Provide leadership and undertake additional responsibilities and duties as delegated by the Occupational Therapy Manager, potentially representing the Occupational Therapy Manager as required. Attend and contribute to department meetings and other meetings (internal and external) as required. Provide positive input in resource planning (team and equipment). Display adaptability and flexibility to meet the changing operational needs of Swan Hill District Health. Display a willingness to develop and improve self-performance, including through regular supervision with senior Occupational Therapy staff. Contribute to and support service initiatives aligned to Primary Care, including managing quality improvement and supporting accreditation requirements.
Qualification/Credentialing requirements: 1. Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent and registration with AHPRA 2. National Police Check 3. Working with Children’s Check 4. Must be able to obtain a Medicare Provider number for SHDH site/s as required and commit to the contracted 100% donation model of MBS revenue to SHDH Essential Key Selection Criteria: 1. Demonstrated ability to provide a combination of generalist and specialist Occupational Therapy services within a variety of clinical settings. 2. Demonstrated ability to work independently, provide leadership, supervision and quality improvement in a specialist area of Occupational Therapy service. 3. General awareness and understanding of the public health system, funding streams and wider influences on clinical service provision. 4. Highly developed organisation, planning and problem solving skills. 5. Highly developed interpersonal skills incorporating excellent communication and leadership, including negotiation and conflict resolution. 6. Demonstrated ability to work both independently without direct clinical supervision and within a multidisciplinary team. 7. Australian Driver’s Licence Desirable: 1. Experience in working in a rural community setting including the funding streams serviced by Swan Hill District Health Occupational Therapy.
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