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Occupational Therapist

  • : East Wimmera Health Service
  • : 04-Oct-2020
  • : St Arnaud VIC 3478

East Wimmera Health Service (EWHS) is a fully accredited small rural health service consisting of 40
Acute and 95 Aged Care beds across five campuses in the Buloke and Northern Grampians Shires
in North Western Victoria. Covering the land first inhabited by the Dja Dja Wurrung, Barengi Gadjin,
and Jaara Jaara people. EWHS encompasses the townships of Birchip, Charlton, Donald,
Wycheproof and St Arnaud. EWHS provides a broad range of Acute, Community Based and Aged
Care services integrated with local General Medical Practices. Additionally EWHS manages a number
of other local services in post-acute care, planned activity groups and infection control. The duties of
this position are to be performed with adherence to the purpose and values identified through EWHS’s
strategic plan and compliance with the Code of Behaviour for staff of EWHS.

The Occupational Therapist will work as part of a multidisciplinary team in the provision of a client
focused Occupational Therapy service people living within East Wimmera Health Services catchment.
The Occupational Therapist will work closely with General Practitioners, other allied health, and
Nursing staff to provide a high quality service through the EWHS’s Community Health, Acute units
and Residential Aged Care Facility’s.
Consumer Relations
 Work across EWHS catchment area to provide coordinated Occupational Therapy services
in the community, acute and residential aged care setting.
 Work in partnership with General Practitioners, Hospital and Residential Aged Care staff to
support consumers in managing activities of daily living.
 Work collaboratively multi-disciplinary team member to ensure optimal consumer health
outcomes and goal attainment. This may also include working in collaboration with tertiary
health services to provide local service whilst being managed by Specialists.
 Utilise a consumer-centred approach to support consumer/carer self-management.
 Participate in, and implement, relevant Health Promotion activities.
 To act as a resource person within EWHS in matters relating to the education and
management of consumers who require assistance with occupational performance.
 Positively promote the organisation and act in a professional manner at all times.
 Treat all consumers and colleagues with respect and equality, whilst being responsive to their
 Ensure the smooth transition of consumers through the health care system, liaising with
relevant staff and community agencies to ensure continuity of care for individual consumers
and their families.
 Promote positive approaches to living for consumers with chronic health conditions or
recovering from acute health events.
 Demonstrate ability to align care to individual consumer needs and circumstances and be
confident to coordinate family meetings and case conferences.

Technical Skills and Applications
 Provision of Occupational Therapy services to consumers. This includes individual
assessment, education and care planning and the provision of ongoing support and
 Identify and assess high priority consumers and coordinate referrals to related service
providers and multidisciplinary educational programs.
 Ensure all clinical activity undertaken fulfils or exceeds the competency standards of the
profession, and the minimum standards for the programs into which your role inputs / relates
 Analyse assessment data and consider possible interventions to maximise an individual’s
wellbeing, safety and independence.
 Provide occupational therapy and preventative health education on an individual basis.
 Use interpretative skills to make decisions in complex situations.

Continuous Improvement
 Demonstrate an understanding of all relevant external legislation and internal policies and
procedures that relate to this position and EWHS.
 Participate in and contribute to quality improvement programs and other organisational
activities to meet Accreditation Standards and reporting requirements.
 Participate and contribute to Occupational Health and Safety activities to ensure a safe work
environment for consumers, community, staff and visitors.
 Identify gaps in service provision and contribute to improvement initiatives to address gaps.
 Actively participate in the Risk Management Program of EWHS.
Personal & Professional Development
 Demonstrate experience and understanding of the need for continuation of both personal and
professional development.
 Continually develop both personally and professionally to meet the changing needs of your
position, career and industry.
 Establish, maintain and fulfil a personal professional development plan.
 Completion of applicable annual mandatory training requirements as determined by EWHS
Mandatory training schedule.
 Precepting and educating students on placement.
Administration & Documentation
 Complete program and organisational reporting requirements.
 Ensure that all documentation is accurate, legible, completed in a professional and timely
manner, and stored in accordance with privacy legislation.

 Ensure assessment and care plan tools are documented in line with consumer centred self-
management principles.

 Maintain accurate records of consultation with and referral to service providers including
general practitioners re relevant client information, recommendations and actions advised.
 All appropriate information is collected, documented or recorded and handled professionally
in accordance with relevant legislation and EWHS’s policies.
 Maintain confidentiality, safety and security of all documentation and records in accordance
with EWHS’s policy and relevant legislation.

Regulatory Compliance
 Comply with discipline specific professional Code of Ethics and Code of Professional
 Implement the standards of health and safety and comply with OH&S legislative employee
 Report workplace injuries, incidents, hazards and near misses to the Director of Primary Care.
 Identify and report clinical risks via the EWHS Risk Management Strategy.
 Ensure EWHS’s policy and procedures are implemented.
 Comply with relevant legislative Acts, eg OH&S Act 2004, Drugs, Poisons and Controlled
Substances Act 1981.
 Acts to maintain infection control standards.

Work & Communication
 Be aware of, and practice according to EWHS’s mission, vision and values, objectives, core
values, behaviours and codes of conduct.
 Communicate collaboratively and effectively with the relevant stakeholders including internal
departments, external service providers, both regional programs and regional health services
to facilitate coordinated care provision for all consumers, families and carers.
 Participate proactively and positively in department, team, staff and other meetings,
supporting the ongoing improvements of the department and service.
 Demonstrate the ability to work consistently within a team to achieve team goals.
 Work harmoniously with other team members to achieve service delivery excellence.
 Resolve any workplace conflict in a professional manner and through the correct
organisational processes.
 Establish effective working relationships and networks across the Health Service’s
 Work within existing framework for client and community engagement to ensure the program
is responsive and relevant to community needs.
 Promote program to relevant persons and groups to ensure health professional and
community engagement.
 Compliance with the Education Training Schedule (ETS)
 Develop and maintain a close working relationship with other health professionals and refer
consumers to the appropriate services as required.
 Work cooperatively as an inter-disciplinary team member, valuing the contribution of all team
 Efficiently undertake Community Health administrative duties including data collection,
consumer documentation and Community Health reports.
 Effectively evaluate service provision and contribute towards Occupational Therapy service
 Ensure optimal use of resources to provide an effective service to consumers.
 Customer Focussed  Timely Decision Making
 Time Management  Functional / Technical Skills
 Priority Setting  Interpersonal Savvy
 Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy or equivalent.
 Registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation
Agency (AHPRA).
 Member of Occupational Therapy Association Australia.
 Experience in community based assessment and rehabilitation including equipment
prescription (basic through to complex), home modifications, linking through onward referrals
and service identification and sourcing.
 Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and in a multidisciplinary health care team.
 Excellent communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills, including the ability to
prepare and deliver education to patients, families and staff.
 Good time management and organisational skills.
 Competent Microsoft Office Word, Excel and Outlook skills.
 Willingness and eligibility to register with Medicare to obtain a private provider number.

The Occupational Therapist at East Wimmera Health Service will hold:
 A current Victorian Drivers Licence.
 A current National Police Check or ability to obtain a satisfactory check.
 Ability to comply with the “Behavioural Outcomes” for this role.
 A Working with Children Check (if required by legislation).


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Job Title
Occupational Therapist
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Highest Education
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St Arnaud VIC 3478
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