Act for Kids is a for-purpose organisation that delivers evidence-based professional therapy and support services to children and families, who have experienced or are at risk of harm. Established in 1988, we have helped over 170,000 children, young people and families at our 30 centres across Australia.
Through prevention, treatment, research, education and advocacy, we are committed to helping keep kids safe, heal from trauma and lead happy lives.
About the job...
We are seeking a dedicated Occupational Therapist to join our inclusive, compassionate and friendly team based in Townsville. This position is part-time (0.6 FTE), fixed-term until 31/01/2025. Extension of employment contract beyond this date is subject to the continued successful government funding of the program.
The position is part of a multidisciplinary team (Speech and Language Pathologist and Psychologist) and will operate under the Townsville Specialist Disability Support in Schools program (SDSS), which operates as part of the Therapy and Education Services.
You will work closely with school communities to enhance access, participation, and achievement for students through consultations with schools and key stakeholders, as well as engage in school based therapeutic interventions to achieve key educational outcomes for students.
- Identify and work toward client goals and achieve successful case outcomes for clients.
- Maintain a client case load as negotiated with the Program Coordinator of the SDSS program.
- Attend stakeholder meetings for the benefit of clients and develop case plans.
- Hold consultations with educators, guidance officers and other key members of school communities.
- Build and maintain partnerships with local community and government agencies, as well as stakeholders in the school communities.
- Maintain up-to-date output and outcomes data for all clients as required by Act for Kids policies and procedures.
- Participate in Act for Kids Performance Development Planning through monthly and annual meeting with the Program Coordinator.
- Provide quality, timely reports as required and/or requested
- A tertiary qualification in Occupational Therapy
- National registration as applicable to the profession is essential and membership of a relevant professional body is desirable.
Skills and experience
- Minimum two years’ experience working with children, young people and their families or at least two years’ experience working in similar roles.
- Experience providing individual and group therapy to children, young people and their families.
- Understanding of the impacts of trauma on child and family functioning.
- Knowledge of current trauma treatment trends and child protection legislation and policy reforms.
- A high level of cultural awareness and experience working with families from different backgrounds, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Willingness to work as part of a team and to cultivate a strength based approach.
- Excellent documentation and record keeping skills
- Eligibility for a positive Working with Children Check in the applicable state of employment in Australia or exemption based on professional qualifications and registration.
- Current driver’s licence.
- Applicants must be eligible to legally work in Australia and proof of eligibility may be requested.
- Fully vaccinated with the prescribed doses of an approved vaccine against COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption.
With over 30% of our employees identifying as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, we encourage and welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
About the pay...
- Position is classified Level 6 under the SCHCADS award;
- Salary range is $92,704 - $96,805 plus 10% superannuation (pro-rata for part-time);
- In addition, as a registered Not for Profit/Charity, we offer excellent salary packaging options through RemServ which can significantly increase your take home pay.
About the benefits...
- Overall winner of HRD Employer of Choice 2019 (100-499 employees)
- Winner of HRD Employer of Choice 2019 in (1) Health & Wellbeing (2) Leadership (3) Work-Life Balance
- Strong values based organisation
- Excellent professional development options (including annual professional development fund opportunities)
- Paid parental leave and study assistance
- Employee Assistance Program including Health & Well-being Portal
- A friendly and flexible work environment to support work/life balance
A requirement of employment is for the successful candidate to be fully vaccinated with the prescribed doses of an approved vaccine against COVID-19 or have an approved medical exemption.
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