Speech Pathologist - School Based

  • : Carrington Health
  • : 17-Nov-2020
  • : Box Hill VIC 3128

Our Vision People in our communities enjoy better and longer lives Our Role We work in partnership with other health and wellbeing services to enhance the health of our communities in Whitehorse and Nillumbik by meeting additional needs that no one else does in the segments we service, whilst prioritising access for those who need it most and we also work with partners to address the root causes of vulnerability. Our Key Business Segments

 Helping people with a long term physical or mental health condition to live better

 Providing services and supports to people with disability

 Helping older people stay at home longer

 Providing integrated services and supports for children and youth

 Delivering public and private dental services

 Addressing the root causes of vulnerability Our People People aspire to work with us and contribute to our business and community. We are committed to building a culture that embodies our values and is driven by providing high quality services, supports and experiences.


Job Purpose To provide Speech Pathology services to identified clients and their families on behalf of Carrington Health healthAblity. You as the Speech Pathologist will work with clients who may be accessing support from a range of funding sources including but not limited to:

 Community Health

 Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS)

 Private Health Insurance

 Fee-For-Service

 National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Speech Pathologists may work with clients individually, with a guardian or within a group setting at a location as decided upon during initial consultation.

Position Description Position Specification

 •Provide quality direct primary care Speech Pathology services to children with a range of communication disorders in a familycentred, interdisciplinary framework, including assessment, individual and group programs, education, and support to parents.

 Undertake Key Worker role for NDIS participants aged < 7 years and their families as required

 To offer parents, carers and / or significant others the opportunity to be involved in the assessment, planning and review of clients’ programs and to advise about the options for management. This may involve joint assessment and treatment with other paediatric health professionals.

 To communicate appropriately and effectively with children, their families and carers, staff and external providers.

 Participation in team meetings, case reviews and case presentations as required.

 Provide outreach services to clients at home, pre-school, child care centre where appropriate.

 Provide clinical expertise and advice (consultancy) in the area of paediatric Speech Pathology to both internal and external staff

 Liaise with key stakeholders and local service providers and participate in appropriate networks if required

 To elicit appropriate information from clients upon initial assessment, including a thorough medical and social history.

 Supervise the clinical education of Speech Pathology students on placement at the Service as appropriate

 Maintain client records in accordance with professional and Position Description Position Specification 

 Participate in strategic and operational planning processes when required

 Ensure that all service delivery and program development has an evidence based framework, based on program resource guidelines where available, utilising agreed practice standards for client outcomes and organisational protocols.

 Ensure timely and accurate collection of appropriate data to meet relevant reporting requirements and to ensure compliance with privacy legislation

 Be able to take ownership of tasks and work autonomously

 To maintain equipment used for Speech Pathology in good order

 Assist in the review, development and implementation of healthAbility wide Policies and Procedures

 Ensure that all appropriate external standards are achieved

 Assist in the management of complaints relating to the provision of services

 Assist in the planning and implementation of continuous quality improvement activities across the organisation

 Undertake quality and risk management programs to ensure the achievement of required standards Social Policy and Advocacy

 Ensure all service delivery activities are client focused

 Advocate for healthAbility clients and the community where applicable Organisational Development

 Participate in Carrington Health healthAbility mandatory training and continuing education, including the orientation and induction sessions.

 Participate in staff and team meetings as required

 Participate in relevant training to update and maintain required skills and competencies

 Participate in regular supervision as negotiated with your manager.

 Identify work processes and practices that are not working to their Position Description Position Specification 

 Assist in the maintenance of a safe working environment for all healthAbility staff, clients, visitors and volunteers Business Development

 Work to enhance the image, reputation and standing of healthAbility, its services and staff to members of the public, partners and funding bodies

 Ensure the maintenance of good communication and working relationships internally and externally

 Be able to demonstrate a capacity and commitment to work collaboratively with other Program areas of healthAbility, key stakeholders and the community Clinical Governance

 Ensure risks are proactively identified, assessed and reported.

 Ensure organisational culture supports open communication and a systems approach to learning from incidents

 Ensure any complaints/complements are referred to appropriate managers Qualifications A degree in Speech Pathology and current Practising Membership status with Speech Pathology Australia Skills and Experience

 Relevant and recent experience as a practising Speech Pathologist

 Experience in working with individuals with complex and significant needs including Alternative and Augmentative Communication Communication

 The ability to develop effective, client-centred therapeutic relationships with clients/families/carers, by listening effectively, sharing information and understanding client and family needs.

 Able to demonstrate empathy, particularly in the development of the client-therapist relationship.

 Skills to persuade and motivate effectively

 Capacity to review and interpret research

 Being assertive and able to advocate appropriately for clients, the profession and healthAbility. Teamwork

 Working across different ages and irrespective of gender, race, religion or political persuasion.

 Working independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary Position Description Position Specification 

 Understanding your Speech Pathology role within multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary groups, Allied health team and healthAbility.

 Problem Solving

 Developing creative, innovative solutions both clinically and organisationally

 Developing practical solutions, in consideration of resource limitations

 Showing independence and initiative in identifying problems and solving them

 Self-management

 Recognition of individual and professional strengths and limitations and practicing within these limitations

 Evaluating and monitoring own performance as a clinician and part of the Allied Health team

 Having knowledge and confidence in own ideas and visions, and being able to communicate this to others

 Taking responsibility for actions and commitments, and following through on these.

 Planning and Organisation

 Managing time and priorities—meeting timelines and clinical targets, delegating tasks as appropriate.

 Being resourceful

 Taking initiative and making decisions

 Participation in continuous improvement and planning processes, including Speech Pathology service evaluations

 Learning

 Contributing to the learning community at the workplace

 Using a range of mediums to learn – mentoring, peer support and networking, IT, courses.

 Acknowledging the need to learn in order to accommodate change

 Being open to new ideas and techniques

 Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to Professional Development and attend sessions as per professional and organisational guidelines

 Willingness to participate in relevant research or review/reflection of practice if required

 Acquisition and application of new knowledge to continuously Position Description Position Specification 

 Demonstrating creative ideas and translating these into action to address new challenges

Key Selection Criteria Refer to Employability Skills and Key Selection Criteria Guidelines Mandatory

 Registered or an eligibility and willingness to be registered for Medicare Benefits Schedule/Private health Insurance registration as a service provider at healthAbility

 Experience as a practicing Speech Pathologist working with a range of ages and populations

 Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, including the ability to prepare submissions for funding.

 Highly developed interpersonal, analytical and problem solving skills.

 Membership of Speech Pathology Australia

 Flexibility in working hours to respond to client needs

 Experience or an interest in working with individuals with complex and significant needs including Alternative and Augmentative Communication will be highly regarded. Desirable

 Experience working with clients across a range of different settings e.g. private practice, community health, education etc

 Experience in working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder

 Current First Aid certificate

 Hanen Language Program certification KPIs/Performance Goals

 Achieve clinical targets set by healthAbility

 Client case notes documented electronically within seven days of the completion of the session

 A Police Record Check is required for all roles

 A Working with Children Check, other credentials and role specific checks (such as Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme checks) will be required in accordance with government funding requirements and legislation.

 All employees must provide 100 points of identification upon commencement.

 All employees must be permanent residents of Australia or hold a current, valid visa.

 A current Victorian Driver’s Licence (where driving is a component of the role)

 A probationary period of six months applies unless otherwise stipulated.

 All employees must abide by the organisations Policies & Procedures.

 All employees may be required to work across any of the organisations sites.

 All employees are required to take reasonable care for their own health and safety and that of other employees who may be affected by their conduct.


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Job Title
Speech Pathologist - School Based
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Carrington Health
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