Grade 2 Exercise Physiologist - Community Health

Your new organisation

At Merri Health, we strive to enrich diverse communities through the provision of quality health care and support services.  A career at Merri will see you contributing to a culture that affects change for our clients and the wider community.  We are committed to supporting the talent and skills of our employees because we know their capability is the key to our success.

Your new role:

An exciting opportunity exists for a full/part time Accredited Exercise Physiologist to join Merri Health's Independent Living Team. The position is fixed term until 15/10/2023 (mat leave cover), with the potential for ongoing employment thereafter.

The Grade 2 Exercise Physiologist position sits within a large multi-disciplinary team, and is responsible for providing Exercise Physiology services to older adults living within their homes and communities.

Be a part of a motivated, supportive and dynamic team where innovation and quality improvement activities are encouraged, and opportunities to participate in special interest groups and professional development are also available.

Other benefits include: competitive remuneration, rostered day off, salary packaging benefits, and access to fleet cars for home visits.

You will be responsible for:

The Grade 2 Exercise Physiologist position is funded under the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and is responsible for providing expert clinical assessment and management for clients 65 years and older (50 and older for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people) under CHSP, and also to those in receipt of a home care package.

Merri Health’s Exercise Physiology service is underpinned by a wellness approach, which focuses on clients’ strengths, is goal-directed, and aims to maximise independence and autonomy. The Exercise Physiology service also embraces principles of reablement and restorative care which are time limited and goal-oriented approaches that support older adults to manage their chronic health conditions in order to improve/regain their function. This role will work closely with other Allied Health and Aged Care services across Merri to ensure an integrated and coordinated provision of services. Exercise Physiology services may be provided in either a centre or home-based setting and involves individual and/or group-based modes of delivery.

This role sits within a larger Aged and Primary Care Exercise Physiology service with access to clinical support and development provided by the Grade 3 Exercise Physiologist.

To succeed in this role you will have:

• Exercise Physiology Accreditation with Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA)
• Proven experience in completion of physical assessments, development of care plans and implementation of evidence based clinical interventions for clients in the aged population.
• Experience with development, implementation, and evaluation of group programs.
• Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills-both written and verbal.
• Ability to support clinical education of Exercise Physiology students.
• Experience in client self-management strategies, motivational interviewing, and health coaching and lifestyle modification.
• High level organisational skills and computer literacy.

What we offer

We offer a diverse, inclusive and flexible environment which encourages you to bring your whole self to work.  As the successful applicant you’ll be joining an organisation where you will be supported to grow, learn and develop your skills to reach your potential.

You will also have access to generous salary packaging, purchase leave and flexible work arrangement options.

What you need to do now

Start by reviewing the attached position description. If this position captures your interest, take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website. If you have any questions, contact Namrata Dutt, Team Leader CHSP Restorative Care on namrata.dutt@merrihealth.org.au. When you're ready to apply, email your CV and cover letter to jobs@merrihealth.org.au 

Applications close 22/09/2022.

What else do I need to know

Preferred candidates will be subject to comprehensive reference and pre-employment background checking conducted by Merri Health prior to an offer of employment, including criminal record history check, NDIS worker screening and other employee screening and credential checks as determined by the position description.

All candidates must have the right to work in Australia. Merri Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people.

We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the LGBTIQA+ community and those living with a disability to apply.