Occupational Therapist - Allied Health Clinician (Grade 1 & 2) - Wangaratta

Occupational Therapist:

Fixed Term Full Time, Fixed Term Part Time
Grade 1 and/or Grade 2 positions available

Come and join a strong, passionate and supportive Paediatric Allied Health team (Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Speech Pathology) and provide school readiness allied health programs in kindergartens in our local community.

• Amazing flexible working from home arrangements available, with travel to kindergartens
• Opportunities for engagement in tele-health and virtual service delivery
• Be part of a brilliant culture that puts you first
• Full and Part time Occupational Therapy positions available (fixed term until December 2023)

Find out more at the Merri Health Children Services information session, via Zoom, on the 06/02/23 at 5:30pm. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/514493141837

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:

The School Readiness Clinician (Occupational Therapist) position sits within the School Readiness Allied Health Program, providing paediatric allied health capacity building programs to early childhood education and care services within Seymour and the broader Goulburn Region.

The School Readiness Allied Health Program is a program funded by Department of Education, supporting kindergarten educators and the families in their centres to build their capacity to support young children’s learning in the areas of well-being, communication and access.

The role will be supported through collaboration with a broader paediatric allied health team, including Speech Pathologists, Psychologists and Occupational Therapists.
As an Occupational Therapist in the School Readiness Allied Health team you will be responsible for providing allied health support to kindergartens and to families in order to build the capability of kindergarten educators and families to support children through coaching, modelling, group training, case consultation support and other discipline specific services. 

You will be responsible for:

• Purposefully engage kindergarten educators to identify and support the skill development of children in readiness for school.
• Provide secondary consultation to kindergartens in the format of coaching across a range of platforms (email, phone, online, etc).
• Undertake discipline specific tasks such as provision of information in relation to children's participation at kindergarten, sensory processing, social and play skills, self regulation, independence with self-care activities and motor skill development.
• Work collaboratively with other disciplines within the team to provide high quality multi-disciplinary service
• Effectively manage a caseload through organisation of appointments, handover of service for discipline specific support or joint delivery of sessions.
• Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders to maximise service coordination and cooperation.

What you will need to succeed:

To be successful with Merri you will go above and beyond to achieve great results for our clients, the organisation and yourself. We’re looking for individuals with:
• A graduate or post-graduate degree in Occupational Therapy
• Experience working in paediatric allied health, with experience working in a kindergarten setting an advantage
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team to develop and implement evidence-based programs that meet the goals and desired outcomes for children, families and educators
• On openness to working in a capability building and coaching role with educators and families to promote skills and knowledge in child development

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 and take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website. If you have any questions, contact Tanya at tanya.lowes@merrihealth.org.au, 0417 160 104. 

When you're ready to apply, email your CV and cover letter to jobs@merrihealth.org.au

Applications close 19/02/23

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.