Vacancy: Grade 2 Speech Pathologist - NDIS Adult Therapy

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

As part of the NDIS Adult Therapy team at Merri Health, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Providing responsive, evidence based, person centred assessment, clinical management and intervention to people with a cognitive, physical or psycho-social disability in line with NDIS goals
  • Promoting capacity building, choice & control and community inclusion of people with disabilities and their families/carers, consistent with their NDIS plan
  • Conducting assessments and provide recommendations on the functional impact of disability on positioning, eating and swallowing
  • Assessment, recommendation and development of meal time management plans in consultation with Speech Pathologists from mainstream medical services, medical specialists and other allied health disciplines
  • Assessment, prescription and recommendation of AAC (augmentative and alternative communication) systems under the NDIS and other external funding agencies, this includes the preparation of funding applications

This is a part time (0.6 EFT) position offered on fixed term contract until 31/12/2019 with the possibility of extension. You will be based at Preston/other relevant Merri sites. In order to be considered for this position you must have the right to work in Australia. 

What you’ll 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:

  • Tertiary qualification in Speech Pathology
  • Current membership with Speech Pathology Australia
  • Knowledge and experience in AAC (Augmentive and Alternative Comunication), assessing function for positions, eating and swallowing
  • Experience in mealtime management with people who have a cognitive, physical or psycho-social disability
  • Lived experience or prior work history in disability and enthusiasm to learn about the NDIS and understand an insurance based model
  • Ability to write reports to a high standard that meet both the needs of the client and the insurer
  • Proven track records in creating efficiency and meeting targets

We are looking for a person who is energetic and an innovative team player who is self-driven and passionate about people with a disability  

What we offer

This role will provide you with an opportunity to consolidate and expand your experience and skills working for an innovative and supportive community health organisation as part of a growing team of professionals dedicated to working with people with a disability. 

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.

What you need to do now

Start by reviewing the attached position description. If this peaks your interest, take a few minutes to learn more about us on our website.  If you have any questions, please contact Alice Ayliffe, Team Leader NDIS Adult Therapy on 0448 983 831 or

When you’re ready to apply, please email your CV, covering letter and responses to Key Selection Criteria to

Please note that due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates may be contacted.

What else do I need to know

Successful applicants will be required to have a current National Police Check and, if relevant to the position, a Working with Children Check, Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme Check and full Drivers Licence.

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 Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse, the GLBTIQ community and those living with a disability to apply.