Vacancy: Occupational Therapist - Aged Specialist Services

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 Aged Specialist Services team at Merri Health, your main responsibilities will include:

  • Assessment of clients to identify current strengths and valued activities impacted by their altered capacity
  • Skills training for clients, carers and direct care workers, and carer support and training
  • The prescription of equipment (including funding applications) and recommendations for home modifications to enhance occupational performance
  • Dementia specific interventions in the home environment for clients in the Memory and Dementia support service, including cognitive assessment and intervention.

Based at our Glenroy site, this is a full time (1.0 EFT) position offered on a fixed term 18 month contract. 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:

  • Degree in Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical experience in community health, equipment prescription and home modifications
  • A strong interest to work with clients who have dementia and memory loss
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly explain complex ideas to clients with varying levels of health literacy
  • Good interpersonal skills, including the ability to network and liaise with others and contribute effectively in a team environment.
  • Experience in equipment prescription, home modifications and SWEP eligibility

What we offer

This role will provide you with exposure to a wide range of clinical presentations with clients over 65 years of age, and also specialise in working with clients who have dementia or memory loss who are living in the community

This role is an ideal opportunity for an Occupational Therapist who has skills in dementia care and/or is wanting to develop further skills in this clinical specialty. Ongoing training, mentoring and supervision will be provided to the successful candidate by the Senior Occupational Therapist in the Aged Specialist Services.

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 Daniel Calleja, Acting Team Leader Aged Specialist Services on (03) 9304 9208 or Daniel.Calleja@merrihealth.org.au.

When you’re ready to apply, email your CV and covering letter to jobs@merrihealth.org.au. Applications close

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.