Occupational Therapist - Paediatrics
Anglicare SQ - Children & Families - Gympie, QLD
About the Position
Anglicare’s Children & Families have a long history of providing family and children support services, including family intervention, foster and kinship care, counselling, relationship support and much more. Our team in Gympie are currently looking for an Occupational Therapist - Paediatrics, to support vulnerable families to care for their children by identifying and assessing developmental milestones in children, assessing potential parental limitations, and working with them to successfully improve the child’s functioning. This is a full time Parental Leave contract, from May 2018 until March 2019, working across both Gympie and Sunshine Coast Hinterland regions.
This program is funded to support at risk families who may, without support, be notified to statutory child protection services. Families may be experiencing a wide range of complexities including mental health, drug and alcohol issues, family breakdown or disability matters and as such be struggling to care for their children. The OT will work in partnership with the intensive family support practitioner (and in some cases the Department of Child Safety) to develop care plans that build upon parents strengths and recognise and respond to issues that may be placing children at risk of harm. The practice of Occupational Therapy encompasses screening, assessment, consultation, intervention/treatment and, evaluation.
With an already successful career in Occupational Therapy, you will be passionate about supporting children and their families to improve wellness and family dynamics. To join the Anglicare team, you will be skilled and experienced in:
- Early intervention services within the paediatric sector, specifically working with children with delayed or affected development
- Conducting home based evaluations, devising care plans and providing effective solutions for families with limited resources
- Identifying therapy goals that support the development of children and increase parental capacity for caring and coping
- Working with people from diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and CALD communities
- Frameworks that promote child development and independence, minimising impacts and risk
- Monitoring, evaluating and reviewing strategies and plans to ensure relevance against children’s needs
- Completion of case notes and reports in a timely manner, offering insight and solutions
- Working effectively within a multidisciplinary team with a collaborative, person-centred approach
Your skills and experience will be coupled with complimentary attributes that include:
- A bright, enthusiastic and dedicated approach to care and client support
- A team player who has the capacity to plan and prioritise your own workload effectively
- Problem solving skills, an innovative approach and ability to think outside the box
- Exceptional capacity to communicate with a range of people including children, parents and other service providers
- Negotiation and influencing skills, with the confidence to present information in a manner well suited to your audience
- Ethical standards, integrity and understanding of the professionalism to maintain confidentiality
- Demonstrated understanding of continuous quality improvement in family services
- A consistent focus on child safety and wellbeing, following best practice procedures
To be successful in this role, you will also need:
- A tertiary qualification in Occupational Therapy and current registration with AHPRA
- Membership with, or eligibility to join, the Australian Association of OTs (Queensland)
- Current Blue Card (Working with Children) with Yellow Card exemption
- A National Police Certificate
- Queensland Drivers Licence and your own reliable vehicle
- First Aid Certificate with CPR (desired)
What We Offer
Anglicare is committed to building a highly skilled workforce, assisted by a dedicated management team. We support our staff with learning and development initiatives, an employee benefits program and progressive human resources management strategies, and are recognised as a leading employer in the non-profit sector. You will also enjoy:
- Working part time in your local community and providing support for some of its most vulnerable people
- Increasing the wellbeing and health of children and parents who are struggling
- Career development in the form of internal and external training
- The ability to increase your take home pay with salary packaging options
Show Your Interest
Apply now and be rewarded with a position that directly and positively influences the quality of life for our clients; working with an organisation that values your professional contribution and personal well-being. People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.
JOB NUMBER S3327
For further information please contact
Erica Files on 07 5480 4700
Applications close Friday 16th March 2018
Shortlisted applicants will be asked to complete a Pre-Employment Assessment that requires disclosure of pre-existing injuries, illnesses or conditions that could reasonably be aggravated by performing the duties of this position.
Anglicare Southern Queensland is a proud member of the Anglicare Australia network. We provide the support you need for the life you want in partnership with government and other support organisations in response to identified care needs throughout southeast Queensland.
For over 140 years our staff have connected with people on every step of their life path, responding with compassion, creativity, commitment and courage to the needs of the members of our community who require support.
Every day the passionate staff and volunteers of Anglicare Southern Queensland are working to respond to growing community demand for our services. Whether it is providing nursing care and domestic assistance in the home, physiotherapy to enable the return of mobility, emergency accommodation for victims of domestic violence, working with foster carers in the care of vulnerable children, a safe caring environment for the elderly, skills training for young unemployed people or parental education and counselling, Anglicare Southern Queensland is here, to offer the best quality support to enable you to live the life that you want.
We also offer a range of specialist services within indigenous, homeless, multicultural and rural and remote communities.The work of Anglicare Southern Queensland stretches from Cairns to Coolangatta, from Birdsville to Brisbane and reaches out to support to people of all ages with a variety of needs.
Anglicare Southern Queensland has a workforce of over 2500 people in Queensland across residential aged care, community care and a range of social services programs all working towards a happier, healthier community.