Bring expertise in childhood development & paediatric therapy so deaf infants & children can have so much more of what they want and need in their lives (including NDIS!)
- Work primarily north of Brisbane CBD during & after school
- Qualified with paediatric OT experience essential. Auslan a beautiful bonus.
- Salary Award: Health professional employee level 3
About the Organisation
Children have so much to learn and master. And OTs can be crucial in supporting deaf and hard of hearing babies, infants and children in developing the skills they need for play, school and life.
Through thoughtful, purpose-designed transdisciplinary programs, we can offer approaches and activities that build the capacity of children to get them off to a great social, academic and physical start. Occupational Therapy – with its power to harness a multi-sensory approach to learning new skills is a very important part of every Deaf or hard of hearing child’s “starter kit”.
Services are provided both during the day and after school. And although based at the Taigum Early Childhood Development Program (Taigum State School) you can expect to travel to provide mobile services primarily on the north side of Brisbane, with occasional locations of the bayside and south side. A generous mileage allowance is offered.
As an experienced OT professional with a specialty in children and (at the least) an interest in disability and/or deafness, it’s expected you’ll have a good understanding of childhood development, and working with families in setting functional goals and milestones and in bringing your students on to meet those.
About the role
Central to its success is your ability to handle a busy caseload, work independently and provide input to a transdisciplinary team as you screen, observe, assess and work directly with the children. Based on individual needs and goals, you’ll also write reports, construct home programs, and provide family support. Nothing out of the ordinary in any of that.
But, in today’s ever-changing non-profit environment, one of your vital responsibilities will be in preparing the assessments for NDIS to determine eligibility and suitability for both children and adults for assistive technology.
You’ll describe just what it is they need and help them to get it. (And, yes of course there is training and CPD around how that is done for you, as well!).
This is a wonderful and enriching role with great appeal for an experienced paediatric OT professional, looking for a long-term role.
For your chance to own this excellent opportunity you need:
- Tertiary Qualification in Occupational Therapy;
- Current AHPRA Registration
- Current drivers’ licence and vehicle
- Current blue card (or be eligible to obtain one)
- A good grasp of what constitutes typical and atypical child development
- Experience in Auslan would be a bonus
Work with this dedicated transdisciplinary team and you’ll be making a direct and discernible difference to these children and their families as you give them more of what they need and want to achieve their goals.