- Occupational Therapist (with potential for Clinical Lead role)
“As parents of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we understand the combination of frustration, grief and joy felt by every parent of a child with special needs, especially when it comes to accessing intervention services for our children. There are very few services that cater specifically for children with ASD.” (Luke Priddis)
At the Luke Priddis Foundation (LPF) Centre for Autism, we believe in providing and promoting awareness, understanding and support for people and their families with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other special needs. We aim to deliver a range of complimentary health, welfare, therapeutic and educational services within a safe and respecting environment. The LPF Centre for Autism paves the way to lifelong individualised therapies and support delivered with compassion and purpose.
We are currently seeking a highly motivated and passionate Occupational Therapist to join our multidisciplinary team (which includes Psychology, Speech and Occupational Therapy) on a full-time basis.
For a suitably experienced candidate, there may be scope to take on a supervisory / clinical team leader role with a reduced caseload.
About the role:
The role of Occupational Therapist is to develop and deliver client assessments and treatment / management plans to assist them reach their potential. The Occupational Therapist will be responsible for:
- Delivering consistent therapy intervention to children, adolescents, and young adults via both face-to-face interactions and via Telehealth. Depending on the client’s goals, intervention aims to focus on supporting the following skills: early intervention play, activities of daily living, self-care, organisation, community access, transition, fine motor, gross motor, sensory regulation, emotional regulation, social development, health and well-being, work readiness skills, and parent education and training.
- Working as part of a multidisciplinary team.
- Providing evidence-based assessment and treatment plans and interventions to children, adolescents and young adults across the home, school and community, both in individual and in group settings.
- Educate and support parents, carers, families and teachers in how to encourage skill building and guide development in order for each individual to reach their full potential.
- Join the multidisciplinary team in formulating and leading group programs for preschool, primary and high school-aged children.
- Maintain case notes and complete letters and reports in a timely manner.
- Take part in weekly multidisciplinary team meetings.
- Assist community members and other professionals to understand and promote strengths of individuals on the spectrum.
This is a fabulous opportunity to propel your career forward whilst utilising your current experience and clinical skills within a well-supported professional environment.
Essential skills, experience & qualifications:
- Relevant degree in OT plus, ideally, relevant work experience
- Highly motivated and passionate about supporting children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Eligibility for Medicare Provider Number
- Capacity to work autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, interpersonal skills and problem solving skills
- Ability to manage a busy caseload, prioritise work, and remain calm and collected under stressful situations, such as crisis intervention
- Current NDIS Worker check, including NSW Working With Children checks and police clearance for paid employment
- Current valid NSW driver’s licence and use of own vehicle
- Current APHRA registration
What we offer:
We offer competitive salary package based on relevant qualifications and experience, as well as ongoing Professional Development opportunities and the opportunity of working with a varied caseload in a friendly, professional multidisciplinary team. As a not for profit our staff are entitled to Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) salary packaging.
As mentioned above, there is also opportunity, in the case of a suitable candidate, to position the role as a Clinical Lead role with a reduced caseload.