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Occupational Therapist

  • Caulfield, VIC, Australia, 3162
  • Permanent
  • Closing on: Jan 12 2023

Occupational Therapist

Grade 2, full time (part time negotiable with minimum 3 days per week), public health award and benefits

Do you have a passion to work in adult progressive neurology and palliative care? Do you thrive in a team environment, providing a person centred approach to care delivery? Are you ready for a new challenge to take the next step in your career? Apply now!

We are seeking an Occupational Therapist to join our multidisciplinary Allied Health team at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem.  We value staff wellbeing and positions can be tailored to achieve work-life balance with flexible, hybrid work conditions available. Call to discuss your career progression, professional development goals and discover the opportunities available for you.

  • Join one of Australia’s leading health, community and aged care providers
  • Thrive in our Occupational Therapy team that is committed to quality care and innovation
  • Be part of our renowned friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary team culture
  • Benefit from dedicated clinical supervision, mentoring & professional development support.
  • Grow with us as we move to our new state of the art hospital precinct in Caulfield (Jan 2023).
  • Hospital fleet vehicles for staff use.
  • Excellent salary packaging options available and public health EBA including ADOs for full time staff, long service leave and personal leave entitlements.

About Calvary Health Care Bethlehem 

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem (CHCB) is a 32 bed health care facility providing a range of inpatient, community and ambulatory services for palliative care and progressive neurological conditions.  CHCB is also an NDIS service provider.

We are currently located at our temporary site in Parkdale, whilst our Caulfield site is being re-developed into a Health Care Precinct, due to open in Jan 2023.

All Calvary Hospital services adhere to a Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy, evidence of vaccination and immunity for specific infectious diseases will be required. 

All employees must be willing and able to wear Personal Protective Equipment when required, which at a minimum is a surgical mask.  Additional PPE requirements are role-dependant.

 

Our service streams include:

  • Inpatient service: 32 bed ward with a mix of progressive neurology and palliative care beds
  • Outpatient - Statewide Progressive Neurological Disease Service: Specialist interdisciplinary assessment and management service for people with a diagnosed progressive neurological disease such as Motor Neurone Disease, Huntington’s Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinsonian Syndromes
  • Community Palliative Care Service:  Our service provides practical assistance, care coordination,  symptom management, and psychosocial support, delivered in the local community catchment area
  • NDIS provider Service: providing a range of allied health therapies and Specialist Behaviour Support, delivered across metropolitan Melbourne to adult participants under 65 years old with progressive neurological conditions
  • Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)- CHSP clients are over 65 years old and require Speech Pathology services to support functional independence, safety and participation, delivered in our  local community catchment area. CHSP clients may have goals to support them with ageing, chronic health conditions, or other progressive neurological conditions.

About the role

If you are an OT with a strong grounding in community or neurological service provision and well established core OT assessment and equipment prescription skills, this role could be the next level of challenge you need to take the next step your career.

The Occupational Therapy Department at Calvary Health Care Bethlehem is seeking an outstanding Occupational Therapist to join our thriving and very experienced NDIS team.  

There may be opportunities available to move into other service streams which align to the candidate's skills and the broader needs of the department through rotations and leave cover as required and negotiated.

Our registered NDIS Provider Service provides Therapeutic Support and Specialist Behaviour Support to adults with rare progressive neurological diseases requiring a specialist and integrated team approach. 

OTs work collaboratively with the OTs in our other service streams, allied health and medical staff in clinic, the other NDIS allied health team members as well as external stakeholders including support coordinators and support workers.

Using a neuropalliative approach to care, the OT supports participants with their goals which are often around managing daily activities, remaining at home, being comfortable and enhancing quality of life while living with a progressive condition causing loss of function. The OT role involves education of support workers and carers, prescription of equipment, problem solving solutions and strategies within a dignity of risk and participant-centred framework.

All team members receive regular 1:1 and group supervision as well as opportunities to participate in departmental quality improvement activities, research, conference attendance and presentations, and education provision.

 

What you bring 

  • Qualified AHPRA registered Occupational Therapist
  • Current Driver Licence
  • Expertise and experience working in the community and with palliative and/or progressive neurological client groups (MND and HD)
  • Experience and familiarity with NDIS language, processes and report writing requirements 
  • Committed to working with the team to problem solve and manage complex caseload
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience in prescription of assistive technology (including sound postural assessment skills) and home modifications
  • Interest in developing skills in Electric Assistive Technology (Computer access methods, environmental control, mounting etc.)
  • Committed to ongoing learning

Benefits

 This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a leading mission based health care organisation. We offer paid parental leave, salary packaging, career progression, flexible working hours and training and skills development. Calvary is also proud to be recognised as a leader in gender equality. Graduates also are not required to work night shifts, free onsite car parking, free uniform and access to fee free further education with our partnership with UTAS.  Further details are available here: https://www.calvarycare.org.au/careers/benefits/

 

About Calvary

Founded in 1885 by the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, Calvary is a charitable, not-for-profit, Catholic health care organisation. Our mission is to provide quality, compassionate health care to the most vulnerable, including those reaching the end of their life. With over 18,000 staff and volunteers, we have a national network of 14 Public and Private Hospitals, 72 Residential Care and Retirement Communities and 19 Community Care service centres

Calvary continues the mission of the Sisters of the Little Company of Mary, a mission focused on caring for those who are sick, dying and in need.  We express our values of hospitality, healing, stewardship and respect through “being for others” exemplified by the Spirit of Calvary and the example of Venerable Mary Potter.


As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity and are committed to fostering a workplace that is respectful, welcoming and inclusive where people are supported to draw strengths from their identity, culture and community. We value the integral dignity of each person, regardless of their religion, race, gender, cultural background or choices. 

We strongly encourage candidates from wide-ranging backgrounds, identities and experiences to apply.

How to join the team

To join our diverse, compassionate and dedicated team for a rewarding Calvary career, please submit an online application.  Emailed applications will not be accepted.

 

Applications must include the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Candidates must hold Australian or NZ Citizenship or the capacity to permanently work in Australia.

As part of the application process, you may be required to participate in a health evaluation, which could include face to face assessment and drug and alcohol testing, to ensure your suitability for the role.

Please note we are unable to accept emailed applications or resumes and phone calls from recruitment agencies.

 

Please contact:

Stephanie Williams Allied health Head of Department ph 9595 3441

Email: Stephanie.Williams@calvarycare.org.au

 

 

 

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