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Position Description – Senior Occupational Therapist – Grade 2

Position Type: Full Time

Reports to: Community Hub Manager

Irabina Values:

Excellence: We strive for excellence in our programs and services by delivering what we promise and addingvalue beyond what is expected. We achieve through innovation, learning, and adaptability by the dedicated effort of every team member.
Integrity: We are dependable, trustworthy, and loyal, conveying sensitivity to your situation. We are consistent, transparent, and respect confidentiality.
Empower: We encourage self-belief, inspire growth and development by providing pathways to knowledge andresources. We foster flexibility and encourage your ability to make change.
Support: We show empathy, respect and acceptance for individual differences, approaches and styles. We are compassionate and caring.

Core Competencies:

Understand abilities of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:
  • Knowledge of typical childhood development and its applications.
  • Knowledge of atypical childhood development and how this impacts on young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Knowledge of how environmental factors influence interventions on a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Ability to foster relationships with the child to support their learning, development and skills.
Strengthen family participation in a child’s development:
  • Understanding of a family centered practice and how this impacts on the interventions undertaken.
Optimise community inclusion for young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder:
  • Understanding of what an inclusive environment is for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Within a child’s own community, ability to encourage the capacity of individuals who can support their inclusion.
Service Delivery:
  • Implementation of specific program areas where designated planning responsibility has been given.
  • Deliver current play interventions in line with the identified needs of the child and best Education practice.
  • To work efficiently and effectively within specified time frames allocated for service.
  • To work in a trans-disciplinary team environment and communicate and collaborate with other professionals and support staff.
  • Ability to provide information to the community in relation to your knowledge learnt from children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Engagement of others:
  • Knowledge of the Early Intervention sector and how to work within this sector to provide improved outcomes for Irabina and families and children.
  • Assist with the supervision of volunteers and work experience students.
Develop own Capabilities:
  • Open to looking for and acting positively upon feedback in relation to your own performance.
  • Open to providing feedback to team member’s performance.
  • Participation in professional development of yourself and other team members.
  • Ability to implement professional development to achieve better personal, family and organisation outcomes.

Role:

To assume the role of occupational therapist in a trans-disciplinary team of professionals committed to family centered practice. The role is both profession specific and one of a skilled early intervention worker and family service coordinator.
The responsibilities of a professional occupational therapist include:

  • Behaving in accordance with Irabina Autism Service Values – Excellence, Integrity, Support, and Empowerment
  • Planning and providing therapy to children with an ASD in a trans-disciplinary group environment
  • Providing family service coordination to allocated families
  • Providing information regarding sensory motor skills, participation in daily living skills and the role of the occupational therapist to families
  • Providing individual and/or group therapy to children in line with identified family centered goals
  • Undertaking relevant motor, sensory, play and self-care assessments
  • Documenting all assessment and intervention information, including therapy reports, to a high standard, consistent with Irabina policies
  • Undertaking education sessions to families, team members and community members to improve outcomes for children with an ASD
  • Undertaking ongoing professional development to work towards the below competencies
  • Attending and contributing to regular discipline specific meetings.
  • Contributing to discipline specific and Irabina wide planning and evaluation of services  
  • Participating in clinical supervision and mentoring sessions
  • To provide clinical supervision to more junior staff members
  • To provide student supervision
  • To participate in Quality Improvement activities on an ongoing basis
  • To display a commitment to self-directed learning
  • To lead or co-lead a specific program e.g. feeding group, basketball program.

The following core competencies are those that Irabina believes all Occupational Therapists working with a child with autism in early intervention should be working towards. As an organization we provide assistance to employees in attaining this knowledge, experience and professionalism.

  1. Develop abilities of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Knowledge of typical childhood development and its applications
    • Knowledge of atypical childhood development and how this impacts on young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Knowledge of how environmental factors influence interventions on a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Ability to foster relationships with the child to support their learning, development and skills
  2. Strengthen family participation in a child’s development
    • Understanding of a family centered practice and how this impacts on the interventions undertaken
    • Ability to enable families to recognise and develop their own strengths in relation to their child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Ability to identify family need and to work in partnership with the family and other professionals to ensure that the families are addressed.
    • Ability to create conditions which enable a family to advocate for their child to the degree they choose.
  3. Optimise community inclusion for young children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Understanding of what an inclusive environment is for a child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and ability to promote this within a child’s natural settings.
    • Within a child’s own community, ability to encourage the capacity of individuals who can support their inclusion.
  4. Service Delivery
    • Ability to assess a child’s ability to participate confidently at home and in their local community through formal and informal assessments
    • Experience in writing detailed service plans based on the families identified needs and strengths and with their input and approval.
    • Deliver current therapy interventions, both individually and group focussed, inline with the identified needs of the child and best Occupational Therapy practice.
    • To work efficiently and effectively within specified time frames allocated for service.
    • To work in an trans-disciplinary team environment and communicate and collaborate with other clinicians and support staff.
    • Ability to listen to parents and to provide feedback on their child’s progress in an open, honest and caring environment.
    • Ability to provide information to the community in relation to your knowledge learnt from children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Ability to produce written information, such as professional reports, parent handouts and other material according to standards set by Irabina within a specified time frame.
  5. Engagement of others
    • Knowledge of the Early Intervention sector and how to work within this sector to provide improved outcomes for Irabina and families and children
  6. Develop own Capabilities
    • Open to looking for and acting positively upon feedback in relation to your own performance.
    • Participation in professional development of yourself and other team members.
    • Ability to implement professional development to achieve better personal, family and organisation outcomes.

Key Performance Indicators

Staff and Clients
  • Clients and families demonstrate satisfaction with performance as measured through 12 monthly satisfaction surveys of the Organisation (specific to the department, not clinician)
  • Feedback on performance and behaviour will be provided regularly through the PDR process, in accordance with Irabina’s Values, high levels of satisfaction with performance are expected
Sustainability
  • Contact hours will be met in accordance with the needs of the business, and in agreement with CEO and Head of Clinical Services
Future
  • Demonstrate innovation with regard to the business, by offering ideas and seeking opportunities to develop clinical activities at Irabina which are best practice

Selection Critiera

Essential
  1. Occupational Therapy Qualification and eligibility for practicing membership of Occupational Therapy Australia. 
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in Paediatric Occupational therapy service provision.
  3. Previous experience working with children on the autism spectrum.
  4. Awareness of principles of, and dedication to evidence-based practice.
  5. Awareness of the principles of family centered practice.
  6. Previous experience supervising junior occupational therapists and/or occupational therapists Students.
  7. Applicants must undergo a Working with Children check.
  8. Applicants must undergo a Police check.
  9. Current driver’s license.
  10. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  11. High level negotiation, conflict resolution and problem solving skills.
  12. Commitment to providing services to people from diverse language/cultural backgrounds.
  13. Eligible for a Medicare provider number.
  14. Member of Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Desirable:
  1. Knowledge and experience working with NDIS participants.
  2. Previous experience or willingness to use telehealth platforms for clinical assessments and intervention.
  3. Further training in the ESDM, SOS and/or DIR/Floor time model would be viewed favorably.

Conditions of Employment

  1. To be employed in accordance with the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010.
  2. Irabina is a Public Benevolent Institution, generous Salary Packaging Options are available to all Irabina staff.
  3. Participation in Performance Review Procedures and all other quality improvement initiatives implemented by Irabina Childhood Autism Services.