The Occupational Therapist reports to and is directly accountable to the Community Health Programs Manager. Working in collaboration with the Speech Pathologist, the team delivers an education focused health program known as the Jiji Program to the Martu people of the four remote Aboriginal communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji. This role is on a Fixed Term Contract until 30/6/2022.
The Occupational Therapist is responsible for promoting positive outcomes for children and their families/carer’s through individual and group interventions. The Jiji Program is primarily based in schools providing teachers with training and techniques to assist learning, however can also occur in other family settings (E.g.: painting centres, camping and outdoor activities). Your role will be based across the four remote Aboriginal communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji, with administrative support from our Newman hub. Your role will involve: -Professional Development Workshops - You will be responsible for the support and implementation of culturally appropriate professional development workshops, programs for individual children and classes and the training of school staff to enhance relationships between the school, community and external health service providers. -Clinical Program - You will work in collaboration with the Speech Pathologist to undertake a range of assessments and intervention programs. -Cultural Inclusion in Program - You will incorporate techniques to ensure cultural complexities are responded to during delivery of services to Martu communities -Teaching and learning - Liaise with Curtin University and Edith Cowan University to establish annual program of student placements.
To be considered you will meet the following criteria: -Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent tertiary qualifications and eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. -At least 5 years post graduate experience in Occupational Therapy, demonstrating a sound professional competency in planning, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy services. -Strong understanding and a commitment to the principles of Community Development. -Understanding of the principles of the model of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services. -A demonstrated understanding of the unique issues affecting and impacting on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. -An ability to work, reside and travel independently in a remote region. You will also ideally identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and be acknowledged as such by your community however this is not an essential requirement for the role.
While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $96,350 - $110,564 per annum plus superannuation. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including: -5 weeks’ annual leave + 17.5% leave loading -Support to further invest in your career -Employee Assistance Program -Retention Initiatives in accordance with the PAMS Employee Remuneration Policy
Remote communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji - East Pilbara, WA