Occupational Therapist

Job posted: 05/08/2022
Applications close: 18/08/2022 (Midnight)
2 days remaining

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Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Part time / From 05/09/2022 - 04/09/2029

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1290020

Reference: 1290020

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1. Qualification in Occupational Therapy and a demonstrated commitment to the integration of therapy into the school curriculum.

SC2. Demonstrated ability to develop constructive relationships with students, parents, staff and other professionals.

SC3. Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a supportive team.

SC4. Proven experiences in providing Occupational Therapy services for children with mild intellectual disability and comorbid conditions.

SC5. Demonstrated skills in a wide range of tasks including assessments, planning, intervention, report writing and preparation of resources.

SC6. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional learning and the capacity to reflect critically upon professional practice.


1. To provide a variety of occupational therapy programs for individual small group and class programs.

2. To establish the needs of the student population, devise relevant programs and use a variety of modes to deliver services.

3. To conceive, develop and implement a whole school approach to occupational therapy programs.

4. To coach and mentor teachers and ES staff in the development of occupational therapy programs.

5. To establish professional development modules in the school and to assist other schools in the network, in delivery of occupational therapy.

6. To display creative, inventive and innovative qualities to engage students, staff and parents on relevant program design, to improve occupational therapy programs. 


1. Appropriate occupational therapy assessments of students 5 years to 12 years

2. Planning and implementing appropriate programs to meet the needs of students.

3. Liaising with and counselling parents regarding their childrens needs and remedial program options.

4. Working with other therapists including Speech Therapist and Physiotherapy Therapist to develop an integrated approach to individual students.

5. In-service staff and parents on occupational therapy programs and initiatives.

6. Assessment and report writing for individual students for funding under Disabilities Program.

7. Attending appropriate meetings: Section, Staff and Network.

8. Attending PD

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.

EEO AND OHS Commitment

The Department of Education and Training is committed to the principles of equal opportunity, and diversity and inclusion for all. We value diversity and inclusion in all forms – gender, religion, ethnicity, LGBTIQ+, disability and neurodiversity. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for roles within the Department.  The Department recognises that the provision of family friendly, supportive, safe and harassment free workplaces is essential to high performance and promotes flexible work, diversity and safety across all schools and Department workplaces.

Child Safe Standards

Victorian government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. All schools have a Child Safety Code of Conduct consistent with the Department’s exemplar available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/childsafestandards.aspx

DET Values

The Department’s employees commit to upholding DET’s Values: Responsiveness, Integrity, Impartiality, Accountability, Respect, Leadership and Human Rights. DET’s Values complement each school’s own values and underpin the behaviours the community expects of Victorian public sector employees, including those who work in Victorian Government Schools. Information on the DET values is available at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/Pages/Public-Sector-Values.aspx

Conditions of Employment

This vacancy is to replace an employee on parental absence and is for a period of seven years or until the employee absent on leave returns to duty at the school.

Vaccination Requirement

For positions in special settings, a person is not eligible for employment unless they meet the vaccination requirements on commencement in the position.

Location Profile

Vermont South Special School is located in Vermont South in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne in an attractive residential area. The school is a primary specialist setting for students with an intellectual disability (Full Scale Intelligence Quotient of between 50 - 70), aged between 5 - 12. Many students also exhibit other diagnosed disabilities and medical conditions, with 65% of students diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. Students come from seven local government areas and are transported to school by bus. The school currently has 150 students with a maximum enrolment of 180 students. The school has 57 staff members: 2 Principal Class, 27 teachers (FTE 22.06) and 31 Education Support Staff (FTE 21.63).

At Vermont South Special School, it is our mission to provide students with the best possible foundation in life through a well-rounded education. Our core values are learning, respect, responsibility, and resilience. We are intent on engaging students in their learning through providing highly qualified teaching staff, proactive leadership, and a safe and inclusive environment.

The school is divided into four sections: Foundation, Juniors, Middles and Seniors. Class sizes are small, ranging from 6 - 7 students in Foundation to 12 - 13 in Seniors. A qualified Special Education teacher, together with a teacher assistant in every class, ensures that students' individual needs are catered for. Students are further supported by specialist subjects; Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Physical Education, and the Healthy Kitchen Program. An occupational therapist, physiotherapist, speech pathologists, nurse and re-engagement officer also support students' additional needs.
The school has a strong commitment to positive parent/school partnerships, and we invite and welcome parent involvement at many levels as we know this leads to enhanced learning outcomes.

Occupational Therapist

Job type:

Part time / From 05/09/2022 - 04/09/2029

Job classification:

Not provided


Jane Henderson | +61398028199

Occupational Therapist