Occupational Therapist

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

5 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 20/12/2024

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1290122

Reference: 1290122

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Western Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

  1. Specialist knowledge in the area of Pediatric Occupational Therapy with clinical experience delivering a comprehensive occupational therapy service.  Experience within an educational setting preferable but not essential.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of the effects autism spectrum disorder can have on the motor and sensory development of children and a sound understanding of Sensory Integration theory and its applicability as a treatment.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration with teaching teams to devise programs that extend a students ability to adapt to a range of contexts, particularly the classroom and home environments.
  4. Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development
  5. Well developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to consult with and advise other professionals providing services to students.
  6. Demonstrated ability to operate as a member of a multidisciplinary team and provide guidance and assistance to parents in the modification of the home environment in order to maximise independence and participation


Responsible to the Principal of the school for the administration and implementation of the Occupational Therapy program.                              

Liaise with learning centre leaders, and parents/carers, concerns or issues with respect to the program or student.                                          

Provide the school leadership team with a high level of advice and support in the re-appraisal of students.                                                        

Provide a service to the school and other agencies as required utilising specific knowledge of specific therapies, programs and case management strategies.                                                         

Assist and participate in the development of policies, strategies, processes and procedures for the effective delivery of occupational therapy services to students with communication disorders.                                                          

Maintain appropriate records and provide written and oral reports as required.                                                      

Liaise with other professionals within the schools’ network as required.                                                            

Develop and maintain links with community resources and facilitate the maintenance of school community networks.                            

Provide accomplished and highly regarded occupational therapy services across schools as required.                                                

Promote awareness of issues relating to communication disorders within the school community.                                                             

Demonstrate and model excellent teaching and learning strategies, which will assist teachers to facilitate a high level of success with student in their classrooms.                                

Undertake a leading role in the development, implementation and evaluation of individual learning programs for students.                                 

Manage the delivery of support services to students, teachers, parents and other school clients.     

Ensure all external providers deliver the required service.


- Administration

- Responsibility for the overall development and strategic planning of service provision to students, staff, parents and external agencies.

- Incorporate school policies and procedures into OT services planning

- Ensure a high personal standard of work

- Maintain and upgrade therapy resources in consultation with Co-therapists

- Meet regularly with School Principal, Leadership team and Co-Therapists

- Provide professional development for staff of the school and external community groups as requested

- Undertake relevant professional development         

- To work in consultation with teaching teams to undertake goal planning for students.

- To provide written and verbal assessments and recommendations for therapists, teachers and parents where appropriate

- To regularly consult with teachers and parents where appropriate in relation to the progress of the students


Who May Apply

An approved qualification in occupational therapy, acceptable for membership of the Australian Health Professionals Association is mandatory for appointment to this 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

Other Information

Applicants for positions of special schools and special development schools holding an approved special education qualification is desirable but not a pre-requisite for this position.

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

Warringa Park School is a specialist school located in Hoppers Crossing. The school population is drawn from the City of Wyndham and caters for students aged 5 to18 years who have a diagnosed intellectual disability ranging from mild to profound. Warringa Park is a P-12 school organised around the three stages of learning - the early, middle and later years. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) is offered in the later years. An alternative year 11 and 12 vocational training program is offered at a rural campus in Cayleys Rd Werribee South. A year 7 to 12 campus is situated on the grounds of The Grange P-12 College in Bethany Rd. The school currently has an enrolment of 625. Warringa Park School promotes and values excellence in education for students with additional learning needs. There is collective efficacy amongst teaching staff that all students in our school can learn and want to learn and by working together we can make a difference to their learning achievements. The school provides a balanced and personalised curriculum where improved learning outcomes in English, Mathematics and Science are seen as integral to the achievement of successful post school options. The learning growth of students is charted using ABLES and The Victorian Curriculum.  A high level of student engagement and improved student learning is being achieved by integrating eLearning into teaching and learning practice. The school is a science and technology specialism. Warringa Park School is a 1:1 iPad school and is one of 24 schools selected nationwide as an Apple Distinguished School. Our purpose is to provide a stimulating, safe, challenging, and flexible learning environment where student achievement is acknowledged and celebrated. The school provides facilities and centres of learning which are spacious, bright, and well-resourced to meet the needs of the 21st century learner. There is a strong focus on student well- being and building effective home school partnerships. 

Occupational Therapist

Job type:

Full time / From 27/01/2023 - 20/12/2024

Job classification:

Not provided


Jamie Ould | +44397495774

Occupational Therapist