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Occupational Therapist

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

8 days remaining

Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Job type: Full time / From 29/08/2022

Organisation: Schools (Government)

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Other

Reference: 1290223

Reference: 1290223

Occupation: Other

Salary Range: Salary not specified

Work location: Melbourne | Eastern Metropolitan

Selection Criteria

SC1 Application of Occupational Therapy approaches and methods related to service delivery which include sensory processing understanding as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder.

SC2 Ability to deliver a comprehensive Occupational Therapy service to students and families in a specialist educational environment.  Service encompasses assessment, analysis, reporting, individual/group work, education and program delivery advice.

SC3 Demonstrated capacity to work as part of a collaborative professional team and contribute to the achievements of the team through well-developed communication, networking and interpersonal skills.

SC4 Ability to contribute to the design and delivery of professional learning to other relevant professionals, in the area of Occupational Therapy combined with a demonstrated commitment to professional learning and growth for both self and others.

SC 5 Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills. 

 

Role

The role of an Occupational Therapist with the school is to provide consultative and direct therapy services within the school environment.  It includes providing occupational therapy services that meet the needs of the students, school staff and their families.

The role will also encompass a contribution to operational and strategic planning with respect to professional service delivery within the school.

Services are primarily school based relating to the students identified needs and curriculum based objectives.  The model of service delivery is integrated into the classroom. The position is based at the primary school campus on Pleasant Road in Bulleen.

 

Responsibilities

Clinical

Provide assessment and implement appropriate therapy programs for students.

Provide occupational therapy consultancy to teachers including support in the development of individual educational programs and classroom management.

Design, implement and evaluate therapy according to students’ individual needs in collaboration with teaching staff.

Work collaboratively with teachers and parents to provide the best possible outcomes for the students at Bulleen Heights School.

Maintain records and relevant documentation in student files.

Professional

Ensure a high personal standard of work.

Assist in the provision of professional development for staff at the school.

Undertake relevant professional development.

Establish links with relevant OT networks.

Responsibility for the maintenance of resources in conjunction with other staff.

Engage in the development of school policies and procedures which relate to OT services, planning and delivery.

Undertake other professional duties as requested by the Principal.

Who May Apply

Applicants with the relevant qualification in Occupational Therapy may apply. All applicants must be registered to practise as an Occupational Therapist with the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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

Experience in direct service delivery in an educational environment for students with an ASD school is preferred.

Please ensure that your application includes the following to be selected for an interview:

  • A resume including relevant experience as well as personal details (name address and contact numbers (business and home)
  • A section addressing the selection criteria and the requirement for application under the Who May Apply section
  • Name and contact numbers (telephone and email if possible) of two referees

Please note the selection panel may seek additional referees beyond those you name.  Consistent with policy we shall advise you if we will take this action.

Conditions of Employment

This vacancy is specifically linked to Student Support Funding and is ongoing. If the funding reduces or ceases during the first seven years of employment, employment may cease subject to the provision of at least 12 weeks’ notice.

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

BULLEEN HEIGHTS SCHOOL PROFILE

 

Effective teaching at Bulleen Heights is the provision of a safe learning environment within which consistency is valued and motivated staff engage, instruct and assess students along a continuum of learning to achieve individual goals.

 

The Bulleen Heights School community is diverse. It includes all those individuals and groups who work in direct and indirect ways, both at our school and in the wider community, to achieve goals and targets outlined in the school’s Strategic Plan 2019 - 2022 and our vision and mission statements. The school promotes and upholds the values of: integrity, high professional standards, care and support, and consistency.

 

Bulleen Heights School is a Department of Education (DET) specialist school for students with autism spectrum disorder. Our school currently provides exemplary educational programs for approximately 240 students ranging in age from five to eighteen years. Classes vary in size with staffing reflecting student needs. The school has two campuses: Primary School and Secondary School. Students are in classes based upon a combination of age, developmental level and maturity. Inclusion learning  programs are a feature of students’ programs and involve local primary and secondary schools. DET contracted buses and taxis transport most of our students to and from the school.

 

Bulleen Heights School is situated across two closely located campuses at Bulleen and Lower Templestowe in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and approximately 14kms from the city center. Both campuses are in residential areas close to public transport and local community facilities such as the Macedon Square and Bulleen Plaza shopping centers and the Bulleen Library.

 

The school provides excellent teaching programs and learning experiences designed to develop and extend the particular skills and strengths of each student. This is achieved by encouraging decision-making and risk-taking within a structured, predictable and secure environment. Bulleen Heights is committed to providing core teaching and learning programs and supporting students and their families. It looks at both immediate and long-term goals in the belief that all students can learn, achieve success and enjoy adult life as contributing members of a community.

 

Curriculum development and implementation across the school is based on the Victorian Curriculum, providing a framework for planning the whole school curriculum by setting out standards for students to achieve in core areas. This curriculum assists the development of individual learning plans, and assessment and reporting on student achievement and progress. Program delivery, using Applied Behavior Analysis teaching techniques, continues to be an option predominantly for students in our Primary School. Applied Behavior Analysis teaching methodologies are implemented by a team of therapists in this specialist area, in partnership with classroom teachers.  As an accredited senior secondary school students in Year 11 and 12 maybe enrolled in the VCAL program offered by the school. 

Specialist programs in Health and Physical Education, Performing arts and Visual Arts provide an integrated approach to personalized learning. Our Multidisciplinary Team supports classroom staff in the achievement of exemplary learning outcomes of our students. A psychologist, social worker, occupational therapists, speech therapists, support our extensive educational programs. This team of professionals compliments our educational programs.  The school is closely linked with tertiary and post-graduate students working with the school community to conduct research and complete practicum placements.

 

Partnerships between parents, siblings, past students, local schools, consultants, universities, government and non-government agencies and the local community provide vital contributions to programs. The varied characteristics of our student population demand the implementation of a range of evidence based teaching methodologies. Individual Learning Plans are developed through Student Support Group meetings involving parents/carers, teachers and other appropriate professionals and/or agencies. Teaching and learning takes place within many contexts including the community and is structured to be functional and meaningful. Social, academic, independent living, recreational, behavioral and vocational goals are developed for each student.

More information is available from our website: http://www.bulleenheights.vic.edu.au

 

Occupational Therapist

Job type:

Full time / From 29/08/2022

Job classification:

Not provided

Contact:

Susan Merjan | 03 9850 7122

Occupational Therapist