About the role
- Employment status: Full-time, Permanent
- Closing date: COB Tuesday 5 June 2018
- Department: Aged and Disability
- Location: Glenroy (or as otherwise directed)
- Contact: Thomas Gauci
- Title: Team Leader, Specialist Multidisciplinary Program
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- Contact email:
An exciting opportunity exists for an innovative, enthusiastic and dynamic Grade 3 Senior Occupational Therapist to join our team at Merri Health in a full-time permanent role within the Specialist Multidisciplinary Program. The Specialist Multidisciplinary Program, funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Program(CHSP), is a new multidisciplinary aged care service offering two unique services:
- The Specialist Memory and Dementia Service: an early intervention service for clients diagnosed with dementia or self-reporting cognitive decline utilising a strengths-based framework.
- Rapid Reablement Service: provision of goal-focussed, intensive and time limited allied health services for eligible clients.
As a Senior Occupational Therapist, you will be responsible for providing high quality, evidence-based, specialist clinical services predominately within the Specialist Memory and Dementia Service however, your advanced skill and expertise may also be utilised within the Rapid Reablement Service.
This role also provides the opportunity to contribute to the development, implementation and promotion of the Specialist Multidisciplinary Program at Merri Health. In addition, you will be responsible for the upskilling of the larger CHSP Occupational Therapy team in the specialist management of memory and dementia.
Merri Health is one of the largest community health services in Metropolitan Melbourne serving a diverse local community. By joining us, you will be part of one of the most progressive and innovative community health services in Melbourne. A career at Merri Health offers outstanding opportunities for personal and professional development. Our organisational values of Motivate, Engage, Respect, Respond and Innovate underpin the way we work together as a strong, dedicated multidisciplinary team providing health support and services to the expanding communities of Melbourne's North.
This position offers:
- Attractive salary packaging and a range of benefits exclusive to Merri Health staff;
- Networking opportunities with tertiary, secondary and primary care providers;
- Continuing professional development;
- Close relationships with Universities supporting student clinical education
The role includes but is not limited to :
- Deliver independent, high level Occupational Therapy services for clients with memory loss, cognitive changes, dementia and other neurological disorders utilising evidence based practice to guide clinical decision making.
- Provide high quality education and information to patients about the management of their condition, involving clients and carers in decision making and arranging appropriate medical and allied health follow up where required.
- Actively contribute to the development of professional and clinical standards, clinical practices, and work unit guidelines.
- Lead and participate in developing and implementing quality and service improvement activities that enhance the delivery of CHSP Occupational Therapy services and undertake clinical service development responsibilities as delegated.
- Actively participate in professional development, supervision and mentoring of CHSP Occupational Therapy clinicians and students to ensure the maintenance of professional clinical standards and general up skilling of staff.
- Develop effective and productive professional relationships with external and internal stakeholders, demonstrating highly developed communication, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
To succeed in this role you must have:
- Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) or equivalent
- More than 5 years post graduate clinical experience
- Demonstrated high level of clinical competence and expertise in memory loss and dementia
- Demonstrated high level understanding of reablement models of care
- Demonstrated knowledge and experience in planning, implementation and evaluation of service models
- Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal (including conflict resolution and negotiation)
- Demonstrated ability to impart knowledge to staff at all levels and across services, as well as members of the wider community
- Demonstrated ability and experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Demonstrated leadership skills and initiative in developing and promoting evidence based clinical care
- Dynamic and innovative problem-solving skills
- High level organizational skills and computer literacy
- Understanding of the interface between health care and services for people with dementia and memory loss
- Eligible for credentialing with SWEP
- Experience working in community setting
- Experience in self-management education
- Experience working with people from CALD backgrounds and those with disabilities
- Experience with the use of technology to support service delivery in the home setting environment
- Fluent in a second language spoken in the local community
- Completion (or working towards) a post-graduate Masters-level qualification in Occupational Therapy or equivalent with a focus on dementia, memory loss, wellness and reablement
- Continuous registration as an Occupational Therapist with the Australia Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and affiliation with appropriate Occupational Therapy Australia Special Interest Groups.
- Experience as a clinical educator for undergraduate Occupational Therapists and post-graduate Occupational Therapy students as appropriate.
- Minimum of 5 years clinical experience in a senior Occupational Therapy role
Evidence of ongoing professional development in the fields of dementia care and wellness and reablement approaches which meet or exceed the CPD requirements for AHPRA registration.
To apply forward your CV and statement addressing key selection criteria to
Successful applicants will be required to have a current National Police Check and, if relevant to the position, a Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme check, Working With Children Check and full Driver's License. All candidates must have the right to work in Australia.
Please note that due to the volume of applications received, only shortlisted candidates may be contacted.
Merri Health is an equal opportunity employer and committed to ensuring a safe environment for children and young people. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds including but not limited to those from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and GLBTIQ community to apply.
Job position description
Name: Thomas Gauci
Phone: (03) 9304 9209