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Occupational Therapist - Newman

Employer: Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Health Care & Allied Health, Disability Services, Indigenous
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Regional WA

Job posted on: 13 March, 2019.
Applications close: 27 March, 2019. (Expired)

  • Employment Type: Full time / Fixed term for 3 years
  • Remuneration: $85,069 - $96,492 + superannuation + salary sacrifice

About the Organisation

With an administrative hub based in Newman, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) provides holistic primary health care to the individuals and families within the remote communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.

PAMS has over 700 registered clients, with most being Martu. Services offered include health education and promotion programs and initiatives, as well as the monitoring and management of ongoing health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, ante-natal & post-natal care and child health.

About the Opportunity

PAMS has a newly created opportunity for a passionate Occupational Therapist to join their Health Programs team.

Working in collaboration with the PAMS Speech Pathologist and Curtin University students, you will deliver an education focused health program (Jiji Project) that integrates occupational therapy and speech pathology through the delivery of intensive therapy to children, families/carers and their teachers within an education environment.

Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

Jiji Professional Development Workshops: Supporting and delivering professional development workshops to school staff, providing programs for individual children and classes in addition to training school staff in techniques to build relationships between the school, community and external health service providers. The workshops will deliver the following:

  • Training and implementation of sensory processing and co-regulation techniques, including use of sensory tools to improve attention and concentration;
  • Adaption of self-regulation program How Does Your Engine Run, in consultation with Martu Elders, mothers, grandmothers and education workers;
  • Development and assisted implementation of visual communication aids and key word signs;
  • Training and implementation of mealtime modifications;
  • Implementation of whole class literacy and reading programs;
  • Implementation of middle primary visual processing program, to support literacy and numeracy skills.

Jiji Clinical Program: In collaboration with the Speech Pathologist, undertake speech pathology assessments and intervention programs. Depending on the child individual clinical plans may include:

  • Attention and behavioural programs;
  • Speech and language development programs;
  • Trauma programs;
  • Fine motor programs;
  • OM and hearing loss programs

To be successful in this position you will have tertiary qualifications in Occupational Therapy, at least 5 years post graduate experience and be eligible for registration with AHPRA. You will have a strong understanding and commitment to the principles of Community Development / the model of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.

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About the Region

Located approximately 1,186 kilometres north of Perth, the Pilbara has some of the world's most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 500,000 square kilometres.

The Pilbara is known as the engine room of Australia, home to a massive mining industry in oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore.

Aboriginal heritage extends back to around 26,000 years, the local Martu people started to move back into their traditional land and establish communities during the 1980s. The Federal Government officially recognised the traditional ownership of the Martu people in September 2002, and granted land rights to 136,000 square kilometres of land to the east of Newman, which includes the communities of Jigalong, Punmu, Kunawarritji and Parnngur.

About the Benefits

$85,069 - $96,492 + superannuation + salary sacrifice

In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • 2 flights per year within Australia
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Annual leave loading
  • Power subsidy in accordance with the PAMS Employee Remuneration Policy
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training + Study leave options
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retention Initiatives in accordance with the PAMS Employee Remuneration Policy

This position offers the opportunity to work closely with remote Aboriginal communities and make a drastic impact to the health and well-being outcomes of these communities.

PAMS operates four remote sites, three of which have a team of one nurse and a range of ancillary workers. Although the successful candidates will have a substantive location (Newman) they must be prepared from time to time to work across any one of these sites should they be required.

PAMS operates in some of the most remote parts of Australia and staff are required to be proficient at driving a 4WD vehicle and willing to fly in light aircraft.

How to apply for this job

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