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Speech Pathologist - Complex Needs

Complex Psychology

Complex Psychology is a boutique allied health consultancy that provides a range of allied health services. We are in high demand as a result of our experience assessing, coordinating and treating clients who have extremely complex needs and for our expertise in negotiating complex service system challenges. Due to high demand for our services, we are seeking a part-time speech pathologist to undertake a variety of different assessment, coordination and treatment roles. We are flexible regarding hours and happy to negotiate with the right individual.

At the heart of what Complex Psychology does is our dedication to working with clients who have multiple and complex needs.

We provide the following services to the Department of Health & Human Services, Department of Justice, NDIS participants, Non-Government Organisations and private individuals:

  • Forensic assessment, including pre-sentence assessments, forensic disability assessments, assessments for clients on orders under the Crimes (Mental Impairment & Unfitness to be Tried) Act and Supervised Treatment Orders, as well as assessments of risk of offending and treatment needs;
  • Assessment and development of care plans under the Human Services (Complex Needs) Act
  • Adaptive behaviour and intellectual assessment
  • Personality assessment
  • Coordination of clients under the Multiple and Complex Needs Initiative (MACNI)
  • Specialist Support Coordination under the NDIS
  • Functional Behaviour Assessments
  • Development of Behaviour Support Plans
  • Assessment of service system issues and the provision of advice to address system barriers within care teams
  • Specific assessments and consultation around particularly challenging issues
  • Psychological treatment
  • Training
  • Secondary consultation
  • Occupational Therapy assessment (including sensory and functional skills assessment)
  • Specialist Disability Accommodation and Supported Independent Living Assessments

Due to the expansion of our practice, we are seeking a speech pathologist who is keen for a challenge, but looking for a flexible, interesting and supportive workplace. Prior to COVID-19, Complex Psychology had a flexible approach to work, including work from home arrangements. Our offices are located in Port Melbourne, but we can implement partial 'work from home' arrangements for the right person. Ultimately, we are looking for a speech pathologist who can complement the services we offer to older adolescents and adults with complex needs. The role would suit a person who is keen for a challenge, wants to work with clients who have extremely complex issues (often a combination of serious mental illness, intellectual disability, brain injury, severe substance misuse, neurodevelopmental disorders, etc.) and who are frequently a risk to themselves, others and the community. Despite the challenges our clients face, we are committed to working with them in an ethical and strength based framework.

Whilst there would be a focus on speech pathology assessment and treatment, part of the role would potentially also include behaviour support interventions, specialist support coordination and also coordination under the Multiple & Complex Needs initiative (MACNI). Depending on the individual, it may also involve the provision of behaviour support services to NDIS participants.

Applicants with a range of backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those with experience in forensic services/corrections/prisons, rehabilitation services, disability services, AOD programs, clinical/forensic mental health services and program management.

We encourage applicants to make contact to discuss the role with either Lucy O’Hanlon, Senior Occupational Therapist/Team Leader, on 0427 867 763 or lucy.ohanlon@complexpsychology.com.au (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), Jacqui Brown, Clinical Psychologist/Director, on 0427 721 076 or jacqui.brown@complexpsychology.com.au (Monday and Thursday) or Michelle James, Senior Psychologist/Team Leader on 0488 071 424 or michelle.james@complexpsychology.com.au (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), using the subject line: Speech Pathologist - Complex Needs enquiry via EthicalJobs.


  • Tertiary qualification in speech pathology and membership of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Demonstrated experience working with clients who have complex needs, for example a combination of intellectual disability, brain injury, severe substance misuse, autism spectrum disorder and serious mental illness
  • An understanding of risk management in the context of complex needs
  • An excellent understanding of the NDIS and the broader disability, mental health, accommodation, and alcohol/other drug (AOD) and forensic sectors
  • Well-developed communication skills, including the ability to confidently facilitate training, meetings, presentations and other group activities
  • An interest in working with clients who demonstrate serious behaviours of concern including sexualised behaviours and violent offending and significant self-harm
  • Highly developed report writing skills
  • A current and valid driver’s licence and access to own vehicle to use for the purpose of attending appointments (including appointments in regional Victoria on occasion)
  • A Pre-Employment Criminal Record Check, Working with Children (WWC) Check and Disability Worker Exclusion Scheme (DWES) check.

Internal and external supervision is provided, as is regular CPD. Travel within Victoria, including some limited travel to rural and regional areas may be a part of the role and it is essential that applicants have access to their own vehicle.

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