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Health Professionals (Occupational Therapist / Speech Pathologist)

Nova For Women and Children Inc.

Nova for Women and Children has exciting opportunities for enthusiastic and community-minded health professionals!

Nova is looking for Occupational Therapists and/or Speech Pathologists to provide specialist health services and intervention to children and young person’s experiencing or at risk of homelessness and who have been impacted by domestic and family violence.

About the roles

These roles will work closely with Nova’s Practice Lead and Children and Young People’s Case Workers to provide direct professional health services to children and young people that are trauma informed, family centred and culturally appropriate.

Working in a fast-paced environment, you will undertake initial evaluation and assessment, as well as specialist health services whilst children and young people are in crisis and transitional accommodation. You will also provide advice on practical strategies to meet identified goals, as per case plans and referrals for ongoing support.

These roles are offered on a part time fixed term basis of around 1-2 days per week until 30 June 2024, with possibility of extension subject to funding.

About you

You are a passionate individual who has:

  • At least two (2) years’ demonstrated experience as an Occupational Therapist or Speech Therapist.
  • Sound knowledge of trauma informed practice and principles of therapeutic intervention, particularly in the context of children and young people with exposure to trauma.
  • Ability to provide practical strategies to families during times of instability and transition.
  • High levels of emotional intelligence, patience and empathy.
  • Ability to undertake initial evaluation and provide recommendations and referrals for further treatment.
  • A tertiary qualification in relevant discipline or speciality.
  • Current registration with the AHPRA or eligibility for practicing membership of SPA.
  • Working With Children Check.

Being female is a genuine occupational qualification as per section 31(2) of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW). Prior to an offer of employment, you will be required to have a current driver’s licence and Working with Children Check.

About us and what we offer

Nova for Women and Children is a leading community services organisation that provides interim, transitional and outreach support and crisis accommodation options to women and children across the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie regions who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness or who are escaping family and domestic violence.

Nova for Women and Children offers a supportive culture and attractive conditions of employment, including:

  • Competitive remuneration;
  • Weekly wellbeing hour;
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities;
  • Thank you days;
  • Salary packaging benefits; and
  • Employee Assistance Program.

Nova for Women and Children is the amalgamation of Eva's Project, Lower Hunter Women's Housing and Eastlake's Women's and Children's Refuge and has been operating in Newcastle for approximately 38 years. In 2018, Nova for Women and Children were awarded the Australia Day Community Group of the Year Award from Newcastle City Council.

Confidential enquiries can be made to Kynda Dixon on 0434 147 487 or Skildare on (02) 4940 8743.

Applications, including a CV and cover letter with an overview as to your experience relating to this position, can be submitted by clicking APPLY NOW.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

Nova welcomes and encourages women of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and Culturally and Linguistically diverse backgrounds to apply.

How to apply

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