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Occupational Therapist (Full-Time)

Job description 

The Nurture Team, a Neurodivergent-led practice, is supportive, tight knit and passionate about helping children flourish and grow, to give them a better shot at learning and build strong relationships to lead a fuller life. We predominantly work with children from our Beulah Park & Salisbury clinic with some school visits. We have a mixed caseload of NDIS Participants and private paying clients.

 

Neurodiversity affirming approaches are at the core of what we do. We are always learning more about the neurodiversity movement and changing the way we work to align better with neurodiversity affirming practices and be a strong ally for neurodivergents. The Nurture team presume competence, respect sensory differences and body autonomy of children. Nurture aims to implement practices that are respectful, culturally competent, trauma-sensitive and empathetic. We do not use/engage in compliance training in therapy as it has been reported by the autistic community that it is trauma-inducing (often leading to PTSD). We adopt strength-based approaches and reporting (avoiding ableist language use), and work on neurodiversity affirming goals (such as self-advocacy). 

 

In order to be able to provide quality neurodiversity affirming services, we have identified the strong need to better understand and support the sensory needs of the children we work with. We are therefore looking to expand and build an Occupational Therapy team. The team will be built with a focus on sensory regulation and use of sensory integration approaches. We are keen on adding like-minded Occupational Therapists to the team so that we can better support the children we support and provide SPOT (joint Speech Pathology & Occupational Therapy) sessions.

Responsibilities:

  • Build our Occupational Therapy Team alongside the management team

  • Improve daily functioning of children 0 to 12 years old who have experienced trauma, and enhance their ability to access and engage in education.

  • Support sensory, learning, fine and gross motor, social and independence skills.

  • Assess and develop individualised treatment plans that target identified goals that arise from the assessment process and are developed in conjunction with the child and family.

  • Play will be used to engage children, to support their participation, learning and skill development.

  • Work with parents and carers to support them in learning the skills to nurture independence across all environments

What we look for

Essential​:

  • A passion for supporting children!

  • Willingness to learn more about and respect neurodiversity

  • Experience using sensory integration-based approaches 

  • Experience working with the NDIS framework

  • Confident oral and written communication skills

  • Proven organisational and time management skills

  • Understands the importance of being a team player

  • Relevant tertiary Occupational Therapy qualification

  • Registered with the Occupational Therapy board of Australia (AHPRA)

  • Current working with children check or willingness to obtain one 

Desirable

  • Experience mentoring/supporting fellow Occupational Therapists ​

  • Experience in mealtime management 

  • Proven experience working with autistic children 

We respect Neurodiversity and follow recommendations given by the autistic community that identify-first language (autistic person) is preferred instead of person-first language (children with Autism)

What you will enjoy

  • Attractive remuneration

  • Professional Development Allowance

  • Wellness Allowance (e.g. to go towards a gym membership)

  • Your own clinic room with an assigned work iPad and laptop 

  • Regular team outings 

  • Complimentary coffee (Nespresso Coffee Pod Machine) and on-site parking

  • Flexible working arrangements possible (e.g. start late) 

  • Regular supervision (external)

  • Opportunity to develop mentoring skills and leadership skills for career progression

  • Administration support for all bookings, billings, schedule management & enquiries etc.

  • Management team that places their clinician’s wellbeing above profits

We are looking to nurture our next superstar!

If you are passionate about supporting children and are willing to learn, send through your resume and CV to admin@nurturealliedhealthsa.com.au. Please contact Vanessa at 08 8102 4209 if you'd like to learn more about the position.

 

The Nurture Allied Health Team

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