Community Occupational Therapist Rural Generalist Training Position

Location: Cairns
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Closing Date: Once filled

Are you interested in working in regional, rural and remote communities?

Well Balanced Care is a Cairns based business that offers allied health assessments and therapy to a wide range of community clients, both locally and in rural and remote communities. We are committed to a multi-disciplinary person-centred model utilising emerging and existing technologies to assist clients, their family and community to achieve their goals. Due to a period of growth we are seeking suitably qualified professional Occupational Therapists to join our dynamic team.  We are excited to have the opportunity to support an early career professional toward becoming a rural generalist through the allied health rural generalist pathway.

Position Summary

The position will function in a close working relationship with other team members to actively contribute to the achievement of Well Balanced Care’s strategic goals and objectives. These include increased access to comprehensive virtual allied health care and improved health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by:

  • Exceeding the client’s expectations
  • Offering and delivering a high quality and safe virtual allied health service
  • Improved access to virtual allied healthcare services
  • Creating healthier communities

The Allied Health Rural Generalist Pathway

This role encompasses participation in the AHRG pathway. Depending on your experience you will be funded to complete the Level 1 or Level 2 (Graduate Diploma) education with James Cook University. Through this work integrated learning program you will be provided with time at work for study, dedicated structured supervision and support, and a unique opportunity to work with our multidisciplinary team contributing to a service development project.

Opportunities for you

  • Diverse caseload working in clinical and community settings, both locally and outreach to rural and remote communities
  • Develop your clinical care delivery via virtual heath and with delegation to allied health assistants in the communities
  • Participate in enhancing the capability of the WBC technology model in the delivery of quality care to rural and remote communities
  • Be part of a connected multidisciplinary team in which generalist skills and skill sharing is esteemed
  • Access to extensive professional development to expand your ability to develop strategies when working with clients who experience complex healthcare needs in varied environments

You will be responsible for

  • Delivering quality occupational therapy services across
    • a number of generalist clinical areas
    • within varied cultural contexts in a culturally sensitive manner, and
    • utilising innovative service models to best support the needs of the client
  • Completing comprehensive, evidence-based functional assessments, providing reports, and recommendations, and implementation of recommendations as required
  • Working cooperatively and effectively within a multidisciplinary team, with clients and their families, community groups, other health professionals and support workers to ensure that our allied health services are integrated, efficient and equitable for the community serviced
  • Supporting in the development and improvement of assessment and therapy materials to ensure the service performed by WBC continues to be innovative and evidence-based
  • Developing clinical practice knowledge and expertise, including skill sharing, through active learning within a team and by engaging in professional development activities.
  • Building productive working relationships and liaising with key providers and other health professionals to ensure the needs of the client are met

Self-management and Team Contribution

  • Maintain privacy and confidentiality in line with Code of Conduct
  • Comply with all Well Balanced Care Policies and Procedures
  • Seek clinical advice and support from specialist clinicians and clinical supervisor where appropriate
  • Ensure timely monitoring of data collection, clinic attendance and reporting schedules
  • Participation in Allied Health team meetings on regular basis
  • Ensure all data collection, documentation and reporting is completed in a timely manner

Please note that the duties outlined in this position description are not exhaustive, and only an indication of the work of the role. Other duties may be required and negotiated on an as needs basis.

Skills, Qualifications, & Competencies

Selection Criteria/Experience

  • The successful candidate will demonstrate a high level of interpersonal and communication skills, prioritisation and organisational skills including the ability to establish trust and rapport, determine priorities, meet agreed timelines.
  • Willingness to function autonomously and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated experience or willingness to participate in the delivery of care through innovative service models, in particular virtual health, skill sharing and a supervision and delegation model.
  • Demonstrated understanding and commitment to work sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their leaders, respecting traditional culture, values and ways.
  • Demonstrated high level understanding of the health, social and emotional wellbeing issues that impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and remote communities.

Qualifications / Professional Registration / Other Requirements

  • The successful applicant must hold at least a tertiary degree (or equivalent) qualification in Occupational Therapy and current registration or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHRPA).
  • Demonstrated ability to comply with the profession’s code of ethics and function in accordance with legislation affecting your profession.

Additional Information

  • It is a condition of employment for this role for the employee to provide evidence that they are, and remain, vaccinated against the following vaccine preventable diseases: COVID-19, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis B, and pertussis (whooping cough), influenza during their employment
  • Satisfactory National Police Certificate
  • Current Drivers Licence (Qld ‘C’ class licence) – essential
  • Current CPR and First Aid Certificate
  • Willingness to work flexible hours as required, including the requirement to travel, work and stay overnight for up to several days at a time in remote areas
  • Willingness to travel by road and small planes
  • Employees are required to undertake a period of probation appropriate to the appointment.

Your Application

Recently graduated Occupational Therapists are encouraged to apply.

For more information on the position contact Andrea Leigh, Allied Health Clinical Lead at Well Balanced Care 0409 333 164

For more information on the pathway, feel free to contact Gemma Tuxworth at Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health 0491 207 215

Please provide the following information to the panel to assess your suitability:

  • Your current CV or resume, including the names and contact details of two referees.
  • A short statement on how your experience, abilities, knowledge, and personal qualities are relevant for the role with Well Balanced Care.

Contact Andrea Leigh, Allied Health Clinical Lead, OR 0409 333 164

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