Lifestart Occupational Therapist Part Time in North Strathfield NSW


Branch North Strathfield NSW AU

Occupational Therapist
North Strathfield NSW

 Participate in Quality Assurance activities as required. Connected to the quality of the natural environments in which they live, including the family,…

1. To work in accordance with Lifestart’s vision, mission and values, ethical framework and code of conduct to comply with

all Lifestart policies and procedures to achieve positive outcomes for children and families to enable them to lead an inclusive life in their community.

2. To provide a range of professional educational services to support early childhood Intervention and school aged services to children and families attending Lifestart in accordance with Lifestart’s model of service delivery.

3. Utilising a ‘strengths based’ approach to empower and strengthen families’ ability to advocate for and make decisions regarding their child’s development and needs.

4. To collaborate with and supervise people who provide direct support to clients of Lifestart. 5. To assist families to access other relevant support services to address their own individual and family needs and the

needs of their children. 6. To deliver all programs that form part of the Lifestart suite of services as appropriate to the professional discipline. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Professional Practice Responsibilities  Work collaboratively as a member of a transdisciplinary team, participating in the exchange of knowledge and skills

among team members to achieve positive outcomes for children and families.  Work within a strengths based framework that recognises that children’s development and well being are intimately

connected to the quality of the natural environments in which they live, including the family, childcare, pre-school, school and community contexts.

 Work with and empower families to work within their natural environments to address the needs of their child/children.  Work sensitively and empathically with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and complex needs.  Communicate effectively and work flexibly with families in response to their priorities and concerns.  Conduct regular assessments of each child’s abilities, in partnership with families and other team members,  Participate in the development of an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for each family, taking a case co-ordination

role if required.  Develop an Individual Education Programs (IEP’s) that reflect priorities established through IFSP Process.  Special Educators will oversee Individual Education Programs.  Monitor record and evaluate each child’s progress.  Document program goals and outcomes that are clear to families and other team members.  Access interpreters where needed, following consultation with their Manager.  Work collaboratively with staff from other agencies in support of family priorities and needs, in ways which promote clear

communication and effective partnerships.  Contribute to smooth transitions for families who are accessing new programs/services, including families who are

leaving Lifestart.  Work in partnership with the family and preschool or child-care staff to ensure a smooth transition to preschool or

childcare, and offer ongoing collaboration in support of the family’s goals for their child across all settings.  Work in partnership with the family, school age services team, school staff and, where relevant, Department of

Education and Training transition staff towards a smooth transition to school, particularly during the child’s last year before school and first term of the first year at school.

Roles: includes but not limited to: Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Physiotherapist, Special Educator, Behaviour Support Clinician and Psychologist

Department or Function: Service Delivery


 Provide appropriate advice to families making enquiries and/or on the waiting list regarding resources available to them, including other programs/services for which they may be eligible.

 Prepare and/or present workshops, as required, to families and other professionals, in consultation with their Manager. Organisational Responsibilities  Comply with Lifestart policies and procedures and other relevant standards for service provision.  Maintain contemporary understanding of NSW child protection guidelines and requirements and all other relevant

legislation and policies that apply to work with children and families.  Participate in all of Lifestart staff meetings, plus branch and special purpose meetings as required  Act as a mentor and role model for other employees as appropriate.  Contribute to the training and ongoing support of volunteers, as appropriate.  Participate in Quality Assurance activities as required.  Participate in community agency networks as appropriate to enhance professional practice capacity and to promote

Lifestart to other agencies. Professional Development Responsibilities • Develop and extend their professional knowledge in accordance with professional registration/body requirements and

with Lifestart Training and Professional Development Policy. • Undertake regular supervision with manager/supervisor in accordance with Lifestart Supervision Policy. • Develop an individual professional development plan in conjunction with the manager/ supervisor. • Participate in relevant professional networks as requested to enhance professional practice capacity. • Attend all Lifestart professional development days and training as relevant and appropriate. Work Health and Safety Responsibilities • Follow and adhere to all of Lifestart’s Work Health and Safety policies and procedures. • Report observed safety hazards to supervisor. • Essential Selection Criteria  An accredited degree in relevant discipline  Professional registration with relevant professional body and/or eligibility for membership of relevant professional body  Demonstrated ability to work with children with disabilities  Demonstrated ability to work flexibly in response to families’ individualized needs and priorities  Demonstrated ability to work sensitively and empathically with families from diverse cultural backgrounds and complex

needs  Demonstrated experience in Family Centred Practice  Ability to deliver services and programs that are in alignment with organizational and government policy directions  High level written and verbal communication skills  A strong work ethic and ability to work independently, with appropriate support  Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as part of a team  Proficiency in IT, specifically Microsoft Office  A current driver’s licence and use of own car Desirable Criteria  Sound Knowledge and practical experience in the implementation of Positive Behaviour Support principles  Demonstrated understanding of augmentative communication practices

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Employment Type: Part Time
Location: North Strathfield, NSW, AU
Posted on: 2017-04-20
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