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Occupational Therapist

Reference number: PD26

Position title:
Occupational Therapist
Employment type:
Full Time (Fixed Term)
Department:
Community Services
Responsible to:
Director of Community Services
Location:
Ouyen
Closing date:
Open
Hours per fortnight:
-
Contact person:
Lyndal Munro (Director of Community Services)
Contact number:
(03) 5092 1111
Position description:
PD26 - Occupational Therapist Pdf Document (566.1 kb)

Position summary

The Occupational Therapist practices as part of a multidisciplinary team and undertakes assessments of clients to determine individual capabilities and applies professional expertise to maximise independence and quality of life outcomes for clients. The OT undertakes health promotion activities and contributes expertise to the development, monitoring and review of programs and activities.

Selection criteria

Essential:

  • Tertiary qualification in Occupational Therapy and registration with Australia Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority (AHPRA)
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills including report writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a professional manner with clients, staff and the community
  • Ability to manage time and resources effectively
  • Demonstrated understanding of assessment and intervention strategies relevant to Occupational Therapy
  • Understand and demonstrate respect for diversity and impact on practice
  • Commitment to client centred practice as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Victorian drivers licences and willingness to travel between service centres
  • Current Police Check

Desirable:

  • Experience of service delivery in a rural setting
  • Experience in home modifications and equipment prescription

Key behaviours

  • Maintenance of Practice Standards in relation to Occupational Therapy.
  • Practice reflects organisational and Occupational Therapy policies and procedures.
  • Prompt, effective resolution of Corrective Action Requests related to the Occupational Therapy Service.
  • Utilises Allied Health Assistants appropriately in the delivery of OT services.
  • Fulfils duty of care, including ethical practices.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude to the agreed role and responsibilities of the position.
  • Works as a multi-disciplinary team member.

Key responsibilities

Organisational:

  • MTHCS has a responsibility to maintain current policy; it is the responsibility of all staff to ensure compliance with relevant regulatory requirements and MTHCS policies and procedures.
  • Support systems that provide safe, high quality care that increases patient experience and patient centred care.
  • To comply with MTHCS Code of Conduct.
  • To ensure that MTHCS Infection Control guidelines are fully implemented.
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of diversity and culture.

Administration:

Practice and conduct

  • Maintains accurate and comprehensive knowledge of relevant Laws, Acts, Regulations, Standards and Guidelines that affect the Occupational Therapy and Aged Care Industries, and incorporating them into all aspects of practice, including:
     - Standards and Guidelines for Residential Aged Care Services; and
     - Occupational Health and Safety legislation.
  • Maintains and updates knowledge base to ensure safe practice and effective performance in the workplace.
  • Understands and protects the rights and needs of the customers.
  • Understands and protects the rights and responsibilities of the service providers.
  • Understands and integrates the values of Occupational Therapy in the organisation and integrates them into work practices.

Customer service:

  • Identifies and meets customer needs and wants on an ongoing basis in relation to Occupational Therapy.
  • Communicates with customers and/or their representatives and Direct Care and service providers in relation to the Occupational Therapy wants and needs of the customers.

Continuous improvement:

  • Staff are required to participate in the ongoing quality processes of the organisation

Equipment:

  • Ensures all Occupational Therapy equipment is maintained in accordance with OH&S requirements and manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Submits recommendations for equipment up-grading and replacement to Management.
  • Effectively utilises and contributes to the operation and management of the OT aids & equipment register.

Professional:

  • All staff members shall be expected to demonstrate professional responsibility by maintaining knowledge and skills in their area of employment.
  • All staff members are expected, as part of their role in providing a safe environment for both customers and staff members, to attend specific mandatory training appropriate to their position. For example emergency procedures, food handling, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, drug calculations and first aid.
  • All staff members shall be expected to maintain strict confidentiality in relation to all matters pertaining to MTHCS activities.
  • Failure to observe this requirement may be regarded as misconduct warranting termination and incur liability to penalty pursuant to Section 141 of the Health Services Act 1988.
  • Other duties as directed.

Management:

Program development, implementation and management

  • Provides Occupational Therapy services to all residents of the Mallee Track.
  • Contributed to the emotional, physical and lifestyle needs and wants of the customer through assessment and observation, in consultation with the customer, their representative and the Health Care Team.
  • Documents each customer’s planned Occupational Therapy program.
  • Evaluates each customer’s Occupational Therapy program in consultation with the customer, their representative and the Health Care Team on a regular basis and modifies plans as required.
  • Documents the evaluation of interventions in the progress notes.
  • Plans and organises work practices and activities with regard to the customers’ preferences and other services activities and plans.
  • Supervises and assists Allied Health Assistants in the delivery of programs.

Employment with MTHCS

Child Safe Organisation

Mallee Track Health and Community Service is committed to preventing child abuse, identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.

Occupational Health & Safety and Environmental

All MTHCS employees will:

  • Ensure that they take reasonable care to protect their own health and safety, and the health and safety of others.
  • Use any equipment provided for health and safety purposes.
  • Obey reasonable instructions given by MTHCS in relation to health and safety at work.
  • Help MTHCS meet our duty of care, such as by undertaking hazard inspections.
  • Comply with all MTHCS OHS policies and procedures.
  • Ensure they do not interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interests of health and safety.

Section 21 of the Occupational Health & Safety Act 2004, requires an Employer to provide and maintain, so far as is reasonable and practicable, a safe workplace for all employees and ensure that no employee is placed at risk of injury while performing the duties and responsibilities required by their position.

To comply with this obligation, MTHCS requires all candidates/employees to have the mental and physical capacity to safely perform the inherent requirements of the position they are applying for (or have been appointed to).

If a risk is identified and fitness to safely perform the duties of the position needs to be determined, MTHCS with the agreement of the candidate/employee, will arrange an independent medical assessment to determine capacity to safely perform the inherent requirements of the position to minimise the risk of injury or aggravation of any pre-existing condition the candidate/employee may have.

Compulsory Training

As per the schedule.

Performance Appraisal

Conducted as per appraisal schedule.

How to apply

Your application must clearly state the position title specified on the advertisement and include:

  • A statement addressing each Key Selection Criteria clearly demonstrating your ability to meet the objectives of the role. Note: Read the Position Description (PD) carefully so you have a good understanding of what is required and remember to address what knowledge, skills and attributes you have.
  • General resume.
  • Copies of any formal qualifications. Note: hard copies of your qualifications will need to be produced at interview.

Appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of a Police Record Check and also a Working With Children Check for nominated positions.

To apply please forward current resume with covering letter addressing the key selection criteria to:

People and Culture
PO Box 130, Ouyen VIC 3490

Or alternatively an application can be emailed to payroll@mthcs.vic.gov.au

Applications received earlier than the closing date may be assessed, interviewed and offered employment prior to the closing date.

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