Jobs

  • Speech pathologist level 2-3 (0.4 EFT, at least initially, details below)
  • Occupational Therapist Level 2-3 (0.2 or 0.4 EFT, details below)

Applications for these positions close at midday on Monday 18th November 2019.

  • We are also interested in hearing from experienced paediatric Speech Pathologists with Sounds-Write training and a special interest in reading and spelling, who would like to rent a therapy room at our office on Saturdays.

Speech Pathologist Level 2-3 (part-time, at least initially)

Join Speech Pathologist Alison Clarke and colleagues at her busy private practice in a large, well-equipped office in North Fitzroy, commencing at two days per week, though there may be an opportunity to increase the time fraction next year.

This role involves providing assessment and individual or small group therapy to a caseload of mainly school-aged children and teenagers with reading and/or spelling difficulties. Many of our clients also have Autism Spectrum disorders, Developmental Language Disorders, speech, memory and/or attention difficulties or other developmental difficulties.

You would assess speech, language, phonological processing, spelling and reading skills, and where relevant pragmatics and play skills, writing these up promptly in succinct, jargon-free reports. You would provide phonemic awareness and explicit, systematic, synthetic phonics intervention, and where necessary also work on comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and any other areas of communication difficulty.

You would be expected to attend and assist with professional development activities, help create therapy resources, participate in supervision/mentoring and quality assurance and assist with student supervision.

Usual hours of work would be 10.30am to 6.36pm weekdays, as most school-aged clients prefer afternoon appointments. Some flexibility in hours is negotiable. Assessment and group therapy sessions here usually last one hour, and individual therapy sessions are usually 40 minutes. Maximum client load would be based on qualifications and experience.

The position is clinic-based without many school visits or other offsite work, so no driver’s licence or car is required. The location is highly accessible by train, tram, bus and bike, and onsite parking may be available, depending on your choice of work days. Great cafes and shops, a supermarket and a linear park are all nearby.

This position is classified at Level 2-3 under the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010, with a salary range of $68,937- $76,642.80 per annum plus 9.5% superannuation, depending on qualifications and experience. Working conditions and leave are as per the Award and National Employment Standards. Annual leave during school holidays is encouraged.

VAHPA membership is also encouraged, and environmentally sustainable work practices are expected. Joint job-share requests will be considered, especially from speech pathologists already working part-time in schools. A six-month probationary period applies.

Spelfabet is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background, the GLBTIQ community and those living with a disability.

Applications close at midday on Monday 18th November.

Job requirements

You would need a calm, friendly, flexible approach, and the ability to build warm, positive relationships with children and teenagers, including anxious, grumpy and socially awkward ones, and their parents/guardians.

You would need the ability to identify and negotiate barriers to getting enough therapy work done to achieve success, relentlessly focus on targets and maximise skill practice time in sessions, emphasising motivating goals and rewards.

You would need a commitment to inclusion, a positive attitude to linguistic and cultural differences and families of all configurations, and:

  • A tertiary qualification in Speech and Language Pathology.
  • A current Certified Practising Membership of Speech Pathology Australia, and eligibility for a Medicare Provider Number.
  • A strong grasp of current scientific knowledge about how we learn to read and spell, including familiarity with connectionist and dual route models, the Simple View of Reading, Phonemic Awareness and proficiency, phonological and working memory, Rapid Automatised Naming, the Self-Teaching Hypothesis, orthographic mapping and cognitive load theory, and their implications for assessment and intervention.
  • Training and experience using one or more explicit, systematic synthetic phonics programs such as Sounds-Write (preferred), Little Learners Love Literacy, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc, Get Reading Right or MultiLit.
  • At least three years’ work experience as a Speech Pathologist with school-aged children, including experience working in schools and with small groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a team environment and build positive relationships with colleagues.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding spelling skills and knowledge of English word structure.
  • A current Working with Children Check.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (you will be reimbursed).
  • An Australian Tax File Number.

Requests for more information and applications should be sent to alison.clarke@spelfabet.com.au by midday on Monday 18th November 2019, or ring (03) 8528 0138 between 10.30am and 6.30pm weekdays.

Occupational Therapist Level 2-3 (part-time)

Join Speech Pathologist Alison Clarke and colleagues two days per week at her busy private practice in a large, well-equipped office in North Fitzroy, in a role with a strong handwriting focus.

This role would involve providing assessment and individual or small group therapy to a caseload of mainly school-aged children and teenagers with handwriting difficulties, usually as part of a more general learning difficulty. Many of our clients also have Autism Spectrum disorders, Developmental Language Disorders, speech, memory and/or attention difficulties or other developmental difficulties.

You would assess posture/gross motor skills, fine motor skills, pencil grip, strength, endurance, speed, visual and perceptual skills, and other skills relevant to handwriting, writing this up promptly in succinct, jargon-free reports. You would provide intervention to develop efficient, correctly-formed, legible handwriting, involving parents and others as appropriate, plus assisting clients and their teams within the usual scope of practice of a Paediatric Occupational Therapist as required.

You would be expected to attend and assist with professional development activities, help create therapy resources, and participate in supervision/mentoring and quality assurance.

Usual hours of work would be 10.30am to 6.36pm weekdays, as most school-aged clients prefer afternoon appointments. Some flexibility in hours is negotiable. Assessment and group therapy sessions here are usually one hour, and individual therapy sessions are usually 40 minutes. Maximum client load would be based on qualifications and experience.

The position is clinic-based without many school visits or other offsite work, so no driver’s licence or car is required. The location is highly accessible by train, tram, bus and bike, and onsite parking may be available, depending on your choice of work days. Great cafes and shops, a supermarket and a linear park are all nearby.

This position is classified at Level 2-3 under the Health Professionals and Support Services Award 2010, with a salary range of $68,937- $76,642.80 per annum plus 9.5% superannuation, depending on qualifications and experience. Working conditions and leave are as per the Award and National Employment Standards. Annual leave during school holidays is encouraged.

VAHPA membership is also encouraged, and environmentally sustainable work practices are expected. A six-month probationary period applies.

Spelfabet is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Culturally and Linguistically Diverse background, the GLBTIQ community and those living with a disability.

Applications close at midday on Monday 18th November.

Job requirements

You would need a calm, friendly, flexible approach, and the ability to build warm, positive relationships with children and teenagers, including anxious, grumpy and socially awkward ones, and their parents/guardians.

You would need the ability to identify and negotiate barriers to getting enough therapy work done to achieve success, and relentlessly focus on targets and maximise skill practice time in sessions, emphasising motivating goals and rewards.

You would need a commitment to inclusion, a positive attitude to linguistic and cultural differences and families of all configurations, and:

  • A tertiary qualification in Occupational Therapy.
  • AHPRA registration and eligibility for a Medicare Provider Number.
  • Specialist expertise and experience in assessment and therapy targeting handwriting would be an advantage, but you should at least have a demonstrated interest in this area, and be willing to learn from a local OT mentor who is a handwriting expert.
  • At least three years’ work experience as a Occupational Therapist with school-aged children, including experience working in schools and with small groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a team environment and build positive relationships with colleagues. Experience working in a team with Speech Pathologists and a school-aged caseload would be an advantage.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • A current Working with Children Check.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance (you will be reimbursed).
  • An Australian Tax File Number.

Requests for more information and applications should be sent to alison.clarke@spelfabet.com.au, or ring (03) 8528 0138 between 10.30am and 6.30pm weekdays.

Applications close on Monday 18th November 2019.