Speech Pathologist

About the role:

  • Temporary – full time/ part time position
  • Attractive coastal location in the southern Illawarra region – enjoy a relaxed beach lifestyle
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team of experienced Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists
  • Supportive team work and collaboration
  • Diverse caseload of paediatric disability clients
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Autonomy over caseload and client management
  • Professional development supported
  • Attractive salary packaging options
  • Join an exciting time in the changing role of the early childhood disability sector as we transition to the full roll-out of the NDIS

Key Responsibilities

1. Based on participant goals develop, implement and evaluate individual and group based speech pathology programs. Ensure that these programs are flexible and modify their content based on the goals and plans of the participants at any time.

2. Ensure speech pathology programs are delivered in a family centred context, and in collaboration with families adjust delivery to respond to the functional needs of the child and family.

3. Maintain a clinical caseload of children and young people including assessment, planning, implementation, recording and evaluation related to: speech pathology services supporting Early Childhood Intervention, acquisition of communication skills, development of personal care skills (swallowing, eating and drinking), use of augmentative communication systems or other speech pathology related areas identified in a participant’s goals.

4. Ensure that speech pathology programs are delivered in ways that are consistent with the National Disability Insurance Scheme principles including: that the child/young person and their family are at the centre of decision making, that all speech pathology programs are evidence based and that the individual therapist takes responsibility for maintaining their professional skill base.

5. Work collaboratively within a team of allied health professionals to facilitate children and young people achieving their goals and increasing their functional skills.

6. Maintain all clinical, goal attainment and service documentation to meet the requirements of funding bodies, including the NDIS and the administrative requirements of Kidzwish.  Participate in collecting/recording feedback from service users and responding to this feedback as required. 

7. Establish and maintain linkages with a range of community agencies to ensure families can access a range of supports as required.

8. Respect the rights of others at all times. Work in accordance with the Kidzwish Code of Conduct and the Clients Rights and Responsibilities policy.

9. Support and uphold the values of the Kidzwish Foundation in all work activities.

10. Maintain current professional knowledge and skills, including annual mandatory training in Child Protection, WHS and regular (monthly) clinical support established within the team and wider community of practice.

11. Ensure an understanding of a billable hours administrative environment and work in accordance with this requirement to maximise organisational sustainability.

12. Assist the team in assessing and continuously improving the quality of therapy services at Kidzwish.

Please attach CV to your application as well as a document addressing selection criteria:

Essential

  1. Bachelor or equivalent post-graduate degree in Speech Pathology. Member of Speech Pathology Australia.
  2. Post-graduate experience working with children and young people with a disability or delay.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a team.
  4. Demonstrated ability to work without direct supervision.
  5. Demonstrated ability to undertake a range of assessments, utilising evidence based practice develop, plan, implement and evaluate therapy programs at an individual and group level for children and young people with a disability or delay and with reference to NDIS goals.
  6. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in working within person- and family-centered principles and applying these within the context of NDIS principles.
  7. Demonstrated highly developed interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  8. Current unrestricted NSW drivers license and own vehicle to attend mobile visits (KM allowance provided)
  9. Current NSW working with children’s check.

Desirable

  1. Knowledge and ability to carry out assessment and implementation of AAC devices and options with children with complex needs.
  2. Demonstrated ability to support staff in mainstream services and community organisations to provide inclusive support for children with complex communication needs.

About KidzWish:

KidzWish started in 2004 to bring support, love and laughter to Illawarra & South Coast children in our community who are sick, disadvantaged or have a disability. Never did we expect KidzWish would grow to what it is today. Since being founded we have developed our programs to now include: Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, an Appeals Program, Music and Dance Program, Sports Academy Program and the KidzWish Children's Christmas Party.

For more information: 

This is an amazing opportunity to join a team of marketing professionals who are committed to KidzWish's mission! For further information, email nivi@kidzwish.org.au 

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