Occupational Therapist

Job No: PAMS1044
Location: Newman

Location: Newman
Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Category: Fixed Term till 30 June 2022
Remuneration: $96,350.67 - $110,564.61 per annum plus superannuation plus salary sacrifice

About the Organisation

With an administrative hub based in Newman, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia, Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) provides holistic primary health care to individuals and families within the remote Aboriginal communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.

PAMS has over 700 registered clients, with most being Martu. Services offered include health education and promotion programs and initiatives, as well as the monitoring and management of ongoing health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, ante-natal & post-natal care and child health.

About the Opportunity

The Occupational Therapist reports to and is directly accountable to the Community Health Programs Manager, working in collaboration with the Speech Pathologist and Curtin University students to deliver an education focused health program (Jiji Project) that integrates occupational therapy and speech pathology to children and their families/carer’s within the education environment. The program also supports teachers with training and techniques assist learning.

The Occupational Therapist will also provide supervision to Curtin students who participate in the Jiji program.

To view the full Position Description and Selection Criteria, click here or visit http://www.puntukurnu.com.au/

About You

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Occupational Therapy and eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. 
  • At least 5 years post graduate experience in Occupational Therapy, demonstrating a sound professional competency in planning, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy services.
  • Strong understanding and a commitment to the principles of Community Development.
  • Understanding of the principles of the model of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the unique issues affecting and impacting on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • An ability to work, reside and travel independently in a remote region.
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills along with an ability to adapt to changing needs.
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as independently when required.

The position involves working within a multicultural organisation where the majority of staff, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA “C” Class Driver’s Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) and Working with Children Check prior to appointment.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement. Acceptable evidence includes an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with relevant visa.

About the Benefits

While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $96,350.67 - $110,564.61 per annum plus superannuation. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • 6 weeks’ annual leave + 17.5% leave loading
  • Power subsidy in accordance with the PAMS Employee Remuneration Policy
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training + study leave options
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retention Initiatives in accordance with the PAMS Employee Remuneration Policy

This position offers the opportunity to work closely with remote Aboriginal communities and make a drastic impact to the health and well-being outcomes of these communities.

PAMS operates four remote sites, three of which have a team of one nurse and a range of ancillary workers. Although the successful candidates will have a substantive location (Newman) they must be prepared from time to time to work across any one of these sites should they be required.

PAMS operates in some of the most remote parts of Australia and staff are required to be proficient at driving a 4WD vehicle and willing to fly in light aircraft.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 5pm, Sunday 22 March 2020.

For further information about this position please call Lailah Eloche on (08) 9227 1631.

As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) PAMS actively seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees.

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