20622 - 01MUQ

Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Service Occupational Therapist
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 25 November 2019

Classification: Health Professional Level 3
Salary: $92,103 - $97,049 (up to $101,862 on achieving a personal upgrade)
Position No: 20622 - 01MUQ
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 07 November 2019
Contact Officer: Hayley Roll on hayley.roll@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 1212

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together
Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community
Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.
CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:
  • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.
Overview of the Work Area and Position
Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Services (RACS) is a vibrant and diverse Division within CHS providing multidisciplinary rehab, aged and community based care across a range of settings.  This includes Canberra Hospital, Community Health Centres and the Village Creek Centre in Kambah.  Our staff are committed to the delivery of health services that reflect CHS’s values:  reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.
The University of Canberra Hospital (UCH), Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research is located on the grounds of the University of Canberra. The hospital, the ACT’s first sub-acute rehabilitation hospital, is part of CHS’s network of health facilities designed to meet the needs of our ageing and growing population.
RACS services work collaboratively with the individuals, his/her carers and other services within and external to Canberra Health Services.
The Specialised Wheelchair and Posture Seating (SWAPS) Service is based within the Community Care Occupational Therapy team at the Village Creek Health Centre. The SWAPS therapist is a consultative role that provides tertiary level assessment, advice, prescription and review of specialised wheelchairs and/or seating needs for clients with complex needs in conjunction with a client’s primary therapist.  The service also has a role in providing education and support to other clinicians regarding wheelchair assessment and prescription.
Clients are primarily community based however support for inpatient clients is also provided as required.  The successful applicant will work closely with the primary treating therapists, clients, carers, technicians of the Clinical Technology Workshop and suppliers.  They are involved in arranging the appropriate trial of wheelchair and seating products, and the fabrication, modification and customisation of wheelchairs and seating systems.
In addition, dependant on caseload, the SWAPS therapist may be required to provide clinical services to clients of the Community Care Occupational Therapy team. The team provides assessment and intervention relating to assistive technology and home modifications for patients aged 18+ years who may be National Disability Insurance Scheme participants or Commonwealth Home Support Program clientele. Clients vary in their medical conditions and may include people with neurological conditions, orthopaedic conditions, complex medical conditions and frail aged.
Eligibility/Other Requirements:
  • Degree in Occupational Therapy,
  • Be registered as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA),
  • Current driver’s licence.
  • Experience in wheelchair and seating assessment and prescription.
  • Knowledge of pressure mapping.
Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.
  • Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health. If practising clinically (providing direct clinical care to patients or supervising staff providing direct clinical care to patients) as an allied health professional in any capacity at any time in CHS facilities, the person occupying this position will be required to comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health professionals. Initial credentialing is completed following a pre-offer for a position, prior to any offer of employment being made.
  • Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).
This is a temporary position available for 12 months with possible extension. Applications from this recruitment process may be used to fill identical positions within the next 12 months. Part time hours may be considered.

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This is a temporary position available for 12 months with possible extension.

Career interest categories:

Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services