32186, several

Occupational Therapist
Full-time Temporary

Closes: 26 April 2021

Classification: Health Professional Level 1
Salary: $63,671 - $83,418 plus superannuation
Position No: 32186, several
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 08 April 2021
Contact Officer: Michelle Bennett on michelle.bennett@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 0079

Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together.
Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community.
Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

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.

Overview of the work area and position

Occupational Therapists in Canberra Health services work collaboratively with individuals, families, carers and internal and external service providers to maximise the health, wellbeing and occupational engagement of Canberrans. CHS Occupational Therapists provide exceptional care through the delivery of high quality Occupational Therapy assessment and a range of therapeutic interventions including prevention and harm minimisation, therapy to promote recovery, rehabilitation and reablement, support for maximising safe and sustainable discharges back into the community, and long-term occupational engagement and the maintenance of wellbeing.  Areas of work include The Canberra Hospital, University or Canberra Hospital, Dhulwa Mental Health Unit, consumers’ homes and a variety of community health centres and community mental health, justice health and alcohol and drugs services located at various sites within the ACT.

Our staff are committed to the delivery of health services that reflect CHS values.
Exciting opportunities exist for new graduate Occupational Therapists to join CHS Occupational Therapy services in Acute Allied Health Services, Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Services, and Mental Health, divisions of CHS. The successful applicants will be employed as a full-time Health Professional Level 1 for 12 months. New graduate positions are designed to maximise clinical and professional skills growth and development with access to professional development opportunities; high levels of clinical supervision; support from wider multidisciplinary teams, clinical educators and the occupational therapy professional group; and, where available, opportunities to rotate within and across divisions to enhance learning and experience.

CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

*Strong organisational skills with high degree of initiative.
*Displays critical thinking skills and forms defensible conclusions based on evidence and sound judgement.
*Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet patients’ needs.
*A willingness to actively engage in a team environment.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

*Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
*Hold a current driver’s licence.

*Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
*Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
*Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
*Comply with CHS credentialing requirements for allied health.
*Comply with CHS Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


There are several temporary positions available for a period of 12 months only. An order of merit list will be established to fill identical vacancies at level. The successful applicant may need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work, with access to flex time. Depending on the service, applicants may be required to participate in an overtime, on call, and/ or shift work with a rotating roster.

For more information on this position and how to apply “click here

Career interest categories:

Administration and Governance
Human Resources and Industrial Relations