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Occupational Therapist


Enriching lives of people living with dementia

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join one of the country’s leading dementia specialist care and support organisations. At Alzheimer’s WA our shared purpose is to improve the lived experience of those on the dementia journey.

Through advocacy, services, innovation, education, partnerships and holistic person-centred care, we endeavour to be by the side of those living with dementia and to make a positive difference to their lives.

As part of our growing allied health team you will have the opportunity to develop your dementia expertise, deliver person-centred innovative approaches, be involved in research and be part of a team working locally, and influencing nationally and internationally, to improve the care and support of people living with dementia and their carers.

The Occupational Therapist role is primarily responsible for the assessment and facilitation of services to clients in all aspects of their daily life including maintaining independence, rehabilitation, meaningful engagement, supporting wellbeing and creating enabling environments through dementia design and assistive technology. This is provided through assessment, intervention and ongoing support to clients and their families.

As a member of our dementia specialist community allied health team you will be working with people living with younger onset dementia as well as supporting older clients with cognitive impairment at home.

Your duties as the Occupational Therapist will include, but not be limited to:

  • Provide Occupational Therapy services including, but not limited to:
    • Cognitive, functional and home environment assessments.
    • Development of occupational therapy support plans and intervention, e.g. task adaptation, environmental modification, prescription of dementia-specific assistive technology, cognitive rehab, etc.
    • Review client’s function and work with client and their support partners to maximise independence and wellbeing.
  • Empowers and supports clients to advocate for themselves and support choice and autonomy.
  • Supports and contributes to the strong inter-disciplinary person-centred team’s ethos.
  • Participates in research and innovation projects.
  • Ensure compliance with all contractual requirements including the recording and reporting of all associated activities.
  • Ensure provision of quality person-centred service to clients.
  • Other duties as directed by the Team Leader Allied Health.

Selection Criteria

As the successful Occupational Therapist, you will have:

Essential

  1. BSc (Occupational Therapy) or a MSc (Occupational Therapy) or equivalent.
  2. Registered with AHPRA.
  3. Minimum 3 years of occupational therapy experience in community care.
  4. Working knowledge of the NDIS.
  5. Experience in working with people living with dementia in a person-centred approach.
  6. Ability to work in a small team, manage multiple projects and work with a high level of autonomy.
  7. High level written and verbal communication skills and interpersonal skills including the capacity to problem solve and negotiate with a diverse range of stakeholders.
  8. Sound knowledge and skill in using MS Office suite.
  9. Current and valid Police Clearance and WA driver’s licence.

Desirable

  1. Experiences as a Positive Behaviour Support Practioner.
  2. Knowledge and experience of working with people with dementia in a range of care settings, such as acute, primary, community or residential aged care.
  3. Experience in adapting the home environment to maximise independence.

What you get in return

  • Person-centred dementia expert organisation
  • Develop your career as a dementia expert OT
  • Clinical supervision available
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Salary Packaging
  • 5 weeks of annual leave

How to apply

Closing date: Friday, 13 November 2020

Please submit your application with a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and your current resume through our online recruitment form.

Applications will not be accepted unless applied through our online recruitment process.

Please note: Short listing may commence immediately. We reserve the right to close the position without notice. Only suitable candidates will be considered and contacted if short listed.

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