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Occupational Therapist, Grade 3 - 222938

JobsNSW - Sydney, NSW

Education, Childcare & Training
Source: uWorkin


Temporary full time appointment up to 31 December 2020

Location: Woniora Road School, Hurstville

A great opportunity to use your occupational therapy, communication and collaboration skills in an innovative school environment to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing and learning outcomes for students requiring personalised assistance.

About the Department of Education
We ensure young children get the best start in life by supporting and regulating the early childhood education and care sector. We are the largest provider of public education in Australia with responsibility for delivering high-quality public education to two-thirds of the NSW student population.

About the school

Woniora Road School is a NSW Government school for specific purposes (SSP). The school enrols 42 students catering directly for secondary aged students diagnosed with emotional disorders and mental health issues. Woniora Road School's mission is to provide a positive, supportive and engaging learning environment that promotes student success and wellbeing. This is achieved by delivering a range of quality, individualised education plans and support programs that address each student's unique academic, social and emotional needs. The school's effective wellbeing programs focus on developing social skills and encourage students to develop a sense of personal worth, responsibility and independent wellbeing management strategies. Woniora Road School also has a strong emphasis on academic achievement and attainment. Students access mainstream curriculum support through Sydney Distance Education High School. The school also offers specialised academic programs such as individual literacy and numeracy tutorial programs. The school implements a range of engagement programs with both a vocational and therapeutic focus that improve students' attendance and community participation, and prepares them for work or further learning. Woniora Road School endeavours to create and maintain productive partnerships with parents, carers and the wider community. Their assistance in building an ongoing culture of support is highly valuable.

About the role
Occupational Therapists (Grade 3) work within the school community in partnership with the learning and support team and school counselling service to provide a high level of occupational therapy services to enhance student social and emotional wellbeing, learning outcomes and day to day life. Occupational Therapists provide both whole-of-school wellbeing initiatives and targeted strengths-based supports for students requiring personalised assistance. They also have a pivotal role in working collaboratively with external child and family support agencies and other government agencies to support students.

Woniora Road School is located in Hurstville NSW. The successful applicant will be working with 21 staff comprised of 11 direct teaching and 10 support staff, with additional support from regional staff such as School Councillors.

Employment type and term details specific to this role are;

  • Full time
  • Temporary 6 Months with potential to extend
  • Start date July 2020
  • End date December 2020

Essential requirements

  • Diploma or Higher qualification in Occupational Therapy (or equivalent post-graduate qualifications).
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the Department's Aboriginal education and training policies.
  • Valid and current Working with Children Check for paid employment.

How to apply

The NSW Department of Education is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. We encourage diverse applicants from a range of backgrounds to apply for roles in the department.

Toapply for this role, please submit an application by clicking €œApply Online€below. To apply, you will need to attach a cover letter (max. 2 pages) and your resume(max. 5 pages) ineither Word or PDF format. Please address anypre-screening questions and any essential requirements. We are looking foryou to demonstrate your competence in the focus capabilities as outlined in the Role Desciption in your answer, so please develop yourresponse with this in mind

Note: the selection process will include a range of assessment techniques to assist in determining your suitability for the role.

Please note: If you are progressed to interview, you will be required to provide your proof of identity information and complete an INFORMED CONSENT declaration.

This is a child-related role. If you are the successful candidate you will be required to obtain a Working with Children Check (WWCC) Clearance number as a condition of employment (if you do not already have this). For more information, visit https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/child-safe-organisations/working-with-children-check

In addition, your employment may be subject to the Department€™s Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check to determine your suitability for employment.

If you are called to interview you will need to provide the following:

Proof of Identity information

Informed Consent Form

Declaration for child-related work


1. Give examples of how Occupational Therapy support canbe provided in multidisciplinary teams to students with mental healthissues to improve educational outcomes?€‹ (400 words maximum).


2. In what specific ways could an Occupational Therapistsupport the reengagement and participation of highly disengaged €‹studentsin a highly supportive, non-clinical school setting? (400 words maximum).

For enquiries about this role, contact Danny Callaghan, Principal, Woniora Road School, Department of Education, at (02) 9580 6818 or by email to [email protected]

Note: A recruitment pool may be created through this recruitment process. A recruitment pool is a group of applicants who have been assessed and identified as suitable for this role or similar roles, and who may be considered for a range of similar roles, including temporary, term or on the next 18 months.