Vision Australia | Occupational Therapist (with Access Technology Skills)

Position Description
Occupational Therapist (with Access Technology Skills)
Illawarra- Permanent Part time three days per week
Vision Australia, supporting people who are blind or have low vision to live the life they choose.

Purpose of Position
The key purpose of this position is to utilise specialist Occupational Therapy (OT) knowledge and skills combined with relevant and available technology knowledge and supports to provide assessment; independent living skills training and intervention strategies; recommendations; reports and service coordination for clients who are blind or have low vision in order to improve equity and accessibility. Vision Australia services are based upon a person–centred transdisciplinary approach provided to clients of all ages, their families and carers. The position is intended for an applicant who is interested in expanding their OT / Access Technology performance and professional development is available to the right candidate.

Context
Vision Australia is a not-for-profit organisation with approximately 33,000 clients.   We are also a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.
We provide services and support for clients through 28 Vision Australia centres in NSW, ACT, Queensland and Victoria. Clinics are also held in 29 other locations and there are outreach services to the Northern Territory and Tasmania. This role will support the North West Metropolitan Melbourne region.
This position sits within the regional client services teams and works as part of a transdisciplinary team of services providers.

Principle Responsibilities

  • In consultation with clients and their families/carers – plan, develop, deliver and evaluate individual or group services in line with clients SMARTA Goals as identified through the assessment process.
  • Assess the client’s capacity to independently participate in activities of daily living (ADLs), including self-care skills, learning and education, play and recreation using evidence-based assessment tools.
  • Plan, develop, and deliver Access Technology training to clients as relevant and appropriate to ADLs.
  • Provide both individual and group OT training/intervention programs to achieve maximum independence and participation in activities appropriate to the client’s developmental level.
  • Assess and train clients in the use of assistive devices and equipment to enhance access to developmentally appropriate activities, including technology needs assessments in a variety of situations and environments including schools, homes, and workplaces.
  • Assess, plan and coordinate environmental and/or task modifications according to client’s needs.
  • Work collaboratively and proactively with service delivery staff, Regional Practice Leaders and Regional Managers to provide transdisciplinary, holistic services for Vision Australia clients.
  • Act as the primary service provider (PSP) to coordinate the provision of services internally for clients and/or liaise with external service providers to achieve desired outcomes for clients as required.
  • Identify, develop and review information and resources; promote and represent Vision Australia services in relevant forums; and develop and maintain internal and external networks.
  • Monitor and maintain accurate, up to date client records in accordance with professional standards, Vision Australia Policy and Procedures and relevant legislation.
  • Continuous professional development in line with registration requirements and to remain cognisant of new and emergent trends and technologies.
  • Other duties as required by the Regional Manager South Coast, Central West NSW & ACT.
  • Maintain a safe workplace by ensuring staff, volunteers and clients receive adequate information, training and instruction on Work, Health and Safety (WHS).
  • Key Performance Indicators
    Key performance indicators will be clearly defined through the performance planning process.
  • Essential Job Competencies
  • Qualification in Occupational Therapy (OT) as recognised by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.
  • Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Experience in and/or knowledge of service coordination/case management.
  • Knowledge and skills in working with children, adults and older adults.
  • Experience in providing client support and OT services in person and/or through other communication mediums.
  • Well-developed analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills including time management skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a transdisciplinary team and independently as required.
  • Ability in establishing and building positive working relationships with all levels of staff, clients and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills.

Desirable Job Competencies
•    Experience in OT service delivery.
•    A working knowledge of a range of access technologies including screen access technology, print access technology including magnification equipment and Braille equipment.
Organisational Values
•    Person-Centred – We measure our success in terms of outcomes for our clients;
•    Accountable – We hold ourselves responsible for what we do and don’t do;
•    Collaborative – We work well together and with others to deliver the best possible outcomes;
•    Commercially Focussed – We work efficiently and responsibly to sustain and grow our services and influence;
•    Agile – We will adapt, learn and innovate to have a positive impact in a changing environment.

Vision Australia environment
Many Vision Australia employees work with Seeing Eye Dogs and all employees are likely to have contact with working dogs.

Employment is subject to the Organisation receiving a National Police Record Check and if relevant, a Working with Children Check or QLD Blue Card or Vulnerable Persons (ACT) check.

Role Scope
Reports to:        Regional Manager South Coast Central West NSW & ACT

Direct Report Staff:         0
In-Direct Report Staff:     0

Review of Job Description
This job description will be reviewed in line with the performance planning and appraisal process.

Additional role requirements
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