Diversional Therapist - Rndwk



A fantastic opportunity is available for an experienced and professional Occupational Therapist or Diversional Therapist to join our organisation in Sydney as a Leisure and Lifestyle Therapist. The position is offered on a permanent full-time basis at our Randwick Campus. The Role Reporting to the Therapeutic Leisure & Lifestyle Manager, this exciting and unique role supports our residents to engage in meaningful occupations through the development and coordination of therapeutic activity and engagement programs.

Using an holistic approach, our therapists aim to empower and engage residents while living in an aged care setting to have purposeful engagement opportunities. They achieve this through tailoring activities and tasks to meet residents cognitive and physical abilities. Activity programs are individualised based on residents’ current interests and values and their previous roles and occupations.

Primary Responsibilities Assist the progression and coordination of services towards a therapeutic model by integrating the Occupational Therapy and Diversional Therapy models of practise and enablement. Assist with assessing residents’ cognitive abilities using Allen's Cognitive Levels. Prescribing non-pharmacological interventions for residents who require behavioural support to meet their cognitive or mental health needs.

Actively contributing to the behaviour support pathway for residents with special behaviour needs, as part of a strong in-house interdisciplinary team. Creating a holistic approach to the development and maintenance of ‘better practise’ leisure and lifestyle programs specifically designed for our residents. This involves keeping up to date with recent literature published and current best practice.

To ensure that your departments’ accreditation status is maintained, as well as compliance with all legislative requirements Provide supervision to assistant support level staff while maintaining a clinical caseload of minimum 70% Qualifications & Experience Degree trained Occupational Therapist with eligibility for registration with AHPRA and comply with the professional standards and code of ethics of Occupational Therapy Australia OR Experienced Diversional therapist or other therapist with a strong leisure & lifestyle related curriculum content. Eligibility for full membership of the Diversional & Recreation Therapy Australia and comply with the professional standards of the Diversional Therapy profession. Essential Criteria Previous experience in an aged care or mental health care environment, specifically working with residents who are living with dementia Previous experience in the supervision of support level staff Ability to complete activity analysis and a good knowledge of the meaning and diverse use of occupation.

Proven ability to plan, implement and evaluate programs for group and individual therapy. Willingness and ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team High level organisation.

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29 May 2020


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