Speech Pathologist (Assessments)

Job Location: South West Coast VIC
Employer: Early Start Australia
Part time

About Us

Early Start Australia, Geelong clinic is looking for a Speech Pathologist (Assessments) to join their leading paediatric allied health service on a part-time basis. Our paediatric therapy services and autism programs are highly-regarded and we are a much sought after organisation to work with. 

We have a very knowledgeable and dedicated transdisciplinary clinical team and allied health team. 

Our Administration team offer a huge amount of support to our clinical team from enquiries, intake, bookings, payments and phone calls so that our practitioners can focus on what they do best. 

We pride ourselves on providing clinical support and evidence based practices. We have regular group and individual supervision, in-house professional development, allied health team meetings, discipline-specific and trans-disciplinary training and generous professional development budgets and time allocations. 

We have a positive culture and welcoming team that we pride ourselves on. We enjoy team lunches, social events such as trivia, end of term events and celebrating staff milestones. 

What We Offer You

Opportunity for flexible working hours, offering permanent part-time or permanent full-time employment.

Comprehensive professional development to help you reach your full potential and be able to provide the best possible client outcomes. This includes regular supportive supervision, case conferencing, internal training with some of Australia’s leading therapists who are also part of our ESA team & access to internal Clinical Leaders. We also have professional development budgets and paid professional development leave days.

Staff benefits include competitive salary with performance incentives, individual professional development budgets, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) program and access to Employment Hero; a discount marketplace with hundreds of products at reduced prices from groceries to movie tickets.

About The Role

Our assessment services cover a range of speech, language and communication needs, with a large component of Autism Spectrum assessments. Speech Pathologists have an important role in screening for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and working alongside psychologists in differential diagnostic assessments. This ensures children who meet criteria receive an early accurate diagnosis, thus helping to ensure that appropriate services and support can be provided to children and their families. 

Your key responsibilities will be to: 

  • Administer and interpret speech, language and social communication/pragmatic assessments;
  • To conduct childcare/preschool/ school observations when required;
  • To ensure that consultations, school observations, test administration and reports are completed within agreed timeframe;
  • To collaborate and consult with the psychologist or other stakeholders to formulate a diagnosis and recommendations;
  • To conduct a feedback session with the child’s carers;
  • To produce detailed reports of the highest standard for clients.

Training, supervision and support regarding speech, language and diagnostic assessments is provided, however this role is suitable for practitioners who come with prior paediatric experience. The assessment service is a part-time role with flexible hours. A full-time and ongoing speech pathology caseload is also available, if desired. Caseload age range is usually between 1-12 years and general paediatrics, autism spectrum and NDIS. 
You will work within a multidisciplinary team alongside other health professionals such as Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, behaviour analysts, educators and early intervention specialists. 

About You:

You are a dedicated and skilled speech pathologist. You’ve gained experience with children and are comfortable and confident in your role with children and their parents.

You set yourself high-standards and may have a special interest in communication, early, preschool and school aged language, speech sound disorders and autism spectrum disorder, and like working across various paediatric areas. 

You’re the kind of therapist who gets things quickly, is adaptable, coachable, and always ready to take on a new challenge with a can-do attitude. You are a team player and love learning things from other professionals whilst always having something to bring to the table yourself. You are reliable, punctual, committed and well-presented. 

You connect with the parents of your clients and build good relationships with them. Most importantly, you connect with the kids and have a real knack for play.

What Do I Need to Join?

  • Tertiary qualifications in Speech Pathology;
  • Passion about making a difference in the lives of children and their families;
  • Experience in paediatrics, including some prior experience in conducting assessments, analysis and report writing;
  • Excellent organisational, verbal and written communication skills. This includes the ability to develop strong relationships quickly with children and their parents/carers. It also includes the production of high-quality reports;
  • Compliance – SPA membership, Working with Children Check, National Police Check, NDIS workers screening check, First Aid Training, Driver’s License & Vehicle. 

If this sounds like an opportunity of interest, please apply directly through Seek.

***Closing date is not applicable, candidates are encouraged to apply without delay***

Early Start Australia places a high priority on the principles of respect, equity and diversity. As an employer of choice, we strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, people from culturally diverse backgrounds and people with disabilities.

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