Occupational Therapist – Contractor

Be part of transforming lives for stronger communities.

  • A professional practice with a real difference
  • Work your own hours
  • Be supported by a large, multidisciplinary, family focused organisation
  • Consulting suites in Frankton and Sandringham

Who we are

Family Life is a specialist family services organisation known for its innovation, impact and whole-of-community approach.  Our teams are committed to transforming the lives of our clients and communities to build resilience and healthy relationships.

Family Life is a growing organisation that is recognised for its innovative approach and has been named in the Top 10 Give Easy Innovation Index for 2018 and 2019. Family Life has also been awarded an Australian Crime Prevention Award for Meaningful Community Change for leading the ‘Together We Can’ collective impact project which saw a significant drop in reported incidents of family violence over the life of the project in Cardinia Shire.

Family Life is a child safe organisation. We value, respect and listen to children and young people.  We are committed to the safety of all children and young people. Family Life supports children to meet their potential and thrive. We do not tolerate neglect, mistreatment or abuse of any kind.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for skilled, passionate individuals who embody the Family Life Way principles to deliver trauma informed support to fee paying clients to achieve positive outcomes for communities.Family Life is seeking to establish a trusted, trauma informed, family focused professional practice, delivering quality services to the Bayside and Peninsula communities. We are seeking to engage a qualified Occupational Therapist as a Family Life contractor.

 What we offer

Heartlinks offers you the opportunity to be part of a private practice with a difference. As a social enterprise we can offer you the chance to give back to communities in need.  In exchange for our practice model we offer:

  • Inviting and well appointed consulting rooms in Sandringham and Frankston
  • A wide variety of clients, including possible referrals from Family Life’s programs and an opportunity to develop your skills with a focus on strengthening families
  • Flexible working hours and days
  • The option of providing telehealth and face-to-face services
  • The option to access Family Life’s quality assurance processes, including our practice standards, client management system and tele-health platform
  • Reception and administrations support, including bookings, payment processing and enquiries
  • A structured approach to building the practice with support provided

The program

Heartlinks is a recently established social enterprise of Family Life, created as a multidisciplinary, fee for service practice, focused on providing wrap around support to families, couples and individuals in the Bayside and Mornington Peninsula areas. All profits from Heartlinks’ services are invested back into the provision of free programs and services to transform the lives of children, young people and families in our community.

The contractor position

The Occupational Therapist (OT) is a contractor position, with access to both our Sandringham and Frankston consulting suites. The OT will offer online and face to face (post Stage 4 restrictions) therapeutic services to clients.  The OT will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to deliver evidence-based, trauma informed services to couples, families, children, men and women, and to support the innovation of service delivery.

A day in the life of the OT may include: delivering trauma informed therapeutic services to clients, undertaking case management of clients, supporting co-workers with their cases, building the profile of the practice and your client base and engaging with peers and partners to develop innovative approaches to service delivery.

Family Life will, from time to time, tender for grants or receive philanthropic funding that supports the provision of services to vulnerable members of the community through Heartlinks, who may otherwise be unable to access therapeutic support. As a Family Life contractor, you will have the opportunity to provide services as part of these projects (working within the parameters of the funding agreements).

It is our intention Heartlinks will grow to be a self-sustaining, viable private practice and that all therapeutic roles will grow with it, giving contractors the ability to develop their role to suit their work/life situation.

To promote accessibility, it would be advantageous to be registered (or have capability to register prior to commencement) with the Better Access Scheme.


Why apply?

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced and self-motivated OT to work with Family Life, and be part of a new enterprise that will change the way Family Life supports communities.  Do you have experience working in a private practice setting? Are you registered or do you have the capacity to register with Medicare? Do you enjoy working as part of a multidisciplinary team, and have a strong client centred approach to all you do? If so, we would love to hear from you!

How to Apply

Please submit your confidential application including a CV and cover letter addressing why you are applying and the skills you will bring to the service via our Application Portal. Please note: applicants who do not meet the requirements of the role will not be considered.

For further information please contact Carolyn, Business Development Manager on (03) 8599 5433.

Family Life values diversity and welcomes applicants who meet the criteria, irrespective of race and ethnicity, colour, age, gender, gender identity, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

All contracts are subject to the Family Life Safety Screening process, including a Working with Children Check and Police Records Check. Any person issued with a negative notice on their Working with Children Check will not be eligible to work with Family Life.

Applications close: Friday 25th September 2020


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