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Occupational Therapist

Branch: Canberra

Looking for a role that offers the diversity to work across multiple sectors? Interested in working as part of a multidisciplinary team? Are you interested in Child Trauma?

We’re growing, so come and be part of CatholicCare’s Allied Health Service team!

Competitive salary and benefits

Full time and /or Part Time position

Based in ACT

We’re Growing! Exciting opportunity to work for one of Canberra’s largest community sector organisations. We’re looking for a passionate and talented Occupational Therapist, interested in Child Trauma, to join our Allied Health Service team in Canberra. Working alongside our team of psychologists, social workers and nurses, you’ll provide person centred functional and environmental assessments and interventions to promote independence and quality of life of children between the ages of 0 to 12 years who have experienced trauma.

The Role

Your key responsibilities as an Occupational Therapist will be to provide clinical assessment, treatment and therapies designed to enable your clients to maintain and improve their daily functioning and independence. Within the role, you will:

  • Improve daily functioning of children 0 to 12 years old who have experienced trauma, and enhance their ability to access and engage in education.
  • Building sensory, learning, behaviour, motor, social and independence skills.
  • The Occupational Therapist will develop individualised treatment plans that target identified goals that arise from the assessment process and are developed in conjunction with the child and family.
  • Play will be used to engage children, to support their participation, learning and skill development.
  • Work with parents and carers to support them in learning the skills to nurture independence across all environments, will also be an essential part of the role.
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team; liaising with healthcare professionals, such as GP’s, nurses, psychologists and psychiatrists to ensure treatment plans are formulated and monitored.
If you would like to work with us to make a positive difference in people’s lives and be a part of our clinical services team, we want to hear from you!

What we offer

Rewarding opportunities exist for enthusiastic people seeking meaningful careers; helping people in the wider community in a new and innovative program. CatholicCare's employment benefits include a generous salary packaging option, and professional development in a family friendly environment. A large group of highly skilled and specialist clinicians provide a great team environment, supporting learning and excellence.

About us

CatholicCare is the social services arm of the Catholic Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Our mission is to provide quality services to people by promoting healthy, inclusive communities through relationships, partnerships and collaboration.

Selection Criteria

The ideal person we are looking for has:

  • Relevant qualification and current registration as an Occupational Therapist
  • Experience delivering Occupational therapy
  • Ability to respond appropriately to crisis situations and to manage risk.
  • Commitment to delivering evidence based practice and an openness to training and development.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, and good time management skills
  • Have an understanding of EEO, Work Safety and confidentiality


  • Relevant accreditation as Better Access to Mental Health endorsed Occupational Therapist or in the process of training to become endorsed

To Apply

To apply you must:

  • Attach an updated resume
  • Include covering Letter (no more than one page)
  • Address each Selection Criteria above (no more than 2 pages)
Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered. You will also be required to undergo a National Police Check. To be considered for this role you will be also required to hold:
  • a current drivers licence, and
  • a Working with Vulnerable People Card

  Please download the selection criteria:Child OT PD - trauma

Please send your applications to:

Closing Date: Until position is filled 

*Please note shortlisting and interviews will be ideally undertaken within two weeks of the closing date. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

CatholicCare is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Applications are strongly encouraged from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people; people with a disability; people who identify as LGBTIQ; and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.