Occupational Therapist - Positive Behaviour Support - Western Team


West Melbourne, VIC

Posted 3/15/2019

Employment type: Full Time
Term: Ongoing
Location: Derrimut

Salary: $65,000 - $105,000

Experienced Occupational Therapist to work in Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) needed due to growth and success in our organisation.

Everyday Independence is growing to meet the needs of people of all ages who live with a disability in the

Western Region of Melbourne

. Demand for support is increasing and we are looking for talented and passionate OT's to join our team.

Join a therapy organisation where you will:

  • Support people living with a disability to achieve their goals
  • Receive industry leading professional development, coaching and mentoring,
  • Earn above award salary
  • Have opportunities for career development pathway
  • Be provided with the tools you need including laptop, phone and generous vehicle options
  • Be part of a team that has strong commitment to a positive culture and delivering outcomes that make a real difference to people’s lives.
Everyday Independence is driven by best practice and to be the best in the world for delivering therapy services for people with disabilities. By joining the Everyday Independence Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) team you will:
  1. Maximise a person’s quality of life and wellbeing.
  2. Eliminate the need for restrictive practices through a functional behavioural analysis and providing a capable environment for the person to achieve their goals
  3. Support the person and the people around them to live a good everyday life.

Positive behaviour support is self-directed with particular values, strategies and procedures. Our values include: 
  • Person-centred planning in supporting the perspective, specific needs and goals of the person (rather than staff values).
  • Self-determination in supporting autonomy to make informed choices or best-interest decision making by those who know the person well.
  • Wraparound processes in developing behaviour support plans that are needs driven and strengths based rather than service driven and deficits based. 
  • Self-directed strategies aim to:
  • Place the person in the centre of service design and decision making.
  • Provide individualised supports to the person.
  • Empower the person to achieve his or her own wishes, preferences and aspirations. 

At Everyday Independence we don’t focus on the “behavior” but instead focus on ‘the person’ and provide person centered approaches to create capable environments in order to decrease stress triggers and assist ‘the person’ to develop and maintain a good quality of life.

Planning procedures you will be involved in:
  • Help the person work out what he or she wants in their life.
  • Clarify the support needs for the person to pursue his or her aspirations.
  • Bring together people who have a part to play in supporting joint problem solving.
  • Energise and motivate the person.
  • Build the capacity of the people that spend the most time with the person. This will involve help to direct and shape the contributions made from service agencies to ensure plans are based on what is important to a person from their perspective and so more effectively help people meet their goals.
  • Show service agencies how they can adjust their activities at both operational and strategic levels in order to better support people to achieve their goals. 

The Behaviour Support practitioner’s role is to provide support and complex needs advice, guidance, support planning and training to services where there are challenges to a person’s quality of life and routines, impacting the person themselves or the people around them. The key focused outcomes of the role is to demonstrate a reduction in behaviours of concern, in particular restrictive practices and to promote positive and proactive risk management so that people in our services can live good everyday lives.

To be successful in this role you must:
  • Have the ability to interpret functional assessments and observations to understand a person and their current-to-future potential.
  • Have commitment to evidence-based practice.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Have high level of written communication skills. 
  • Have a lifespan perspective of a person.
  • Have a positive approach to conflict.
  • Have a sense of urgency and the completion of reports in a timely manner.
  • Have a positive approach to risk
  • Persevere
  • Be strength based.
  • Have a high level of verbal communication skills for liaison and training with multiple teams (in group and individual settings).

The NDIS brings to the 

Western Region of Melbourne 

a huge opportunity to improve the lives of the whole community through the inclusion of people of all abilities. By joining Everyday Independence, you will help drive and support this social change.

You can find out more about Everyday Independence on our website www.everydayind.com.au O

pportunities exists across the whole of Victoria and NSW, including Bendigo, Shepparton, South East Melbourne and Sydney. To find out more about our roles please contact Everyday Independence on 1300 179 131 or email careers@everydayind.com.au

Apply Now! You are encouraged to apply now as will begin interviewing candidates as soon as they have been reviewed.

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