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Health Professional Level 1 - Occupational Therapist - New Graduate - Commencing January 2023

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Occupational Therapist

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person-centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary, and community‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

Occupational Therapists in Canberra Health services work collaboratively with individuals, families, carers and internal and external service providers to maximise the health, wellbeing and occupational engagement of Canberrans.

CHS Occupational Therapists provide exceptional care through the delivery of high quality Occupational Therapy assessment and a range of therapeutic interventions including harm prevention and minimisation strategies, therapy to promote recovery, rehabilitation and reablement, supporting safe and sustainable discharge to the community, and long-term occupational engagement and the maintenance of wellbeing. Areas of work include The Canberra Hospital, University or Canberra Hospital, consumers’ homes and a variety of community health services located at various sites within the ACT.

Our staff are committed to the delivery of health services that reflect CHS values.

Exciting opportunities exist for new graduate Occupational Therapist(s) to join CHS Occupational Therapy services; in the Acute Allied Health Services and Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Services divisions of CHS. The successful applicant(s) will be employed as a Health Professional Level 1 for 12 months in this/these positions to maximise clinical and professional skills growth and development. Each new graduate will be afforded opportunities to rotate within each division to enhance learning and experience, access to professional development support, high levels of clinical supervision, and support from wider occupational therapy teams, clinical educators and the occupational therapy professional group.


Under limited direction of the area service manager you will provide high quality occupational therapy services that facilitate positive patient outcomes to a range of patients within a designated caseload area. You will:

  1. Provide appropriate assessment and interventions using contemporary evidence-based principles, techniques and methods. Interventions may be delivered in an individual or group setting.
  2. Work collaboratively as part of your work area team
  3. Include consumers, carers, significant others, GPs, and other service providers in therapeutic goal setting, planning and implementation, as consent allows.
  4. Complete case and administrative data collection and evaluation to CHS standard.
  5. Participate in clinical supervision, continuing professional development and performance planning and review processes.
  6. Participate in team and program related service activities as required.
  7. Participate in occupational therapy and program/team/service-related clinical governance activities, quality improvement, research and health promotion activities relevant to the area of work.
  8. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

  1. Strong organisational skills with high degree of initiative.
  2. Displays critical thinking skills and forms defensible conclusions based on evidence and sound judgement.
  3. Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet patients’ needs
  4. A willingness to actively engage in a team environment

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

Tertiary qualifications (or equivalent) in Occupational Therapy

Be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA),

Hold a current driver’s licence.

The successful applicant may need to be available for occasional weekend and after-hours work, with access to flex time.

CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide Digital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies

Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.

Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Note: These are Temporary positions commencing January 2023 for 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.

Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening, and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

Comply with CHS credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals.


These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

  1. Ability to apply occupational therapy knowledge, skills, and professional judgement to undertake clinical assessment and provide person-centred interventions.
  2. Ability to manage and prioritise a caseload in clinical environments with competing demands.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work effectively within Occupational Therapy and multi-disciplinary teams and collaborate with other service providers to ensure effective patient outcomes.
  4. Demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills, including the ability to use a range of information technology applications to maintain clinical documentation and data collection.
  5. Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.


Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and

A response to the selection criteria under “What You Require”. In no more than 2 pages

Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

CHS Contact: Jane Lawrence, email: Phone: 51240073

Job Ad Reference 024PN
Date Listed 02 August 2022