Allied Health Officer, Occupational Therapy - Melton Specialist Schools

  • Victoria State Government - Education and Training
  • Melton VIC, Australia
  • 07 Jan, 2022

Job Description

Job ID:  1261876 Location:  Melton Specialist Schools Department:  Melton Specialist Schools Role Type:  Other Subjects/Duties:  View Subject/Duties Full/Part Time:  Full-Time Ongoing/Fixed Term:  Fixed Term Classification:  Ed Support Level 1-Range 2 Apply By:  20/01/2022 Other Information:   Begin Date:  28/01/2022 End Date:  20/12/2022 Hours:  38.00 Contact Name:  Monika Michailides Phone:  0431 370 374 School Website:


Location Profile

Melton Specialist School, with an enrolment of 345 students, provides educational programs for students with disabilities at both primary and secondary levels in a positive, caring and safe environment. It is a dual mode setting, catering for students with mild through to severe intellectual disabilities and other associated disabilities like Autism. Students are transported to our school via bus or family transport. The school is closely located to other schools as well as a variety of community retail spaces, leisure and recreational facilities.

Our school environment is comprised of traditional classrooms, specialist and vocational training classrooms, therapy spaces and indoor sensory areas. Our grounds feature natural gardens, purpose built outdoor sensory areas, playground equipment, sports facilities and covered walkways. Teachers and Educational Support staff make extensive use of a wide variety of resources to ensure all students have an educational journey that is positive and successful.

Our school’s philosophy and programs are based upon the belief that children learn best in a structured environment that is safe, challenging and supportive with a school-wide focus on Positive Behaviour Support. Across the school we implement Structured TEACCHing and provide onsite training for staff to implement this approach to teaching and learning. We provide programs in Arts, Literacy, Physical Education, Numeracy, Information Technology, Science and Life Skills.

Senior students also have the option of accessing a VCAL or ASDAN program which aim to develop work related skills, travel education and personal development skills. Student Support Group meetings involving staff, parents, carers and our Allied Health team are held four times a year to formulate individual learning goals based on each student’s ability, strengths and needs and celebrate achievements towards these goals

In 2022, Stage two of a four-stage rebuilding project will commence. Stage one was completed in 2019. Through our Improvement plans, the school aims to develop a change in the culture of the school where roles are clarified, structures and processes are developed and embedded, and an expectation on consistent practice and developing expertise is expected in all staff.

Our vision

Staff at Melton Specialist School believe in creating a nurturing environment where students are empowered to achieve their full potential, be that in the academic curriculum, in their social interactions or in the area of independent living skills. Increasing student independence and creating an engaging learning environment is foremost when staff plan and implement individual programs.

Melton Specialist School values the safety, health and wellbeing of its students, staff and community. The cornerstone of education for the students who attend our school relies on the partnerships that are formed between families, the school and agencies outside of the school. At this school, we respect student diversity and we acknowledge that all students can learn in their respective manner. Staff have a responsibility to ensure that student learning is engaging and relevant to the individual. Students in the school demonstrate their responsibility by trying their best in their academic, social and personal interactions.

We are a School Wide Positive Behaviour Support School.

School-wide Positive Behaviour Support (SWPBS) is an evidence-based framework for preventing and responding to student behaviour. It aims to create a positive school climate, a culture of student competence and an open, responsive management system for all school community members.

It includes analysis of data in professional learning teams, implementation of evidence based practices and organisational systems for establishing safe, purposeful and inclusive school and classroom learning environments while providing the individual behaviour and learning supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students.

Our school purpose is supported by the following school values that are central to the life of the school.

Be Responsible • Be Respectful • Be Safe

Selection Criteria

KSC1 Currently studying Occupational Therapy at university (bachelor degree or masters)

KSC2 Interest in building knowledge and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual disability and its impact on the engagement and participation in learning tasks

KSC3 Professional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate positively with a wide range of people in the educational setting

KSC4 Interest in building knowledge in the design and implementation of sensory interventions, personal care and motor programs to support students with complex needs

KSC5 Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team, taking initiative while seeking and accepting direction or advice from supervising therapy team member

KSC6 Demonstrated knowledge or willingness to engage in learning about relevant technology, equipment, resource making tools and Communication or Occupational Therapy specific professional development topics.


There is flexibility with the time fraction of this role.

At Melton Specialist School, the Therapy Assistant:

Works under supervision and in association with the Allied Health Team

Works collaboratively and under the direction of /occupational therapists or physiotherapists

Runs intervention sessions (individual or group) under guidance of an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist

Supports school camps and excursions

Creates and manages resources for the Allied Health Team

Completes administration tasks as directed an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist


Discipline specific assistant responsibilities:

Implement Occupational Therapy or movement intervention programs under the guidance of Allied Health professionals

Administer informal assessments under guidance of allied health professionals

Update and follow work plan as discussed with therapy team leader

Communication with allied health professionals regarding student progress, sessions, intervention strategies and feedback

Create and update resources for Therapy teams

Assist with the supervision of students, e.g. in playgrounds, at the bus bay, in sporting activities, therapy activities, etc. if required.

Create and manage resources for classrooms and Allied Health Team

Administrative responsibilities:

  • Filing notes and other documents in paper or electronic file
  • General tidy up of therapy room, sensory room, filling cabinets and shelves
  • Reorganising student files
  • Respond to phone calls and pass on any messages to appropriate person
  • Support staff in collecting students from buses
  • Charge and maintain equipment, replace batteries, update vocabulary, create visuals
  • Setup/pack up equipment for programs

Professional Conduct:

  • Attend team meetings as necessary
  • Participate in performance reviews
  • Work within the policies and procedures of Melton Specialist School
  • Adhere to privacy legislation
  • Demonstrate strong commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Communicate directly to the supervising Therapist. Reports issues, discuss complex cases and queries with the therapy team leader.
  • Promote a safe and supportive school environment by following safe work practices and OH&S requirements.

Who May Apply

Individuals with the aptitude, experience and/or qualifications to fulfill the specific requirements of the position.