Occupational Therapist - New Graduate

$66,285 - $86,842 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT Government Offices, London Circuit, Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 03 Aug, 2022
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Classification: Health Professional Level 1
Salary: $66,285 - $86,842 plus superannuation
Position No: 32186, several - 024PN
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 02 August 2022
Contact Officer: Jane Lawrence on Jane.Lawrence@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 0073

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‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website: www.canberrahealthservices.act.gov.au

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.


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

  • Strong organisational skills with high degree of initiative.
  • Displays critical thinking skills and forms defensible conclusions based on evidence and sound judgement.
  • Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet patients’ needs
  • 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.

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

Job Closing Date

18 Aug, 2022