NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

It’s a great time to join Hunter New England Local Health District. Apply now for one of our eligible regional and rural positions. You could benefit under the NSW Health Rural Workforce Incentive Scheme!
Remuneration: $67,442 – $101,211 + 11% Super + Salary Packaging
Location: Armidale Community Health Service
Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Occupational Therapist Lvl 1/2
Hours Per Week: 38
Closing Date: 30th January 2024

Occupational Therapist Level 1/2
About the position:
This unique opportunity will involve the provision of service in both community mental health clinical practice with some consultation / in-reach role for the local mental health inpatient unit.

The position will be predominantly based in the community immersing you in a multidisciplinary team (consisting of Social Workers, Psychologists, Registered Nurses, and Medical staff) and working closely with GPs and Community Managed Organisations to provide collaborative care and support to individual and group clients. In this role, you will undertake mental health assessments, functional, and psychosocial assessments and facilitate care coordination including centre-based appointments, community, and home visits.

You (and your allied health colleagues) will also provide an in-reach service to the Clark Centre, a voluntary, short-stay, eight-bed unit located in Armidale. This will provide you with an opportunity to provide discipline specific consultation for the treating team and to utilise your unique skills in undertaking
functional assessments, working with the team to develop, implement, and evaluate therapeutic activities/groups, and supporting discharge planning.

About You:
You are an Occupational Therapist with a dedication to enhancing the function and recovery journey of consumers, through the application of your unique Occupational Therapy skillset. With an interest or experience in Mental Health, you are looking for an opportunity to build your skills as part of a supportive team, either as a new graduate or an early career Occupational Therapist. Alternatively, you may be an experienced Occupational Therapist seeking a tree change and a position where you can step into a familiar role and confidently apply your well-honed clinical skills. Either way, you will have strong
communication, time management, and relationship-building skills.

Where you’ll be working:
The role is integral to the Tablelands Mental Health Service which is made up of a multidisciplinary team that provides specialist mental health services to those experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues. The position is based in Armidale which is set high on the beautiful Northern Tablelands and is known for its beautiful tree-lined streets and magnificent autumn colours.

  • You can enjoy alfresco cafes, impressive architecture, and a variety of arts and cultural activities.
  • The region offers diversity in outdoor activities such as bushwalking in the nearby World Heritage listed National Parks offering some of the most spectacular gorges and waterfalls in Australia.
  • Armidale is an educational centre featuring a university, as well as public and private schools, each providing a level of education comparable to any capital city in Australia.
  • Find out more: Armidale – Accommodation, cool climate wines & national parks | Visit NSW
Rural Health Workforce Incentive Scheme
This vacancy is eligible for an Attraction and Relocation package that includes the following*:
  • Attraction incentive paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance of up to $5,000

  • Retention incentive of up to $5,000 thereafter annually

  • PLUS 3 months accommodation assistance (e.g. rent payments, mortgage re-payments, payments for commercial accommodation)

  • All payments and reimbursements made to part time employees will be on a pro-rata basis.

Attraction incentives will be paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance on top of your base salary.

Other forms of payment/package options (where you are eligible) need to be negotiated with the Convenor and may include**: ??

  • Additional annual professional development days (up to 5 more per year)

  • Additional personal leave (up to 5 more per year)

  • Computer/internet reimbursement (e.g. laptop, wi-fi costs)

  • Return airfare to and from your work base (or equivalent motor vehicle allowance) so you can still visit family and friends

**The total value of your incentive package would remain the same. Employees are responsible for seeking independent financial advice before accepting an Attraction and Retention Incentive package as part of their offer. ?

Need more information?

2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role-related queries or questions contact Elizabeth Kemp at Elizabeth.Kemp1@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:

  • An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full or part-time and temporary full or part-time vacancies.
  • This position is full-time; however, part-time/job share arrangements may also be considered.
  • All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). Additionally, Category A workers are required to receive a booster dose three months after completing the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations. New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health, or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (IM011 immunisation medical exemption form) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.
  • Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases – this is a Category A position. Please read and understand NSW Health policy directive (PD2022_030). All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.
  • Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2

  • Stepping Up Website: is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.

  • Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via nswhealth@salarypackagingplus.com.au or 1300 40 25 23.

  • HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits such as allocated days off (ADO) for full-time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.


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