We Are Hiring: Paediatric Senior Speech Pathologist Position Vacant

Due to High Demand, We Need a Passionate Paediatric Senior Speech Pathologist. Could This Be You?

Are you a Speech Pathologist who has a passion for developing others and bringing out the best in your team?

Do you want to make a real difference in the world but you're not quite sure which organisation will be the right fit for you?

We know how that feels.

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  • If you If you have a heart helping kids & families to live an enriched and connected life...
  • If you are looking for a workplace that values your ideas & creativity...
  • If you want good support, flexibility & work/life balance...

Then Occumax is for you! You can have a great job that lets you support children & their families the way you know best, get paid well & live in beautiful tropical north Queensland.

About Occumax & How You Can Help Kids Live a More Connected Life

Occumax is all about connection. Sometimes children have difficulty forming or making the right connections between their brain and body and everyday things are hard or tricky for them to do. Life is hard work and emotionally draining for them, their parents, friends and teachers.

By connecting with our Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Pathologists and Social Worker, children and parents are able to get the right tools, techniques and intervention to point them in the right direction. To do that, our staff need to be connected to good support, supervision and training.

Once children start to form better internal connections and overcome the participation problems they were experiencing, they are able to develop deeper and richer connections with their friends, family, and others beyond.

When we feel connected inside ourselves and to others in time and space, life is meaningful and fulfilling. So it is true that we really do discover happiness through connection.

For 15 years Occumax has been helping children and families from Mackay and surrounding communities to discover happiness through connection. We are known for really listening to parents and making a difference in their child's life. Occumax's strong values, coupled with the NDIS being well established in our area, has resulted in the need to increase our team to meet existing community demands.

All You Need To Know About The Job

  • Role Details

    This position is a full time role, however, we support work/life balance so flexible and part-time options can be negotiated for the right applicant.

    We also offer support and mentoring to gain a visa to work as a Speech Pathologist in Australia if required.


  • Clinical Support & Benefits

    You will be surrounded by an experienced and supportive, multi-disciplinary team and have unlimited access to clinical supervision with our onsite Allied Health Team Leader who is also a Speech Pathologist.

    Our clinic is equipped with a wide range of therapy tools, toys and assessments.

    We also love technology and software applications that make your life easier as a clinician.

    We have full time support from our Client Care Administrator Team and Practice Manager so that you can focus on helping your clients to achieve their goals.

  • Other Perks of the Job

    Employee Assistance Program available for you and your family when life throws you curved balls.

    Uniforms are provided for all team members.

    We also have a coffee van and pie truck that stop daily at our door.

    We are close to the airport, which is perfect if you want a colleague to drop you off for a weekend getaway.

Position Description

  • Position Objective

    To provide high quality clinical leadership and supervision to Speech Pathology team members and students and provide efficient and effective Speech Pathology intervention for children and their families, in accordance with the policies, procedures and strategic directions of Occumax.

  • Duties

  • Perform all duties to the best of their ability at all times.
  • Comply with professional, ethical and clinical standards of practice in accordance with Speech Pathology Australia's Code of Ethics (2010), and the NDIS Code of Conduct and NDIS Practice Standards.
  • Provide clinical and professional supervision, line management (if requested by the Director), and support to Speech Pathologists and Speech Pathology and work experience students undergoing training at Occumax.
  • Contribute to the development of our Speech Pathology service and multi-disciplinary team in collaboration with the Allied Health Team Leader, Director and Practice Manager.
  • Contribute to multi-disciplinary and disciplinary specific team learning opportunities such as in-services and team development days.
  • Provide advanced clinical reasoning, advice and guidance, within the scope of your profession, to support the delivery of quality health outcomes for clients e.g. waiting list triage, liaison with our client care team and clinical collaboration with other disciplines in our allied health team.
  • Provide high quality Speech Pathology service to Occumax clients. This includes effective management of and service provision for a specific number of children and their associated stakeholders e.g. their family and school staff. It also includes assessment, interpretation of data, report writing, intervention , documentation, periodic re-evaluation, collaborative consultation with parents and school staff, client related meetings and/or contact with parents, teachers and other professionals, as required.
  • Provide Speech Pathology services to clients in the clinic and/or in their home or school or using e-health technologies depending on what is deemed clinically necessary to achieve the best outcome for the client balanced with available organisational resources. From time to time, this may include the provision of outreach visits to towns in the surrounding region, depending on demand for services in these areas.
  • Maintain appropriate documentation and client records in line with Occumax's guidelines.
  • Complete Occumax client appointment booking and billing procedures as required.
  • Comply with the policies and procedures of Occumax.
  • Identify and report areas for improvement to existing practices.
  • Comply with human resource management issues, including workplace health and safety, national principles for child safe organisations and anti-discrimination legislation as applied in the working environment.
  • It is a condition of employment for this role that the employee will have received at least two does of the COVID-19 vaccine prior to commencement, and that they maintain full vaccination status by receiving booster vaccinations, as recommended by the Department of Health, throughout the duration of their employment. Proof of vaccination will be required prior to commencement.

Selection Criteria

  • Essential Selection Criteria

  • Hold a Degree in Speech Pathology.
  • Three or more years, full time equivalent experience working as a Speech Pathologist, with at least two years of those years being in a paediatric setting with children, young people and/or their families and teachers.
  • Demonstrated leadership knowledge, skills and experience in a team environment. Demonstrated experience contributing to service development, policy and procedure development and continuous quality improvement.
  • Current financial practising member of Speech Pathology Australia with provisional or full Certified Practising Speech Pathologist status or ability to become a member before commencement.
  • Hold, or ability to acquire before commencement, Professional Indemnity and Malpractice Insurance.
  • Ability to work independently, manage own time to achieve deadlines and work as an effective team member.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with parents, professionals, other stakeholders and team members, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to identify own learning needs, strengths and limitations and seek out appropriate tools and resources to improve own skills and competencies as required.
  • Attention to detail and commitment to achieving quality outcomes and continuous quality improvement.
  • Ability to learn quickly, show initiative and problem solve with a positive attitude and growth mindset in a busy work setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to be change ready so that new processes and systems can be quickly integrated as we grow, improve and evolve as an organisation.
  • Current Blue Card For Working With Children in QLD and Yellow Card Exemption Card for working with adults who have a disability, or ability to a acquire these cards before commencement.
  • Positive National Police Check and NDIS Worker Screening Clearance, or or ability to a acquire this before commencement.
  • Hold current driver's license.
  • Australian or NZ Citizen or Permanent Resident, or have or ability to acquire the relevant visa allowing you to live and work in Australia with no restrictions.
  • Desirable Selection Criteria

  • Experience leading and supervising Speech Pathology staff and students.
  • Knowledge of, and experience in delivering Speech Pathology services to children with play and social skills problems, learning and literacy difficulties, difficulties with communication and interaction, speech and language delays, and/ or those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Impairment, Cerebral Palsy, Language Impairment, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and/or other developmental conditions.
  • Training in The Hanen Program, DIR/Floortime, PODD, The Lidcombe Program For Children Who Stutter, SOS Feeding Program, Augmentative & Alternative Communication systems, play interventions, literacy interventions and/or intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Apply Now

If Occumax sounds like the right place for you, please submit your CV and cover letter outlining why you would love to join our team to Natalie Brown, Director at natalie @ occumax.com.au .

If you have any questions about the position or our organisation, please call Natalie on 0447432255 or use the email enquiry form to the right.

We look forward to receiving your application!