Play Therapist | Part-time Temporary
ACT Government
Canberra, AU
20h ago

Closes : 23 September 2020

Classification : Health Professional Level 2

Salary : $66,988 - $91,962 plus superannuation

Position No : 48837 - 01RIG

Directorate :

Advertised (Gazettal date) : 09 September 2020

Contact Officer : Pip Golley on or

About us 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 KindCanberra 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) a catchment of approximately 400,000 people.

It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to :

  • The Canberra Hospital : a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
  • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research : a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
  • Four Walk-in Centres : which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six community health centres : providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
  • A range of community-based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.
  • Overview of the work area and position The Paediatric Service at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children provides holistic, evidence-based quality care and advocacy for children and young people in the ACT and surrounding regions with acute and chronic health needs.

    The service is child and family centred, as we understand that the family is central to the successful delivery of health care.

    We believe in respect for each child and family and their cultural and religious needs. Each person is an individual with the right to dignity and privacy.

    The Centenary Hospital is committed to providing child friendly, child safe and developmentally appropriate care, with opportunities for learning and play seen as fundamental to children’s expression, development and health and wellbeing.

    We are committed to staff excellence, with a rich culture of ongoing professional development in the specialty of Paediatrics.

    The Play Therapist will utilise specialist knowledge to plan, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate play therapy.

    Therapeutic and medical play, procedural education, and support to reduce anxiety through use of coping strategies and distraction will be integral to the role.

    The Play Therapist will be available to the Paediatric Inpatient, Outpatient and Day Stay areas and may at times be required to extend services to other areas of the hospital where children are admitted, such as the Emergency Department.

    The Play Therapist will be required to provide expert advice to other health care providers and services and be a resource for staff members to ensure a culture of play and development is maintained.

    Therapy provision for children at other sites, such as Clare Holland House, or at home will be considered.The Play Therapist will report operationally to the Director of Allied Health in Women, Youth and Children and liaise regularly with clinical nursing managers in the Paediatric Medical Ward, Outpatients and Day Stay and Adolescent Ward.

    Eligibility / Other Requirements : Mandatory :

  • Working towards or has a Bachelor of Teaching or Early Childhood Teaching / Education / Play Therapy. Studies in Child Development may be considered.
  • Desirable :

  • Play therapy experience in a clinical environment.
  • Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to :

  • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.
  • Be registered under the Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services credentialing requirements for allied health professionals.
  • Comply with Canberra Health Services Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy (OMU).
  • Note : This is a temporary position available from 1 October 2020 until February 2021. This position is part-time at 18 : 22 hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be pro-rata.

    There is a possibility the successful applicant may be asked to do increased hours. Workdays are to include a combination of Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

    For more information on this position and how to apply

    This is a temporary position available from 1 October 2020 until February 2021.

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