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Paediatric Mental Health Occupational Therapist

Crisalida Child, Adolescent, Adult & Family Therapy - Thornbury, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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Crisalida is an established therapy centre providing dynamic, creative ways to make positive changes. Crisalida has been providing client and family-centred multi-disciplinary services including Psychology, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Art Therapy and Family Therapy in the inner northern suburbs for over 13 years.

As a service, we work hard to look after our clients, but also our therapists. We try to match the client’s needs to the most appropriate therapist and/or program, providing them with the best opportunity for a successful fit from both perspectives. Therapists work closely with clients, parents, and other supports to enhance skills and self-mastery, and to work towards a meaningful, connected, and happy life.

Each of Crisalida’s two centres offers clients a variety of services, allowing collaboration between therapists, as well as multidisciplinary assessment and co-facilitation of group programs. Service provisions include individual, group and family therapy, as well as joint therapy sessions with two therapists. Many of our therapists offer external consultations to homes, educational settings and childcare, to support the generalisation of skill development, and to help the broader community better support and understand individual needs.


We are seeking a part time (at least 3 days per week) or full time mental health occupational therapist to join our growing and dynamic team.

Duties/Clinical Responsibilities:

  • Provision of thorough developmental motor and sensory assessments of children 0-12 years of age (up to 18 years if preferred), presenting with a wide range of developmental disorders including ASD, ADD as well as Learning Disorders and fine/gross motor delays (verbal and written reporting to families/educational facilities and medical practitioners expected); provision of functional assessments and summary reports required for NDIS participants; provision of handwriting assessments and recommendations for school/home as per current educational guidelines; provision of social-emotional and psychological clinical assessment and ongoing therapy
  • Responsible for providing effective, evidence based therapy programs to children and families within a clinical setting (private paying clients, NDIS funded clients and clients with medicare plans)
  • Liaise and consult with educational staff and facilities, external referrers and the Crisalida multidisciplinary team
  • Some outreach work to clients, schools and homes to support children to gain skills and independence at home, at school or in the community
  • Writing of clear, concise notes (goals, progress, recommendations) using Halaxy platform and provision of reports/home/school programs as requested (communicating assessed needs clearly and precisely to client and funding organisation within appropriate time frames)
  • Managing own appointments and invoice generation (if independent sub-contractor)
  • Providing clients with all available options / solutions within assessment brief (eg. referral to Child Psychiatrist and/or CAMHS if acute mental health risk/poor safety established) and where applicable, funding guidelines (eg. NDIS)
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development, including maintaining up to date knowledge of evidence based practice (adhering to BAMHS registration requirements to ensure Focused Psychological Therapy skills are current)
  • Support and supervision of less experienced colleagues within the organisation
  • Participation in team meetings and internal professional development opportunities


Our new team member will have:

  • A Bachelor of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy or equivalent Registration: Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration and Membership of Occupational Therapy Association Australia; BAMH (Better Access to Mental Health) registration
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in paediatric practice within a team environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with colleagues, clients and key stakeholders
  • Excellent customer service skills and a client-centred approach to healthcare
  • Exceptional organisational skills and the ability to work autonomously in a complex environment characterised by competing demands and tight timelines
  • Demonstrated written communication skills including the ability to produce accurate client files and referral documentation
  • The ability to positively contribute to the team environment and support other team members
  • Experience with NDIS is desirable


Crisalida is committed to supporting its therapists through providing an inclusive and flexible work environment and excellent team culture. Crisalida provides supervision and professional development to support you to grow and develop and assist your clients to do the same. We provide administrative support, comfortable rooms, resources and equipment and a degree of autonomy and flexibility in managing your client caseload.

This position can be provided as either a permanent salaried position or an independent contractor.


Crisalida has zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in the best interest of the children in our care. We promote cultural safety and participation of Aboriginal children, children of cultural and linguistic diversity and those with disabilities to keep them safe at all times.

Preferred candidates will be subject to comprehensive reference checks and employment will be subject to satisfactory working with children check, NDIS worker screening check police check.

Thornbury, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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