POSITION DESCRIPTION

SPEECH PATHOLOGIST

Volunteer or Staff:

Casual Employee

Location:

Anywhere in the world, as long as you hold APHRA registration

Time commitment:

Minimum 18 months

Reporting to:

Chief Clinical Officer

Direct reports:

Nil

Other key relationships -

          Internal:

Occupational therapists, other speech pathologists

         External:

Families, Schools, Other providers and referral sources                      

Position Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to deliver high quality speech and language pathology services to children in rural Australia with communication and/or swallowing difficulties via Umbo’s online platform - all from the comfort of your own home.                               

Key Areas of Responsibility:       

General Duties

  • Assess, implement, and manage client supports in accordance with best practices.

  • Develop intervention plans, including short and long term goals, in line with the client’s NDIS goals.

  • Develop the child’s speech pathology program in consultation with the key worker, family, and support network.

  • Work cooperatively and effectively within the transdisciplinary team to provide families with a high quality, coordinated service.

Documentation

  • Maintain documentation including evaluation/assessment reports, progress notes, communication and swallowing plans or strategies to administrative staff in a timely and professional manner.

Continuing Education

  • Participate in regular clinical supervision

  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications, establishing personal networks, and leading professional development sessions.

  • Share knowledge and provide clinical orientation to Umbo staff and volunteers. 

Confidentiality

  • Ensure client confidentiality in all situations.

 Safety

  • Maintain safe and clean working environment by complying with safety procedures, rules and regulations.

 Compliance

  • Adhere and adapt to client goals, and standards of performance, policies and procedures.

 Attendance Punctuality

  • Demonstrate professionalism by being punctual and dependable for assigned/confirmed shifts and presented appropriately

 Person Specification:

 Essential

·      At least 3 years experience working as a speech pathologist (exceptional recent graduates will be considered)

·      A desire to help deliver services to rural Australia

·      Current APRHA registration

·      A passion for person-centred, evidence-based practice

 Highly desirable

·      Previous experience delivering telepractice

·      Experience working with children with complex communication needs (e.g. ASD, CP, Down syndrome, intellectual disability)

·      Training and experience in swallowing and feeding

 Desirable

·      Experience in early intervention and/or school setting

·      Knowledge or experience working in private practice

·      Project management experience

·      Transdisciplinary team experience

·      Leadership skills

 Benefits:

  • Ability to influence the direction of a new initiative with relative autonomy

  • Avoid having to deal with NDIS – we’ll do it for you!

  • Quarterly goal setting, including professional development and clinical supervision

  • Opportunities to participate in and facilitate internal training activities

  • Part of a small but dedicated team that values learning, collaboration, and people-centred practice

  • Access to a global network of peers and mentors with expertise in speech pathology, international development, project management, fundraising, communications, working with disability, and more

  • Financial reward based on fees charged per billable hour