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POSITION AVAILABLE – ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW – CLOSING 22ND MAY
Speech Pathologist – Paediatric Feeding
- Full-time position starting July 2022
- Well-above award rates + leave loading + super + generous PD provision
Are you looking for a small, family-focused team where you can thrive and be a central part of practice growth and development?
Are you a warm, engaged individual that loves working with and supporting children and their families in the area of paediatric feeding?
Are you seeking a long term, secure position working alongside like-minded individuals who share your joy and passion for paediatric feeding?
If that’s you, read on!
We have a unique career opportunity for an experienced paediatric speech pathologist to become an integral member of the Babble & Munch Speech Pathology team.
You are an experienced and dedicated speech pathologist who is passionate about paediatric feeding, evidence-based care, and early intervention.
You have experience working with young children, more specifically in infant and/or paediatric feeding, and you are wanting to further hone your skills in this area as an ongoing career focus.
You can see the value in an individually tailored approach to feeding therapy. You are able to provide interventions primarily using a naturalistic, responsive feeding therapy approach centred in the parent-child relationship.
You are looking for a position that will provide job satisfaction, deliver clinical outcomes in regular feeding therapy, along with the freedom to develop ongoing working relationships with families.
You are keen to learn more about our team’s evidence-based approach to implementing tongue tie assessments and oral sensory motor feeding therapy techniques. You value ongoing learning and new challenges and feel comfortable with complexity.
About Babble & Munch Speech Pathology
Babble & Munch Speech Pathology is a niche private service with a strong reputation in the field of infant and paediatric feeding disorders and provision of quality feeding therapy. Paediatric feeding therapy is not just a job for us, it’s our calling!
We have expertise in the assessment and treatment of feeding difficulties in infants and children 0-12 years of age, with a special focus on the infant-toddler population. We work with children with a range of medical and developmental conditions, including those with gastrointestinal and allergic conditions, prematurity, tube feeding, tongue tie, oral motor feeding difficulties and developmental disabilities. We use responsive feeding therapies, developmental and oral sensory motor therapies, and infant mental health and family-centred approaches to support our children and families.
Babble & Munch Speech Pathology works in a way that converges the fields of private practice, early intervention, and complex/acute medical caseloads.
We aim to be leaders in the field of feeding therapy. We have an international following, run feeding therapy training in person and online, as well as provide clinical mentoring programs. We are constantly developing our own clinical skills, attending multiple workshops and trainings each year, and share and build this expertise within our team.
About the Role
This is a permanent full-time role (while full-time is preferred, there is a possibility of reduced days to 4 days/week, part-time work), starting July 2022 working in our new Heidelberg West clinic with the whole Babble & Munch team. You would be providing private feeding assessment and therapy services to 0-12 year olds, both face-to-face and via Telehealth.
You will need to have a minimum 1 year paediatric feeding experience (regular and frequent experience), and a minimum 2 years experience working as a speech pathologist with children 0-6 years of age. Further years of experience are preferred. We are not able to take on new graduates at this time.
Infant feeding and/or paediatric acute experience is highly regarded (but not necessary), as is any further experience with medically complex children, gastrointestinal conditions, tube feeding, tongue tie and infant mental health. Experience in private practice and/or early intervention is also of benefit.
Previous attendance at one of Babble & Munch Speech Pathology’s feeding workshops or participation in our Feeding Therapy Lab program is highly regarded, as is evidence of commitment to ongoing professional development in feeding.
The successful applicant will need to have a close attention to detail with high efficiency and excellent time management, well developed written skills for report writing based on observational assessment, ability to work flexibly, independently, and as part of a team. An affinity for problem solving is important as detailed assessment and reporting is a significant part of the workload, as is regular, individualised feeding therapy.
Certified Practising Speech Pathologist status, Working with Children Check, current Police Check, professional indemnity insurance, full COVID vaccination status, and eligibility for Medicare Provider registration is essential. Applicants must have the right to work permanently in Australia.
Further training, ongoing supervision, peer mentoring and professional development will be provided as part of a supportive team who are all passionate about infant and paediatric feeding. There may also be potential opportunities to be involved in providing training and education as part of the Babble & Munch Learning arm of our business.
Pay is well above the Health Professionals Support Services private award rates (pay similar to public hospital rates) with excellent additional and unique professional development opportunities and very generous professional development allowance and leave. You will also be provided with full admin support.
This position is FOR YOU if…
- You are highly motivated to be a feeding therapist and regularly and independently seek out professional development and learning opportunities to constantly improve your practice and meet knowledge gaps.
- You value teamwork, collaborating with your colleagues, and contributing to the future of Babble & Munch Speech Pathology.
- You are looking for your ‘feeding therapy’ home – somewhere where you’re valued and an important part of the team. You want to be part of our growth.
However, this position is NOT FOR YOU if…
- You are not looking for a longer-term position (i.e. 2 years+) but are instead looking for a ‘stepping stone’ to a hospital job, a move elsewhere, or your own private practice.
- You prefer the consultative medical model to feeding difficulties, rather than providing regular and frequent active feeding therapy in an ongoing relationship.
- You want to do SOS or behavioural modification feeding therapies – these are not feeding therapy models that we use. Our approach is based on Responsive Feeding Therapy.
- You are not able to complete report writing and other administrative tasks quickly and on time.
- You feel uncomfortable with the private practice model of billing for your time and discussing this with families.
To apply: Please lodge your application by visiting – https://babbleandmunch.snapforms.com.au/form/sp-application-babble-and-munch
On the application page you will need to:
- Answer all the selection questions.
- Upload your cover letter and CV.
- Submit a short 2-5 minute video telling us (i) what draws you to this position at Babble & Munch and (ii) what personal values you hold that underpin your work and that you think would be a great fit for us.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE 22nd MAY
Please address any initial queries to our practice manager, Esther, on email@example.com and address your application to Carly Veness, Principal Speech Pathologist.
Please note, applications that do not address the above criteria will not be considered. Interviews will only be offered to suitable, short-listed candidates. We reserve the right to fill or close the position at any point. Interviews are likely to be completed in May 2022.
At Babble and Munch Speech Pathology we are committed to excellence in service provision and to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children. We are a Child Safe and Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and from people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Part of the application process will involve reference checks for successful candidate(s).