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Speech Pathologist – Feeding (Infant/Paediatric)
Unique career opportunity for an experienced paediatric speech pathologist to become an integral member of the Babble & Munch Speech Pathology team (Grade 2 or experienced Grade 1 considered).
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 feeding therapy, along with the freedom to develop ongoing working relationships with families. You are also 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. Paediatric feeding is not just a job for us, it’s our calling! We have developed 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. Early communication skill development for children 0-2 years of age is also a focus. We work with children with a range of medical and developmental conditions, including those with gastrointestinal and allergic conditions, tongue tie, prematurity, tube feeding and tube weaning, oral motor feeding difficulties and developmental disabilities. Our team works across our services in Eltham and Hawthorn, with a new service opening in Heidelberg. In our Hawthorn clinic we work alongside paediatric medical specialists, including gastroenterologists, dietitians, paediatricians, an allergist, neonatal occupational therapist, psychologists and other disciplines. We aim to be leaders in the field of feeding therapy, running workshops in Melbourne and interstate, as well as 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
You will need to have a minimum 1 year significant paediatric feeding experience (regular and frequent experience), and a minimum 2 years experience working with children 0-6 years of age. Further years of experience are preferred, as is previous acute inpatient feeding experience. We are not able to take on new graduates at this time. Infant feeding experience is highly regarded, as is any further experience with medically complex children, gastrointestinal conditions, tube feeding, tongue tie and infant mental health. Previous attendance at one of Babble & Munch Speech Pathology’s feeding workshops is also 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, Police Check, professional indemnity insurance and eligibility for Medicare Provider registration is essential. Applicants must have the right to work permanently in Australia. Further training, ongoing supervision 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, clinical research, and private inpatient services in future.
The position is permanent part-time for 2-4 days/week (flexible), however full-time may be an option that can be considered. The position is based in Heidelberg and/or Eltham, and applicants may also work in the Hawthorn clinic. Pay is well above the Health Professionals Support Services private award rates with excellent additional and unique professional development opportunities and very generous professional development allowance and leave. Applications will be considered as they are received and interviews only offered to suitable candidates. We reserve the right to fill or close the position at any point.
In your application, please address the following key questions:
- What specifically draws you to this position at Babble & Munch Speech Pathology?
- Describe your skills and previous experience in completing feeding assessments and problem-solving feeding difficulties in children.
- Describe your previous experiences providing feeding therapy. Please describe in detail what therapy approach(es) you like to use and why?
- Do you have experience working with infants and toddlers (0-3 years) as a speech pathologist? Please describe your experiences.
- What further professional development would you love to complete to build your skills for working with children with feeding difficulties. Why?
Applications and queries can be directed to Carly Veness, Principal Speech Pathologist, via email@example.com.