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Speech Pathologist – Feeding (Infant/Paediatric)
Unique career opportunity for an experienced paediatric speech pathologist to become a valued member of the Babble & Munch Speech Pathology team (Grade 2 or experienced Grade 1).

We're looking for a speech pathologist

About You

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 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 tongue tie assessment and management, 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, as well as providing telehealth services. We collaborate with other disciplines outside of Babble & Munch, including gastroenterologists, dietitians, paediatricians, allergists, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, ENT and other disciplines. We aim to be leaders in the field of feeding therapy, running workshops in Melbourne, interstate and online, as well as clinical mentoring programs. We are constantly developing our own clinical skills, attending workshops and trainings each year, and share and build this expertise within our team with internal training, supervision and support.

About the Role

You will need to have a minimum 1 year paediatric feeding experience (regular experience), and a minimum 2 years experience working with children 0-6 years of age. Further years of experience are highly regarded, as is previous experience in a dedicated feeding clinic, or acute inpatient feeding experience. We are not able to take on new graduates at this time. Infant feeding experience is beneficial, 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 our caseload can be complex. Detailed assessment and reporting is an important 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 and eligibility for Medicare Provider registration is essential (we will assist you with Medicare registration). Applicants must have the right to work permanently in Australia. Further in-house 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, and private inpatient services in future.

The position is full-time to start in February 2021, however we may consider a part-time position or alternate start dates. The position will involve both in-clinic and telehealth services. Pay is well above the Health Professionals Support Services private award rates with excellent additional and unique professional development opportunities and professional development leave, supervision, comprehensive induction and shadowing opportunities, access to extensive collection of feeding assessment and therapy resources, and laptop provided. 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. Previous applicants welcome to apply.

In your application, please send in a CV and address the following key questions in a separate document:

  1. What specifically draws you to this position at Babble & Munch Speech Pathology?
  2. Describe your skills and previous experience in completing feeding assessments and problem-solving feeding difficulties in children.
  3. Describe your previous experiences providing feeding therapy. Please describe in detail what therapy approach(es) you like to use and why?
  4. Do you have experience working with infants and toddlers (0-3 years) as a speech pathologist? Please describe your experiences.
  5. 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 office@babbleandmunch.com.au.