- Grade 2/3 Psychologist 0.2EFT (7.6hrs/wk) 18 months Fixed Term
- Monash Children's Hospital – Developmental Paediatrics
There is the opportunity for a suitably experienced Clinical or Educational & Developmental psychologist to join the Developmental Paediatrics team at Monash Children’s Hospital to assist in assessment of children with autism and broader neurodevelopmental problems.
About Monash Health
Monash Health is Victoria’s largest public health service. We are proud to provide healthcare to one quarter of Melbourne’s population, across the entire life-span from newborn and children, to adults, the elderly, their families and carers. More than 18,000 employees work at over 40 care locations across south eastern Melbourne, including Monash Medical Centre, Monash Children’s Hospital, Moorabbin Hospital, Dandenong Hospital, Casey Hospital, Kingston Centre, Cranbourne Centre, and an extensive network of rehabilitation, aged care, community health and mental health facilities.
About Developmental Paediatrics
The Developmental Paediatrics Team is a specialist assessment and consultation team that completes assessments of children and who show complex neurological, developmental, and behavioural symptoms. It operates under the Children’s Program, Monash Children’s Hospital.
The Developmental Paediatrics team provide inter-professional joint assessments and case conferences to inform diagnoses and recommendations. Feedback appointments are held with the families and reports outlining management strategies are provided. Children and families referred to Developmental Paediatrics have often had a range of previous assessments and the referral to Developmental Paediatrics represents an identified need in referrers for inter-professional clinical assessment and formulation of often very complex issues. Inter-professional assessment refers to assessment completed by three or more clinicians of different discipline backgrounds within the Developmental Paediatrics Team. The model is used flexibly and aims to holistically contribute to a broad understanding of a child’s presentation and needs. For example, the members of the inter-professional team and the number of sessions required are determined based on the needs of the young child, family, referrer, and others. Engaging in a joint case conference process leads to recommendations that support the health and wellbeing of the child, their family and their relevant community supports.
Children and adolescents referred for assessment with the Developmental Paediatrics Team will typically have neurodevelopmental disorders as defined broadly: Autism Spectrum Disorders; Intellectual Disability; Learning Disorders; Motor Skill Disorders and Communication Disorders; Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder; Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders; Emotional and Behavioural Change due to Organic Causes (Neurological); and Genetic syndromes. In addition, many of these clients will have co-morbid conditions such as anxiety, sleep difficulties and food restriction. Secondary consultation to Spina Bifida clinic patients may be required. Children experiencing these difficulties also may have complex psychosocial factors affecting their development and functioning.
Please refer to the brief job summary and responsibilities/accountabilities of this position description below.
The successful applicant would require strong skills and experience in Developmental Paediatrics, including ASD experience.
The role would include contributing to assessments with other members of the clinical team, providing excellent communication with families, children and other professionals, writing assessment reports, providing cognitive assessments, contributing to teaching and training within the team, and participating in the Developmental Paediatric team monthly meetings.
Coordination of team clinical assessments will be integrated with clinical duties.
Preferred days: Wednesday mornings (required) and Tuesday mornings or Wednesday afternoons
What You Need:
- Current full general registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Authority (AHPRA)
- Appropriate post-graduate qualifications (Masters or Doctoral Degree) in clinical psychology or educational and developmental psychology in an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited course
- Hold AHPRA endorsement in clinical or educational and developmental psychology
- Additional training in autism assessments, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)
What We Offer
- access to Monash Health in-house learning portals to further expand your acute clinical skills & knowledge base
- avenues to further develop your leadership & project management skills
- mentorship & career guidance
- support to attend relevant forums & conferences
- a supportive learning environment, should you wish to undertake postgraduate studies
In addition, you will have access to benefits including salary packaging to increase your take-home pay, access to onsite staff discounted car parking and gym, uniform and the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
How to Apply
Monash Health recognises the value of equal employment opportunity and is committed to patient safety and promoting fairness, equity and diversity in the workplace. At Monash Health we are relentless in our pursuit of excellence and work to our six guiding principles.
Preferred candidates will require a clear Police Check and a current Employee Working with Children’s Check prior to any offers of employment being made.
As part of our selection process, you may be invited by email to participate in an on-camera video interview.
Please note, applications will only be accepted via the Monash Health online Mercury System – e-mail applications will not be considered.
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