Position Details

Reference Number 182325
Position Title Occupational Therapist (Grade 1) - New Graduate
Employment Status Temporary Full Time
Program Community Health Rehab & Palliative Care
Location University Hospital Geelong
Salary $0.00
Hours Per Fortnight 80
Position Summary

Grade 1 Occupational Therapist (New Graduate) – Rotational Program



  • Commence your career with an innovative public health service that is committed to creating positive change in our region
  • Be challenged to grow and be the best Occupational Therapist you can be supported by your Gr 2 supervisor in a friendly environment
  • Engage in collaborative multidisciplinary teamwork that makes a difference to people’s lives
  • Temporary full time 80hrs per (until )  – opening doors to ongoing internal opportunities

About Our Facility

Barwon Health is the major public health care provider in the Barwon South west region with a 406 bed public hospital (University Hospital Geelong), 100 bed subacute facility (McKellar Centre), 2 community rehabilitation centres, 21 community health sites, three aged care facilities, university affiliated international research and tertiary education.

Barwon Health has an extensive building projects occurring with a women’s and children hospital development in acute and subacute programs, new mental health facilities for inpatients and outpatients, new urgent care facilities in community locations.

About the Role

We are seeking applications for an enthusiastic New Graduate Grade 1 Occupational Therapist to join our clinical rotational program which has:

  • 12 rotations across acute, inpatient rehabilitation, community rehabilitation (CRC), community health (CHC) and Child and Family Services settings
  • Clinical specialties of orthopaedics, surgical, medicine, neuro rehabilitation, geriatric evaluative management (GEM), trauma and paediatrics
  • Bed based rotations inclusive of a weekend and public holiday roster with additional financial rewards with pay and leave for weekend work
  • Current vacancy at University Hospital Geelong – Acute inpatient service

We offer you:

  • Dedicated senior Occupational Therapist as your supervisor who will provide support, mentoring and professional development
  • Engagement with a large passionate and committed team of Barwon Health Occupational Therapists (over 150 staff)
  • A strong culture of student education, clinical research and innovation.
  • Strong interdisciplinary model of care

About the culture 

Barwon Health is a values driven organisation and you will thrive working in a culture that values respect, compassion, commitment, accountability and innovation.

You will have the opportunity to be part of a highly skilled, professional, friendly and dedicated team who takes pride in providing high quality service.  Barwon Health provides a supportive environment that encourages professional growth and education in this specialist area. The Occupational Therapy Department is part of Barwon Health’s wider Allied Health department and integrated into many service programs across the continuum of care. We are a supportive group with expert senior clinicians and occupational therapy management leading the way. With our inclusive and collaborative approach to our profession and your career, we encourage you to engage in opportunities, work on specific projects and take part in specialised professional development. Our people are devoted to caring for the community, we take pride in the exceptional patient care we provide and enjoy the fun camaraderie from the supportive people we work with.

Barwon Health staff benefits

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Access to employee wellness program
  • Salary packaging
  • Social club
  • Doorstep to the Great Ocean Road, Bellarine Peninsula and the Surf Coast

About the Geelong Region, AUSTRALIA

Sitting within one of Victoria’s six regional health centres, Barwon Health serves the community of Greater Geelong and beyond. Victoria’s second largest city after Melbourne! Derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region Djilang, Geelong is thought to mean ‘land’ or ‘cliffs’.

  • Enjoy a range of lifestyle choices including inner city, coastal, suburban and rural homes at affordable prices.
  • High standard of schooling options throughout the area
  • A stone throw from the Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road
  • Appreciate beautiful parks, rivers, walks and wineries

To find out more about the Geelong region, visit our Moving to the Region page on the Barwon Health website. 

Diversity and Inclusion

At Barwon Health we are committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

At Barwon Health we are committed to providing positive employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and welcome employment applications from candidates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

We at Barwon Health strongly encourage people with disability and diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles.

We are strongly committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Click here for further information on the Victorian Government’s Child Safe Standards: About Child Safe Standards | Victorian Government (www.vic.gov.au)

We are also proud to be Totally Smoke Free.

If we can assist you with any reasonable adjustments in order to submit your application for this role, Please contact the Talent Acquisition team via email at talent.acquisition@barwonhealth.org.au noting your preferred method of communication and contact details and a member of the team will be in touch.

This role must be fully vaccinated for Covid -19 and influenza and meet the requirements of the Barwon Health immunisation policy.

Selection Criteria Essential: Can you please list Barwon Health's values?
Essential: Can you please choose one of Barwon Health's values and describe a situation in the workplace where you have displayed this value?
Essential: Current national registration to work as an Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency.
Essential: Current Victorian Motor Vehicle Driver’s License
Desirable: Sound theoretical knowledge of occupational therapy core competencies, and the ability to apply that knowledge
Desirable: Effective communication and team working skills
Desirable: Effective use of information technology systems.
Essential: I agree, to commence employment, I am required to meet Barwon Health’s immunisation requirements (including full Covid-19 and Influenza vaccination) set out in the Staff Immunisation Policy. I acknowledge that meeting this requirement is mandatory and a condition of employment subsequently offered.
Contact Person Melissa Mew 
Contact Person Job Title Acting Occupational Therapy Manager 
Contact Number (03) 42155447 
Alternate Contact Person Angela McLoughlan 
Alternate Contact Number (03) 42150862 
Closing Date 04/12/2023
Position Description
File name 
Gr 1 OT Aug 2023 FINAL.pdf Open
Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on closing date. Please ensure your application is added before then as we do not accept late applications.