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Recreational/diversional Therapist

St Vincent's Hospital - Kew, VIC

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
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  • Recreational/Diversional Therapist
  • Fixed term, part-time position
  • Kew location

About the Company

St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne (SVHM) is part of St Vincent's Health Australia and a leading teaching, research and tertiary health service which employs more than 6,500 staff across 18 sites throughout Melbourne. SVHM provides a diverse range of adult clinical services including acute medical and surgical services, sub-acute care, medical diagnostics, rehabilitation, allied health, mental health, palliative care, correctional health and community residential care. SVHM is one of Australia's leading Catholic not-for-profit healthcare providers.

About the Department

The St Vincent's Aged Person's Mental Health Service comprises APATT (Aged Psychiatry Assessment and Treatment Team)and RSP (Residential Support Program), inpatient care (Normanby Unit) and two Psychogeriatric Nursing Homes (PGNHs).

About the Role

This is a new initiative to extend Recreational support to later in the afternoons and also on Saturdays to work with our Aged Mental Health inpatient team at Normanby. You will assess, plan, implement and evaluate evidence based therapeutic recreation and leisure programs with the client, their family and the care team to provide an innovative, stimulating, multi-sensory activity program to enhance the psychological and physical well-being of clients of the Aged Mental Health Service.

You will work with team in developing strategies and activities to facilitate Residential Aged Care Facility (RACF) staff capability in managing persistent psychiatric symptoms and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) on discharge from the Aged Mental Health Service.

The position is based at St George's Hospital, Cotham Road Kew and will include some late starts and late finishing for afternoon activities and half days Saturdays to provide some weekend support to the ward.

Classifications for this position will range from Recreational Therapist Grade 2 YC17 - YC19 ($81,328 - $93,490 per annum pro rata)

Qualifications, Skills and Experience

  • A current Driver Licence is essential
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent relevant qualification
  • Previous experience in mental health, aged care, dementia care and residential services is desirable


  • Salary packaging
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Staff Car Park


  • Please attach your resume and cover letter to your application
  • For further details please contact Mr. Chris Harrison, Manager, Aged Psychiatry Assessment and Treatment Team on 9231 8443

All appointments are made subject to the candidate providing a current satisfactory National Police Certificate conducted by The Victoria Police.

At SVHM we acknowledge the importance of creating a work environment that is welcoming, safe, equitable and inclusive for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Employees and we encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. If you would like further information, contact our Indigenous Recruitment Coordinator through our careers page.

SVHA has a duty of care under work health and safety legislation to eliminate and/or control the risk of transmission of vaccine preventable diseases (VPD) in healthcare settings. You are therefore required to comply with the SVHA Staff Health Screening Immunisation Policy, which, depending on the role you perform in the organisation will require you to undergo mandatory immunisations/vaccinations (including flu vaccinations).

Shortlisting for this position will commence immediately. We encourage you to apply promptly as the advertisement may close early should a suitable applicant be sourced.