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Diversional Therapist

Merri Health - Melbourne, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work
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About the role

Diversional Therapist 

  • Coburg , community outreach Northern Metro
  • Part time, ongoing
  • Exciting new role to support the social and wellbeing needs of people aged over 65

Your new role

Living Well, Ageing Well (LWAW) is an innovative program that incorporates a social prescribing model of health to support older adults who are experiencing, or are at risk of, social isolation and/or loneliness, with a focus on inclusive engagement, co-design, peer/volunteer led community based groups, facilitated access to participation, and wellness education.

The Diversional Therapist actively supports eligible consumers aged 65 or older (or 50 years and over for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders) through the provision of targeted social and recreational programs to improve and maintain social connections leading to improved wellbeing and increased community engagement, including pathways to volunteering. This includes:

  • Provide short term, effective, responsive, goal focused and outcomes-based support that promotes and empowers consumer participation and strengthens the management of activities of daily living
  • In partnership with the consumer, plan and facilitate individual lifestyle activity programs based on assessed need to increase socialisation and, where possible, maintain community connections
  • Explore consumer interests and develop their skills to improve lifestyle choices and motivate participation in one on one, group-based activities
  • Support consumers to explore opportunities and pathways towards sustained community participation through volunteering

What you’ll need to succeed

To be successful with Merri you will go above and beyond to achieve great results for our clients, the organisation and yourself. We’re looking for individuals with:

  • Tertiary qualifications in Diversional Therapy, Lifestyle and Leisure, Allied Health, Aged Care or other relevant discipline
  • Demonstrated experience supporting the social needs of older adults, preferably in a community-based setting
  • Ability to plan and facilitate individualised lifestyle activity programs, including the skills necessary to motivate engagement and participation
  • Experience in the planning and facilitation of group social activities for older adults

Melbourne, VIC

Voluntary, Charity & Social Work


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