Lecturer in Occupational Therapy

Katherine, Australia
24 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
08 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

About Flinders

Our bold vision, captured in our Strategic Plan: making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda, is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education, and the source of Australia’s most enterprising graduates.

To realise this ambition, we recently made a significant organisation change to a six College structure with a professional staff and services alignment.

We recognise the key to our success is exceptional people and we’re seeking an outstanding individual to join the team of our transformed university.

Employment Type:
Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Position Summary
Fixed Term, Full- Time, Until December 2024

Compensation Grade:
Academic Level B

Salary Range:
$99,827 - $118,135 p.a.

Reporting to:
Director Katherine Campus

This Teaching Specialist (Clinical/Practitioner) position, with its primary focus on teaching and teaching-related activities drawing on contemporary/professional practice, has an important role to play in the University’s achievement of its strategic plan, Making a Difference: The 2025 Agenda.

The University is committed to a student-centred ethos and to developing creative, enterprising, career-ready graduates prepared to become lifelong contributors to society.

In accordance with the strategic plan, the University seeks to:

  • Deliver a richly interactive and personalised approach to learning focussed on student success;
  • Be an international leader in educational innovation, advanced learning technologies and learning analytics; and
  • Develop enterprising graduates equipped with the skills required for success in the knowledge economy.

The Lecturer in occupational therapy will supervise occupational therapy students from Flinders University and other universities undertaking placements within the Katherine region of the Northern Territory. The position will also contribute to the development and coordination of other allied health student placements within the Katherine region.

The position will work closely with Indigenous Allied Health Australia, Wurli Wurlinjang, other health organisations, Katherine schools and the Flinders Katherine Region Interprofessional Student Placement Program (KRISPP) team. This position is predominantly concerned with supervising occupational therapy students in Katherine primary schools and at Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Health Service and to facilitate allied health placements within the Katherine region. The position responsibilities include supporting occupational therapy students to conduct paediatric and adult assessments, develop and deliver intervention plans in a variety of school and clinical environments and write reports. The position will also include assessment of occupational therapy student competencies.

Key Position Responsibilities

Appointees bring recent, ongoing (concurrent) or extensive experience and knowledge of contemporary clinical/professional practice to the position. The position is also expected to make an independent contribution to high-quality university, professional and community service. The position does not include making a research contribution.


  • Supervise occupational therapy students undertaking work integrated learning within the Katherine region.
  • Facilitate allied health placements in the Katherine region
  • Contribute to the planning and evaluation of occupational therapy topics in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) at Flinders university.
  • Provide support, academic counselling and professional advice to students concerning their studies, professional development and career opportunities.
  • Work with the Flinders CMPH and CNHS, other universities, Katherine health services and schools and other stakeholders to develop and facilitate high quality student placements.
  • Make effective use of innovations and technologies in teaching practice.

University, Professional and Service:

  • Participate as a member and contribute to the development of the Flinders University Katherine campus team.
  • Participate as a member and contribute to the development of the RHMT team.
  • Maintain professional knowledge relevant to teaching within their discipline through scholarship and professional development.
  • Engage in activities within a relevant external professional domain such as professional associations, conferences and workshops, and within a wider community context at local, national or international level.
  • Provide high quality contribution to community service, with a focus on opportunities that maintain clinical skills currency, on behalf of the College and University.
  • Any other responsibilities in line with the level of the position as assigned by the Supervisor and / or the University.

Key Position Capabilities

  • Hold and maintain a current registration with AHPRA.
  • Evidence of professional standing and reputation in contemporary clinical practice in paediatric occupational therapy
  • Holds or working towards one of the following qualifications
  • higher degree at Master’s level in a relevant area (desirable)
  • a doctoral degree in the discipline area (desirable)
  • evidence of peer-reviewed independent research demonstrated to be of an equivalent standard in the discipline area (desirable)
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching performance at a tertiary level, inclusive of simulation and/or clinical setting.
  • Evidence of an independent contribution to the development, delivery and evaluation of innovative teaching and learning strategies both in the classroom and in clinical education, including student assessment
  • Demonstrated experience of working with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and an understanding of cultural safety.
  • Evidence of reflective practice.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and industry.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to fostering a positive workplace culture, and role modelling behaviours that support the University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and commitment to enhancing educational opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Experience working in remote Aboriginal health (desirable).

For more information regarding the position, or to have a confidential discussion, please contact: Sue Lenthall

Northern Territory Government legislation (the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007) now requires all individuals in child related employment or whose duties involve, or are likely to involve, contact with a child, to hold a valid ‘Working with Children Clearance’ (Ochre Card). This position involves child related work and is assessed as requiring a Working with Children Clearance/Ochre Card.

If you are required to work in any capacity, incidental or not, in a health care setting or other setting identified within a government direction issued pursuant to the Emergency Management Act 2004 (SA) or Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 (NT) you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of your vaccination as a condition of your employment.

Information for Applicants:

You are required to provide a suitability statement of no more than three pages, addressing the key capabilities of the position as outlined above. In addition, you are required to upload your CV.

A valid National Police Certificate which is satisfactory to the University will also be required before the successful applicant can commence in this position.

We are seeking to increase the diversity to improve equal opportunity outcomes for employees, and therefore we encourage female applicants, people with a disability and/or from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders descent to apply.

Please note, late applications and applications sent via agencies will not be accepted.

Applications Close 11:59 pm:

08 Feb 2022