Welcome to Kids First Children’s Services! We’re excited to invite dedicated newly graduated or early-career Speech Pathologists to join our supportive multi-disciplinary team. Our Stronger Together program is not just a one-year stepping-stone; it’s a pathway to a rewarding, long-term career in paediatric allied health.
Stronger Together is Kids First Children’s Services’ three-year program for emerging clinicians that focuses on ‘best practice practice’.
Your Kids First colleagues (Speech Pathologists, OTs, Child Psychologists and Early Intervention Teachers) have a wealth of knowledge to share, and we’ve created a structured professional development program that will ensure that you benefit from all that they have to teach you as you enter the world of paediatric allied health.
Start with us as a ‘full-of-potential’ new career clinician and, in a structured and supportive environment, develop your professional skills as you become a confident and competent clinical mentor.
You’ll not only make a meaningful contribution to the lives of children and families, but you’ll also build your experience and abilities so that you’re fully equipped to have the career you’ve always wanted.
At Kids First, we focus on nurturing your early clinical skills and knowledge so that you have a great foundation from which to launch your career.
As a New Career Clinician, we’ll invest significantly in you, both as a person and as a practitioner.
Your Year 1 Stronger Together schedule will be curated so that you have the time and opportunity you need to transition to your new role. We’ll provide you with professional development opportunities to help your personal and professional growth, and we’ll also give you the supported chance to try new things.
Your Kids First colleagues will also invest in you. They all, sincerely, want you to succeed, and know what it is like to start at the beginning. You will find that they are generous with their time, expertise, support, and advice.
In your first year at Kids First, not only will we help you to gain the competence you’ll need to be a successful therapist, but we’ll also support your understanding of the ‘other’ (and sometimes invisible) skills you’ll need to be a professional clinician, such as how to build trusting relationships with clients and colleagues.
Activate your Intervention Skills
Build Professional Partnerships
Your second year as an Emerging Clinician at Kids First is all about helping you to develop clinical confidence.
You’ll be ready to step into your ‘next chapter’ of professional growth so that you can consolidate your skills, continue to learn, and move forward with clarity and confidence.
With your first year of practice under your belt, you will have developed an understanding our clients, your colleagues and our community. You’ll no doubt have fantastic ideas that you feel confident to share and be working collaboratively with a wide range of multi-disciplinary colleagues.
Your career will remain on its upwards trajectory as you continue to benefit from our Stronger Together program.
PD opportunities, the support of our generous team and your broadening clinical scope will make for exciting and rewarding career development.
Year 3: Clinical Contributor
Your third Stronger Together year at Kids First is an enriching one where you will step into the role of a Clinical Contributor. Not only continue to build on your career skills, but also get the chance to contribute to the professional development of others.
Year 3 of Stronger Together offers you the opportunity to take your first steps as an emerging clinical mentor, role model and guide.
You’ll have the opportunity to teach, train and inspire other clinicians, and flex your leadership muscles as you spearhead initiatives aimed at implementing innovative ideas to improve Kids First’s service delivery.
Of course, your continued personal and professional growth will remain a priority for Kids First. We want you to achieve your goals for your life and your work. Helping you to see what’s next and make it happen is always high on our agenda.
Days & Hours
This is a full-time role that offers stability, security, and flexibility too. (We love our ‘Early Finish Fridays’)
Kids First Children’s Services offers competitive salary packages and, of course, the professional development that comes from being part of an accomplished and generous multi-disciplinary team is invaluable!
Every team member receives a generous PD allowance, as well as other personal and professional benefits. You’ll receive one to one supervision opportunities within working hours too.
Please include a brief cover letter as well as your CV outlining how you meet the above criteria and the contact details of two professional referees.
Email your application to sonja[at]kids-first.com.au or call Kids First Children’s Services on (02) 9938 5419 for a confidential chat with our Director, Sonja Walker
We look forward to welcoming you to Stronger Together and all that your bright future as a member of our warm and accomplished multi-disciplinary team holds!
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