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Current vacancies:

Personal Care Worker

  • Part time position available (4 shifts min per week)
  • Grade 1 or Grade 2
  • Rewarding role in an inclusive team

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services.  We are a charity who helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life-threatening condition with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs. Reporting into the Registered Nurse on shift with our staff/patient ratio of 1:2, allows the unique opportunity for high quality care and a rewarding experience.  Our carers work closely with our Registered Nurses and volunteers to ensure the provision of high quality general nursing care to children in the Hospice.

To be successful in this role you will have customer service skills coupled ideally with Cert III in Disability or similar qualification.  You may have experience in paediatrics or disability and have a genuine interest in working with children and families in a health setting.  In addition you will have a passion for and commitment to providing holistic, family centred care.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, flexible working, health & wellbeing program, and targeted individual development plans.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here: grade 1 or grade 2.

Please apply in writing by the closing date of Monday 26th November addressing the key selection criteria in the position description to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, via jobs@vsk.org.au .  Please note, early applications are recommended as interviews may commence before the end of the closing date.

 Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

 

Child Life Therapist

  • Newly created role due to growth in Victoria’s only Children’s Hospice
  • Part time, flexible hours, fixed term
  • Rewarding role in an inclusive team

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services.  We are a charity who helps more than 900 families across Victoria who have a child with a life-threatening condition with ongoing support from diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs.

Due to organisational growth, we have an exciting newly created role in our Hospice team.  As the Child Life Therapist you will be responsible for developing and implementing developmentally appropriate therapeutic and medical play in the Hospice for children with complex health needs, their siblings and to support the holistic needs of the family.  The Child Life Therapist utilises specialist knowledge to reduce stress and anxiety through teaching coping strategies and distraction and to assist with pain management through a variety of age-appropriate play activities and therapeutic diversions.

To be successful you will have tertiary qualifications in Education with a minimum of 2 years of studies in Child Development plus an education content, current membership or evidence of eligibility for membership of the ACLTA, a relevant postgraduate qualification in health sciences, disability support, grief and loss, or child development/play therapy is desirable coupled with a minimum of 3 years demonstrable experience of working in a paediatric palliative care or special needs setting with children who have complex health needs.

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including a supportive team, unique beautiful setting conveniently located to shops, parking and transport in Malvern, salary packaging, flexible working, health & wellbeing program, and targeted individual development plans.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position description here.

Please apply in writing by the closing date of Wednesday 15th November addressing the key selection criteria in the position description to Katrina Hall, Human Resources Manager, via jobs@vsk.org.au .  Please note, early applications are recommended as interviews may commence before the end of the closing date.

Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

 

Family Support Practitioner

  • Not for profit sector, Torquay location
  • Be a part of a supportive, inclusive Family Support team
  • 12 month fixed term contract, 4-5 days per week

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services.  Our free-of-charge services help more than 900 families across Victoria, with ongoing support from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

We currently have a role available for an experienced practitioner to join our inclusive team of professional staff, based throughout Victoria, responsible for the delivery of psychosocial support to families.  With backgrounds in social work, psychology, family therapy and counselling, the team provides a range of family-centred programs including counselling, sibling support, trained volunteers, group work activities and bereavement support.

Based in our Torquay office, working autonomously, this role will have the opportunity to improve the quality of life for an existing portfolio of families and support Barwon based group work programs.  There is also the option for the provision of clinical supervision to seven family support practitioners based in offices across Victoria for candidates who have demonstrated experience in providing supervision to allied health staff.

The successful applicant will have:

  • Tertiary qualifications in social work, psychology, family therapy or equivalent
  • Relevant experience in community health or the disability sector
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake family assessments and to provide therapeutic intervention including formal and informal counselling
  • Proven program implementation skills including service planning, evaluation and quality improvement activities
  • Flexibility to work independently as well as within and across teams
  • A commitment to the purpose, values and philosophy of Very Special Kids
  • Current driver’s licence and willingness to travel

Very Special Kids offers its employees a supportive and rewarding environment including salary packaging, flexible working, a health and well being program, a structured supervision support program and targeted individual development plan.

At Very Special Kids, our goal is for our workforce to reflect the diverse community we serve.  We continually seek to employ people of any gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, with a disability, Aboriginal Australians and varied cultural backgrounds.  If this sounds like you, please take a look at the position descriptions here.

Please apply in writing by addressing the key selection criteria to Rachel Ficinus, Family Support Team Manager via rficinus@vsk.org.au

 Very Special Kids is committed to providing a child-safe environment and requires all staff to have Working with Children and Police Record Checks.

Registered Nurse

  • Part Time positions available
  • Victoria’s only Children’s Hospice
  • Self Rostering System

Very Special Kids cares for children with life-threatening conditions by providing Victoria’s only children’s hospice and professional family support services. Our free-of-charge services help more than 900 families across Victoria, with ongoing support from the child’s diagnosis all the way through to recovery or bereavement and beyond.

Our eight bed children’s hospice offers planned respite and emergency respite as well as end-of-life care for children with life-threatening conditions. Most children who come to stay have complex medical and care needs. Reporting into the Registered Nurse on shift (or being the lead Registered Nurse on shift) with our staff/patient ratio of 1:2, allows the unique opportunity for high quality care and a rewarding experience.

To be successful in this role you must be a Registered Nurse and preferably have some exposure to paediatrics or palliative care nursing. Passion for and commitment to providing holistic, family centred care is a must and experience working with children, families and volunteers within a health setting is desirable.

In return you can look forward to a rewarding career, including attractive salary sacrifice options, and other employee benefits relating to health & wellbeing.

Please refer to job descriptions:  Registered Nurse Position Description

Please apply in writing addressing the key selection criteria to Katrina Hall, HR & OHS Manager, Very Special Kids, via jobs@vsk.org.au