Child Psychologist/Social Worker School Readiness Program

Time for a lifestyle change? Join a workplace that’s friendly & welcoming!! Located on the beautiful Great South Coast, South West Healthcare offers a comprehensive range of medical, surgical and psychiatric services. The Warrnambool campus has recently undergone a major capital redevelopment and is considered one of the most modern and technologically advanced health services in regional Australia. South West Healthcare is the major clinical and specialist referral centre for South West Victoria. The organisation serves a catchment in excess of 110,000 and comprises of a total of 282 beds (216 acute, 36 aged care and 30 mental health) and an extensive range of primary and community services. The town has a population of over 33,380 and is a popular seaside resort located 264 kilometres southwest of Melbourne. The city boasts excellent sporting, education (pre-school to university), social and cultural facilities. Warrnambool’s award winning foreshore promenade is a 5.7km path that stretches from the breakwater along the coastline to the Hopkins River mouth. The promenade is very popular and you can walk, run, ride or skate along this scenic trail. Almost every year between June and September the Southern Right Whales return to the waters off Warrnambool and often swim within a hundred meters of the shore.
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Department: South West Healthcare
Work Type: Fixed term - part time
Job Function: Health and Allied Health
Classification: As per award
Work Location: Warrnambool
Reference: VG/1375148
Closing Date: 27-Jan-2019
Salary Range: As per award
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: Position Description - Psychologist Social Worker School Readiness Program.pdf (PDF, 180KB)

Contact: Human Resources

Position Details

An exciting new part-time opportunity is available for a suitably qualified and experienced Child Psychologist (Grade 2) or paediatric Social Worker (Grade 2) to join our child-focussed, multidisciplinary team as part of the “School Readiness Funding” initiative, in partnership with the Department of Education and Training (DET).

This initiative will provide kindergartens and primary schools with quality programs and supports to help children get the most out of their early learning, with access to Allied Health being one of a number of supports available to kindergartens.

The team of Allied Health professionals will work in collaboration with educators in kindergartens, and with families, to build their capability to create an environment for kindergarten children that promotes:

  • improved speech, language, social interaction and early literacy outcomes
  • self-regulation and positive and pro-social behaviours
  • social and emotional wellbeing and mastery of everyday tasks.

The School Readiness Program will provide services across the South West region, and staff may be based in Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton or Camperdown. 

More information about school readiness funding is available here:

Positions are available for a three-year period, until December 2022.

If you are passionate, experienced, and committed to using evidence-based approaches in your work, we'd love you to join our team.

To apply, you must hold a current Victorian Driver's Licence. Psychologists must have current AHPRA registration, and Social Workers must be eligible for membership with the Australian Association of Social Workers.

The successful applicant must hold a current Working with Children (WWC) Check and will be required to consent to and undergo a Police Record Check and provide evidence of current immunisation status in alignment with South West Healthcare's Immunisation Policy.

A position description and further details can be found at our website under Careers. 

For specific enquiries regarding the role, please contact Claire Nailon (Speech Pathology Manager), on (03) 5563 1548 or email

Applications are to be submitted online via our website under careers, and need to include: full personal particulars, qualifications and experience; together with the names of three (3) referees by Sunday 27th January 2019. Other documents you feel are relevant may also be attached: however this is limited to 5 documents and there is also a size limitation of no greater than 2 Mega Bytes.

Note: If you experience any difficulties with this website or completing the application process, please send an email to: Please note this address is for enquiries only and application cannot be submitted via this email.

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