Kimberley - Kununurra

Vacancy Number: 2046

Speech Pathologist

About the Role
  • Seeking a motivated Speech Pathologist to join Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Service providing a culturally appropriate family centred speech pathology service to support the care and education needs of Aboriginal children and their families in Kununurra and broader Kimberley region.

    The Speech Pathologist will provide accurate assessment, intervention and therapy to patients aged 0-6 with speech, language, fluency and literacy difficulties and perceived developmental issues liaising with local kindergartens and schools, WACHS and Education WA regarding the services available. They will assess children’s language and speech needs, build strong communication and language skills, and provide practical guidance and supports for parents that can be implemented in the home. The Speech pathologist will form part of the Kimberley Supports multidisciplinary team to deliver high quality early intervention services to local Aboriginal communities, this position will work in partnership with Aboriginal Medical Services and their Family Support Workers to build and maintain positive engagement with families to achieve the best possible outcomes.Using a family centred approach they will gather information to identify the appropriate pathways for children and their families including access to the NDIS, short term interventions and community and mainstream support services.
Experience & Skills
  • Bachelor or postgraduate degree in Speech Pathology and eligibility for membership of Speech Pathology Australia
  • Demonstrated background in Aboriginal Health
  • Two or more years' clinical experience (required)
  • Experience in working with Aboriginal or Cultural and Linguistic Diverse Families(deseriable)
  • Proven ability to work well as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrated well-developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated computer literacy and ability to use health information systems
  • Commitment to participation in professional development and quality improvement activities
  • Demonstrated competency in the assessment and management of children with communication difficulties
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritise and manage workload demands, show initiative, meet deadlines and complete activities (including ability to work within scope of practice and seek assistance when required)
  • Proven ability to work independently and to establish effectivel, collaborative working relationships within a multi-disciplinary team and interagency network
  • Current National Police Clearance and Manual Driver's licence
  • Must be able to undertake regular travel across the Kimberley region
What's on Offer
  • Full time permanent position
  • Attractive remuneration package of $123,000 including allowances plus superannuation
  • Salary sacrificing of up to $30 000 available
  • Relocation support may be offered to eligible applicants through Rural Health West Applications close 3rd July 2020
Practice Type Community Care
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Map of Kimberley


The Kimberley is located in the north-west region of Western Australia. It covers an area of 421,451 square kilometres, an area three times the size of England, but is home to only 35,748 people. A relatively high proportion of the residents are Aboriginal Australians. The population swells seasonally with an influx of tourists and a mobile working population.

The major towns of the Kimberley include Broome and Derby on the west coast, with Kununurra and Wyndham in the east. Within this vast landscape there is a huge diversity of scenery to be explored and adventures to be experienced. Broome enjoys a laid-back tropical ambience whilst the ranges of the East Kimberley showcase the awe-inspiring grandeur and beauty that nature has created. Venturing into this land imparts a unique sense of connection with an ancient and unspoiled part of Australia. Travels across the Kimberley will yield tropical beaches, rugged ranges, spectacular gorges, waterfalls, caves, pockets of lush rainforest and an astounding variety of wildlife.

The region has a thriving economy, based on both tourism and the richness of its natural resources. It enjoys regular commercial flights from Perth and interstate capital cities. The Kimberley has a tropical summer and dry winter and this diverse climate changes the landscape from season to season.

There are approximately 70 general practitioners including GP registrars in the region, nine in private practice, 33 in Aboriginal Medical Services, two in the Royal Flying Doctor Service and 26 hospital based general practitioners.