Pilbara - Newman

Vacancy Number: 2260

Occupational Therapist

About the Role
  • New opportunity for a motivated Occupational Therapist to join Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) provides holistic primary health care to the individuals and families within the remote communities in the Pilbara region. Aboriginal and Torrest Strait Islanders encouraged to apply!

    The Occupational Therapist reports to and is directly accountable to the Community Health Programs Manager. Working in collaboration with the Speech Pathologist, the team delivers an education focused health program known as the Jiji Program to the Martu people of the four remote Aboriginal communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji with administration support from the Newman hub.

    The Jiji Program is primarily based in schools providing teachers with training and techniques to assist learning, however can also occur in other family settings such as painting centres, camping and outdoor activities. You will be responsible for the support and implementation of culturally appropriate professional development workshops, programs for individual children and classes and the training of school staff to enhance relationships between the school, community and external health service providers. You will also work in collaboration with the Speech Pathologist to undertake a range of assessments and intervention programs incorporating techniques to ensure cultural complexities are responded to during delivery of services to Martu communities. In addition you will also iaise with Curtin University and Edith Cowan University to establish annual program of student placements.
Experience & Skills
  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy or equivalent tertiary qualifications and eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
  • At least 5 years post graduate experience in Occupational Therapy, demonstrating a sound professional competency in planning, implementing and evaluating occupational therapy services
  • Strong understanding and a commitment to the principles of Community Development
  • Understanding of the principles of the model of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services
  • A demonstrated understanding of the unique issues affecting and impacting on the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • An ability to work, reside and travel independently in a remote region.
What's on Offer
  • Full time position
  • Competitive remuneration package of $96 350-$11- 564 per annum plus superannuation
  • Salary Packaging
  • 5 weeks’ annual leave + 17.5% leave loading
  • Support to further invest in your career
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retention Initiatives
Practice Type Community Care
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Map of Pilbara


The Pilbara is located about 1600 kilometres north of Perth, in the north-west region of Western Australia, with an area of around 500,000 square kilometres and a population of approximately 40,000 people. The primary towns are Karratha and Port Hedland on the coast, and Tom Price and Newman inland.

An area of rugged beauty, the Pilbara has a vast coastal plain, spectacular inland ranges and an arid desert region reaching into the centre of Australia. It is characterised by the rich red hues of its landscape, imparted by the abundance of natural riches in its reserves of iron ore. Mining and offshore oil and gas exploration have given rise to the Pilbara’s economic boom in recent years, drawing large numbers of people to the region on both a temporary and permanent basis.

It has a tropical, semi-desert climate with a mainly summer rainfall associated with thunderstorms. From October to April temperatures throughout the region generally exceed 32 degrees celsius every day, sometimes topping 40 degrees, particularly in inland areas.

There are approximately 46 doctors working in the region in various areas, including general practices, Aboriginal Medical Services, hospitals and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.