Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Therapy and Education Support Services

Port Macquarie NSW

Full time position Monday to Friday

New Graduates welcome to apply and will be provided with additional training and supports – see below.  

About Us

Therapy and Education Support Services (TESS) is an early intervention service that is managed by Lifetime Connect, which is a not-for-profit community-based organisation that specialises in providing services to local communities across the Port Macquarie, Kempsey-shire council, Nambucca Valley, Bellingen Valley, and Coffs Harbour local government areas. This position is for the Port Macquarie area. Our service prides itself on working alongside families and children (aged 0-16 years) using a family-focused, client-centred, and strengths-based approach. The clientele will include a range of disabilities, developmental delays, learning difficulties and more.

Due to exponential growth, we are excited to provide an opportunity for one or more enthusiastic Occupational Therapists to extend our reach and deliver supports in the Port Macquarie area. We welcome applicants who are passionate about paediatrics, cultural inclusivity, continuous professional development, and providing client-centred therapy.

Successful applicants will be working in our therapy rooms, within schools/preschools, at clients’ homes and Telehealth Services where appropriate. You will be empowering children and families to achieve their goals through an integrated approach to therapy.


  • A 4-week structured induction program to ease you into your caseload and give you that critical insight and roadmap to your new career.
  • Beyond induction, we offer an ongoing individualised mentoring and supervision structure tailored to your learning needs.
  • A flexible and autonomous timetable will include a daily expectation of four billable hours, involving supporting three to four clients each day as a new graduate. Billable hours are dependent on qualifications, experience, and skill level.
  • Excellent internal and external professional development opportunities including access to a Professional Development Allowance, a personal development day and a resource budget.
  • Leave entitlements including annual leave, parental leave, study leave, and generous sick/carers leave.
  • Technology including a phone, laptop, and iPad.
  • A competitive pay package based on relevant qualifications and experience.
  • Tax-effective salary packaging opportunities including $15,899 each year tax free, increasing the value of your take-home pay.
  • Work amongst a transdisciplinary team of highly qualified staff
  • Very flexible work environment to encourage work-life balance.
  • Use of therapy room, equipment, and assessment tools.
  • Administration support.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance included.
  • You will be supported to pursue special areas of interest.
  • Opportunity to develop and facilitate group programs.
  • Fortnightly Staff Meetings and fortnightly Caseload meetings.

Essential criteria:

  • Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree
  • Professional membership/ registration with AHPRA
  • Valid Working With Children Check clearance number
  • Applicants must successfully undertake a pre-employment police check.
  • Current Driver’s License
  • A car


  • Paediatric Occupational Therapy experience
  • Previous experience working with NDIS clients.
  • Private practice experience
  • Experience conducting OT assessments.
  • Understanding and knowledge of sensory processing
  • Note: previous experience is not required for the role but is welcomed

Why Lifetime Connect?

Lifetime Connect is committed to a culture of learning and growth.  Our people aspire to improve knowledge, broaden experience, and seek to be better skilled and equipped to support the outcomes and goals identified by our clients. This has enabled us to become one of the leading providers of allied health and therapy services for children and young people in NSW. As an organisation, we value and support the development and success of each individual. Lifetime Connect offers an attractive salary, including generous salary sacrifice options, which will increase your take-home pay.  Lifetime Connect provides ongoing training and learning opportunities, regular supervision (formal and informal), flexible working arrangements and a structured and supportive management system.

Who We Are Looking For?

The Occupational Therapist we require will have a high level of energy, enthusiasm, and a genuine commitment to achieving positive outcomes for children, young people, and families to enable them to engage meaningfully in their everyday lives.

As a member of a transdisciplinary team, within a strengths-based framework, you will deliver flexible and individualised supports to meet the holistic needs of the child or young person and their family, as outlined by their individual plan. Your responsibilities will include independently managing your caseload, completing assessments and reports, engaging in professional development opportunities, providing 1:1 therapy session, as well as liaising with parents, preschools/schools, and other services.

You are regarded as someone who is passionate about empowering children and families to meet their goals, committed to providing neurodiversity-affirming and evidence-based practice, and who has strong interpersonal skills (e.g., teamwork, strong communication, collaboration). You are able to work independently and as part of a team, and you have strong time-management and organisational skills.


How to Apply?

 Please forward your CV along with a cover letter to

Lifetime Connect welcomes applications from culturally and linguistically diverse candidates, suitably qualified people who may have a disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.

We encourage you to submit an application today. We will be actively shortlisting applications as they are received. Lifetime Connect reserves the right to close this role to new applications prior to the advised closing date, should suitable candidates be identified for this opportunity.

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