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Child Life Therapist

Date: 23-Nov-2022

Location: 50 Flemington Rd, AU

Company: theroyalch

The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) Vision is “A world where all kids thrive”.

RCH is a cornerstone member of the Melbourne Children’s Campus, partnering with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics and The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.

RCH has cared for the children and young people of Victoria for more than 150 years since it was founded in 1870. A full range of paediatric and adolescent health services are provided plus tertiary and quaternary care for the most critically ill and medically complex patients in Victoria. Tasmania, southern NSW and other states around Australia and overseas. The Hospital has more than 6,000 staff, a budget of $850M, 12 wards and 350 beds. Annually, the RCH has 300,000+ Specialist Clinic appointments, 90,000+ Emergency Department presentations and 20,000 elective surgeries.

The RCH is committed to the Child Safe Standards

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact.

For further Information on RCH is available here.


  • Hub of medical precinct in Parkville, Melbourne
  • Fixed Term, Part Time (0.7 FTE) until June 2024
  • Friendly and supportive team environment


The opportunity:

This new role will provide a comprehensive Child Life Therapy service to children and families across a range of clinical areas, as required by the Department. This includes individualised support to children and young people to promote effective coping, through preparation for medical procedures, medical play, procedural support, and development of coping strategies. This role contributes to enhancing children’s capacity to understand their health care journey in a developmentally appropriate way. This assists in reducing stress and anxiety associated with medical procedures and the hospital environment, which in turn increases a child’s resilience, wellbeing, and ability to participate effectively with their treatment.


This role would be suitable for a person with an education and/or other discipline with a strong background in child development. Open to considering applications from other Allied Health professions.


What you’ll achieve:

  • Provide a Child Life Therapy service as required by the Department to support children and families
  • Prioritise and co-ordinate service delivery to maximise CLT service availability
  • Support children through their medical interventions and assist them in their ability to cope with illness and hospitalisation through evidence based play and developmentally appropriate paradigms
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships and partnerships with others including patients/families and other clinicians
  • Develop individualised procedural support plans in partnerships with children, families and treating teams to enhance coping and procedural compliance
  • Maintain and extend professional competence and contribute to the ongoing learning and development of others across the hospital through targeted CLT education program


Salary for this role is from $88,030 to $97,744 per annum, plus superannuation


Your skills and experience:

  • Recognised tertiary qualifications in Early Childhood Education or Primary Education or current Child Life Specialist status
  • A minimum of 2 years continuous and relevant work experience in Child Life
  • Current VIT registration (registered teacher or early childhood teacher) or ACLP certification.
  • Thorough understanding of childhood development between the ages of 0-18 years.


If this sounds like you, click here to view the position description


Other requirements;

  • Current National Criminal Record Check, or willing to obtain
  • Current NDIS Worker Screening Check, or willing to obtain
  • Valid Working with Children Check
  • Compliance with RCH “Staff Immunisation - Prevention of Vaccine Preventable Diseases” procedure


What we offer:

  • Salary Packaging – Increase your take home pay!
  • Staff Wellbeing Hub
  • Parkville Location and close to public transport
  • Discounted on-site car parking availbale
  • Professional development and special events
  • Culture of continuous improvement


Application process:

To apply, you will need a resume and a tailored cover letter outlining your skills, experience, and suitability for the position in line with the requitements of the position description. Shortlisting for this position will commence immediately, we encourage you to apply promptly!


For more information about this position please contact Beth Dun on Ph: 9345 5421


Why work at the RCH?

RCH enjoys high employee engagement and is committed to staff safety and a positive culture through enactment of our Compact. We offer the opportunity to work in world-class facilities,  surrounded by Royal Park and only a short tram trip from the heart of Melbourne city.

We also offer discounted staff parking, salary packaging, and an award-winning health and wellbeing program.

The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse background,  all members of the LGBTQI community and people with disability.

It is a requirement of your employment that you be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and Influenza annually for Category A and B roles, in compliance with any public health orders in place at the relevant time, unless you have a medical exception in line with those public health orders, which has been accepted by The Royal Children’s Hospital.  Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government Immunisation History Statement, it is a requirement of the RCH to collect, record and hold vaccination information.

It is also a requirement of your employment that you comply with any direction given by The Royal Children’s Hospital that you be vaccinated against, or prove immunity to, any other disease, unless you have a relevant exemption


Are you ready to join our team? 

 Apply online by clicking on the “Apply” button

Applications close 06 December 2022