Paediatric Speech Pathologist - Level 1/2 - Incentives Offered

Speech Pathologist
Hunter New England Local Health District
REQ496262 Requisition #

It’s a great time to join Hunter New England Local Health District. Apply now for one of our eligible regional and rural positions. You could benefit under the NSW Health Rural Workforce Incentive Scheme! 

: $70,944 - $101,211 per annum + 11% Super + Incentives
Employment Type: Temporary Full Time until May 2025 (possibility of extension)
Position Classification: Speech Pathologist Lvl 1/2
Location: Taree Community Health Service
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ496262
Applications Close: Tuesday, 25th June 2024

"The main reason why I love working in Allied Health for Hunter New England is that we are able to provide a free, accessible and well-rounded service for families who might otherwise not receive services... I love my job in Allied Health, and I love where I live in Taree!"
- Ashleigh, Paediatric Speech Pathologist

About us:

The Speech Pathology team are part of the Children, Young People and Families Service. This temporary position is located in Taree Community Health with flexibility to work across the Lower Mid North Coast. You will work alongside other Speech Pathologists and Allied Health clinicians, meeting the speech pathology needs of children, young people and their families in our area.

About the Lower Mid North Coast:
Based in the glorious Lower Mid North Coast of NSW you will have rivers, beaches, and rainforests on your doorstep. Forster and Taree are located within the Barrington Coast region of NSW offering white sand beaches, gleaming blue lakes and a vivid green in the hinterland, it is the heart of the Lower Mid North Coast. Three hours from Sydney and two from Newcastle, the region offers affordable housing, education options and a lifestyle sought after by holiday makers. A haven for water sports, Swim, surf, enjoy lagoons, rock pool exploration, fish, sailboard, scuba dive or dolphin and whale spot on a cruise. Inland recreations include Booti Booti National Park, Cape Hawke, local shopping and markets and plenty of dining options. For inspirational stories from people who live in the area and to meet one of our Speech Pathologists, check out

About the role:
This position will see you providing safe, compassionate, person-centred care, evidence-based assessment/interventions, health promotion and education. You will provide services to infants, children and young people aged 0-18years with communication and feeding difficulties. Most of your appointments will be at the local community health centre, with occasional visits to preschools/schools. Our Speech Pathologists also enjoy working with our Child and Family Health Nurses to provide education to our new parents and provide education to wider stakeholders. They are part of our multidisciplinary Bright Start Clinic, working to identify developmental delays in the first two years of life. The Speech Pathology team have clinicians based at Taree, Forster, and Gloucester.

Working in a rural or regional setting will give you the opportunity to broaden your skills. You will see a range of presentations across the spectrum of ages. Working in a small community allows you to develop partnerships with community agencies and other stakeholders such as pre-schools.

You will be part of a supportive Paediatric Speech Pathology team and wider paediatric allied health team, within the Children, Young People and Families Service. You will receive orientation and training while in the role. We encourage and support both internal and external support, with regular monthly clinical supervision and the completion of mandatory education requirements.

About you:
You will ideally have experience working with children and young people, as a Speech Pathologist. Skills in teamwork are essential as is the ability to adapt your communication style to target your audience. As the successful candidate, you will be responsible for a busy case load of clients, who often experience psychosocial complexities. Our area's high indigenous population requires candidates to have a good understanding of Closing The Gap and to be working towards cultural competence.

You must hold a bachelor or post graduate degree in speech pathology which provides eligibility for membership of Speech Pathology Australia, or other qualification deemed equivalent by the employer.

  • Four weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Up to 12 allocated days off each year (for full-time employees)
  • Superannuation contributions 11%
  • Salary packaging - Up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing.
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members
  • MidCoast Community Connector:

Rural Health Workforce Incentive Scheme:
This vacancy is eligible for an Attraction and Relocation package that includes the following*:

  • Attraction incentive paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance of up to $10,000 for the first 12-months
  • Retention incentive of up to $5,000 thereafter annually
  • PLUS 3 months accommodation assistance (e.g. reimbursement of rent payments or payments for commercial accommodation)

*All payments and reimbursements made to part time employees will be on a pro-rata basis.

Attraction incentives will be paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance on top of your base salary + 11% superannuation.

Other forms of payment/package options (where you are eligible) need to be negotiated with the Convenor and may include**:

  • Additional annual professional development days (up to 5 more per year)
  • Additional personal leave (up to 5 more per year)
  • Computer/internet reimbursement (e.g. laptop, wi-fi costs)
  • Return airfare to and from your work base (or equivalent motor vehicle allowance) so you can still visit family and friends

**The total value of your incentive package would remain the same. Employees are responsible for seeking independent financial advice before accepting an Attraction and Retention Incentive package as part of their offer.

Transferring of incentive packages will depend on the location, position, and time served by the health worker in their current position. Eligibility to transfer existing incentive packages will be determined and approved by the health organisation. Health workers who are receiving incentive packages and are changing or moving positions should discuss the impacts with their manager or local Workforce Rural Health Incentive Team via to discuss your eligibility prior to applying if you are already receiving an incentive package.

Additional information:

  • An eligibility list will be created for future temporary full or part time vacancies.
  • This position is full time; however, job share and/or part time arrangements will be considered.
  • We are unable to accommodate visa sponsorship for applicants requiring a visa for this position.

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Information for Applicants: 
Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below).
For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: 
Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health.  For more information, please visit: 
This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2024_015: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specified Infectious Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.

Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via or 1300 40 25 23.

HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of
benefits such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.

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