Rehabilitation Assistant

Date: Sep 25, 2022

Location: Halifax, NS, CA, B3K 6R8

Company: Nova Scotia Health and IWK Health

Department/Program: Rehabilitation Services, Children's Health Program
Type of Employment: Temporary Hourly FT long-assignment (100% FTE) for one year x 1 position(s)
Req ID: 136641 
Union Status: NSGEU Hlthcare, Healthcare Bargaining Unit
Compensation: $22.0605 - $25.9463
Posting Date: July 28, 2022
Closing Date: Open until filled (Applications are accepted until 23:59 Atlantic Time)
Start Date: ASAP

IWK Health is an internationally recognized and respected academic health sciences centre located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, providing tertiary and primary care for two million women, children, youth and families across the Atlantic region. IWK Health is committed to employment equity and the reduction of barriers to employment and career growth. We encourage all who self-identify as Indigenous, Black/African Nova Scotians, Persons of Colour, Immigrants/Newcomers, Persons with Disabilities, 2SLGBTQIA+ to apply and self-identify.

Position Summary

Reporting to the Managers of Rehabilitation Services, and under the supervision of a registered Rehabilitation Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, the Rehabilitation Assistant (OTA and PTA) acts as an active member of the care team providing client and family centered service to children, youth, and their families. The Rehabilitation Assistant participates in the overall plan of care for the patient and family in the provision of activities that address movement, function, occupation and education components of rehabilitation care. The Rehabilitation Assistant is responsible for specific, assigned therapy services in keeping with their training, skill, knowledge and ability. Working collaboratively with their team, the Rehabilitation Assistant participates in the provision of safe, competent, ethical care, focusing on the goals and needs of the patient. The Rehabilitation Assistant also checks and cleans equipment, maintains treatment and storage areas and orders necessary supplies. The Rehabilitation Assistant will be required to provide services primarily with inpatient teams, but may also include support to ambulatory and community-based Rehabilitation Services

Hours of Work

Monday - Friday days, flexibility required, occasional evenings and weekends.


•    Graduate from a recognized OTA and PTA College Program (which includes a minimum of 500 clinical hours, and meets standards for future accreditation through the joint accreditation proves of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapy Education Accreditation Canada), or, completion of a recognized Community College Rehabilitation Assistant Program which includes clinical placements for Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy components required.
•    Minimum one (1) year experience as a Rehabilitation Assistant (OTA/PTA) required.
•    Experience working with children and youth with various disabilities required
•    Knowledge of various health conditions and their impact on health, well-being, and quality of life required
•    Successful completion of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada (BLS) Program within the last 12 months, or successful completion of a BLS Renewal Challenge Certificate
•    Demonstrated competence in electronic communication, working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs required
•    Basic knowledge of equipment and adaptive devices required
•    Previous work attendance may be considered
•    Demonstrated ability to work as part of a collaborative interdisciplinary team required
•    Excellent time management, organization, and problem-solving skills required
•    Demonstrated understanding and commitment to family-centered care required
•    Demonstrated ability to establish and promote interpersonal & community relationships required
•    Ability to work evenings and weekends when operationally required
•    Valid minimal Class 5 Nova Scotia driver’s license and reliable transportation required
•    Competencies in other languages considered an asset; French preferred

Thank you for your interest in IWK Health. We will only contact those applicants selected for interview/testing. Applicants we invite to participate in an assessment process (such as an interview or testing) have the right to request accommodation. Please discuss your needs when invited to the assessment process.

 Please note: our offer of employment is conditional upon the completion and satisfactory results of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials.

Additionally, as per Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Vaccine mandate, any offer of employment will be conditional upon submitting proof of full vaccination status. Medical exceptions or any other kind of requested exception based upon the Health Centre’s obligations pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Code will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


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