Child Life Therapist - Grade 1

The Hospital:

The Royal Children’s Hospital’s (RCH) vision is to be a great children’s hospital – delivering Great Care, Everywhere.

RCH is located within the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, with more than 45 world-class biomedical organisations and more than 50,000 of the brightest minds working together to make the Precinct number one in the Asia Pacific region for health, education, research, and training. Within this, RCH is also 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. Each organisation contributes to a paediatric academic health centre which is greater than the sum of its parts.

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 RCH is the only provider of heart transplant services and CAR T-cell therapy for paediatrics in Australia. RCH is an effective advocate for patients and their families with a particular focus on vulnerable children and increasingly, mental health in young people. The hospital also supports many health promotion and prevention programs. 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.

We work collaboratively with hospitals to deliver the right care, in the right place, at the right time. 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.

Further information about RCH is available at

Child Life Therapist - Grade 1

Multiple roles available - 1x Part Time fixed term (0.6) 1 x Full Time fixed term

Interesting and varied clinical caseload (inpatients and outpatients)
Rewarding role in a fast-paced dynamic environment
Hub of the medical precinct and leading Children's Hospital
Fabulous employee benefits including salary packaging 

The Role:

This Child Life Therapist position sits within the Child Life Therapy department and 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 non-pharmacological pain management aimed at enhancing children’s capacity to understand their health care journey in a developmentally appropriate way. This assists in reducing distress 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 requirements.

To be successful in this role you will have:

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 a relevant discipline (Teaching and /or 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.

For more information on the role of a Child Life Therapist please refer to the following websites:

You are also welcome to attend an open information session about Child Life Therapy on Thursday 7th October at 3pm online. Please email to receive the link.

To view the Position Description, please click here.

Why work at the RCH?

RCH is committed to 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.

All applicants please be aware that in line with the Chief Health Officer’s Directions, all hospital employees must have received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by 29 October 2021 or be able to provide evidence that they have a vaccination appointment booked in by 15 October. Applicants will be required to provide their Australian Government COVID -19 vaccination Certificate, it is a requirement of the RCH to collect, record and hold vaccination information.

Are you ready to join our team? 
Flemington, VIC, AU