Lead Clinician – Severe Behaviour Program

Lead a team of experts recruited from around the world, delivering specialised behaviour intervention services to those who need it the most.

Be Recognised as a Thought LeaderReshape the way Severe Behaviours are Seen and AddressedLead a Highly Specialised Team

About the Program:

Irabina’s Severe Behaviour Program is completely unique and is the only one of its kind in Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific region. The Day Treatment program is specifically tailored for the assessment and treatment of severe behaviours like self-injury, aggression, property destruction and other dangerous behaviours. This is world’s best practice, and Irabina is recognised internationally as pre-eminent provider in the field. Families that have nowhere else to go, come to Irabina.

Our highly specialised team has been hand-picked from across the world. Working closely together they leverage their advanced skills in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Positive Behaviour Support, Psychology, Research and a deep understanding of complex behaviours to support children, young people and families in need.

This is a rapidly growing, multi-million dollar program in high demand. We’re seeking an innovative leader to take the reins and help shape the next chapter of the Severe Behaviour Program at Irabina.

About the Role:

The Lead Clinician for the Severe Behaviour Program will oversee the day-to-day operation of the program; provide support and oversight of an advanced team of clinicians; assist in the design and implementation of behavioural intervention plans; and communicate with families and other professionals as you advocate for the program.

About You:

You will be passionate about making a difference and have a thorough understanding of complex behaviours, and behavioural therapy. You will be a confident leader and strive for excellence in your field, with years of clinical experience and published research under your belt. You will be excited to make a name for yourself and lead a close-knit team on the cutting-edge of behavioural intervention.

The Opportunity:

Lead the leaders and be recognised for your advanced skills. As Irabina’s Lead Clinician for the Severe Behaviour Program you will have the opportunity to:

  • Be recognised as a thought leader in behavioural intervention
  • Work with masters in the field both in Australia and internationally
  • Reshape the way Severe Behaviours are seen and addressed in Australia
  • Grow your professional network
  • Travel around Australia and the world to speak at conferences and symposiums
  • Attend and present at educational seminars
  • Learn from the best, participating in knowledge-exchange programs with international partners including Marcus Autism Centre
  • Contribute to high-end research projects
  • Lead a rapidly growing team of specialised clinicians
  • Be a champion for children, young people and families in dire need of our support

The Severe Behaviour Program at Irabina Autism Services is internationally-recognised and closely aligned with our partners, Marcus Autism Centre, Kennedy Krieger Autism and Maine Health Care. We are also closely linked with various institutions in Australia, including Monash Children’s Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital.

Who Should Apply:

To succeed in this role, you will have a deep understanding of complex behaviours and be able to communicate clearly and eloquently with both other professionals and our families. You may have a background supporting complex behaviours and working in Health, Justice or similar field, supporting complex mental health needs and you will have had exposure to complex and severe behaviours. You will understand what a Function means, and the ABCs of Behaviours.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the right candidate. For more information and to apply, please visit or call 03 9720 1118 to speak to our team today.

Date posted: 1 October 2020. Applications will be processed as they are received.

About Irabina Autism Services

Irabina is the biggest paediatric autism service provider in Australia and has been supporting children and young people with autism for the past 50 years. We are at the cutting edge of service delivery and have helped shape how autism therapies are delivered in Australia through evidence-based support, intervention services, education and training programs.

Staff Benefits:

  • We offer great salaries with access to a generous not-for-profit salary packaging program (up to $18,550 of your salary tax-free). Never heard of it? Check it out here
  • We run market leading, innovative programs that no other autism centre in Australia runs.
  • We will grow you as a practitioner with access to our most senior staff who are leaders in their field.
  • A mentoring program, professional development opportunities and leadership program.
  • Full induction program including Autism specific training across multiple programs and disciplines
  • True work/life balance is also provided, with flexibility around your calendar so you dictate when and where you work

As a rapidly growing organisation, we have multiple positions available for clinical and non-clinical roles across Melbourne’s North, South and Eastern suburbs. For more information and to learn how you can become part of our team, please visit

Join the Irabina Family

We’ve been growing at an enormous rate over the last few years. That strength meant during the Covid lockdown, when others were closing their doors or laying off staff, we were able to maintain every single staff member and continued to grow exponentially. As we grow, we need more passionate people to join our Irabina family.

We have multiple job opportunities available at our Bayswater, Pakenham/Cardinia and Bundoora sites, as well as remote options for people working from home.

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