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Registered Nurses (Remote Area)

Job No: 24637
Location: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, (Far NW region of SA)

  • If you are Registered Nurse with advanced nursing skills or a Registered Nurse AND Midwife looking for a new and challenging role, then this is the job for you!

  • Plenty of support on hand as you work as part of a multidisciplinary team of health professionals!

  • Attractive salary package circa $131,000 - $151,000 (dependent on remote experience) plus salary packaging!

  • Modern accommodation supplied, along with all rent, electricity, gas and basic essentials! 

  • 11 weeks leave per year, giving you the chance to explore the wondrous Australian outback, as well as return home for holidays!

About the Organisation

Nganampa Health Council is an Aboriginal owned and controlled health organisation operating on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north west of South Australia. Across this area, Nganampa Health operates eight clinics, a 16 bed aged care respite facility and assorted health related programs including aged care, sexual health, environmental health, health worker training, dental, women's health, male health, children's health and mental health.

The health service has a sustained national reputation for best practice clinical services, leading edge collaborative program research and development and for the collection of outcome data as a basis for ongoing evaluation. The organisation's clinics are AGPAL Accredited, modern facilities staffed by a multidisciplinary team comprising Anangu Health Workers and Nurses, supported by Program Coordinators and experienced Medical Officers to provide clinical care to each local community.

Nganampa Health Council is widely recognised as being the exemplar Aboriginal health service in the country. Their successes include significantly reducing the rates of sexually transmitted infections, increasing birth weights through their antenatal program and consistently keeping childhood immunisation rates at 100%.  Their Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura aged care facility is also being recognised as the best remote area aged care facility in the country.

 The Organisation was awarded the Infanrix Immunisation Award in 2006,  and their work has since been commended around the country by health commissions, the Australian Medical Journal and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.  

Further information can be found at www.nganampahealth.com.au

Life in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands is located in the far north-western region of South Australia. It covers approximately 103,000 sq km with a population of approximately 3,500 Anangu people. The region is freehold land controlled by the Anangu people.

Moving to this naturally beautiful region offers people the chance to see and experience more of the true Australian outback than most ever will, while getting paid! The communities on the Lands have schools, shops, churches, airstrips, art centres, internet access and sporting facilities common.

About the Opportunity

Nganampa Health Council has a number of exciting opportunities for clinic-based Registered Nurses to join their dedicated teams in South Australia.

Working under the direction of the Medical Director and Clinical Service Manager, these are highly varied roles in which your focus will be to deliver primary health care according to the CARPA Standard Treatment Manual, and assist in the early detection and management of chronic illness as part of a multi-disciplinary team. These positions are based in busy community clinics that are open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday.

Nurses provide an after hours on-call service, and you will require advanced nursing clinical skills including excellent clinical assessment skills and confidence in managing diversity in presentations - trauma, acute and chronic medical conditions - across all age groups. Health records and organisational documentation is largely computerised and good computer skills will be an advantage.

Some of your more specific responsibilities will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Working collaboratively with Medical Officers, Anangu Health Workers and other health staff to provide primary health care;
  • Treating acute illness and chronic medical conditions, and managing computerised recalls and patient follow-up care;
  • Child health monitoring and immunisations;
  • Patient health education;
  • Assessment and referral of social welfare issues;
  • Public health screening for STI, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis A, B & C;
  • Public health surveying and programs;
  • Antenatal and post natal care;
  • General education support and training for Anangu Health Workers; and
  • Day to day administration of clinical activities.

To be considered for these positions, you must be a Registered Nurse or a Registered Nurse AND Registered midwife, and be registered (or eligible for registration) with the National Board of Nursing and Midwifery. A minimum of three years full time diverse hospital-based general nursing experience is essential and candidates must be able to demonstrate a sound professional clinical background and an ability to manage their own tasks.

Applicants with a diverse background in clinical experience, including in clinical acute medicine, A&E, paediatrics and Aboriginal health care will be highly regarded.

Nganampa Health Council is seeking adaptable and flexible individuals who can display the initiative, discretion and cultural sensitivity needed to support and drive the organisation's objectives and values. You must be able to communicate and participate effectively within a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary health team.

Candidates who are open to change, accepting of Aboriginal people, comfortable living in a remote environment and who are willing to learn the ways of the people will be best suited to this position. The ability to work under Aboriginal management and control will be highly regarded. No two days will be the same and as a result, highly resourceful candidates will thrive here.

A demonstrated understanding of issues affecting Aboriginal health, as well as the principles of Primary Health Care and relevant legislation will be pivotal to your success in this position.

The successful candidate must be willing to undergo a Police Check and a Working With Children Check. A manual driver's licence is required for this position and it would be advantageous to have experience with 4WD vehicles, although a 2 day 4WD training course is provided in your orientation week.

About the Benefits

Your dedication will be rewarded with an extremely attractive remuneration package circa $131,000 - $151,000 (dependent on remote experience) including annual retention bonus, superannuation, leave loading, study assistance and recreation leave allowance. You will also receive generous salary packaging options. Other benefits include:

  • 11 weeks leave per year;
  • Rent-free modern housing, including all gas, electricity and basic essentials;
  • Study leave in order to plan and develop your career;
  • Full support from the health team; and
  • Relocation costs assisted.

This is a unique cultural experience with a well established and supportive health organisation. Don't miss out- APPLY NOW!

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Previous applicants need not apply.

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