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Nursing & Midwifery Lead - East Arnhem

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation
  • We’re one of Australia’s largest providers of Aboriginal healthcare.
  • We’re engaging with health issues at a grass roots community level.
  • We’re looking for passionate individuals who are ready to help change the future for Aboriginal healthcare. 

What we stand for

With eight clinics and growing across East Arnhem Land, we’re providing health care services for over 6,000 Indigenous residents. Our Board of Directors represents communities across the region, ensuring every decision we make helps empower Yolngu people to take control of their lives and direct their own futures.

We’re connected by passion

We share a passion for the rich history of the Yolngu culture and a commitment to ensure that the work we’re doing is instrumental in ensuring self-determination for Indigenous peoples. We’re a people place where going above and beyond is in our nature. We’re not just offering jobs, we’re offering a way to shape Australia’s future. Do you share our passion?

We need you

Miwatj Health are pleased to offer this position as a full time opportunity. Based in the Galiwin’ku Clinic located in Elcho Island, this role will see you providing clinical leadership of a multidisciplinary health care team. In addition, you will be working closely with our Aboriginal workforce which is critical to our clients success. You’ll be committed to finding the best way to communicate with our clients and our team in order to provide great care in sometimes uncertain circumstances.

Core aspects of your role will include:

  • Lead a multidisciplinary team and coordinate external health service providers to provide a quality and comprehensive primary health care service to the Galiwin’ku community. 
  • Undertake the day to day management, staff supervision and coordination of clinical service delivery at the site.
  • Implementation of the clinical services plan to ensure that the clinic is meeting its mandated KPIs.
  • Coordinate activities in collaboration with the Regional CQI Coordinator relating to the accreditation process in a timely fashion, including conducting on-site surveys and self-assessments in preparation for external audits. 
  • Ensure staff are registered, orientated to and use the PIRs and Communicare systems in accordance with the accepted protocols.
  • Support the Health Centre Manager to ensure registered Communicare users are claiming the requisite Medicare items.
  • In close liaison with the Clinical Educator and Health Centre Manager, Human Resources ensure the Aboriginal Health Worker trainees are adequately supervised and supported to obtain their qualification.
  • Lead the health centre morning meeting to ensure all tasks are allocated and clearly communicated. 
  • Act as the Health Centre Manager during periods of absence or leave.
  • Promote and support the role of the Aboriginal health workforce as crucial to improving health outcomes of Aboriginal people, and act as a clinical resource and mentor for Aboriginal Health Practitioners, Aboriginal Health Trainees and Aboriginal Community Health Workers.
  • Provide health care within the AHPRA professional scope of practice and in accordance with legislative requirements, the CARPA Manual and best practice in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Participate in community based activities including health promotion and education, public health and education and outreach primary health care delivery. 
  • Participate in professional development of self, ensuring mandatory educational requirements are attended in calendar time. 
  • Actively participate in and attend all education activities within the clinic.
  • Actively support and participate in ongoing Continuous Quality Improvement activities.
  • Follow and practice the Miwatj Health clinical policies and procedures at all times.
  • Adhere to the Miwatj Health WHS management framework and report incidents and injury in accordance with the framework to ensure a safe and secure workplace for clients, visitors and staff. 
  • Adhere to the Miwatj Health administrative policies and procedures at all times and conduct yourself as an employee of Miwatj Health accordingly.

Why Miwatj?

Whether working with a remote healthcare provider is in your bucket list, or something that is tried and tested, we’d love for you to reach out. East Arnhem Land offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of a community where the richness of Yolngu culture is in the air you breathe. 

A competitive salary of $121,799 - $126,911 PA (dependent on skills and experience) is available with this full time position. 

How do you know if you’re the right fit? 

In order to deliver on our mission, we know that a collaborative, supportive team is critical. We’re looking for people who are committed to not only growing their capability, but willing to step in and support other team members and clients. Whilst knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture is helpful, what will really see you thrive in our communities is an open mind, willingness to be exposed to culture, and curiosity.

Before you reach out and apply, we need you to have:

  • Unrestricted Registered Nurse status with AHPRA.
  • Commitment to and understanding of the principles of Aboriginal Community Control. 
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience as a nurse manager of a remote health centre.
  • Demonstrated advanced clinical leadership, change management and operational management skills.
  • Minimum of 5 years broad and recent nursing experience and 3 years working as a remote area nurse.
  • Remote Emergency Care certificate (REC).
  • Maternity Emergency Care certificate (MEC).
  • Post-graduate qualification in health management or similar.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the social determinants of health issues affecting indigenous people and how Primary Health Care principles apply in a remote Aboriginal community setting.
  • A high level of adaptive interpersonal communication skills to work effectively with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of Continuous Quality Improvement and their application in a primary health care setting. 
  • A reasonable level of proficiency with word processing programs such as Microsoft Word and spreadsheet software such as Excel to produce operational reports.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the evidence base for addressing preventable chronic diseases in remote areas, including both prevention and management.
  • Experience in participating in emergency after hours call services.  
  • Current Manual drivers licence.

Please note: This position is based in Galiwin’ku and includes accommodation and relocation support. 

For more information please contact the Miwatj Health Recruitment Team at: recruitment@miwatj.com.au using the subject line: Nursing & Midwifery Lead - East Arnhem enquiry via EthicalJobs and quote reference MHAC563.

Application close date: once the position is filled.

We’re proud to employ over 116 Yolngu employees and we are always looking to increase that number. If you’re Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and interested in this role you are encouraged to apply.

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