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Health Services Manager - Umuwa (APY Lands South Australia)

Nganampa Health Council
  • Senior leadership role with a leading Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  • Continue to expand your work and experience in the cutting edge areas of Indigenous governance, health, and self-determination.
  • Attractive base salary circa $177,000 PLUS super, 4WD vehicle & free, furnished accommodation
  • Enjoy relocation assistance, annual airfares & 9 weeks leave a year, to return home or explore what the outback has to offer

About Nganampa Health Council

Nganampa Health Council is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation operating on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the far north west of South Australia. Nganampa operates seven clinics and assorted health related programs including in aged care, sexual health, environmental health, health worker training, oral health, women’s health, male health, children’s health, immunisation, eye health and mental health.

Widely recognised as being an exemplary Aboriginal health service, Nganampa has sustained a national reputation for best practice primary health care services and leading edge collaborative program research and development. 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 over 90% (some years at 100%).

For more information about our work visit our main site or read about our accomplishments.

About the role

Nganampa Health Council is seeking a senior executive with extensive management skills and experience including previous work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.

The Health Services Manager provides executive level support and direction to Nganampa Health Council through the strategic plan; compliance; accreditation; and delivering high quality outcomes through business plans and organisational systems. 

Essential Minimum Requirements (Selection Criteria)

  • You will have Australian citizenship; or be a permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand; or you will be required to have a valid visa that provides work rights in Australia.
  • Ability to work under Aboriginal management and control.
  • A deep understanding of organisational governance and governance options.
  • Proven experience in operational management and administration, preferably in the health or social and community services sector.
  • High level time management skills, along with a proven ability to prioritise, manage your diary, delegate, and complete tasks in a timely fashion.
  • Proven ability to communicate effectively with others.
  • Proven ability to lead in a consultative, collegial and flexible manner, and contribute to, multidisciplinary teams for the purposes of problem solving, project/program development, implementation and review.
  • High level written skills including proven ability to write successful funding applications and program reports.
  • A relevant tertiary qualification or extensive experience in management, health or social sciences, or other relevant field.
  • An understanding of the policy context in which Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations operate.
  • Proven ability to work calmly and think strategically under pressure.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Complete and regularly renew a National Police Check and Working With Children Check.
  • Hold a current drivers licence.
  • Be able to travel as required, including by light aircraft where necessary.


  • There is an expectation the position will be based on the APY Lands for no less than 26 weeks of the year. A residence and office are provided at Umuwa (20kms from Pukatja/Ernabella).
  • A fully maintained 4WD vehicle is provided. This will be available for limited personal use.
  • Regular out of hours work is expected. Overtime is not payable. Three weeks of recreation leave per annum are provided in addition to six weeks of annual leave. Additional TOIL can be negotiated and taken only with the approval of the Executive Officer acting in accordance with NHC policy.
  • A standard six month probationary period applies before confirmation of appointment.
  • The appointment will, in the first instance, be for a fixed term of at least two years.
  • Extensive travel on the APY Lands is required.
  • Attendance at regular meetings in Adelaide and Alice Springs will be required. Some other inter- and intra-state travel will be necessary from time to time.

A full position description is attached.

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