Child Health Nurse

Job No: PAMS1058
Location: Newman

Location: Newman
Employment Type: Full Time
Employment Category: Permanent
Remuneration: $96,350.66 - $110,564.60 per annum plus superannuation + salary sacrifice

About the Organisation

The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service located in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia and provides comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care services to the Martu people of Newman and the four remote Aboriginal communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.

Our passionate and multidisciplinary team of qualified and experienced health professionals including GP’s, Remote Area Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers provide holistic and high quality health care clients throughout the region.

Due to expand its services in July 2020, PAMS will be opening a new clinic in Newman referred to as ‘The Newman Clinic’. Linking residents with a range of healthcare providers, the Newman Clinic will be the centre for primary health care services for Aboriginal people living in Newman and the surrounding areas. This is an exciting time to join a growing organisation and contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of the local Aboriginal community.

About the Opportunity

The Child Health Nurse is accountable to the Clinical Manager – Newman Clinic and is primarily responsible for providing a family-centred, comprehensive child health service to clients of the Newman Clinic serviced by PAMS.

You will also work towards closing the gap in morbidity and mortality rates for the Martu people through improved access to child health services. You will work collaboratively with the multidisciplinary health care team to promote and improve the health of children and families in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner through on-going monitoring, education, prevention, promotion and early intervention strategies.

Responsibilities of the role include:

  • Work collaboratively with members of the multidisciplinary team to ensure the effective delivery of child health services to clients of the Newman Clinic.
  • Undertake universal and extended child health checks and developmental screening as per PAMS policy and relevant guidelines.
  • In consultation with the multi-disciplinary team, assist with the development of care plans for children with chronic conditions.
  • Undertake case management and care coordination for children with complex needs where multiple specialist service input is required.
  • In collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team and local stakeholders, coordinate and implement the Childhood Immunisation Program – Newman Clinic.

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About You

To be considered for this position, you must be able to clearly demonstrate your ability to meet the below Essential Selection Criteria:

  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse.
  • Demonstrated ability to practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA’s) Code of Conduct of Registered Nurses and Standards of Practice for Registered Nurses OR demonstrated ability to practice in accordance with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practice Board Code of Conduct and Professional Capabilities
  • Minimum of three years post graduate experience.
  • Previous experience working in a multi-disciplinary primary health care team with a demonstrated ability and desire to effectively engage with Aboriginal children and their families.
  • Sound understanding of the principles of primary health care and the model of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the social determinants of health and how they affect Aboriginal child and family health.
  • Completion of the SA Understanding Vaccines and National Immunisation Program course and annual updates since completion or be willing to complete within 6 weeks of commencement in the role.
  • Knowledge and experience in the provision of child health programs.
  • Experience in electronic patient information management systems.

Ideally you will also:

  • Be of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander decent and acknowledged as such by their community.
  • Hold Post Graduate qualifications in Child Health.
  • Hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Midwife
  • Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of Communicare including the ability to produce reports and recall lists.

The position involves working within a multicultural organisation where the majority of staff, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA “C” Class Driver’s Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) and Working With Children Check (where applicable) prior to appointment.

Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement. Acceptable evidence includes an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with relevant visa.

About the Benefits

While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of $96,350.66 - $110,564.60 plus superannuation. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

  • 5 weeks’ annual leave + 17.5% leave loading
  • $2500 relocation assistance
  • Support to further invest in your career through additional training + study leave options
  • Employee Assistance Program

This position offers the opportunity to work closely with remote Aboriginal communities and make a drastic impact to the health and well-being outcomes of these communities.

PAMS operates four remote sites, three of which have a team of one nurse and a range of ancillary workers. Although the successful candidates will have a substantive location (Newman) they must be prepared from time to time to work across any one of these sites should they be required.

PAMS operates in some of the most remote parts of Australia and staff are required to be proficient at driving a 4WD vehicle and willing to fly in light aircraft.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note there is no closing date for this advertisement. Applications will be assessed as received and interviews scheduled accordingly. PAMS reserves the right to withdraw this advertisement without further notice, therefore we encourage interested candidates to submit their application without delay.

For further information about this position please call Lauren Richards, Recruitment Officer on 08 9227 1631

As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) PAMS actively seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees.

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About Us

Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) aims to improve the standard of health of the Martu people and all Aboriginal people living in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia through the provision of community based, comprehensive primary health care services. We exist to promote the health and well-being of individual community members and to relieve sickness and the suffering of the indigenous community as a whole. We are passionate about providing the highest standard of patient care whilst incorporating a holistic approach toward diagnosis and management of illness.

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