Aboriginal Health Practitioner / Worker / Trainee

Job No: PAMS1051
Location: Newman

Location: Newman

Employment Type: Permanent

Employment Category: Full Time

Remuneration: $63,763 – $73,169  per annum + superannuation + salary sacrifice (commensurate with experience)

Commencement Date: The successful applicant will be required to commence approximately June/July 2020


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 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 to 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 and non-Aboriginal people living in Newman. This is an exciting time to join a growing organisation and contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of the local community.


About the Opportunity

The Aboriginal Health Worker/Practitioner (AHW/P) will report to the Clinical Manager – Newman Clinic and will be an important part of the Clinical Services Team providing culturally appropriate clinical and primary health care services, including health education and promotion to the people of Newman.

PAMS would like to receive expressions of interest from anyone who has a passion for delivering culturally safe, holistic and client focused care and can demonstrate a keen interest in becoming an AHW/P.  If you are a trainee or are yet to embark on you formal study journey but wish to be considered for this role, please submit your application without delay!

Key aspects of the role include:

  • Working collaboratively with members of the clinical team to ensure the effective delivery of Primary Health care services to clients.
  • Acting as the first point of contact for patients as they visit the service.
  • Collaborating with the clinical team to conduct health checks on clients.
  • Assisting other clinical staff requiring community, cultural and/or linguistic assistance with clients
  • Providing advice and education to clients on all aspects of their health and wellbeing
  • Delivery of immunisations (where credentialed to do so) as per the Australian Immunisation Schedule
  • Collaborating closely with GPs and visiting specialists on the care of clients.

About You

To be considered for this position, you will ideally have:

  • Current Certificate III or IV (preferred) in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal people.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the unique issues effecting and impacting upon the health of Aboriginal people
  • Experience, skills and knowledge in multidisciplinary teamwork and conflict management.
  • Sound written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organisational and time management skills along with an ability to adapt to changing needs.
  • Knowledge and experience in the provision of health promotion programs.
  • Community support to undertake this role.
  • Preparedness to continue training towards increasing competencies
  • Knowledge of community and local Aboriginal cultural issues.

Ideally, in addition to the above, the successful candidate would also meet the following criteria:

  • Provision of a Medicare Provider Number as an Aboriginal Health Worker or Practitioner (non-restricted)
  • Ability to obtain registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner after completion of Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Care Practice.
  • Previous experience and interest in Community or Aboriginal Health
  • Provision of a current Apply First Aid certificate
  • Knowledge and expertise in the use of Communicare.

Please note that being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander is a genuine occupational requirement for this position under Section 50D of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA).

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 $63,763 – $73,169 per annum + superannuation commensurate with experience. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:

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

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

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