Practice Nurse

Job No: PAMS1084
Location: Newman

Practice Nurse

(Re-advertised. Previous applicants need not apply)

Location: Newman, WA

Employment Status: Full time

No. of Vacancies: 2

Closing Date: Open ended

Location: Newman Employment Type: Full Time Employment Category: Permanent Remuneration: $96,350.66 - $110,564.61 per annum plus superannuation + salary sacrifice + benefits

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.

Expanding its services in August 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 Practice Nurse reports to the Clinical Manager - Newman Clinic and working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will be required to provide high quality primary health care services to the population of Newman with a particular focus on providing care to Aboriginal community members. You will play an important role in delivering the Newman Clinic team’s goals to manage illness, promote well-being, maintain health systems, provide education and training and encourage community health action.

About You

We are ideally looking for Nurses who are based in Newman but will also consider applicants from other WA locations. To be considered for this position, you must be able to clearly demonstrate your enthusiasm for working in Aboriginal Health and your willingness to obtain further relevant clinical skills and knowledge.

Ideally you will meet the below Selection Criteria:

  • Current Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Nurse with a at least 1 year post registration experience.
  • 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 standards.
  • Well-developed primary health care skills including (but not limited to) delivery of age appropriate checks, immunisation program delivery, the rheumatic heart disease program delivery, men’s and women’s health program delivery (where appropriate), child health program delivery, antenatal care and chronic disease management.
  • A clear respect for Aboriginal culture, willingness to listen and learn, a commitment to participate in inter-cultural awareness activities as directed by PAMS and demonstrated ability to practice in a culturally safe and appropriate manner.

Ideally you will also demonstrate:

  • Understanding of issues affecting Aboriginal health, drivers of health inequality and principles of primary health care and relevant legislation governing work practice in Western Australia. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience, skills and knowledge working in a multidisciplinary team in a primary health care setting including teamwork and conflict management.
  • Previous experience working with electronic patient information management systems (e.g. Communicare)
  • Current Understanding Vaccines and the National Immunisation Program Certificate or willingness to obtain within the first six weeks of commencement.
  • Current First Aid or Intermediate / Advanced Life Support Certificate.

This role does not require any after-hours or on-call work. 

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 full time in Australia, unfortunately we are unable to consider applications requiring sponsorship at this time.

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 - $110,564.61 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:

  • Provision of accommodation and relocation assistance will be considered for candidates relocating from within WA who are not currently in Newman
  • 5 weeks’ annual leave + 17.5% leave loading
  • 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.

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

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.

We are not considering applicants from agencies at this time.



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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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