Health Services and Program Manager

Job No: 116062
Location: Kununurra

  • Rewarding opportunity to manage services and programs while making a real difference to 'Close the Gap' in Aboriginal health!
  • HUGE range of benefits to significantly increase your remuneration, including subsidised housing, flights and more!
  • 5 weeks annual leave per year PLUS additional leave over Christmas/New Year giving you time to explore the magnificent sights of the Kimberley region!


About the Organisation

OVAHS provides a comprehensive Primary Health Care service to Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley region in Western Australia using a holistic approach that includes a high standard of service delivery, the promotion of social justice and the overcoming of the health issues that affect so many people in the region.

Preventative and public health programs include Maternal and Child Health, Women’s Health, Chronic Disease, Sexual Health and along with the OVAHS Social Support Unit which offers AOD, Mental Health Services, health promotion and education programs in the areas of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders prevention, smoking cessation, chronic disease prevention, childhood health promotion and sexual health.

Staff include: SMO, GPs, Nurse Practitioner, Aboriginal Health Workers, Aboriginal Liaison Officers, Registered Nurses, Midwife, Child Health Nurse, Mental Health workers, Allied Health staff, and Health Promotion workers, together with Senior Managers, Administration staff, Maintenance workers and Field Officers.

Most importantly, OVAHS approaches involve community people taking part in controlling their own health and wellbeing. Management and governance, staff selection, and service delivery priorities are directed by the organisation’s Aboriginal Board and Community Health Committees. The organization proudly boasts ISO 9001 and AGPAL accreditation.

OVAHS provides a fulfilling and stimulating work environment in a diverse range of areas for those seeking an exciting career in Indigenous Health. 

About the Opportunity

Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) is seeking a Health Services and Program Manager to join their team on a full-time basis in Kununurra, WA.

Reporting to the CEOyou will be responsible for overseeing coordinators and staff in their day to day management of the health care programs and services.

More specifically, you will be:

  • Assuring services operate to satisfy client needs; and in accordance with obligations to internal and external stakeholders;
  • Providing leadership through engaging with and responding effectively to stakeholders;
  • Building and maintaining effective internal and external relationships;
  • Monitoring operations in collaboration with managers and coordinators; and
  • Encouraging and supporting processes for employee feedback and suggestions.

Please note: Some travel will be required with this role.

To view the full position description, please click here.

About You

To be considered for this position you must have demonstrated experience in a health management type role. Experience in a clinical background is highly desirable.

You will be currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Authority – (AHPRA) as a Registered Nurse with at least 5 years post graduate nursing experience.

You will need to be confident, hardworking and punctual with the ability to make the hard decisions when it comes managing a team.

Importantly, OVAHS is looking for someone with good interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills who has a sound knowledge and understanding of the issues impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. Any experience working constructively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and/or communities will be highly regarded.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require a Current “C” class drivers licence, and either hold or be willing to obtain a National Police Clearance and Working with Children clearance prior to commencement. 

About the Benefits

OVAHS is an organisation that truly values its team, and is committed to improving employee knowledge, skills and experience. It offers a stable, safe and supportive work environment with a large, multi-disciplinary team including doctors, nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers, an audiologist, dietitian, mental health workers and a social support unit.

Your dedication will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package circa $125,000 + super commensurate with the qualifications and experience you are bringing to the role.

You will also enjoy a range of benefits to significantly increase the value of your overall remuneration package, including:

  • 5 weeks annual leave per year plus additional leave over the Christmas/New Year break
  • Up to 10 days study leave
  • Salary packaging options
  • Relocation assistance
  • 14% leave loading
  • Annual flight allowance to Perth (paid at the end of 12 months continual service)
  • Uniform allowance
  • Housing or rental assistance
  • Electricity subsidy
  • Public holidays as paid days off
  • Clinic hours only (no weekend work!)

With Australia’s most stunning landscapes on your doorstep and an incredible outdoor lifestyle on offer, the Kimberley is the place to be to make the most of life’s adventures.

This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and enhance your cultural knowledge in a stunning outback location. Make a positive difference - Apply Now!

About Kununurra

As the gateway to Western Australia's magnificent Kimberley region, Kununurra is the heart of a bustling community supported by agriculture, tourism and mining industries. Blessed with a balmy climate, breathtaking scenery, unique flora & fauna and a huge range of adventure & cultural experiences, Kununurra offers a fantastic lifestyle.

Located in the East Kimberley, 3200km from Perth and 800km from Darwin, the picturesque town is home to approximately 6,000 people. During the tourist seasons, this swells to approximately 10,000 people. Kununurra has well developed infrastructure, including a modern hospital, leisure and aquatic centre, shopping centre, and specialty shops.

Kununurra was formed in the early 1960's to service the construction of the Ord Irrigation Scheme. The town has seen the transformation of ancient river plains into one of the most diverse and productive agricultural areas in Australia. Harnessing the mighty Ord River opened up the area to horticulture, aquaculture, eco-tourism and agri-tourism. The area is also a paradise for fishing, boating and outdoor enthusiasts.

Kununurra is also the perfect base to explore the Kimberley region, one of Australia's most spectacular tourist destinations.

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