Registered Nurse - Maternal & Early Childhood

Job No: 120692
Location: Barunga

  • Provide support to young children and families with one of the largest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the NT!
  • Highly attractive salary circa $103,067 - $110,729 plus super, salary sacrificing & relocation assistance!
  • Amazing work/life balance, with 6 weeks annual leave giving you the chance to explore the wondrous Australian outback, as well as return home for holidays!

About Sunrise

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

The Sunrise approach involves Aboriginal communities taking part in controlling their own health. Everything from financial management and governance, staff selection and service delivery priorities are directed by the organisation's Aboriginal Board and Community Health Committees.

Servicing nine communities spread over 45,000 square kilometres, the Sunrise footprint covers Aboriginal communities that are some of the most disadvantaged in the Territory with some of the most complex health issues. Yet despite this, the ethos and practices of Sunrise Health have it be a leader, both nationally and in the Territory, for both national and Territory performance indicators.

Acute health care does not make people well - it is only when health issues and the social determinants of health are addressed, that families and communities become well – a challenge that Sunrise Health is committed to address with each of its communities and with the expectation that each of its employees will adopt and uphold this culture.

About the Opportunity

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is currently looking for a full-time Registered Nurse to join their team in remote NT as part of their new MECSH (Maternal and Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting) program.

The MECSH Program is a structured program of sustained nurse home-visiting for families at risk of poorer maternal and child health and development outcomes. It was developed as an effective intervention for vulnerable and at‐risk mothers living in areas of socio‐economic disadvantage.

Based in Barunga and also supporting several nearby communities (Manyallaluk, Mataranka, and Jilkminggan) you will be supporting the health and development of children and families, identifying problems early in the child's development, offering general advice and pursuing opportunities for health promotion or prevention for a case load of up to 30 clients.

Your key responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Utilising a strengths-based approach to support mothers and families to enhance their coping and problem-solving skills;
  • Fostering positive parenting skills, promoting and mentoring positive parent‐infant interactions;
  • Delivering a standardised, structured child development parent education program;
  • Providing primary health care and health education, offering opportunities for discussion, clarification and reinforcement of clinical antenatal care;
  • Supporting parents to be future orientated, promoting their capacity to parent effectively despite any difficulties they face; and
  • Providing opportunities for families to interact with other local families and the wider community, supporting access to informal community resources.

What will you need to succeed?

To be successful in this position you will hold current registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse, with demonstrated experience in maternal or child health.

Experience working with vulnerable families in remote areas is essential, and you will need an understanding of the issues pertaining to Aboriginal primary health care and the social determinants of health in these communities.

Able to demonstrate a commitment to the objectives and ethos of Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations such as Sunrise, you will have a clear respect for Aboriginal culture, and be willing to learn from Aboriginal community members, Aboriginal Health Practitioners, and other indigenous community outreach team members. 

Your well-developed interpersonal skills will enable you to communicate confidently and effectively, as you build collaborative relationships with a wide range of internal and external clients, partners and stakeholders. It's essential that you can tailor your approach to the needs of each family, able to identify their strengths and build effective relationships with parents and children.

Please note: You must be willing to undergo a National Police Check and Working with Children Check, prior to commencing, and hold an unrestricted driver’s licence.

About the Benefits

This is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to work with an organisation that's building the capacity of remote Aboriginal communities in order to improve their health and wellbeing.  

Your dedication will be rewarded with a highly attractive base salary circa $103,067 - $110,729 (based on your skills and experience) plus super and salary packaging options up to $15,899 per year.

You will also have access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • 6 weeks leave per year;
  • Up to 10 days study leave;
  • Travel allowance;
  • Accommodation; and
  • Relocation assistance, negotiable with the right candidate.

Working at Sunrise Health Service and living in the Katherine region has lifestyle benefits that are unique to the Northern Territory. With the Katherine Gorge on your doorstep and an incredible outdoor lifestyle on offer, combined with some of the best fishing in the world, the Northern Territory is the place to be to make the most of life’s adventures.

About Barunga and the Katherine Region

A region full of misty waterfalls, untouched gorges, and stunning landscapes, the Katherine Region is the crossroads of Australia's north, where the outback meets the rainforest. Explore world-famous national parks, canoe along the mighty Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, or take a dip and unwind at the Katherine Hot Springs.

Barunga, approximately 80km southeast of Katherine, is a small Aboriginal community with a population of around 300 people. Although undeniably remote, the town welcomes around 4,000 visitors a year for the annual Barunga Festival, a 3-day long event that sees people from around the world take part in a program of music, sports, traditional arts and more. Accessible by road or small aircraft, the town offers a community store and several sports grounds, as well as the Sunrise health clinic and a primary school.

This is a unique opportunity to support families and young children in some of the most disadvantaged communities in the Territory - Apply Now.

To apply, please respond to the selection criteria questions below, in place of a cover letter, and attach your resume when prompted. Previous applicants need not re-apply.

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Our Vision - The Sunrise Way.

We will expand upon our commitment to ensure our people “The Sun Come-Up Mob‟, continue to have access to equitable and culturally appropriate primary health care services into the future.

We will build the capacity of each of our communities to enable a health care service that delivers programs for and by Aboriginal people, and to ensure local problems are addressed through local sustainable solutions.

We will incorporate "The Sunrise Way‟ philosophy into how we do business and how we deliver services and focus on the concept of Mind, Body & Spirit to address health issues at the community level”.

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation