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Registered Nurse (Family Centred)

Job No: 21618
Location: Walgett, NSW

  • Make a real tree change - live and work in this thriving regional NSW centre! Relocation Allowance provided!
  • Great leadership opportunity where you can really make a difference to local Aboriginal communities!
  • Enjoy a friendly, close-knit team environment  with excellent working conditions!
  • Generous remuneration package circa $73,566 incl leave loading + super PLUS salary sacrifice!

About the Organisation

The Aboriginal community of Walgett lobbied for an Aboriginal Medical Service in the late 70's. In 1986, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (WAMS) opened its doors, and the Board of Directors moved a resolution to provide primary health care to all people in the community. This has been the case ever since, with 40% of clients being non-Aboriginal.

Services offered include: public health, family health, sexual health, dental health, mental health and GP Clinical Services. The not-for-profit organisation also provides a diverse range of health programs, including drug and alcohol.

Why work in Walgett?

Walgett is a nestled in north-central New South Wales and is at the junction of the Barwon and Namoi rivers. It is also conveniently located on the Castlereagh Highway connecting Sydney and Brisbane, with a wide range of transport companies serving the township, in addition to an airfield.

With a population of 2,300, Walgett is a regional hub for the wool, wheat and cotton industries, bringing an influx of harvesters to the shire every year. It is also the gateway to the New South Wales opal fields.

Education throughout the Shire is provided by a range of high quality schools, which offer distance education units to assist with education for rural and isolated families. Post secondary education is also offered by the Western Institute of TAFE, Walgett campus.

Walgett Shire offers a friendly relaxed lifestyle and there are many sporting and recreational pursuits available. Many people take advantage of the proximity of the Narran Lakes, while others take the opportunity to explore Australia's natural landscapes that seem a world away from the bustle of the city. If you're looking for a change of pace and the opportunity to gain a unique rural experience that few will ever encounter, this is the location for you.

About the Opportunity

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service has an fantastic opportunity for a Registered Nurse (Family Centred) to work within their friendly and dedicated team in Walgett.

In this varied role, you will be leading and coordinating a multi-disciplinary team of Aboriginal Health Workers and Allied Health Care Teams in the provision of high quality Family Centred Primary Health Care to outlying communities.

More specifically, some of your daily duties will include:

  • Assessing community needs and resources available and setting priorities;
  • Planning, implementing and evaluating programs designed to meet the needs of the community;
  • Contributing to the quality improvement process and ensuring the service works within this framework at all times;
  • Maintaining statistics in accordance with performance indicators;
  • Assisting staff to ensure a high quality of client care is provided to communities;
  • Liaising with other staff to ensure the safety of clients, the effective use of resources and adequate supplies are maintained; and
  • Maintaining the accurate and current documentation of matters concerning clients and staff.

To be successful in this position, you will be a Registered Nurse with experience providing Primary Health Care across a range of settings. You will also require experience in working with Aboriginal communities and in program planning.

You will be a natural leader with the ability to motivate a multi-disciplinary Primary Health Care Outreach Team as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills to enable you to liaise effectively with a variety of stakeholders. A current driver's licence is also essential.

Although it is not essential, qualifications in community health, education or mental health would be highly regarded, as would a midwifery and/or early childhood qualification. Good report and submission writing skills and computer proficiency with skills in Works for Windows would also be desired.

If you are looking to take the next step in your career in a pivotal leadership role where you can really make a difference - this is the opportunity for you!

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service will reward your commitment with an excellent remuneration package circa $73,566 (dependent upon skills and experience) including super and leave loading! . You will also have access to salary sacrificing arrangements with up to $15,000 as a tax-free fringe benefit!

The successful applicant will be provided with valuable generous relocation and support packages including initial accommodation (negotiable) to make your career move as smooth as possible.

In addition, you will be welcomed into a supportive and welcoming team that will listen to and value your ideas. This is an opportunity to make your mark on an established and highly respected community organisation, using your experience and skills to have a direct and positive impact on those within the Walgett shire.

Please note, due to the nature of this position, Aboriginal people are encouraged to apply.

Advance your career in Aboriginal health in this varied role - APPLY NOW!


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