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Mental Health Nurse (Remote Area)

Job No: 91629
Location: APY Lands (Far NW region of SA)


About Nganampa Health Council

Nganampa Health Council is an Aboriginal owned and controlled health organisation operating on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north west of South Australia. Across this area, we operate seven clinics, an aged care facility and assorted health related programs including aged care, sexual health, environmental health, health worker training, dental, women's health, male health, children's health and mental health.

When you join Nganampa Health, you are joining a community of primary health care professionals, united by our desire to make a difference. We learn and experience something new every day, and we are supported by the professionalism and spirit of our colleagues and our organisation.

Widely recognised as being an exemplar Aboriginal health service in the country, here at Nganampa Health we understand the power of every small step we make to support the health of our community. We embrace the diversity of our challenge and thrive on the rewards that come with it. 

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At Nganampa Health, our people are our greatest strength.

A fantastic opportunity now exists for a full-time Mental Health Nurse (Remote Area) to join their team. There is a strong preference for the position to be based on the APY Lands, although basing the position in Alice Springs with regular travel to the APY lands is negotiable.

Reporting to the Clinical Services Manager, you'll be providing mental health intervention, consultancy and liaison to patients with a mental illness on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands. 

Clinical work will be a large feature of this hands-on role, thus you must be confident putting your advanced skills into action on a regular basis.

More specifically, some of your key duties will include::

  • Providing clinical services on referral and case coordination where appropriate, together with consultancy and guidance to clinic staff;
  • Providing mental health services within the framework of an integrated primary health care service, utilising a multidisciplinary approach, and promoting and implementing coordinated care for clients;
  • Providing assessment and crisis intervention services, treatment and case management in consultation with Nganampa Health Council Medical Officers and consultant psychiatrists;
  • Coordinating and participating in psychiatrist visits;
  • Orientation, clinical education, up-skilling, mentoring, and other support to registered nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers;
  • Assisting in the ongoing collection of program data and evaluation of mental health services; and
  • Participating in the development of mental health services and programs, contributing to the development and review of policies and protocols.

To be successful, you will be a Registered Nurse with postgraduate qualifications in Mental Health, in addition to having significant experience in the Mental Health field. You'll be confident in managing your time effectively as you travel to and from communities, putting your working knowledge of contemporary mental health service delivery and primary health care into practice.

You will be hands-on in your work style and excited by the prospect of taking on a true outback position, from changing tyres on your 4WD to providing sensitive one-on-one care to clients.

We are seeking an adaptable and flexible individual who can display the initiative, discretion and cultural sensitivity needed to support and drive the organisation's objectives and values. You must be able to both communicate and participate effectively within a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary health team.

Candidates who are open to change, accepting of and interested in engaging with Aboriginal people, and comfortable living in a remote environment will be best suited to this position. Previous experience working with Aboriginal communities in a remote setting will be advantageous.

The successful candidate must be willing to undergo a Police Check. A manual driver's licence is required for this position.

Experience driving a 4WD vehicle is also desirable, however a 4WD training course is provided in your orientation week if required. 

Why join the Nganampa Health team.

In return for your professionalism, commitment and care, Nganampa Health brings you a truly unique and satisfying career opportunity.

We offer excellent financial rewards and the chance to develop a remarkable skill set and experience a different side to Australia. But most importantly, we empower you to make a difference on the frontline of primary health care for Indigenous Australians.

As a Mental Health Nurse at Nganampa Health, you will receive an excellent remuneration package of approximately $140,000 in cash benefits, plus non cash benefits estimated at $36,970 will be offered.

The range of benefits include:

  • Annual district allowance;
  • Furnished rent-free housing;
  • Penalty & leave loadings and overtime entitlements; 
  • Free electricity and subsidised internet and telephone access;
  • Relocation assistance (negotiable);
  • Generous leave provisions: 6 weeks annual leave, 3 weeks recreation leave, 3 weeks sick leave and 2 weeks study leave!
  • Annual airfares; and
  • Salary sacrificing options to greatly increase your take home pay by up to $16,000!

To help you embrace the challenge, we provide a true learning culture, professional processes and unrivalled support for you and your patients. Join us and become an integral part of our close, collaborative staff community.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Please note: Applications will close at 5.00 pm, Friday 1st September

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