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Health Services Manager

Job No: 115782
Location: Tjuntjuntjara

  • Are you looking for a challenging, highly varied, and hands-on leadership role where you can make a real difference? 
  • Utilise your health or community services background in this rewarding role supporting a remote Aboriginal community!
  • Excellent remuneration package circa $125,000 plus 9.5% super, salary packaging, relocation assistance, housing & paid travel expenses!

About the Organisation

The Spinifex Health Service (SHS) is an Aboriginal Community-Controlled Health Organisation (ACCHO) that provides a wide range of culturally appropriate health and wellbeing services, including clinical, maternal health, child health, mental health, and specialist services, plus the Home and Community Care (HACC) centre. Located 660 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie, WA, they operate under the direction of the Paupiyala Tjarutja Aboriginal Corporation (PTAC), a non-profit community organisation that manages the Tjuntjuntjara community on behalf of the Spinifex people and provides a range of local programs and services.

Primary health care is currently delivered from the Tjuntjuntjara Clinic through a team of skilled health professionals including a Medical Director, visiting specialists, remote area nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers; however SHS recently received funding for a new purpose-built clinic, aimed to be completed by 2022, which will help to advance the existing range of health programs and clinical services in order to better meet local needs.

About the Opportunity

The Spinifex Health Service has an exciting opportunity for a hands-onand collaborative Health Services Manager to join their Senior Management team at the Spinifex Health Service Clinic in Tjuntjuntjara. This is a full time role, on a twelve month contract, with the possibility of renewal if successful.

Reporting to the CEO, you will be responsible for developing and delivering high quality, evidenced-based comprehensive primary and allied health services that address the current and future health needs of the community

Whilst you will be primarily based at the clinic in Tjuntjuntjara, approximately 20% of your time will be spent at the SHS office in Kalgoorlie.

More specifically, some of your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing leadership and strategic direction in consultation with the Board, Health Committee and key community stakeholders.;
  • Building and maintaining positive working relationships with community stakeholders and external agency partners to achieve the SHS’s planning goals.;
  • Performing human resource functions, including staff recruitment, negotiation of employment contracts with Board, induction and orientation, conflict resolution, performance management, staff professional development and disciplinary matters;
  • Liaising with the CEO, Board, and health service staff to address upstream/social determinants of health, with a particular focus on housing and environmental health needs.;
  • Managing the financial affairs of the health service with the support of Central Desert Support Services and the CEO;
  • Acting as the main point of contact for staff and clients regarding clinical and HACC services; and
  • Ensuring compliance with legal and funding obligations by improving risk management and developing appropriate policies and procedures.

You will also be responsible for driving the development of the new community clinic.

To view the full position description please click here.

About You

The Spinifex Health Service is looking for someone with previous experience working with traditional Aboriginal groups, ideally as part of a health service or community development related organisation.

You will be highly organised and have well developed communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate sensitively in a cross-cultural environment and the ability to work in a multidisciplinary team.

As an experienced leader you will be skilled in negotiation and mediation, with strong conflict resolution, team building and problem solving skills. You will be computer literate with experience in or ability to learn a range of software, including the Communicare system. 

Due to the nature of this role, you will need to be comfortable working directly with clients, building relationships and engaging with members of the wider community on a regular basis. Additionally, you will have an understanding of legal and regulatory compliance and a strong knowledge of contemporary political, socio-cultural, environmental and economic issues affecting Aboriginal people.

Tjuntjuntjara is one of the most isolated communities in Australia, and critical to your success will be a willingness and physical ability to live and work in these conditions.

Please note: You must have or be willing to obtain a current manual driver's licence, Working with Children Check, National Police Certificate, and First Aid Certificate.

About the Benefits

The Spinifex Health Service is offering an attractive salary package circa $125,000 plus 9.5% super, and salary packaging up to $16,050! 

You will also receive a range of additional benefits including 14 weeks leave (comprised of 4 weeks annual leave and 10 weeks isolation leave), and fully-furnished, heavily subsidised accommodation at $40 a week (including 2 fully air-conditioned bedrooms and lounge, a kitchen, veranda, and backyard) including full utilities and internet.

Spinifex Health Service is an organisation that values its workforce and is committed to improving employee knowledge, skills and experience.

This is a highly attractive opportunity for someone with a desire to make a difference in Aboriginal health!

About Tjuntjuntjara

The people of Tjuntjuntjara are known today as the Spinifex People, the traditional custodians of 55,000 square kms of Spinifex Native Title Determination area. The community is situated within the Shire of Menzies, approximately 10 hours’ drive from Kalgoorlie. It has a resident population of approximately 200 people, and is home to the world-renowned Spinifex artists, whose work has been showcased in galleries around the world. Cultural events in the community often attract several hundred visitors.

Since establishing Tjuntjuntjara within their traditional homelands in 1989, the community has steadily grown and developed into a stable and important focus for the traditional cultural cycles of Western Desert life.  People from throughout the region with traditional attachment to the area have returned to live at Tjuntjuntjara. Despite the community’s isolation and remoteness, the Spinifex People's determination to live in their country and provide strong local governance and stability for a highly dedicated workforce makes Tjuntjuntjara a unique place to live.

Tjuntjuntjara is an alcohol free community.

This is a golden opportunity to learn from and help improve the health and wellbeing of a highly remote Aboriginal community - Apply Now!

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