Program Coordinator (Chronic Disease)

Job No: 117592
Location: Katherine

  • Are you a Registered Nurse or Aboriginal Health Practitioner looking for a new challenge?
  • Attractive remuneration package circa $81,164 to $110,729 plus super, relocation assistance, salary sacrificing & more!
  • Amazing work/life balance, giving you the chance to explore the wondrous Australian outback! 

About the Organisation

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 (SHS) now has a rewarding opportunity for a full-time Program Coordinator (Chronic Disease) to join their multidisciplinary Population Health team on a 2 year contract, with the possibility of extension. The team is partially funded through the Integrated Chronic Disease (ITC) Program via NT PHN, supported through the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance Northern Territory.

Reporting to the Outreach Manager, your primary responsibility will be supporting Indigenous people with chronic conditions and complex care needs to access a range of culturally appropriate services in both clinical and community settings that are tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Monitoring the Sunrise Chronic Disease system and relevant data to streamline our processes and ensure equity of access across our communities;
  • Maximising and monitoring Medical Benefits Scheme claims for care provided by clinical staff;
  • Managing referrals, enrolment, support and exit of clients from the ITC Program;
  • Liaising with other care providers (both internal and external) to improve quality and consistency of follow-up care for ITC patients;
  • Triaging and providing clients with supplementary services as per the ITC Program guidelines; and
  • Delivering regular scheduled visits to enrolled clients to assist in developing self-management skills, improve health literacy and understanding, and engagement with the health system.

Although the SHS office is located in Katherine, you will need to travel to remote communities as required. SHS will provide accommodation for any overnight stays while working in the communities.

About You

Sunrise Health Service is seeking someone with current AHPRA registration as an Aboriginal Health Practitioner or Registered Nurse.

The successful candidate must have experience delivering healthcare services or programs in remote or regional locations, or in a chronic disease related role.

You will have a demonstrated knowledge of primary health care principals, and an understanding of the principles of Aboriginal community control of health services. 

Excellent written and verbal communications skills are a must, including the ability to practice in a sensitive and culturally safe manner in remote Aboriginal communities.

Please note: You must be willing to undergo a Police Check and Working with Children Check prior to commencing employment and have an unrestricted drivers licence.

About the Benefits

This is a rewarding role that offers you the opportunity to advance your career as part of a highly respected organisation, as you work closely with, and build the capacity of, remote Aboriginal communities in order to improve their health and wellbeing.  

Your dedication will be rewarded with an attractive base salary circa $81,164 to $110,729 (commensurate with qualifications and experience) plus super and a range of benefits including:

  • 6 weeks leave per year;
  • Up to 10 days study leave;
  • Salary packaging options;
  • Ongoing professional training opportunities;
  • Relocation Assistance; and
  • Travel allowances.

Working at Sunrise Health Service and living in the Katherine region has lifestyle benefits that are unique to the Northern Territory. With a number of National Parks at 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. 

This is a unique opportunity to help improve chronic health outcomes in one of Australia's most stunning locations - Apply Now!

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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