Director of Primary Health Care

Job No: 120697
Location: Katherine

  • Are you an experienced leader with demonstrated competence working cross-culturally?
  • Are you interested in playing a key part in the delivery of programs that address systemic health issues in the Northern Territory through local and sustainable solutions?
  • Join the executive management team of a passionate community-controlled organisation & help deliver their vision of equitable & accessible health care for those living in remote communities!
  • Highly attractive salary circa $140,419 - $155,986 plus super, generous salary sacrificing, remote area benefits (including tax-free rental assistance), relocation support, 6 weeks annual leave and more!
  • If you are looking to achieve an amazing work/life balance, with the opportunity to explore the wondrous Australian outback & experience unique adventures you will cherish forever, this may be the role for you.

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 75,000 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 within 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 addressing 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 Director to lead their remote Primary Health Care team. Based in Katherine, NT, and reporting to the CEO, this is a key leadership role that will see you managing the current and future delivery of primary health care services, regularly evaluating the quality of care and ensuring that each of the 9 remote health centres are operating according to relevant industry standards.

Though sad to see their longstanding Director move on, Sunrise is excited for a new phase to begin, and is looking for someone with the energy and genuine passion to continue their vision. You'll be well supported by the current Director, with a substantial handover period to ensure a smooth transition into the role.

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

  • Providing high level clinical service planning and operational service delivery advice and strategic recommendations to the wider Executive Management Team;
  • Supporting the Community Health and Health Centre Managers to ensure that staffing and resource needs are met;
  • Ensuring new staff undergo a formal orientation process and that existing staff complete any mandatory training as required;
  • Working with the Director of Public Health and Planning on the implementation of public health initiatives that involve health centre staff at the local level;
  • Interpreting and providing regular analysis of data on health status, care delivery, and any emerging trends; and
  • Ensuring all staff comply with relevant policies, standards and procedures, as well as maintaining current AGPAL and ISO accreditation in all Sunrise activities.

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What will you need to succeed?

To be successful in this position you will need to be a fully qualified Registered Nurse or senior Aboriginal Health Practitioner, with current AHPRA registration. You'll have extensive management experience in a multiple-clinic environment, with additional post-graduate qualifications in a management or community development related field highly regarded.

With a strong background in Remote Area Nursing, you'll understand the importance of a holistic approach to health, targeting the root cause of common community health issues, such as lack of access to quality food, overcrowded housing, and fewer education or employment opportunities. You will also demonstrate thorough knowledge of advanced clinical care and remote health programs.

As part of the executive team, you will be committed to supporting local communities and achieving Sunrise's goals, and genuinely interested in a long-term career with the organisation. Whilst highly process driven, able to ensure strict compliance with a range of policies and legislation, you'll keep a view towards the future and be committed to the continuous improvement process.

It's crucial that you can show initiative, problem solve, and take action where needed on clinical or human resource issues. Not content to stick with ‘good enough’, your ability to identify areas for improvement and commitment to innovation will help you to drive real change and support better health outcomes for the communities that Sunrise supports.

Please note: You must have the right to work in Australia, 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 $140,419 - $155,986 (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;
  • Remote area benefits,  including tax-free rental assistance; and
  • Relocation assistance.

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.

This is a unique opportunity to support a passionate organisation providing health services to some of the most disadvantaged communities in the Territory - Apply Now!

About the Katherine Region

A region full of misty waterfalls, untouched gorges, and stunning landscapes, Katherine is the crossroads of Australia's north, where the outback meets the rainforest. The Northern Territory’s third largest town and a thriving modern regional centre, it offers something for everyone, locals and tourists alike.

With plenty of facilities, including a modern shopping complex, boutique stores, a hospital, schools, and several sportsgrounds, you get all of the convenience of a modern town and still have adventure at your doorstep. Explore world-famous national parks, canoe along the mighty Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, or take a dip and unwind at the Katherine Hot Springs.

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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