Registered Nurse - Sexual Health

Job No: 120824
Location: Kununurra

  • Are you an experienced Registered Nurse who's passionate about empowering individuals to have a voice in their health & wellbeing?
  • Rewarding opportunity to help improve sexual health screening & 'Close the Gap' in Aboriginal health - no weekend work required!
  • Attractive salary circa $95,000 - $100,000, plus a HUGE range of benefits including salary sacrificing, subsidised housing, relocation rebate & 14% leave loading!
  • Annual flight allowance, 5 weeks annual leave & additional leave over Christmas/New Year giving you time to explore the magnificent sights of the Kimberley region!

About the Organisation

Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) provides comprehensive Primary Health Care services to Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. With a holistic approach that includes a high standard of service delivery and the promotion of social justice, they empower individuals, families, and communities to make positive changes for their health and wellbeing.

Most importantly, the OVAHS approach involves members of the community taking part in controlling their own wellbeing. Management and governance, staff selection, and service delivery priorities are directed by the organisation’s Aboriginal Board and Community Health Committees.

OVAHS provides a fulfilling and stimulating work environment in a diverse range of areas for those seeking an exciting career in Indigenous Health. 

About the Opportunity

Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) is currently seeking a full-time Registered Nurse (Sexual Health) to join their team in Kununurra, WA.

Reporting to the Health Operations Manageryou will be improving sexually transmitted infection (STI) and blood borne virus (BBV) screening, management, and education, promoting the integration of STI/BBV testing with existing primary health care services in response to a recent Syphilis outbreak and endemic levels of other STIs. 

More specifically, you will be:

  • Developing strategies for increasing screening at a local level, particularly for at-risk individuals who have not been screened or are under-screened;
  • Facilitating community based health education and training regarding the risks, prevention, and management of STI/BBVs;
  • Working with a designated Community Liaison Officer to improve contact tracing processes and completeness;
  • Managing the TTANGO (Test Treat ANd GO) machine, ensuring calibration checks are completed and new clinical staff are trained in its use;
  • Practicing according to relevant management guidelines, including the Kimberley STI guidelines and national program guidelines for point of care syphilis testing;
  • Supporting the widespread uptake, implementation and revision of the Kimberley Sexual Health Protocols, including the development of new protocols as required; and
  • Seeking feedback from community and target groups, as well as ensuring the ongoing evaluation of screening coverage and uptake for clients.

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About You

To be considered for this position you will be recognised by AHPRA as a Registered Nurse, with demonstrated post-graduate experience in sexual health or primary health care nursing, and an understanding of the Medicare Benefits Schedule.

OVAHS is looking for someone with the strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills necessary to conduct training and education sessions for a range of audiences, including young people, health professionals, and community members. You will be committed to maintaining a high level of client confidentially at all times.

Any experience working constructively with Indigenous people or communities will be highly regarded, but is not essential provided you have the resilience necessary to work in remote locations, and can demonstrate an understanding of the issues faced by Aboriginal people in rural and remote areas.

You will need to be able to work both collaboratively, as part of a multidisciplinary team, as well as autonomously, without supervision. You will have the strong computer proficiency and analytical skills required to plan, deliver and evaluate sexual health services and relevant programs.

Please note: The successful candidate will require a current 'C' class drivers licence, and either hold or be willing to obtain National Police Clearance and Working with Children clearance prior to commencement. 

About the Benefits

OVAHS is an organisation that truly values its team, and is committed to improving employee knowledge, skills and experience. They offer a stable, safe and supportive work environment with the opportunity to work with and gain experience from a large, multi-disciplinary team, including doctors, Aboriginal Health Workers, specialist allied health professionals and more!

Your dedication will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration package circa $95,000 - $100,000, commensurate with your qualifications and experience.  You would also enjoy a range of additional benefits to significantly increase the value of your overall remuneration package, including:

  • Up to 10 days study leave
  • Salary packaging options
  • 14% leave loading
  • Annual flight allowance to Perth (paid at the end of 12 months continual service)
  • $3000 relocation rebate (paid at the end of 12 months continual service)
  • Uniform allowance
  • Housing or rental assistance
  • Electricity subsidy; and
  • 5 weeks annual leave, plus additional leave over the Christmas/New Year break!

With Australia’s most stunning landscapes on your doorstep and an incredible outdoor lifestyle on offer, the Kimberley is the place to be to make the most of life’s adventures; and you'll have plenty of time to do so as, working clinic hours only (with no weekend shifts required) allows for a fantastic work/life balance!

This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and enhance your cultural knowledge in a stunning outback location. Make a positive difference - Apply Now!

About Kununurra

As the gateway to Western Australia's magnificent Kimberley region, Kununurra is the heart of a bustling community supported by agriculture, tourism and mining industries. Blessed with a balmy climate, breathtaking scenery, unique flora & fauna and a huge range of adventure & cultural experiences, Kununurra offers a fantastic lifestyle.

Located in the East Kimberley, 3200km from Perth and 800km from Darwin, the picturesque town is home to approximately 6,000 people. During the tourist seasons, this swells to approximately 10,000 people. Kununurra has well developed infrastructure, including a modern hospital, leisure and aquatic centre, shopping centre, and specialty shops.

Kununurra was formed in the early 1960's to service the construction of the Ord Irrigation Scheme. The town has seen the transformation of ancient river plains into one of the most diverse and productive agricultural areas in Australia. Harnessing the mighty Ord River opened up the area to horticulture, aquaculture, eco-tourism and agri-tourism. The area is also a paradise for fishing, boating and outdoor enthusiasts.

Kununurra is also the perfect base to explore the Kimberley region, one of Australia's most spectacular tourist destinations.

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OUR VALUES

EXCELLENCE

We strive to provide the best holistic health outcomes for our patients. We are a team of skilled professionals who seek continuous improvement and listen to the needs of our patients.

COMMUNITY

As an Aboriginal owned organisation, we communicate openly and with compassion and recognise the importance of cultural understanding in everything we do. We provide opportunities for Indigenous employees to grow within the organisation.

FLEXIBILITY

Responding to the unique challenges of working in East Kimberley, we seek innovative solutions to challenges. We are adaptable and work together to respond to problems and ensure services are readily accessible.

UNDERSTANDING

We provide outreach, prevention, and support to improve the health and well-being of Aboriginal people in our region. We understand and listen to their needs, and provide services on the basis of need, with respect, sensitivity and care.
Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service