Practice Manager (Registered Nurse)

Job No: 133765
Location: Walgett


  • Are you an experienced registered nurse looking for a leadership opportunity?
  • Utilise your skills in a growing community health organisation in this full time position!
  • Package benefits inclusive of salary up to $140,000 & subsidised housing!

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service - Empowering community, health and identity.


WAMS not only provides healthcare: it helps educate and support Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the community to care for their own health and improve their wellbeing, with many initiatives to help make healthy living more accessible. Their Healthy for Life program includes a market garden where clients and the community can have access to fresh fruit and vegetables grown on-site.

Services offered include public health, family health, sexual health, dental health, mental health and GP Clinical Services and a range of health programs, including drug and alcohol and limited health-related transport services.

WAMS have invested in state-of-the-art facilities that many urban locations lack. Staff and community members have access to a children's services area and a gymnasium, as well as a modern Chronic Diseases Building. 

Be part of a multi-cultural team, live in a welcoming small town, and join a long-standing organisation that has been the life-breath of the Walgett community for more than 35 years.  


About the Opportunity

WAMS is now seeking a full-time Practice Manager to join their team in Walgett, NSW.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer and acting as part of the Senior Management Team, this position is responsible for ensuring the effective and efficient operation of the WAMS Clinic within legislative standards.

More specifically, your key duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Managing rosters & compliance of the WAMS Clinic with GPA plus Accreditation, QMS standards and secures accreditation;
  • Putting in place systems and procedures under a Continuous Improvement Plan that identifies initiatives that improve health service delivery to clients;
  • Implementing the WAMS Performance Management System for direct reports, including approval and monitoring of annual work plans, performance appraisals and staff training and development;
  • Assisting with GP clinics, triaging patients & coordination of patient recalls;
  • Maintaining relationships & coordinating with other health service providers & AMSs in the region; and
  • Representing WAMS at meetings, conferences and workshops where required in consultation with the CEO.


About You

To be considered for this position you will be a current AHPRA Registered Nurse with post-registration experience. Although not essential, relevant post-graduate qualifications will be highly regarded.

Immunisation and COVID training is also preferable, although not essential as WAMS will support you with obtaining these. Experience working in a remote community is highly desirable, possessing experience working within an Aboriginal Medical Service would be a distinct advantage.

Due to the nature of the role, it is essential you have a deep understanding of clinical practice and legislative requirements. As this position is part of the Senior Management Team, it's also crucial you have excellent leadership skills and experience in performance management. The ability to engage with a variety of stakeholders - from government employees to patients - is also imperative.

An understanding of the primary health care system and issues relevant to closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will also be key, including the ability to communicate and appropriately liaise with Aboriginal clients. 

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong organisational skills and the ability to effectively manage priorities. You will be an adaptable individual who's able to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment. 

Importantly, WAMS is looking for an honest, compassionate and responsible individual who's values align with that of the organisation. It is essential that you are resilient and passionate about the work you do, and keen to work within a multidisciplinary team in order to achieve positive outcomes for the organisation and community.

People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are encouraged to apply.


What We Offer

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious and passionate Nurse to take on a leadership position and advance their career in a rewarding role, all with a long-standing organisation that contributes to the social and economic growth of the Walgett community.

Your full-time commitment will be rewarded with a salary package up to $140,000, negotiable with skills, experience and qualifications.

This salary package is inclusive of a range of fantastic benefits such as:

  • Subsidised modern housing close to the clinic and community centre;
  • 5 weeks annual leave;
  • Salary sacrificing up to $15,000 per year;
  • $5000 Rural Doctors Network tax-free payment after 12 months in the role; and
  • Negotiable relocation assistance.

In addition, you will be welcomed into a supportive and welcoming team that will listen to and value your ideas. This is an opportunity to make your mark on an established and highly respected community organisation, using your experience and skills to have a direct and positive impact on those within the Walgett shire.


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WAMS was established in June 1986 after many years of lobbying to provide a service to the Aboriginal community. The first Board of Directors moved a resolution to treat ALL people. Currently, 40% of our clients are non-Aboriginal. WAMS was originally located on the corner of Fox and Sutherland St with a staff of five and in 1989 moved to their current location in Pitt St.

WAMS now has a staff of over one hundred (including visiting personnel) making it one of the largest employers in Walgett and they endeavour to support their staff in whatever way they can and offer personal and professional development with training to upskill and fun days to boost morale and comradeship.