Remote Communities of Jigalong, Parnngur, Punmu and Kunawarritji
Location: Communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji (via Newman)
Employment Type: Part-time, fly in fly out 2 weeks on 2 weeks off
Employment Category: Permanent
Remuneration: Circa $300,000.00 pa pro-rata commensurate with qualifications, skills and experience + super + salary sacrifice
About the Organisation
The Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service (PAMS) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service located in the East Pilbara region of Western Australia and provides comprehensive and culturally appropriate primary health care services to the Martu people of Newman and the four remote Aboriginal communities of Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu and Kunawarritji.
Our passionate and multidisciplinary team of qualified and experienced health professionals including GP’s, Remote Area Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers provide holistic and high quality health care to clients throughout the region.
About the Opportunity
This role provides culturally safe GP services within a comprehensive primary health care framework to the community of Jigalong, Kunawarritji, Parnngurr and Punmu in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The General Practitioner will report to the Clinical Manager – Remote Services and is accountable to the Chief Executive Officer. The successful applicant will be responsible for implementing the relevant objectives of the organisation by undertaking a multidisciplinary and integrated approach to manage illness, promote well-being, maintain health systems, provide education and training and encourage community health action. With substantial supports and collegiate networks available including visiting specialists, this role is integral to ensuring clinical leadership, cultural integrity and high standards of clinical care.
As per Section 30 of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Service seeks to employ a female General Practitioner for the effective and culturally appropriate delivery of services to the Martu people.
To be considered for this position, you must have:
- Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Medical Practitioner with a minimum of five years’ postgraduate medical experience;
- Demonstrated understanding of the principles of comprehensive primary health care and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services as well as an understanding of the issues affecting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people, including social determinants of health; Demonstrated clinical and procedural experience.
- Demonstrated commitment to improving Aboriginal health through primary health care;
- Relevant client case load management experience;
- Proven broad comprehensive primary health care experience with advanced clinical skills and competencies needed to work effectively in the Aboriginal primary health care setting;
- Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to liaise with people from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team in a cross cultural and complex environment;
- Demonstrated competence in working with and understanding Medicare and the Practice Incentive Scheme and other related incentive schemes;
- A demonstrated knowledge of Medicare billing framework and application in primary health care and a demonstrated willingness to appropriately maximize Medicare billing;
- A demonstrated understanding of applicable accreditation standards including RACGP accreditation standards and a willingness to provide leadership in continual quality improvement in clinical practice;
- Understanding of family medicine, primary health care and preventative health care practice
- The ability to maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality;
- Ability to work with minimal supervision and meet deadlines;
- Excellent knowledge of software packages, including My Health Record and Communicare;
- Strong time management skills with the ability to effectively plan, organise and coordinate own workload;
- Ability to travel in remote areas by light aircraft and/or a Four Wheel Drive vehicle (as required); and
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Ideally, in addition to the above, the successful candidate would also meet the following criteria:
- The person identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and is acknowledged as such by their community;
- Relevant post-graduate qualifications;
- Completion of an appropriate emergency medicine course such as REST, REACT or equivalent. Emergency department experience or previous credentialing at a WACHS emergency department would be highly regarded;
- Membership of a relevant professional association;
- Previous experience working in an Aboriginal primary health care setting;
- Previous experience working with Communicare; and
- Understanding of and previous experience working within a framework of continuous quality improvement;
The position involves working with a multicultural organisation where the majority of staff, clients and stakeholders identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require an unrestricted WA “C” Class Driver’s Licence, and be required to submit a National Police Clearance (dated within 3 months) and Working With Children Check (where applicable) prior to appointment, in order to be eligible for the position.
Applicants for this position must be legally entitled to work in Australia and will be required to provide evidence of this entitlement. Acceptable evidence includes an Australian or New Zealand passport, birth certificate, or foreign passport with relevant visa.
About the Benefits
While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive remuneration package including a base salary of circa $300,000.00 per annum pro-rata plus superannuation. You'll also gain access to generous salary packaging options, which will greatly increase your take home pay. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including:
- Accommodation provided when working in Jigalong, Parnngurr, Punmu or Kunawarritji.
- Paid transportation from place of origin to Newman and vice versa for each authorised rostered rotation.
- Vehicle provided for operational purposes within the communities
- 6 weeks’ annual leave + 17.5% leave loading pro-rata
- Support to further invest in your career through additional training + study leave options
- Employee Assistance Program
- Retention Initiatives in accordance with the PAMS Employee Remuneration Policy
This position offers the opportunity to work closely with remote Aboriginal communities and make a drastic impact to the health and well-being outcomes of these communities.
PAMS operates four remote sites, three of which have a team of one nurse and a range of ancillary workers. Although the successful candidates will have a substantive location (Jigalong) they must be prepared from time to time to work across any one of these sites as well as Newman should they be required.
PAMS operates in some of the most remote parts of Australia and staff are required to be proficient at driving a 4WD vehicle and willing to fly in light aircraft.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.
For further information about this position please call Aakriti Yadav, Human Resource Advisor on (08) 9177 8307.
As per section 51 of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984 (WA) PAMS actively seeks to increase the diversity of our workforce to better meet the differing needs of our clients and stakeholders and to improve equal opportunity outcomes for our employees.
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