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Acute Care Remote Area Nurse – Miwatj Health


Posted: 21 Feb 2022

Location: Galiwin’ku NT

Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation (Miwatj) are seeking an Acute Care Remote Area Nurse to join their team in Galiwin’ku, Northern Territory.

  • Miwatj is one of Australia’s largest providers of Abo­rig­i­nal healthcare
  • Miwatj is engag­ing with health issues at a grass roots com­mu­ni­ty level
  • Miwatj are look­ing for pas­sion­ate indi­vid­u­als who are ready to help change the future for Abo­rig­i­nal healthcare

Why Miwatj?
With eight clin­ics and grow­ing across East Arn­hem Land, Miwatj are pro­vid­ing health care ser­vices for over 6,000 Indige­nous res­i­dents. Their Board of Direc­tors rep­re­sents com­mu­ni­ties across the region, ensur­ing every deci­sion they make helps empow­er Yol­ngu peo­ple to take con­trol of their lives and direct their own futures.

What’s in it for you?
Whether work­ing in a remote health­care is on your buck­et list, or some­thing that is tried and test­ed, we’d love for you to reach out. East Arn­hem Land offers a once in a life­time oppor­tu­ni­ty to be part of a com­mu­ni­ty where the rich­ness of Yol­ngu cul­ture is in the air you breathe.

  • Excel­lent salary of $110,606 to $118,826 plus superannuation
  • Salary sac­ri­fic­ing of $15,900 p/​a
  • 6 weeks annu­al leave with 17.5% loading
  • Relo­ca­tion assis­tance and pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment grants available
  • Stun­ning East Arn­hem location

What’s the role?
Miwatj Health are pleased to offer this posi­tion as a full time oppor­tu­ni­ty. Based in Elcho Island, in their Galiwin’ku Clin­ic, you will be work­ing close­ly with the Miwatj Abo­rig­i­nal work­force which is crit­i­cal to their clients suc­cess. You’ll be com­mit­ted to find­ing the best way to com­mu­ni­cate with Miwatj clients and their team in order to pro­vide great care in some­times uncer­tain cir­cum­stances. Core aspects of your role will include:

  • Work­ing in the acute care pro­gram in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Abo­rig­i­nal Health Prac­ti­tion­ers, med­ical prac­ti­tion­ers and oth­er RNs to pro­vide high qual­i­ty and evi­dence based pri­ma­ry health care
  • Pro­vid­ing cul­tur­al­ly inclu­sive health care to the com­mu­ni­ty with­in agreed pro­ce­dures and pro­to­cols and man­ag­ing the process of devel­op­ing care plans
  • Pro­vid­ing high qual­i­ty emer­gency care as per the CARPA Stan­dard Treat­ment man­u­al and Clin­i­cal Pro­ce­dures manual
  • Facil­i­tat­ing and par­tic­i­pat­ing in oppor­tunis­tic and planned screen­ing activ­i­ties such as pre­ven­ta­tive health checks and health pro­mo­tion activities
  • Dis­pens­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ther­a­pies, includ­ing the admin­is­tra­tion of vac­cines, pre­scrib­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals for com­mon con­di­tions and ensure rota­tion of drugs per expiry dates is done as needed

Is the role right for you?
In order to deliv­er on their mis­sion, Miwatj know that a col­lab­o­ra­tive, sup­port­ive team is crit­i­cal. Miwatj are look­ing for peo­ple who are com­mit­ted to not only grow­ing their capa­bil­i­ty, but will­ing to step in and sup­port oth­er team mem­bers and clients. Whilst knowl­edge of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander cul­ture is help­ful, what will real­ly see you thrive in their com­mu­ni­ties is an open mind, will­ing­ness to be exposed to cul­ture, and curios­i­ty. Before you reach out and apply, we need you to have:

  • Cur­rent Reg­is­tra­tion and annu­al Prac­tic­ing Cer­tifi­cate as a Reg­is­tered Nurse with AHPRA (min­i­mum qual­i­fi­ca­tion as an RN4)
  • Min­i­mum 2 years’ expe­ri­ence work­ing as a remote area nurse/​primary health care nurse in a clin­i­cal situation
  • Inter­est in the health issues impact­ing on Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple in north­ern Australia.
  • Under­stand the prin­ci­ples in pri­ma­ry health care, pos­sess broad nurs­ing expe­ri­ence and utilise clin­i­cal skills with confidence
  • Demon­strat­ed abil­i­ty to inter­act effec­tive­ly with peo­ple from a diverse cul­ture, where Eng­lish is not their first language
  • Pos­sess About Giv­ing Vac­cines (AGV) and Car­diopul­monary Resus­ci­ta­tion (CPR) cer­tifi­cates, man­u­al dri­vers licence, and OCHRE card, or eli­gi­ble to obtain

What’s it like liv­ing in Galiwin’ku?

Galiwin’ku is the largest com­mu­ni­ty on Elcho Island, which is 150 km north-west of Nhu­lun­buy and 550 km north-east of Dar­win. Galiwin’ku is the only town on Elcho Island, and is also the Abo­rig­i­nal name for the whole island. You can get to Galiwin’ku via air char­ter or com­mer­i­cal flights with Air North. Galiwin’ku is home to the Yol­ngu peo­ple. Yol­ngu means Abo­rig­i­nal per­son’ in the lan­guages of north­ern Arn­hem Land. The pop­u­la­tion of Galiwin’ku and its sur­rounds is approx­i­mate­ly 2,200, of which 90% are Indige­nous. 40% of Galiwin’ku’s pop­u­la­tion is younger than 20 years of age.

If this sounds like a role for you, we want to hear from you. APPLY TODAY and click the Apply for this job” link
Appli­cants must address the selec­tion cri­te­ria in a cov­er let­ter and pro­vide a cur­rent CV along with con­tact details for at least 2 referees. 

Want to find out more about this oppor­tu­ni­ty? Please con­tact Paul Wall­work on 08 8982 1011 or recruitment@​ntphn.​org.​au