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Mental Health Nurse – Sunrise Health Service


Posted: 21 Feb 2022


Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (Sunrise), are seeking a Mental Health Nurse to provide expert support to clients requiring mental health care and their families.

  • Salary between $107,231 – $115,202 depend­ing on experience
  • Clin­i­cal out­reach posi­tion with reg­u­lar trav­el to remote communities
  • Imme­di­ate start and 30 June 2022 end date, with poten­tial for extension

Sun­rise Health Ser­vice Abo­rig­i­nal Cor­po­ra­tion (Sun­rise), are seek­ing a Men­tal Health Nurse to pro­vide expert sup­port to clients requir­ing men­tal health care and their fam­i­lies. The posi­tion pro­motes social and emo­tion­al well-being, ear­ly detec­tion of men­tal ill­ness, activ­i­ties for pre­ven­tion of self-harm, sui­cide and uplift­ment of self-esteem.

Why Sun­rise?
Sun­rise has been oper­at­ing since 2003 and is the sec­ond largest Abo­rig­i­nal Com­mu­ni­ty Con­trolled Health Organ­i­sa­tion in the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry. Sun­rise pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive pri­ma­ry health care ser­vices through nine remote health cen­tres to some 4000 peo­ple liv­ing in the Kather­ine East region. Sun­rise val­ue their peo­ple and are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing cul­tur­al­ly respect­ful holis­tic health pro­grams blend­ing tra­di­tion­al heal­ing prac­tices with cur­rent evi­dence-based prac­tice to address phys­i­cal, social, emo­tion­al and cul­tur­al well-being.

What’s in it for you?

  • Imme­di­ate start and 30 June 2022 end date, with poten­tial for extension
  • Salary between $107,231 – $115,202 depend­ing on experience
  • Gen­er­ous Salary Packaging
  • Relo­ca­tion assis­tance and sub­sidised accom­mo­da­tion for 6 weeks in Katherine
  • Vehi­cle sup­plied for work purposes

What’s the role?
The posi­tion pro­motes excel­lence in clin­i­cal stan­dards and qual­i­ty of care and works close­ly with the broad­er Pri­ma­ry Health Care (PHC) team to inte­grate and coor­di­nate pre­ven­tion and care for best out­comes for the client. The posi­tion is a region wide clin­i­cal out­reach posi­tion and requires trav­el by light plane or four-wheel dri­ve and overnight stays to all Sun­rise com­mu­ni­ties on a reg­u­lar basis.
Respon­si­bil­i­ties include, but not lim­it­ed to-

  • Pro­vid­ing infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tion to indi­vid­u­als and groups on issues relat­ed to men­tal health and social and emo­tion­al well-being
  • Con­duct­ing men­tal health screen­ing of all com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers using a recog­nised screen­ing tool for the ear­ly detec­tion of men­tal health issues and refer at-risk patients to spe­cialised ser­vices for ear­ly management
  • Fol­low­ing up at-risk patients and those referred back after being dis­charged from spe­cialised services
  • Pro­vid­ing Men­tal Health Pre­ven­tion and Care Ser­vices for peo­ple of all ages in the Sun­rise region through direct con­tact with clients and fam­i­lies and pro­vid­ing advice to oth­er mem­bers of the PHC and Pop­u­la­tion Health Team
  • Lead­ing an inte­grat­ed approach to the deliv­ery of men­tal health ser­vice at Sun­rise and active­ly pro­mot­ing men­tal health aware­ness and pri­ma­ry prevention
  • Facil­i­tat­ing bet­ter access to qual­i­ty care for peo­ple with men­tal health relat­ed conditions

What do you need to apply?
To be con­sid­ered for this oppor­tu­ni­ty, you must demon­strate a com­mit­ment to seek and fol­low cul­tur­al advice from Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, Abo­rig­i­nal Health Prac­ti­tion­ers (AHP’s) and oth­er indige­nous com­mu­ni­ty out­reach team mem­bers, have a will­ing­ness to relo­cate and live in com­mu­ni­ty, and meet the below essen­tial criteria:

  • Reg­is­tra­tion with AHPRA as a Reg­is­tered Nurse with a post grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion in Men­tal Health
  • Min­i­mum 3 years’ expe­ri­ence in Men­tal Health
  • Under­stand­ing of cul­tur­al com­pe­ten­cy and cul­tur­al safe­ty when work­ing with Indige­nous peo­ple and mul­ti-cul­tur­al societies
  • Cur­rent unre­strict­ed man­u­al driver’s licence, police clear­ance, Ochre Card and First Aid Certificate

What’s it like liv­ing in Kather­ine?
Kather­ine is a won­der­ful, fam­i­ly-friend­ly place to live, with access to some of the most spec­tac­u­lar nation­al parks and cul­tur­al expe­ri­ences right at your door, and Dar­win is only a 3 hour dri­ve away. Kather­ine is a dynam­ic region­al cen­tre with fan­tas­tic edu­ca­tion­al and recre­ation­al facil­i­ties, and pri­vate and gov­ern­ment school­ing to year 12. Sit­u­at­ed 20kms from the Nit­miluk Nation­al Park and the spec­tac­u­lar Gorge sys­tems as well as the Arn­hem Land escarp­ment, the Kather­ine region is full of rich indige­nous cul­ture and heritage.

If this sounds like a role for you, we want to hear from you. APPLY TODAY and click the Apply for this job” link n the web­saite
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