Remote Area Nurse
About the Organisation
Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services LTD (KAMS) is a well-established regional Aboriginal community controlled health service, founded in 1986, which provides centralised advocacy and resource support for 6 independent member services, as well as providing direct clinical services in a further 6 remote Aboriginal communities across the region.
KAMS has successfully delivered high-quality, accessible comprehensive primary health care services over its 22 years of operation and has provided innovation and national leadership in areas such as health information management and evidence based best practice in primary health care.
The Kimberley region is located in the northern part of Western Australia and covers about 421,000 square kilometres. The Kimberley has only three towns with a population of more than 2,000 (Broome, Derby and Kununurra), and the total population is around 37,000. In addition to the sealed Route 1 which runs along the southern part of the area, the unsealed Gibb River Road runs through the heart of the region from Derby to the highway near Kununurra. Access to much of the region is by dirt road, air or sea.
About the Opportunity
KAMS now has an opportunity for a Remote Area Nurse to join their friendly, multidisciplinary team in the Kutjungka, WA, on a full-time basis, 6 weeks on, 3 weeks off. Reporting to the Health Centre Manager, you will be required to work as part of a team delivering coordinated and comprehensive Primary Health and emergency care to clients and their community.
Some of your key responsibilities will include:
- Provide professional, evidence based primary health care to individuals, families and the community utilising a holistic and culturally acceptable approach.
- Practice according to KAMS endorsed guidelines (Kimberley Protocols, CARPA Standard Treatment Manual etc…), KAMS policies and procedures, and relevant legislation in order to meet health care outcomes.
- Provide preventive focused health care, deliver health education and promote health awareness, including coordinate the activities within assigned Health Programs / Portfolio’s (e.g. Chronic Condition Program, Maternal and Child Health Program, Immunisation Program, School Health Program, Mens Health Program, Women’s Health Program).
- Provide a 24/7 emergency care service, and contribute to the on-call roster.
- Maintain accurate clinical documentation by utilising the MMEx Clinical Information System to actively manage individual clients care according to Recalls, Tasks and Care Plans, and including documentation of emergency care.
The ideal candidate will be a Registered Nurse, who is registered or is eligible for registration with, AHPRA. You’ll have the demonstrated ability to provide quality healthcare, including emergency care, with a minimum of 5 years post-graduate experience, with experience in the planning, provision, management and evaluation of maternal health services within an Indigenous primary health care setting.
Ideally, you would have lived and/or worked as a Nurse in a remote area previously, with a commitment to the principals of an Aboriginal community controlled health service and the ability to work both autonomously and as part of a multidisciplinary team. A high level of integrity and a dedication to maintaining patient confidentiality will ensure you flourish in this position.
Experience with clinical database systems and proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel will be highly regarded. Due to the nature of this role, a current manual driver’s licence with the capacity to drive a 4WD is required. Additionally, you will need to be able to travel by light aircraft.
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Please note: It is a requirement that successful candidates hold a current WA Working With Children Check, and be willing to undergo a National Police Check prior to employment with KAMS.
About the Benefits
KAMS is an organisation that truly values its team, and is committed to improving employee knowledge, skills and experience. In addition, staff development programs are not only encouraged but are often paid for by KAMS. This role is a highly attractive opportunity for someone with a desire to develop their professional knowledge and experience in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health!
While you will face diverse new challenges in the role, you will also enjoy an attractive salary package including a base salary of $103,911 plus super and a further host of benefits, including:
- On call loading (25% of base salary);
- District allowance $2,740 p.a.;
- Isolation airfare reimbursement $1,200;
- Isolation leave of: 2 weeks every 6 weeks in the community;
- Annual airfares subsidy to the value of $1,285 p.a. (after 12 months of service);
- 5 weeks leave p.a.; and
- Accommodation provided whilst in the community.
Please note: People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are strongly encouraged to apply.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills, advance your career and enhance your cultural knowledge in stunning outback locations. Make a positive difference — Apply Now!
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