Registered Nurse - Generalist and Outreach Clinics

Job No: 117623
Location: Kununurra

  • Rewarding opportunity to provide outreach healthcare services while making a real difference to 'Close the Gap' in Aboriginal health!
  • HUGE range of benefits to significantly increase your remuneration, including subsidised housing, flights and more!
  • 5 weeks annual leave per year PLUS additional leave over Christmas/New Year giving you time to explore the magnificent sights of the Kimberley region!


About the Organisation

Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) provides a comprehensive Primary Health Care service to Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley region in Western Australia using a holistic approach that includes a high standard of service delivery, the promotion of social justice and the overcoming of the health issues that affect so many people in the region.

Preventative and public health programs include Maternal and Child Health, Women’s Health, Chronic Disease, Sexual Health and along with the OVAHS Social Support Unit which offers AOD, Mental Health Services, health promotion and education programs in the areas of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders prevention, smoking cessation, chronic disease prevention, childhood health promotion and sexual health.

Staff include: SMO, GPs, Nurse Practitioner, Aboriginal Health Workers, Aboriginal Liaison Officers, Registered Nurses, Midwife, Child Health Nurse, Mental Health workers, Allied Health staff, and Health Promotion workers, together with Senior Managers, Administration staff, Maintenance workers and Field Officers.

Most importantly, OVAHS approaches involve community people taking part in controlling their own health and wellbeing. Management and governance, staff selection, and service delivery priorities are directed by the organisation’s Aboriginal Board and Community Health Committees. The organization proudly boasts ISO 9001 and AGPAL accreditation.

OVAHS provides a fulfilling and stimulating work environment in a diverse range of areas for those seeking an exciting career in Indigenous Health. 

About the Opportunity

Ord Valley Aboriginal Health Service (OVAHS) is seeking a Registered Nurse (Generalist and Outreach Clinics) to join their team on a full-time basis in Kununurra, WA.

Reporting to the Health Operations Manageryou will be providing primary healthcare to clients at the OVAHS clinic and coordinating and attending community outreach clinics.

More specifically, you will be:

  • Ensuring the focus of care is on the needs of Aboriginal clients within the context of their cultural identity and social circumstances;
  • Working with the OVAHS team in providing a quality and client focused environment;
  • Supporting the delivery of safe and effective patient care;
  • Participating in cultural safety and competence training and staff development; and
  • Maintaining statistics, administrative records and client documents as per OVAHS policies and procedures.

Please note: Some travel will be required with this role.

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About You

To be considered for this position you will be currently registered with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse with at least two years post graduate nursing experience. A demonstrated knowledge of clinical management and the support of clients with various conditions and illnesses would be a necessity for this role.

You will need to be able to work collaboratively within a team, with proficient writing and computer skills.

Importantly, OVAHS is looking for someone with good interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills who has a sound knowledge and understanding of the issues impacting on the mental health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people. Any experience working constructively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people and/or communities will be highly regarded.

Please note: In addition to the above skills and experience, the successful candidate will require a Current “C” class drivers licence, and either hold or be willing to obtain a National Police Clearance and Working with Children clearance prior to commencement. 

About the Benefits

OVAHS is an organisation that truly values its team, and is committed to improving employee knowledge, skills and experience. It offers a stable, safe and supportive work environment with a large, multi-disciplinary team including doctors, nurses, Aboriginal Health Workers, an audiologist, dietitian, mental health workers and a social support unit.

Your dedication will be rewarded with an attractive remuneration circa $90,000 + super (commensurate with the qualifications and experience you are bringing to the role).

You will also enjoy a range of benefits to significantly increase the value of your overall remuneration package, including:

  • 5 weeks annual leave per year plus additional leave over the Christmas/New Year break
  • Up to 10 days study leave
  • Salary packaging options
  • Relocation assistance
  • 14% leave loading
  • Annual flight allowance to Perth (paid at the end of 12 months continual service)
  • Uniform allowance
  • Housing or rental assistance
  • Electricity subsidy
  • Public holidays as paid days off
  • Clinic hours only (no weekend work!)

With Australia’s most stunning landscapes on your doorstep and an incredible outdoor lifestyle on offer, the Kimberley is the place to be to make the most of life’s adventures.

This is an excellent opportunity to advance your career and enhance your cultural knowledge in a stunning outback location. Make a positive difference - Apply Now!

About Kununurra

As the gateway to Western Australia's magnificent Kimberley region, Kununurra is the heart of a bustling community supported by agriculture, tourism and mining industries. Blessed with a balmy climate, breathtaking scenery, unique flora & fauna and a huge range of adventure & cultural experiences, Kununurra offers a fantastic lifestyle.

Located in the East Kimberley, 3200km from Perth and 800km from Darwin, the picturesque town is home to approximately 6,000 people. During the tourist seasons, this swells to approximately 10,000 people. Kununurra has well developed infrastructure, including a modern hospital, leisure and aquatic centre, shopping centre, and specialty shops.

Kununurra was formed in the early 1960's to service the construction of the Ord Irrigation Scheme. The town has seen the transformation of ancient river plains into one of the most diverse and productive agricultural areas in Australia. Harnessing the mighty Ord River opened up the area to horticulture, aquaculture, eco-tourism and agri-tourism. The area is also a paradise for fishing, boating and outdoor enthusiasts.

Kununurra is also the perfect base to explore the Kimberley region, one of Australia's most spectacular tourist destinations.

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