Community Health Manager

Job No: 120689
Location: Katherine

  • Are you an experienced Registered Nurse or Aboriginal Health Practitioner, looking to take the next step in your career?
  • Oversee the delivery of key health initiatives with one of the largest Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in the NT!
  • Highly attractive salary circa $119,334 - $138,699 plus super, salary sacrificing, free accommodation & relocation assistance!
  • Amazing work/life balance, with 6 weeks annual leave giving you the chance to explore the wondrous Australian outback, as well as return home for holidays!

About Sunrise

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

The Sunrise approach involves Aboriginal communities taking part in controlling their own health. Everything from financial management and governance, staff selection and service delivery priorities are directed by the organisation's Aboriginal Board and Community Health Committees.

Servicing nine communities spread over 75,000 square kilometres, the Sunrise footprint covers Aboriginal communities that are some of the most disadvantaged in the Territory with some of the most complex health issues. Yet despite this, the ethos and practices of Sunrise Health have it be a leader, both nationally and in the Territory, for both national and Territory performance indicators.

Acute health care does not make people well - it is only when health issues and the social determinants of health are addressed, that families and communities become well – a challenge that Sunrise Health is committed to address with each of its communities and with the expectation that each of its employees will adopt and uphold this culture.

About the Opportunity

Sunrise Health Service is currently looking for a full-time Community Health Manager to join their team in Mataranka, NT; about an hour's drive from Katherine.

Managing both the Mataranka and Jilkminggan community health centres, this is a hands on role that will see you working with the centres to identify health priorities and solutions, as well as overseeing the local delivery of key health programs.

Your key responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Building the capacity of Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHP) and non-Indigenous staff to provide the highest possible standard of culturally appropriate health care;
  • Overseeing the month to month management and review of health screening, chronic disease programs, and priority health portfolio areas, by the local health team;
  • Developing local outreach programs, in consultation with local community groups and in collaboration with the Population Health Team;
  • Responding to medical emergencies and providing accident or emergency care as needed, including emergency first aid, stabilisation and evacuation of patients;
  • Facilitating the provision of specialist care, e.g. substance abuse care, nutritional care and mental health care, both from within and outside the community;
  • Overseeing the day-to-day activities of all health centre staff, ensuring that plans are developed and implemented, and that performance goals are met; and
  • Liaising with the Administration Manager to order and manage necessary supplies or assets and ensure that routine building, vehicle, and equipment maintenance is completed.

What will you need to succeed?

To be successful in this position you will hold current registration with AHPRA as a Registered Nurse or Aboriginal Health Practitioner. Due to the strong clinical skills required, an Aboriginal Health Practitioner will need to additionally hold an Advanced Diploma in Indigenous Primary Health Care at this level.

It's crucial that you can demonstrate sound community engagement skills, with the ability to show initiative, problem solve, and identify areas for improvement, as well as undertake research, use data, and apply continuous improvement techniques.

You will need an understanding of the issues pertaining to Aboriginal primary health care and the social determinants of health in these communities. Broad experience in remote primary health care, with the clinical skills needed to work effectively in remote areas, will be essential.

Your well-developed interpersonal skills will enable you to communicate confidently and effectively, as you build collaborative relationships with a wide range of internal and external clients, partners and stakeholders. You'll have the staff management skills necessary to effectively lead a dynamic and multidisciplinary team, with a mix of cultures and backgrounds.

Any experience in remote health clinic management will be highly regarded, but is not essential provided you can demonstrate strong leadership and management skills and have an understanding of the human, financial and physical resource needs of a remote community health centre.

Please note: You must be willing to undergo a National Police Check and Working with Children Check, prior to commencing, and hold an unrestricted driver’s licence.

About the Benefits

This is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to work with an organisation that's building the capacity of remote Aboriginal communities in order to improve their health and wellbeing.  

Your dedication will be rewarded with a highly attractive base salary circa $119,334 - $138,699 (based on your skills and experience) plus super and additional remote area allowances.

You will also have access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • Salary packaging up to $15,899 per year;
  • 6 weeks leave per year;
  • Up to 10 days study leave;
  • Remote area travel allowance;
  • Relocation assistance; and
  • Free fully-furnished accommodation, including electricity and water.

Candidates who have completed a post-graduate qualification in a relevant area will be recognised with an additional allowance (equal to 102.5% the typical rate of pay), paid fortnightly. Similarly, if you are proficient in any of the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander languages, including Kriol dialetcs used in the Northern Territory, you will be entitled to an additional bilingual allowance circa $1,450 - $2,900 a year, depending on your level of competency.

Working at Sunrise Health Service and living in the Katherine region has lifestyle benefits that are unique to the Northern Territory. With the Katherine Gorge on your doorstep and an incredible outdoor lifestyle on offer, combined with some of the best fishing in the world, the Northern Territory is the place to be to make the most of life’s adventures.

About Mataranka the Katherine Region

A region full of misty waterfalls, untouched gorges, and stunning landscapes, Katherine is the crossroads of Australia's north, where the outback meets the rainforest. Just an hour from the Northern Territory’s third largest town, a thriving modern regional centre, you get all of the convenience of a modern town and still have adventure at your doorstep.

A small town, with a population of around 300, Mataranka is population destination for visitors to the area, home to fantastic national parks and renowned for its sandy-bottomed thermal pools, which stay a perfect 30 degrees year 'round. There's plenty to see and do, from the hot springs to hikes, fishing or a visit to the historic local pub.

This is a unique opportunity to support some of the most disadvantaged communities in the Territory, and help lead the role out of the "Sunrise Way" - Apply Now!

To apply, please respond to the selection criteria questions below, in place of a cover letter, and attach your resume (Word or PDF format only) when prompted. Previous applicants need not re-apply. 

*Application close 11pm (AST) Friday 24 JULY, 2020.

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Our Vision - The Sunrise Way.

We will expand upon our commitment to ensure our people “The Sun Come-Up Mob‟, continue to have access to equitable and culturally appropriate primary health care services into the future.

We will build the capacity of each of our communities to enable a health care service that delivers programs for and by Aboriginal people, and to ensure local problems are addressed through local sustainable solutions.

We will incorporate "The Sunrise Way‟ philosophy into how we do business and how we deliver services and focus on the concept of Mind, Body & Spirit to address health issues at the community level”.

Sunrise Health Service Aboriginal Corporation