Sexual Health Project Officer

Job No: 97581
Location: Broome, WA

  • New project initiative aimed at increasing testing and treatment of STIs and BBVs within remote Indigenous communities
  • Well-suited to someone with a background in medicine, nursing, health promotion or similar
  • Full Time, 3 month fixed term to 30th June 2018
  • Attractive remuneration package circa $80,000 (pro-rata) + super!
  • Host of additional benefits including district/accommodation/electricity allowances

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 30 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.

About Broome

Broome is located 2,240km north of Perth and has a permanent population of 14,436. Broome promotes a relaxed and easy-going lifestyle, with nearby shopping centres, Sunday markets as well as a broad range of restaurants and entertainment options. It is founded on the traditional lands of the Yaruwu people and is rich in history, culture and beautiful surrounds.

Broome has a deep history in the pearling industry, spanning back to the 1800’s, with memorials throughout the town to commemorate those lost in the early years of pearling. Cable Beach is also a must-see, being named in honour of the Java-to-Australia undersea telegraph cable that reaches shore there. You can explore its beautiful scenery with a bit of 4WDing at low tide, or you can even take a camel ride every day at sunset!

About the Opportunity

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Ltd (KAMS) now has a rewarding opportunity for a Sexual Health Project Officer to join their team in Broome, WA. This role is being offered on a full-time, 3 month fixed term to 30th June 2018.

Reporting to the Population Health Senior Manager, you will be responsible for coordinating a new initiative aimed at increasing testing and treatment of sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBV), within remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The project is aimed at developing and delivering culturally appropriate community education, to increase health literacy and knowledge on STIs and BBVs prevention, and improving clinical outcomes related to testing and treatment of STIs and BBVs. 

Your key accountabilities will include:

  • Developing online educational resources targeted at youth; carers, parents and people of influence; and health professionals;
  • Developing and implementing peer education programs to be trialled in remote communities;
  • Planning, scheduling, monitoring and evaluating the grant’s related tasks and adjust objectives in accordance with changing priorities;
  • Facilitating consultations and provide feedback to Aboriginal communities and ACCHS for all aspects of the project.
  • Assisting in the development of strategies to improve STI and BBV testing and treatment outcomes for remote communities.

What you need to succeed

To be considered for this position you will hold tertiary qualifications in medicine, nursing, epidemiology, public health or another health qualification relevant to Aboriginal health priorities.

In addition, you will have demonstrated experience in health project coordination, public health services and/or health promotion, and an understanding of sexual health and blood borne viruses interventions at community and/or clinical levels. 

KAMS is looking for candidates with well-developed interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills and the ability to maintain client confidentially at all times within and outside the workplace. Ideally, you will have experience working within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Community Organisation however this is not mandatory, as long as you are empathetic and operate with cultural sensitivity when dealing with internal and external stakeholders. 

A 'C' Class Driver's License, Federal Police Clearance and willingness to travel often by 4WD vehicle and light aircraft will be required.

To download a full position description, please click here. 

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 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 this role, you will also enjoy an attractive base salary of $80,000 (pro-rata) + super.

There is also a wide range of benefits for the role including:

  • District allowances - $2,920 single $5,840 double p.a;
  • Electricity allowance $1,440;
  • Accommodation allowance $13,000; and
  • Annual Airfares to the value of $1,285 pa (after 12 months of employment).   

Don't miss this exciting and rewarding opportunity to have a positive impact on the mental health outcomes of Indigenous communities in the spectacular Kimberley region - Apply Now!

Please note: Candidates must respond to the questions below and attach a current resume to be considered.


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