Aboriginal Health Worker
About Kimberley Renal Services
Kimberley Renal Services (KRS) includes 4 Renal Health Centres based in Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Kununurra, and Derby and a mobile prevention unit.
The incidence of Kidney Disease in the Kimberley is one of the highest in Australia. Chronic Kidney disease (CKD) and End-Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD) incidence within the Aboriginal population of the Kimberley greatly exceeds the national burden of disease. Dialysis prevalence for this region has more than tripled in the last decade and is increasing at a much faster rate than in the rest of Western Australia (WA).
KRS and the regional Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHS) have developed a renal strategic plan to help combat this health crisis. This has enabled many patients to return to the Kimberley from Perth, which is 2,500kms away, to receive their treatment.
About the Opportunity
Please note: Due to the nature of this role, applicants are required to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. This is a genuine occupational requirement for this position, which is exempt under Section 14 of the Anti-discrimination Act.
The Kimberley Renal Service now has an opportunity for a Aboriginal Health Worker to join their multidisciplinary team based in Broome WA. This role will be offered on a part-time basis.
Reporting to the Clinical Nurse Specialist, you will be responsible for managing a client case load and delivers patient care within scope of practice and in accordance with the Renal Health Centre Dialysis Unit protocols and best practice guidelines.
Some of your key responsibilities will include:
- Manages a client caseload providing haemodialysis in accordance with KRS policies and procedures, and within skill level.
- Co-ordinates the staff and clients as shift co-ordinator with supervision from Level 2 RN to ensure safe care and manageable workloads
- Completes a pre dialysis assessment on clients, documenting observations, fluid assessment, and reports abnormal variations to level 2 RN.
- Administers medications to clients on dialysis according to KRS policies and procedures and level of Medication Certification attained.
- Seeks clarification from a RN in relation to any concerns regarding prescribed medications, administration and storage.
To be successful in this role, you will have a Certificate IV in Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care practice.
While not essential, candidates with the following will be highly regarded:
- Minimum of 2 years post qualification in the clinical environment.
- Experience in working in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service
- Experience in working in Renal health and/or completion of the renal care skill set
- Eligible for national registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
Successful candidates must have a current “C" class driver’s licence, ability to travel by road and/or small planes as required, and willingness to undergo a National Police Check prior to employment with KRS.
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About the Benefits
KRS 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 KRS. These are highly attractive opportunities for someone with a desire to develop their professional knowledge and experience in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health!
There are also a wide range of fantastic additional benefits for the role, including:
- Attractive base salary of $78,566 PLUS Super;
- Accommodation allowance of $13,000 pro rata; and
- Annual airfares of $1,683 on 12 months of continuous service
Working closely with patients, their families and carers, this is a role where you will witness the direct positive impact you're making in the community, as part of a close-knit KRS team. You will be continually recognised for your dedication and hard work!
Don't miss this exciting and rewarding opportunity to have a positive impact on the health outcomes of Indigenous communities in the spectacular Kimberley region - Apply Now!