Aboriginal Health Worker
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 Aboriginal Health Worker x 3 to join their friendly, multidisciplinary team in the Bidyadanga, WA, on a full-time basis, 10 weeks on, 2 weeks off. Reporting to the Clinic Manager, you will be required to provide primary health care, including clinical care to clients in the health centre and is responsible for providing support to doctors, nurses and other allied health staff as well as the community in order to maintain and promote health care
Some of your key responsibilities will include:
- Screen patients and treat according to Kimberley and /or CARPA protocols or refer the client to a more senior health worker, nurse or doctor.
- Participate in screening and treating patients e.g. adult health checks and team care arrangements according to Kimberley and /or CARPA protocol
- Provide culturally appropriate health care to meet the needs of the community
- Participate in relevant local community projects and groups that aim to increase general awareness of health related issues impacting on the community.
- Assist doctors, nurses and other health professionals with communication, treatment and any advice relevant to a clients treatment
The ideal candidate will be a Aboriginal Health Worker, who is registered or is eligible for registration with, AHPRA. You’ll have the demonstrated ability to support all health centre and program activities by completing clinical care items required prior to seeing the doctor. These includes routine investigation e.g. weight, BP, BMI, foot checks, urine collection, taking bloods and also providing education on managing risk factors.
Ideally, you would have lived and/or worked as a Aboriginal Health Worker 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.
Please note: It is a requirement that successful candidates hold a current, or 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 $64,117 plus super and a further host of benefits, including:
- District allowance $3,042 p.a.;
- Isolation leave of: 2 weeks every 10 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.
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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