• Are you a Registered Nurse with Mental Health experience & a genuine sense of adventure?
  • Join a welcoming Aboriginal Health Service offering fantastic training opportunities & career development!
  • Attractive remuneration circa $115,000 – $120,000 plus super, 6 weeks annual leave, relocation assistance & more benefits!
  • Full-time hours or FIFO work options available!

About the Organisation

Established in 1998, the Katherine West Health Board (KWHB) is an Aboriginal Community Controlled organisation that provides a range of clinical, preventative and public health service to clients in the Katherine West Region of the Northern Territory. With 4 major health care centres and a range of satellite centres, they support an area roughly the size of Tasmania (162,000km²), helping to improve the health and wellbeing of some of the most remote communities in Australia.

Their vision acknowledges the distinct and diverse identity of their people and communities, ensuring member communities are involved in the planning, development and implementation of their health programs. Their holistic services are designed to promote the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well being of the person and the community.

About the Opportunity

Katherine West Health Board (KWHB) is currently looking for two Registered Nurses (Mental Health) to join their team in Katherine, NT. This is a full-time position, however FIFO options are available if preferred, negotiable based on your needs.

Reporting to the Population Health Manager, you will be responsible for providing specialised support to clients of all ages, working with the multidisciplinary KWHB team to ensure the best outcomes possible through integrated, coordinated care.

Your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Delivering culturally safe Mental Health care, assessments, treatment, and case management services;
  • Actively promoting mental health awareness and primary prevention activities through community health promotion;
  • Collaborating with both internal and external health professionals, including other community health centres, mental health services, agencies and community organisations;
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date clinical records, in accordance with established information systems and protocols;
  • Providing best practice clinical knowledge, advice and support to other staff as needed; and
  • Undertaking a range of therapeutic interventions necessary to support individuals, and their carers, affected by mental health conditions.

Please note: This role will involve regular travel, typically spending at least half of your time out in surrounding remote communities, staying overnight and travelling via 4WD, dirt roads and light aircraft as required.

About You

To be successful in this role you will need to be a Registered Nurse with current AHPRA registration and significant experience in Mental Health. Any relevant post-graduate qualifications would be an advantage.

Well-suited to someone adventurous, with a love for travel, you’ll need to be resilient and flexible, comfortable handling the difficulties and potential environmental challenges that come with working in remote Australia. Any experience working in cross-cultural environments or remote health would be highly regarded, but not essential.

Proactive and able to work both autonomously and within a multidisciplinary team, you’ll need excellent analytical skills and be a confident problem solver. With a strong commitment to evidence-based practice, you’ll understand how to conduct research and be able to apply your findings to continuous quality improvement activities.

Crucial to your success will be demonstrated experience in delivering direct and comprehensive mental health assessment and case management services, plus an understanding of current issues, standards and trends related to mental health services

Finally, you will be genuinely passionate about achieving positive outcomes for your clients. Highly empathetic and culturally competent; you’ll have the strong interpersonal skills needed to build relationships with a variety of stakeholders and effectively communicate with a range of individuals, including people for whom English may be a second language.

Please note: You will need to have, or be willing to obtain, a current Driver’s License, Working with Children Check, and Police Check.

About the Benefits

This is an amazing opportunity to escape the daily grind of city work, and utilise your skills and passion to make a genuine difference to some of the most remote communities in Australia.

In return for your hard work and dedication, the successful candidates will enjoy an attractive remuneration circa $115,000 – $120,000 (negotiable based on your skills and experience) PLUS super and a range of benefits, including:

  • Salary sacrificing;
  • 6 weeks annual leave;
  • Daily travel allowance when away from Katherine;
  • Fantastic professional development & ongoing training;
  • Flexible work and leave options;
  • Relocation assistance; and
  • Free accommodation for your first 4-8 weeks, to help you get settled in town.

You’ll be welcomed into a supportive and family friendly team, with significant potential to advance your career with a well-established community organisation.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your skills, advance your career and enhance your cultural knowledge whilst making a positive difference – Apply Now!

About Katherine

Where the outback meets the rainforest, Katherine is the Crossroads of Australia’s North. A region full of misty waterfalls and untouched gorges, the Northern Territory’s third largest town has a population of over 10,000 and is just 3 hours drive from Darwin, in a naturally stunning part of the Top End. With outstanding weather conditions and average temperatures around 18 – 32°c, the town attracts visitors from around the world, providing ample opportunity for locals and tourists alike to experience unique natural wonders, sports, leisure and entertainment, all in a landscape coloured by incredible sunsets.

Katherine is a thriving modern regional centre and services the areas of Pine Creek, Mataranka, Borooloola, Daly River and Timber Creek. There’s plenty of facilities, including a modern shopping complex and boutique stores, a hospital and schools, several sportsgrounds, as well as numerous parks and gardens and excellent fishing spots, to provide a comfortable living experience for all. You can experience events like the Walking with Spirits Festival and the prestigious Katherine Show, or unwind and take a dip in the Katherine Hot Springs.

Closing Date for Applications: 5 December 2020