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Cook (Remote Aged Care Facility)

Job No: 118142
Location: Pukatja, (Far NW region of SA)

  • Do you have experience in the food services industry? Are you looking for a new challenge?
  • Full-time role with one of Australia's premier remote aged care facilities!
  • Cash benefits of $58,435 to $63,218 with salary packaging, including rent-free accommodation and relocation assistance!
  • Opportunity to explore the unique Australian outback with generous leave provisions!

About Nganampa Health Council 

Nganampa Health Council is an Aboriginal owned and controlled health organisation operating on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands in the far north west of South Australia. Across this area, we operate seven clinics, an aged care facility and assorted health related programs including aged care, sexual health, environmental health, smoking cessation, dental, women's health, male health, children's health and mental health. 

When you join Nganampa Health, you are joining a community of primary health care professionals, united by our desire to make a difference. We learn and experience something new every day, and we are supported by the professionalism and spirit of our colleagues and our organisation.

Widely recognised as being an exemplar Aboriginal health service in the country, here at Nganampa Health we understand the power of every small step we make to support the health of our community. We embrace the diversity of our challenge and thrive on the rewards that come with it. 

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About the Opportunity 

Nganampa Health Council has an exciting opportunity for a full-time qualified Cook to join their dedicated team based at Pukatja, in South Australia's remote north.

Working under the direction of the Residential Care Manager, you will be responsible for the preparation of nutritious meals for residents of the aged care facility, and the preparation of meals for Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP) clients in the Pukatja community. This role also involves managing the facility kitchen, equipment and stores, and supervising other kitchen staff.

More specifically, your key responsibilities will include (but not be limited to):

  • Ordering catering supplies within budget and managing stock control;
  • Coordinating and supervising other kitchen staff and serving meals;
  • Ensuring the dietary needs of residents are met, including individual or particular dietary needs related to clinical status and the provision of culturally familiar foods;
  • Promoting and participating in continuous quality improvement at Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura;
  • Participate in the orientation of all new staff and undertaking development for all Tjilpiku Pampaku Ngura staff; and
  • Complying with and implementing the Aged Care Program Kitchen Policy and Kitchen Code of Practice.

At Nganampa Health Council our people are our greatest strength

The successful applicant will be from the food services industry, with either an appropriate qualification or equivalent experience. It is essential you possess a proven understanding of the principles and practice of safe and hygienic food storage, preparation and handling, coupled with high standards of personal hygiene and presentation.

Nganampa Health Council are seeking a highly organised and driven individual, who can communicate and participate effectively within a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary team, and demonstrate a high level of numeracy and literacy skills. You will also require the ability to teach, supervise and mentor other staff, as appropriate. Your demonstrated commitment to ongoing learning and professional development will ensure your success in this role.

Prior experience managing an equivalent food services operation is highly desirable, though not essential to this role. It will also be highly advantageous if you have Pitjantjatjara language skills, along with a good degree of computer literacy.

Candidates who are open to change, accepting of Aboriginal people, comfortable living in a remote environment and who are willing to learn the ways of the people will be best suited to this position. The ability to work under Aboriginal management and control will be highly regarded.

To be considered you will also require a current driver's licence and must be willing to undertake a National Police Check prior to commencing.

To download a copy of the position description, please click here.

Why join the Nganampa Health Council team?

We provide excellent financial rewards and the chance to develop a remarkable skill set and experience a different side to Australia. But most importantly, we empower you to make a difference on the frontline of primary health care for Indigenous Australians.

Your hard work and dedication will be rewarded with attractive cash benefits of $58,435 to $63,218 with the option of salary packaging!

The exceptional range of benefits include:

  • Rent free Accommodation;
  • Relocation assistance; 
  • Travel allowance relevant to work purposes;
  • Six weeks annual leave and two weeks paid study leave; and
  • Three weeks recreation leave, each provided with a leave allowance of $2,395, equating to an additional $7,185 per annum!

Remote South Australia is a spectacular place to live and work and offers a unique lifestyle opportunity for the right candidate. To help you embrace the challenge, we provide a true learning culture, professional processes and unrivalled support. You'll work with some of the most talented people in the healthcare industry and enjoy a highly collaborative work environment that is outcome driven and strives for excellence.

For the opportunity to enhance your skill-set while working in an exciting, unique location - Apply Now!

Please note: Applications will close at 5:00pm on Monday 16th December, 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.


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