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Mental Health Nurse

Job No: 258575
Location: APY Lands, SA

  • Are you a Mental Health Nurse looking to join a multidisciplinary team of health professionals working in remote areas?
  • Excellent salary circa $194,000 plus super and benefits! 
  • ADDITIONAL benefits include modern accommodation, paid utilities, salary sacrificing and 12 weeks leave!
  • Be part of an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation providing invaluable care in remote communities

About the Organisation

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, Nganampa Health operates seven clinics, and assorted health-related programs including sexual health, environmental health, dental, women's health, Chronic Diseases, Eye Health, Child Health and Mental Health.

The health service has a sustained national reputation for best-practice clinical services, leading-edge collaborative program research and development and for the collection of outcome data as a basis for ongoing evaluation. The organisation's clinics are AGPAL Accredited, modern facilities staffed by a multidisciplinary team comprising Anangu Health Workers and Nurses, supported by Program Coordinators and experienced Medical Officers to provide clinical care to each local community.

Nganampa Health Council is widely recognised as being the exemplar Aboriginal Health Service in the country. Their successes include significantly reducing the rates of sexually transmitted infections, increasing birth weights through their antenatal program and consistently keeping childhood immunisation rates at 90% and above.   

To learn more about Nganampa Health, please click here.

Life in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands is located in the far north-western region of South Australia. It covers approximately 103,000 sq km with a population of approximately 3,000 Anangu people. The region is freehold land controlled by the Anangu people. This is a stunning area filled with natural beauty, and our communities have everything you need with no frills. You'll have access to an IGA, schools, arts centres, and potentially even a pool!

Moving to this naturally beautiful region offers people the chance to see and experience more of the true Australian outback than most ever will, all while getting paid!

About the Opportunity

A fantastic opportunity now exists for a full-time Mental Health Nurse (Remote Area) to join our team. Reporting to the Clinical Services Manager, you'll be providing mental health intervention, consultancy and support to patients diagnosed with a mental illness on the Anangu Pitjantjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.

There is a strong preference for the position to be based on the APY Lands, however the option to be based in Alice Springs with regular travel to the APY lands is negotiable.

In this hands-on role you will provide assessment and crisis intervention services, as well as treatment and case management in consultation with Nganampa Health Council Medical Officers and consultant psychiatrists. A large portion of this work will be clinical, as such you will be confident in putting your advanced skills into action on a regular basis.

Key duties will include:

  • Providing clinical services on referral and case coordination where appropriate in collaboration with clinical staff;
  • Work within an integrated primary healthcare service framework and provide a multidisciplinary approach, promoting and implementing coordinated care for clients;
  • Coordinating and participating in psychiatrist visits;
  • Orientating, clinically training, and mentoring Registered Nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers;
  • Assisting in the ongoing collection of program data and evaluation of mental health services; and
  • Participating in the development of mental health services and programs, including review of their policies and protocols.

At Nganampa Health, our people are our greatest strength

Our ideal candidate will be a Registered Nurse with postgraduate qualifications in Mental Health, in addition to having significant work experience in the mental health field.

You'll be confident in managing your time effectively as you travel to and from communities, putting your working knowledge of contemporary indigenous mental health service delivery and primary health care into practice. You will be hands-on in your work style and excited by the prospect of taking on a true outback position, from changing tyres on your 4WD to providing sensitive one-on-one care to clients.

We are seeking an adaptable and flexible individual who can display the initiative, discretion and cultural sensitivity needed to support and drive Nganampa Health Council's objectives and values. Candidates who are open to change, accepting of and interested in engaging with Aboriginal people, and comfortable living in a remote environment will be best suited to this position. 

Furthermore, suitable candidates will have: 

  • Substantial mental health work experience
  • The ability to communicate and participate effectively within a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary health team
  • Working knowledge of contemporary Indigenous mental health issues and service delivery
  • Experience in and passion for multidisciplinary primary health care delivery
  • Strong cultural sensitivity and experience in cross-cultural environments
  • A Manual Driver's License

Experience living and working in remote Indigenous communities will be advantageous, but not essential.

Please note: to be considered you must be willing to undergo a Police Check, an SA Working with Children Check, and complete South Australian Authorised Mental Health Professional training.

About the Benefits

In return for your professionalism, commitment and care, Nganampa Health brings you a truly unique and satisfying career opportunity.

We offer 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.

Attractive salary circa $194,000 commensurate with remote area experience, plus super and benefits. If successful you will be generously rewarded with an excellent TOTAL remuneration package of $226,000 (inclusive of $32,000 in non cash benefits).

Benefits will include:

  • Salary Packaging, meal and entertainment card to increase your take home pay 
  • Furnished rent-free housing while on the APY Lands
  • Free electricity and subsidised internet and telephone access
  • Relocation assistance negotiable for the right candidate
  • 6 weeks of annual leave PLUS 3 weeks of recreation leave when based on the APY Lands
  • 3 weeks of personal leave and 2 weeks of study leave to pursue your professional development
  • Annual district allowance; and
  • Annual domestic return airfare

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Please note: Applications will close at 5:00pm on Friday 23/02/2024

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