As one of Australia’s leading medical research institutes dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, and a leader in global and tropical research into life-threatening illnesses, Menzies School of Health Research continues to translate its research into effective partnerships and programs in communities across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
About the position:
The NT Primary Healthcare Network has the highest prevalence of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Australia at 1.86% but the second lowest proportion of people who have received treatment at 10.2%. The reasons for the low treatment uptake are multifactorial including: remoteness, high levels of both staff turnover and transiency of the patient population as well as a lack of human resources. By increasing the availability of specialized nurses and support workers in drop-in clinics and at GP services we envisage an uptake of services and treatment.
The Senior Clinical Community Nurse will provide expertise in clinical nursing care and consultancy to enable access to treatment without visiting the hospital. This will be done by expanding and building on the Northern Territory AIDS and hepatitis council Needle Syringe Program outreach clinic. Our goal is to include more regular clinics and dedicated peer support, commencement of community nurse assisted prescribing in GP practices and Aboriginal Medical Services in Darwin, Alice Springs and regional areas, and by complementing the current prison telehealth service with community nursing support. Evaluation and ongoing improvement of the program will be part of the role. This position is employed by Menzies however will also have an honorary contract with Top End Health Service and will work closely with the existing viral hepatitis clinical service team.
The Senior Clinical Community Nurse will complement current services with visits to enable face to face education to both staff and patients as well as enabling fibroscans® to occur when needed. The Nurse will also help improve transition of care to the community on release from prison, thereby reducing loss of follow-up for prisoners who have commenced treatment.
This position is based in Darwin and may require some travel (by light Aircraft or 4WD) to regional and remote locations throughout the NT on an as needs basis.
Does this sound like you?
The successful applicant will have:
- Postgraduate qualifications, or progress towards postgraduate qualifications, in a clinical field and extensive relevant clinical experience or a registered and clinically trained nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (AHPRA) registration and extensive clinical experience;
- Demonstrated initiative, excellent problem-solving skills, conflict resolution
- Proven ability to maintain confidentiality of personal information and a working knowledge of Good Clinical Practice, applicable regulatory guidelines and the willingness to undertake training required for the position;
- Demonstrated capacity to work independently in a clinical setting without direct supervision, under broad direction and as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
- Proven experience in successfully supervising research and/or clinical staff and the education and training of health care professionals;
- Demonstrated good organisational skills, strong record keeping skills and the ability to meet deadlines;
- Highly developed written and oral communication skills including experience in writing high level reports;
- Highly developed ability to communicate effectively with people from diverse cultures and educational backgrounds and the ability to conduct liaison activities;
- Demonstrated experience and competence with computer software applications including Microsoft Office Suite, in particular Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook;
- The ability to maintain at all times a current NT driver’s license and Working with Children Clearance (Ochre Card);
- An understanding and awareness of relevant Workplace Health and Safety as well as Equal Opportunity principles and legislation along with a commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe workplace for all Menzies staff, students, volunteers and visitors.
For more information please contact Melita McKinnon on 08 8946 8659 or email@example.com
What we offer:
- 6 weeks annual leave
- Option to increase super to 14%
- Attractive salary package and benefits $125,866 - $136,153 salary package (comprising gross salary $100,524 - $109,478 pa, pro-rata, superannuation and salary packaging benefits.
Closing date: 24 January 2021
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Applicants are required to address the selection criteria. For information on how to apply for this position and to obtain the Position Description and Selection Criteria please visit http://careers.menzies.edu.au/ or phone 08 8946 8626.