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TB Public Health Nurse - Papua New Guinea

Employer: Burnet Institute
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: International Aid & Development, Nursing, Health Care & Allied Health, Housing & Homelessness
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: International

Job posted on: 15 March, 2019.
Applications close: 31 March, 2019. (Expired)

About Burnet

Burnet Institute is a leading Australian medical research and public health organisation focused on achieving better health for vulnerable communities in Australia and internationally by accelerating the translation of research, discovery and evidence into sustainable health solutions. The Institute is headquartered in Melbourne with programs that operate across Asia, the Pacific and in Africa.

Burnet's culture links innovative discovery-oriented research and implementation research with development and humanitarian action. World-class laboratory and field-based research is integrated into multidisciplinary programs aimed at the prevention, detection and treatment of diseases of global significance. This unique approach allows the Institute to make a tangible and sustainable impact on health in both developed and developing countries.

The Institute has three major thematic programs – Disease Elimination, Behaviours and Health Risk, and Maternal and Child Health, and two expansion programs – Healthy Ageing and Health Security. Staff within these Programs are supported by cross-cutting communities of practice; the disciplines of Life Sciences, Public Health and International Development.


The TB Public Health Nurse will work with the RID-TB team to implement an effective model of care for the management of DS-TB and DR- TB at the community level in Western Province. The position will be responsible for capacity building of community-based nursing and program staff to deliver high quality patient-centred care for DS-TB and DR-TB. This includes both treatment for TB disease and TB infection. This position is strongly focused on contributing to the design, implementation and monitoring of a services delivery model to scale up contact tracing and TB preventive treatment, integrating management and patient education and counselling (PEC) teams for the provision of high-quality case management, patient education and counselling (PEC) and patient support to stay engaged in care and achieve positive treatment outcomes.

The position will work closely with facility and community-based staff and partners and will collaborate closely with the TB Specialist: Public Health in the Burnet team in Daru and Australia.


Your key responsibilities will include:

  • Clinical mentoring
  • Implementation support to health systems strengthening
  • Implementation support to TB M&E and research activities
  • Other tasks as required


The successful applicant will be a qualified and registered nurse, midwife or equivalent allied health professional with over 5 years of clinical experience as well be registered or registrable with the PNG Nursing Council.

You will also have:

  • Proven knowledge and experience in team management, capacity development / training of staff (preferably in a resource-constrained setting)
  • Strong knowledge/skills in TB, community-based care and training / capacity building
  • Experience in protocol or guideline design, report writing or publications
  • Highly adaptable, ability to work in a challenging environment
  • Demonstrated analytical, critical appraisal and problem solving skills
  • Experience and competency in the use of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Fluency in English and demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills
  • Field experience in the clinical and programmatic management of TB/DR-TB in a resource-constrained setting (desirable)
  • Previous work experience in PNG or the Pacific (desirable)

An additional qualification in education, counselling, tropical medicine, international development, public health or global health is desirable.

Benefit from ongoing support, monthly location allowances and attractive salary packaging working for this leading not-for-profit organisation.

Burnet Institute is committed to providing our people with a supportive working environment. We value diversity and gender equity at the institute and provide flexible working arrangements for our staff. Burnet is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) Pilot of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia.

Refer to the attached position description for full details.

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