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Child Health Nurse

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

About the Organisation

The Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (DYHS) was established in 1974 and is the largest Aboriginal community-controlled health service provider in Western Australia, providing care to over 20,000 Aboriginal patients across four clinics in East Perth, Mirrabooka, Maddington and Midland. Our staff enable the delivery of culturally responsive primary health services, focusing on prevention, early intervention, comprehensive care and care coordination including chronic disease management.

About the Benefits

A competitive salary commensurate with relevant qualifications, skills and experience is on offer for the right candidate. Other entitlements include:

  • Salary packaging up to $15,900
  • Study leave
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 12 days of personal leave per year
  • NAIDOC Day holiday
  • Personalised professional development opportunities

Role Description

To provide specialist child health services to children and their families who are clients of Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service. This includes scheduled child health screening, care coordination of children requiring child development and/or specialist peadiatric services, implementation of child immunisation programs, health promotion programs addressing priority health issues and supporting skill development in the area of child health for the DYHS clinic staff.


  • Deliver culturally appropriate child health care including scheduled and enhanced child health checks, screening, assessment, brief intervention and care planning, recall & follow-up of appointments.
  • Identifies children most at risk of developmental delay and/or poor health outcomes (for example, failure to thrive, low weight gain) and works within a multi-disciplinary team approach to ensure appropriate care plans are developed and implemented.
  • Identify children who are not presenting for immunisation, and work within a multi-disciplinary team approach to ensure they are immunised as per the WA Immunisation Schedule.
  • Support the skills of AHPs and RN to undertake child health assessments with GPs (Medicare Item 715).
  • Collaborate with Maternal and Child Health Coordinator to ensure contact is made with mothers within 10 days of birth to ensure commenced of child health checks, screening, and care coordination.
  • Provide competent and safe nursing practice and working environment for self and others promoting self-care and personal responsibility for health.
  • Implement and undertake best practice initiatives and strategies that support families to make healthy life choices, to reduce risk factors affecting pregnancy, childbirth and chronic diseases such as smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Use the Communicare data base to enter clinical information, monitor recalls & referrals.
  • Active participation in regular child health meetings to review and contribute to the child health service action plan and develop future activities.
  • Assess the holistic needs of individuals, families and population groups and refer to other services where appropriate.
  • Act as a Child Health resource person for staff and clients.
  • Supervise and assist junior staff in assessment of clients and correct use of clinic equipment.
  • Mentors, teaches and acts as a resource to others within scope of practice.
  • Monitor and ensure availability of supplies and equipment relevant to own clinical practice.
  • Liaise with line manager and medical staff on issues relating to clinic practice and safety. Instigates appropriate measures where applicable.
  • Collaborate with relevant agencies/services and act as a client advocate for the provision of early preventive and intervention programs to achieve desired health outcomes.
  • Provides formal reports, documentation and data as per organisation requirements.
  • Assist support and educate clients with research based best practice guidelines in relation to Breast Feeding.
  • Check, prepare and administer all medications in accordance with legislation and organisational policies and procedures.
  • Maintain legible, accurate, contemporaneous records of client care that have been signed and dated in line with organisational policies and procedures and legal requirements.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate client care activities through the use of clinical pathways, clinical outcome plans and risk assessment tools.
  • Manage unpredicted acute situations using advanced problem solving and clinical decision-making skills.
  • Support families during the antenatal and postnatal period with a focus on parenting information and education.
  • Identifies and develops service-based quality improvement activities.



  1. Current Registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a Registered Nurse and/or Midwife.
  2. Post graduate qualification in Child Health plus minimum 12 months experience working in the clinical area.
  3. Understanding of scope of practice in line with relevant state board.
  4. Good understanding and demonstrated participation in continuous quality improvement activities.
  5. Well-developed written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  6. Ability to work as a member of a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team.
  7. Experience in keeping detailed and accurate records by hard copy and electronic means.
  8. Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and security of records and information.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge and Understanding of Primary Health Care principles and social determinants of health.
  10. Knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety, Industrial Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity Legislation.


  1. Current WA driver’s license.
  2. Current WA Immunisation Certificate
  3. A National Police Clearance that is not older than six months and maintained every three (3) years from date of issue.
  4. A current Working with Children Check


  1. Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  2. Previous experience working within an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation.

next steps

A copy of the Job Description can be obtained by contacting People Services Team on 1300 420 272 or [email protected], using the subject line: Child Health Nurse enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is an equal opportunity institution, providing educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, colour, gender, age, or disability.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service reserves the right to contact the current or most recent employer and evaluate past employment records of applicants selected for interview.

The organisation reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay final selection if it is deemed that applicants for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is committed to a smoke free environment across all buildings, grounds and vehicles.

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