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Registered Midwife

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

Job Summary

The Registered Midwife will provide high quality and culturally appropriate midwifery care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, babies and children as they present to the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services Aboriginal Corporation (Derbarl).

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide midwifery care and intervention in the Derbarl clinic, home and community environment.
  • Conduct health assessments of individuals and groups presenting to the Derbarl Maternal and Child Health Program.
  • Assess and develop health care plans in consultation with the GP’s and other members of the Child Health Program team undertaking care planning and review.
  • Conduct health care/clinics including health screening/monitoring, antenatal and postnatal, infant maternal health care.
  • Consider the ongoing implications of the health of individuals and groups beyond the immediate episode of care.
  • Identify and provide comprehensive physical, psychosocial and emotional care for individuals and groups.
  • Participate, plan and evaluate preventative and health promotion programs.
  • Ensure that recall registers, systems and individual and group documentation are continuously reviewed to appropriate professional standards.
  • As a member of Derbarl’s clinical team, ensure the objectives of the clinic are met by providingholistic health care to all patients that is culturally appropriate and meets best practice.
  • Actively participate as a member of the Child and Maternal health team to ensure the delivery of quality comprehensive primary, emergency and related health services and programs to the clientele.
  • Demonstrate clinical skills for routine observations, wound management, taking of bloods, ECG and immunisations.
  • Refer to appropriate health professionals as required when further consultation is necessary.
  • Ensure all care is carried out in accordance with Derbarl clinical policy and procedures.
  • Commence the initial stages of the ATSI health check and other health assessments liaising with the GP for completion.
  • Maintain accurate documentation and records of all client encounters on Communicare.
  • Complete follow up and all overdue recalls for individual patients opportunistically or when identified by Communicare.
  • Provide health education and promotion by utilising available culturally appropriate resources such as pamphlets and brochures.
  • Ensure all clinical services are correctly claimed under the Medicare system.
  • Ensure that Derbarl and its clients benefit from all Medicare approved service opportunities.
  • Provide regular reports and data as required by the funding contracts.
  • Assist with minor procedures undertaken by Derbarl medical staff.
  • Ensure infection control standards are maintained.
  • Educate nurses, Aboriginal Health Practitioners/Workers and students as required.
  • Maintain client strict client confidentiality.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Essential

  • Registration with the Nurses and Midwives Registration Board of Western Australia (AHPRA) as a Midwife.
  • A sound understanding of community midwifery practice and allied health teams, including the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrable experience in community based, primary health maternal and child health care.
  • Demonstrable experience in working with pregnant women, newborns and infants.
  • Knowledge of health issues for Aboriginal children and families.
  • Experience in performing children’s health checks (0-5years).
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proven ability to be able to work within a team environment as well as independently.
  • Computer literacy skills, with the ability to use patient information systems e.g. Communicare.
  • Preparedness to continue training towards increasing competencies
  • Demonstrated organisational, planning and time management skills along with an ability to adapt to changing needs.
  • Ability to undertake triage of clients, in particular those presenting to the practice with acute or emergency problems.
  • Paediatric phlebotomy skills.

Desirable

  • Previous experience in community midwifery.
  • Knowledge of and certification in childhood immunisation practice.
  • Registered with the Nurses and Midwives Board as a Child Health Nurse and/or Registered Nurse.
  • Registered PAP smear provider.
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture, health and related issues and the ability to work effectively with Aboriginal peoples in a culturally safe manner.

Appointment Pre-requisites

Provision of the minimum identity proofing requirements

  • Successful Criminal Record Screening Clearance
  • Successful Pre-Employment Health Assessment
  • Current Working with Children Check
  • Evidence of a current C or C-A Class driver’s licence or other specialised licence class
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