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Chronic Disease Manager - Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service

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  • Are you an RN looking to move into a high-level leadership role, with all the support and tools you need to succeed?
  • Bring your clinical skills to a passionate medical service in a beautiful remote community!
  • Attractive remuneration ranging from $130,000 to $140,000 with a range of included benefits.

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service - Empowering community, health and identity

WAMS not only provides healthcare: it helps educate and support Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the community to care for their own health and improve their wellbeing, with many initiatives to help make healthy living more accessible. Their Healthy for Life program includes a market garden where clients and the community can have access to fresh fruit and vegetables grown on-site.

Services offered include public health, family health, sexual health, dental health, mental health and GP Clinical Services and a range of health programs, including drug and alcohol and limited health-related transport services.

WAMS have invested in state-of-the-art facilities that many urban locations lack. Staff and community members have access to a children's services area and a gymnasium, as well as a modern Chronic Diseases Building offering medical, optical, and dental care.

Be part of a multi-cultural team, live in a welcoming small town, and join a long-standing organisation that has been the life-breath of the Walgett community for more than 35 years.

About the Opportunity

Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (WAMS) has a fantastic opportunity for a full-time Chronic Disease Manager to join their team in Walgett, NSW.

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the successful applicant will be responsible for managing the Chronic Disease Building and Outreach program while ensuring quality person-centred nursing care through assessment, planning, and implementation in collaboration with multidisciplinary health care teams.

Core duties:

  • Ensure Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (WAMS) complies with its external regulatory requirements and internal policies and procedures;
  • Maintain the overall coordination and effective functioning of all Medicare administration processes within WAMS;
  • Ensure the WAMS Patient Information Management System (PIMS) “Communicare” has accurate data collection and entry for the National Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) required by the Department of Health (DOH);
  • Facilitate Allied Health visits to community members and outreach to surrounding communities;
  • Assist with continuous quality improvement and accreditation;
  • Collaborate with staff to ensure the Chronic Disease facility is well resourced and meeting the needs of the community; and
  • Monitor and mentor staff across various health services.

This role leads a number of WAMS' clinical teams and will need to effectively manage community outreach, fly-in specialists, and telehealth services across a number of clinical areas. There is a strong focus on primary healthcare, prevention management and holistic healthcare, so it is important in this role to embrace technology and adaptable methods of healthcare to promote healthy living in the communities.

About You

To be considered for this position you will be an AHPRA Registered Nurse with recognised tertiary qualifications and demonstrable clinical, chronic disease and managerial experience. Experience working in a remote area will also be highly regarded.

Key to your success will be an understanding of the primary health care system and issues relevant to closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including the ability to communicate and appropriately engage with Aboriginal clients.

In addition, the successful candidate will have strong organisational skills and the ability to adapt and effectively manage competing priorities. Leadership and effective communication skills and experience will also be highly valued and will help you hit the ground running in your new role.

Experience using the Communicare system and writing reports will be beneficial, but training will be provided on all systems.

Most importantly, WAMS is looking for a diligent, compassionate and responsible individual whose values align with that of the organisation. You'll be passionate about the work you do, and keen to work within a multidisciplinary team in order to achieve positive outcomes for the organisation and community.

People who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please note: You will need need to have or be willing to obtain a National Police Check and Working with Children clearances along with an unrestricted Australian Drivers License.

About the Benefits

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious and passionate Nurse to take on more leadership in a rewarding role with a long-standing organisation that contributes to the social and economic growth of the Walgett community.

Your full-time commitment will be rewarded with a salary package ranging from $130,000 - $140,000, negotiable with skills, experience and qualifications.

This salary package is inclusive of a range of fantastic benefits such as:

  • Subsidised modern housing close to the main centre and the medical centre;
  • 5 weeks annual leave;
  • $5000 Rural Doctors Network tax-free payment after 12 months in the role;
  • Salary sacrificing up to $15,000 per year; and
  • Negotiable relocation assistance.

In addition, you will be welcomed into a supportive and welcoming team that will listen to and value your ideas. This is an opportunity to make your mark on an established and highly respected community organisation, using your experience and skills to have a direct and positive impact on those within the Walgett shire.

Why work in Walgett?

Walgett is nestled in north-central New South Wales and is at the junction of the Barwon and Namoi rivers. It is also conveniently located on the Castlereagh Highway connecting Sydney and Brisbane, with a wide range of transport companies serving the township, in addition to an airfield.

With a population of 2,300, Walgett is a regional hub for the wool, wheat and cotton industries, bringing an influx of harvesters to the shire every year. It is also the gateway to the New South Wales opal fields.

Education throughout the Shire is provided by a range of high-quality schools, which offer distance education units to assist with education for rural and isolated families. Post secondary education is also offered by the Western Institute of TAFE, Walgett campus.

Walgett Shire offers a friendly relaxed lifestyle and there are many sporting and recreational pursuits available. Many people take advantage of the proximity of the Narran Lakes, while others take the opportunity to explore Australia's natural landscapes that seem a world away from the bustle of the city. If you're looking for a change of pace and the opportunity to gain a unique rural experience that few will ever encounter, this is the location for you.

Bring your nursing and managerial experience to this integral Aboriginal health organisation - Apply Now!

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