Katungul Aboriginal Corporation Regional Health and Community Services is a not-for-profit organisation providing culturally attuned, integrated health and community services on the Far South Coast of New South Wales. Katungul is managed by a Chief Executive Officer reporting to an elected Board of Directors.
Katungul provides a broad range of services including:
- Primary Health Care
- Child and Maternal Health
- Oral Health
- Mental Health
- Emotional Health
- Alcohol and Drug Services
- Integrated Team Care (ITC)
About the role
The Practice Nurse is responsible for ensuring that high quality health care services are provided to Katungul clients attending the clinic and associated outreach venues. This role includes oversight of all clinical operations based at the branch including risk management, planning, reporting, and management of a multidisciplinary team.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- In conjunction with the Senior Clinical Manager and General Practitioners ensure the effective management of Primary Health services to ensure the delivery of best practice quality services, effective forward service planning, meeting of targets and management of priorities.
- Provide daily support to clinical staff in addressing challenging and complex problems and act as a source of guidance for such staff.
- Ensure that the Practice operates in accordance with relevant government legislation and AGPAL accreditation.
- Identify and develop opportunities for integrated service delivery and pathways of care to improve access with and from existing Katungul services.
- Cultivate productive working relationships at all levels, which support the nurturing of internal and external relationships, facilitates cooperation, trust and respect, values differences and diversity and guides, mentors and focuses on the development of staff.
- Assist clinical staff to achieve excellence in work practices including engagement, case note writing, coordinating care, boundary setting, time management, follow-up, active listening skills, self-awareness, persuasion and social perceptiveness.
- Support other clinical staff within Katungul in relation to their training and development as health practitioners.
- Provide clinical services within specified area of accreditation.
Clinical nursing services
- Deliver nursing services to clients using a evidence based and trauma informed approach, and in a culturally appropriate manner
- Assist the GPs with procedures and collaborate closely with GPs on care of clients e.g. follow up and referrals and assist in the case management of clients
- Actively promote and book Health Assessments and TCA/GPMP’s consistent with set criteria as per clinical guidelines
- Participate in chronic disease management, follow up and care planning of clients with case managers
- Perform routine pathology tests, screening and other duties such as ABI, foot checks, spirometry and ECGs etc
- Manage wound care consistent with current best practice standards and evidence-based care
- Manage immunisations including the register, auditing and ordering
- Provide advice, education and referrals as necessary
- Provide and initiate other primary health care clinical services as required and necessary
- Manage recalls and reminders for the clinic including daily urgent recalls, ensuring all recalling of patients for treatments is up to date at all times.
- Understand billing options and assist in maximising MBS item numbers billed within the clinic including follow up items from the nurse
- Ensure that all relevant information is documented to support Medicare billing as relevant to the duties performed, and is complete and accurate at all times
- Observe child protection legislation and mandatory reporting obligations in all work with clients
- Oversee monthly audit of supplies and consumables
- Oversee prompt ordering of supplies as per clinic guidelines
- Oversee maintenance and yearly calibrations of all medical equipment within the Branch
- Participate and provide mentoring to staff as required
- Assist and participate in patient advocacy within the clinic
- Ensure that the integrity of all immunisations is maintained
- Understand cold chain management and maintain the cold chain
- Understand and uphold all policies and NHMRC guidelines in respect to vaccine storage and management
- Adhere to infection control principles, policies and procedures at all times
- Educate staff on the principles, policies and procedures of infection control
- Sterilise used instruments according to best practice standards and Australian guidelines
- Ensure all clinical rooms are clean and ready for clients to use
- Educate and enforce infection control policies and procedure within the clinical setting
- Educate internal and external workers on issues relevant to the health of Aboriginal people
- Provide education to clients and community on care, chronic disease management and health prevention
- Promote cooperative and collaborative working relationships with other health service providers and Aboriginal community organisations in the area
- With the Clinical Manager participate in clinical research/needs assessments as required
- Participate in events, activities and programs relevant to the health of Aboriginal people
- Ensure that Nursing targets and KPI’s are achieved in line with Katungul’s funding agreement and National Key Performance Indicators
- Assist with creating, maintaining and updating policies and procedures within the clinical setting
- Maintain standards as per Accreditation requirements e.g. AGPAL and QIC
- Work with the Clinical Manager to address any anticipated or actual difficulty in achieving KPI’s
- Submit regular and accurate service data in accordance with policy and funding requirements
- Provide regular reports to the Clinical Manager regarding clinical health statistics
- Participate in Clinical Meetings and Stream Meetings
- Qualified as a Registered Nurse.
- To be appropriately accredited with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
- Demonstrated experience in a Primary Health Care setting, including high-level competency with conducting ATSI Health Assessments.
- Previous experience working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.
- Demonstrated ability to meet targets and performance outcomes.
- Ability to lead, guide and manage people including the implementation of continuous quality improvement initiatives, cultural change and change management opportunities.
- Ability to adapt to position specific computer programs.
- Authority to Immunise or willingness to obtain.
- Ability to travel across Katungul’s footprint and work across all clinic sites.
- Ability to travel out of the area, including overnight stays to complete training or other professional development activities as required.
- Covid vaccination.
- This position requires that the worker possess an NSW unrestricted Driver License.
- A current Working With Children Check and a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (Police Check) clearance.
- Must be able to do a pre-employment medical as well as a drug and Alcohol screening test and random testing as per company policy.
If you feel you meet the above criteria, please apply for an initial confidential discussion.