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Manager - Aboriginal Health - Darwin / Alice Springs

Northern Territory Primary Health Network

Northern Territory PHN leads the development and coordination of an equitable, comprehensive primary health care system and an engaged health workforce driven by community needs.

  • Salary:  $120,908 + super
  • Benefits:  Generous salary packaging, six weeks annual leave and flexible working arrangements
  • Location:  Darwin or Alice Springs
  • Maximum Term Contract Until 30 JUNE 2022

Special Measures: NT PHN values diversity and aims for a workforce which is representative of the population we serve. Therefore, under a Special Measures recruitment plan, this position is only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants who meet all the essential selection criteria and are suitable at the position level.


The Manager Aboriginal Health provides a key leadership and advisory role in supporting NT PHN’s work of improving health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. This role will have a key focus on building and maintaining effective and collaborative partnerships and engagement with external stakeholders in Aboriginal Health and include management of a team across NT locations. The role will actively participate and provide strategic advice to Aboriginal Health advisory committees and working groups as required and will work collaboratively and effectively with leadership and all internal staff by contributing to NT PHN’s continued development and continuous improvement in the implementation of the organisation’s Reconciliation Action Plan deliverables.


This role will suit an experienced manager with excellent skills in building strong and collaborative stakeholder relationships combined with a good understanding of the primary health care sector and local/national reforms contributing to the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the NT.

If you have the following skills and experience, then this may be the job for you:

  • Postgraduate qualifications or significant progress towards qualifications and/or extensive relevant experience in areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, Health Policy, Health Management or Community Development.
  • Superior interpersonal oral and written communication and relationship building skills with a proven ability to build collaborative partnerships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders including Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations and community members and in environments requiring cultural understanding and sensitivity. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of the comprehensive primary health care sector especially in relation to culturally safe and secure Aboriginal Health and rural and remote health service models with a sound knowledge of the Northern Territory health system and associated priority health needs. 
  • Excellent leadership and management skills with a track record in the development of high performing teams across dispersed regions. 
  • A high level of current knowledge in relation to national and Territory health reforms and frameworks (such as the National Agreement on Closing the Gap, National Social Emotional Wellbeing Framework and NT Aboriginal Health Plan) impacting on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.


  • Working for NT PHN means being a part of an organisation with a bigger picture purpose to improve health care outcomes for Territorians
  • Enjoy up to $15,990 of salary sacrifice and a generous base salary
  • Enjoy a vast, fast paced and challenging work environment where you will work as a part of a dynamic, supportive and collaborative team
  • Enjoy flexible working arrangements, work life balance and a positive, professional work culture
  • Receive 6 weeks leave per annum
  • Enjoy the opportunity to develop your skills, knowledge and career
  • Join an organisation focused on working towards being an equal opportunities employer and future employer of choice in the Northern Territory
  • Have the freedom to apply innovative and creative thinking
  • Enjoy bring your dog to work Fridays.


NT PHN is committed to undertaking all work within a culturally inclusive, sensitive and safe framework that supports Reconciliation. The NT PHN Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan shows our commitment and dedication to embedding reconciliation initiatives into business and our everyday work.

The filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) and s 57 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1996 (NT).

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants who meet all the essential selection criteria and are suitable at the level of the position.


Applicants are required to provide a current CV and cover letter addressing all key responsibilities and essential criteria of the role as outlined in the role description (max 4 pages) attached. For further information about the role, visit our website https://www.ntphn.org.au/position/ for the role description or call Le Smith, Executive Manager Health Commissioning on 08 8982 1037.

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