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Dental Assistant - Community Liaison - Katherine

Wurli Wurlinjang Health Service
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About Us

Wurli-Wurlinjang Health Service is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation delivering primary and clinical health care services to the Aboriginal people in Katherine and surrounding communities in a style and manner that makes clients feel welcome and comfortable.

Services include acute and general care, chronic disease, alcohol and other drugs, social and emotional wellbeing and client support services. In late 2020, Wurli expanded its primary oral health care services to include dental care to provide accessible primary oral health care to our clients.

About Katherine

Katherine is a fantastic hub town of approximately 10,000 people from all walks of life. Katherine is the gateway to Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmuk in the Top End. There are hot springs, camping, art, culture and more to enjoy in your free time and the coffee and cafes are as good as any capital city. Katherine is great for sports like gym, cycling or hiking, and fishing is top-notch. Convenient online shopping and virtual streaming brings the rest of the world to you and keeps you connected. Darwin is only an easy 3-hour drive away.

About the Role

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply.

The Dental Assistant - Community Liaison position will provide the Dental Practitioner and the Dental Assistant (Clinical) with a range of supporting administrative functions whilst providing front office (telephone and reception) services and client liaison services as necessary for the program.

This role is required to deliver culturally appropriate support for identified clients within the community in accordance with the relevant service outcomes and act as a role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by modelling appropriate healthy lifestyle behaviour within a harm minimisation and reduction framework.

The role of the Dental Assistant – Community Liaison will also include:

  • Complete reception duties including greeting clients, answering the phone, coordinating appointments and referrals, ensuring client data is updated and uploaded into the electronic health record
  • Providing assistance to the dental practitioner and dental assistant (clinical) to carry out dental procedures on clients
  • Preparing dental instruments for sterilisation in accordance with standard infection control procedures
  • Using the electronic health record (Communicare) and dental practice management program (Titanium) for recording and reporting purposes
  • Liaising with clients to coordinate their arrival for dental care and ease of access to referral services

Applicants must be able to demonstrate:

  • An understanding of Aboriginal Culture relevant to Katherine town and local communities
  • Sound literacy skills, including computer literacy
  • Current National Police Records Check and Working with Children’s Clearance
  • Current Northern Territory Driver’s License
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate

Applications will be assessed as received.

To apply for this job please submit your online application by clicking on the "Apply Now" button.

If you have any queries regarding this position please contact a member of the Human Resource team on 08 8972 9129 or email hr@wurli.org.au using the subject line: Dental Assistant - Community Liaison - Katherine enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Please note: It is a requirement that prior to commencing in this role, you must possess a Working with Children (Ochre Card), a National Criminal History Check (within 3 months) and a current Northern Territory manual driver’s licence.

Experience of working closely with and having a strong understanding of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture would be considered an advantage.

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