CHILD HEALTH NURSE

FULLTIME

Clinical Services Team

The Child Health Nurse is part of the Clinical Services Team of Mawarnkarra Health Service. The Service objective is to provide holistic, primary health care services to Aboriginal people of the West Pilbara region.

LOCATION
20 Sholl Street, Roebourne, WA 6718.

LINE MANAGER

Senior Medical Officer

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

37.5 hours per week Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:45pm with 45 minutes (unpaid) for lunch daily. You are to be ready for work no later than 8:30am daily.

Conditions of employment are identified in your contract for employment.

All Mawarnkarra employees are required to comply with all policies in force at the time of commencement of employment and those implemented from time to time.

As part of the orientation program, employees are required to sign declarations and agreement pursuant to policies of the Health Service.

This role requires a qualified Child Health Nurse with a demonstrated commitment to ongoing education and advanced qualifications.

POSITION OBJECTIVE

The role of the Child Health Nurse is to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people through the effective planning and delivery of culturally sensitive care to women and their children to 16 years of age.

The Child Health Nurse is required to work in conjunction with the clinic playing a role in screening and assessing day to day paediatric presentations as part of the general practice team.

The Child Health Nurse works in partnership with the midwife to promote children progressing, postnatal + 6 weeks into the care and support of the child development program.

The service specific outcome of the Child Development and Maternal Health programs is for Aboriginal children to have increased access to timely and relevant health services that support their growth and development with a focus on closing the gap. Both programs share a common resource in the Community Support Worker.

Outcomes of both programs are also benchmarked against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health performance framework national key performance indicators and other nationally recognised benchmarks.

SELECTION CRITERIA, SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Demonstrated ability to develop, coordinate and manage a program
  • Ability to follow and meet program performance objectives in line with funding agreements
  • Motivation to provide service excellence
  • Qualified nurse prescriber
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • – History Taking
    – Diagnosis

  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a collaborative manner with staff
  • Good oral and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated Ability to asses patients results
  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve on a daily basis
  • Ability to discuss and explain complex issues to clients
  • Ability to refer to specialists
  • Demonstrated high level of clinical skills relevant to the position
  • A demonstrated understanding of the issues and barriers that impact upon the health outcomes of Aboriginal women and children
  • Commitment to ongoing participation in education, professional development, evidence based research and quality assurance

DUTIES

1. Clinical services:

  • Provide education and support to clients
  • Provide a high level of clinical monitoring and intervention and refer to independent medical services as seen fit
  • Ensure children 0-5 years of age are meeting the Western Australian paediatric immunisation schedule
  • Ensure annual ATSI health checks for children 0 -16 years of age are optimised
  • Support Doctors with developing care plans for children with chronic illnesses
  • Provide leadership in the delivery of clinical services
  • Provide mentorship to other team members
  • Model best practice evidence based care
  • Facilitate health checks of children 5yrs and under

2. Program implementation and management:

  • Ensure a clear understanding of Mawarnkarra key performance indicators pursuant to contractual obligations for funding of the position
  • Achieve the key performance indicators for the Child Development program
  • Identify children with developmental delay and ensure engagement with NDIS early interventions
  • Work with the Midwife in planning and implementing a program that will facilitate optimal outcomes against key performance indicators
  • Work with the Midwife and support worker to facilitate the education of staff on issues relevant to the health of child health clients
  • Promote cooperative and collaborative working relationships with other health service providers in the area

3. Reporting and health data responsibilities:

  • Maintain accurate clinical documentation at all times
  • Ensure that data is at all times accurate, complete and up to date
  • Ability to learn and use Communicare including generating reports relevant to child health activities

4. Quality improvement activities:

  • Take an active role in continual quality improvement in the delivery of client services
  • Ensure all standards are maintained consistent with evidence based best practice standards as applicable to the role of Child Health Nurse

5. Professional responsibilities:

  • Work in collaboration with the Midwife and Senior Medical Officer
  • Maintain the highest standards of professional conduct
  • Participate in and contribute to the successful outcomes of the organisation
  • Participate in research activities within the services as required
  • Participate in maintaining a safe working environment

EDUCATION

Attend and participate in the professional development program and relevant external seminars and conferences, as approved.

OTHER RELEVANT INFORMATION

Performance will be appraised on an on-going basis and formally at the first 3 months and annually thereafter.

Consent to undergo a Working With Children Check and a National Police Certificate. Employment is conditional pending the outcome of these checks.

Current Drivers Licence.

All employees are subject to regular random drug and alcohol testing.

Please email your resume and application for a role through to hrofficer@mhs.org.au. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Should we progress your application to interview, we will contact you to arrange.

MHS may commence appointment proceedings immediately, appoint by invitation or make no appointment at all. This opportunity is only open to candidates with the right to work in Australia. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

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