Kimberley - Derby

Vacancy Number: 1049

CKD Educator

About the Role
  • Vacancy for an experienced chronic kidney disease educator for an Aboriginal Medical Service in Derby. Clinical Practice: 1. Works closely with the multidisciplinary team of the Renal Health Centre to plan and deliver services for stage 1-3 CKD patients and their families. 2. Provide information and training for local service providers to raise awareness and understanding of the factors which lead to development of chronic kidney disease. 3. Support I assist local service providers to deliver appropriate education for individuals, clients and communities about strategies which are known to reduce the incidence of chronic kidney disease. 4. Support local primary health care services to educate individuals, families and communities about the importance of regular health checks, including screening for chronic disease and advice about addressing known risk factors 5. Provide education and support for health providers in the uptake of Kimberley Chronic Disease Therapeutic Protocols, in particular, the Proteinuria and Chronic Kidney Disease Protocols, and contribute to the annual review of these protocols 6. Work closely with health providers, particularly those with specific chronic disease roles and responsibilities, to ensure that local registers are maintained so that people identified with renal disease can be readily tracked, monitored and recalled for routine and specialist care 7. Engage with local health promotion activities to support the prevention of chronic disease in the region 8. Encourage and support local primary health care services to conduct regular audits to evaluate and improve the quality of care provided for people with CKD 9. Depending by which Renal Health Centre the KAMS clinic is serviced by provide specific one-to-one support and training for the KAMS Clinics Aboriginal Health Worker with Chronic Disease Program responsibility, in all aspects of renal health prevention/ education, screening and care. 10. Contribute to the education of Aboriginal Health Workers through the KAMS Health School as required 11. Identify gaps in available resources to support preventive renal health education 12. Where gaps are identified, support service providers and communities to develop locally­ appropriate renal health education resources. Where required, assist services and I orcommunities to identify potential sources of additional funding in order to do so. 13. Externally contribute to the provision of regular CKD education programs and in-service programs for regional health staff. 14. Internally contribute to the provision of regular CKD education programs and in-service programs for Renal Health Centre staff 15. Perform health promotion of kidney disease to local schools and engages in activities with external services to deliver this service 16. Assist in the coordination of CKD clinics Development & Maintenance of Clinical Standards: 1. Promote the values, mission and goals of the KRS and constantly work towards their achievement. 2. Be responsible for having a good understanding of the Renal Health Centre service description in order to develop new resources in line with contractual requirements . 3. Assist in the development of policies and procedures for the KRS CKD position as required and in line with Kimberley conditions . 4. Assist in the development and maintenance of the KRS database . 5. Contribute to annual review of clinical policies and procedures in conjunction with the Renal Service Centre manager and /or team. 6. Support management to promote cost effective practices. Workforce Development: 1. Be responsible (when required) for assisting management with orientation of new staff at the Renal Health Centre. 2. Be available to meet annually with manager to carry out a performance appraisal. 3. Monitor self-progress against workforce development plan. 4. Participate in ongoing professional development programs to maintain and improve service. related skills and knowledge. Service Planning and Reporting: 1. Attend and participate in regular team meetings 2. Where advised participate in the development, implementation and review of the KRSS implementation plan in line with the KAMS strategic business plan 3. Strict adherence to completion of all reports required by management 4. Participate in other KAMS planning meetings as deemed necessary by management. Other 1. Comply with relevant legislation, including Equal Employment Opportunity , Disability Services and Occupational Health and Safety legislation, as well as professional standards and award provisions. 2. Undertake other duties at the request of the manager.
Experience & Skills
  • Essential: • Eligible for registration with the national nurses board Australia • Experienced Registered Nurse with a minimum 3 years' experience in the renal field • Commitment to the philosophy and practice of Aboriginal Community Control • Effective communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to operate within a multidisciplinary team • Self-motivated with an ability to work independently • Highly developed organisational, decision making and problem solving skills • Demonstrated ability to provide effective training and education across a range of settings , including both service providers and consumers • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, experience with database systems and report writing skills • High level integrity in maintaining patient and organisational confidentiality • Ability to travel around the region as required by road and/or small planes • Current National Police Clearance • Current C class drivers licence • Current knowledge of Equal Opportunity and OSH legislation Desirable: • Postgraduate nephrology qualification • Experience working within Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations • Cert IV in Training and Assessment or working towards • Working with Children clearance
Practice Type Community Care
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Map of Kimberley


The Kimberley is located in the north-west region of Western Australia. It covers an area of 421,451 square kilometres, an area three times the size of England, but is home to only 35,748 people. A relatively high proportion of the residents are Aboriginal Australians. The population swells seasonally with an influx of tourists and a mobile working population.

The major towns of the Kimberley include Broome and Derby on the west coast, with Kununurra and Wyndham in the east. Within this vast landscape there is a huge diversity of scenery to be explored and adventures to be experienced. Broome enjoys a laid-back tropical ambience whilst the ranges of the East Kimberley showcase the awe-inspiring grandeur and beauty that nature has created. Venturing into this land imparts a unique sense of connection with an ancient and unspoiled part of Australia. Travels across the Kimberley will yield tropical beaches, rugged ranges, spectacular gorges, waterfalls, caves, pockets of lush rainforest and an astounding variety of wildlife.

The region has a thriving economy, based on both tourism and the richness of its natural resources. It enjoys regular commercial flights from Perth and interstate capital cities. The Kimberley has a tropical summer and dry winter and this diverse climate changes the landscape from season to season.

There are approximately 70 general practitioners including GP registrars in the region, nine in private practice, 33 in Aboriginal Medical Services, two in the Royal Flying Doctor Service and 26 hospital based general practitioners.