Pilbara - South Hedland

Vacancy Number: 957

Midwife

About the Role
  • The Community Midwife is part of the Clinical Services Team of Wirraka Maya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation. The Service objective is to provide holistic, primary health care services to the Aboriginal people in Port Hedland, South Hedland and surrounding areas of the Pilbara region. The role of the Community Midwife is to improve health outcomes for Aboriginal people through the provision of culturally sensitive pre-natal and antenatal care to expectant or new mothers. The Child and Maternal service relies on a partnership between WA Health, maternity and community based services and Wirraka Maya. The Community Midwife promotes access to paediatric services.
Experience & Skills
  • SKILLS, EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES ? AHPRA registration as Registered Nurse and Midwife ? Motivation to provide service excellence ? Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team ? Demonstrated capacity to work in a collaborative manner with staff ? Excellent oral and interpersonal communications skills ? Demonstrated ability to problem solve issues on a day-to-day basis ? Ability to discuss and explain complex issues to clients and their guardians ? 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 children ? Commitment to ongoing participation in education, professional development, evidence based research and quality assurance
Practice Type Community Care
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Map of Pilbara

Pilbara

The Pilbara is located about 1600 kilometres north of Perth, in the north-west region of Western Australia, with an area of around 500,000 square kilometres and a population of approximately 40,000 people. The primary towns are Karratha and Port Hedland on the coast, and Tom Price and Newman inland.

An area of rugged beauty, the Pilbara has a vast coastal plain, spectacular inland ranges and an arid desert region reaching into the centre of Australia. It is characterised by the rich red hues of its landscape, imparted by the abundance of natural riches in its reserves of iron ore. Mining and offshore oil and gas exploration have given rise to the Pilbara’s economic boom in recent years, drawing large numbers of people to the region on both a temporary and permanent basis.

It has a tropical, semi-desert climate with a mainly summer rainfall associated with thunderstorms. From October to April temperatures throughout the region generally exceed 32 degrees celsius every day, sometimes topping 40 degrees, particularly in inland areas.

There are approximately 46 doctors working in the region in various areas, including general practices, Aboriginal Medical Services, hospitals and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.