Goldfields - Ngaanyatjarra Lands

Vacancy Number: 2028

Mental Health Nurse

About the Role
  • New opportunity for an experienced Mental Health Nurse to join an aboriginal community controlled health service delivering effective Mental Health services to the Ngaanyatjarra communities.

    Ngaanyatjarra health service is an Aboriginal community controlled health service located in the Ngaanyatjarra land that strives to work with indigenous and non-indigenous people the malparara way [two-way learning] as a part of the Ngaanyatjarra community to promote the health and wellbeing of people in the Lands. The Ngaanyatjarra Lands cover a vast area of approximately 250,000km2 in the east of Western Australia, up to the Northern Territory and South Australian borders. The communities we service are scattered across the Great Victorian and Gibson Deserts. Approximately 2,000 Ngaanyatjarra people live in the communities on the Lands. Most people in the region speak Ngaanyatjarra as a first language. Some people may also speak English, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara, Noongar and other regional Indigenous languages.

    The Mental Health Nurse will provide mental health intervention, consultancy and liaison in relation to people with moderate to severe mental illness on the Ngaanyatjarra Lands.
Experience & Skills
  • Registered Nurse with AHPRA
  • Hold a postgraduate qualification in Mental Health such as credentialing as a Mental Health Nurse with ACMHN and/or experience in the provision of mental health care as a mental health nurse
  • Previous experience working in a remote area Indigenous Health Service with strong knowledge of Mental illnesses affecting Aboriginal people in remote communities
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate patient care with the ability to communicate effectively in a culturally appropriate way Proven ability to work collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary environment in a health setting
  • Experience in the delivery of mental health education / health promotion programs in a community setting(desirable)
  • National Police Check, Working with Children Check and must hold a current Australian Manual Drivers Licence with travel by 4WD or plane in remote areas required
What's on Offer
  • Permanent full time position based in Warburton
  • Base salary range $108,617 - $114,586 plus 9.5% superannuation
  • 6 weeks annual leave with 17.5% leave loading
  • $1,600 airfare allowance
  • Salary packaging available Applications close 17 June 2020
Practice Type Community Care
Full Time / Part Time Full time
Map of Goldfields

Goldfields

The Eastern Goldfields is the largest region in Western Australia. It covers almost one third of the State and has a population of about 54,000. More than half of the region’s residents live in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Esperance, on the southern coast, is the second largest centre with a population of around 13,000.

The Kalgoorlie region has been historically significant in the development of Western Australia, as the centre of the gold rush in the 1890s. As well as reminders of those times in the buildings and institutions around the city, there is still a plethora of natural bounty to be enjoyed in its eucalyptus forests, wide sweeping plains and abundance of wildlife. The cultural mix found in the region is also rich, with a melding of Indigenous and European heritages that has created an area of unique character. To the southern edge of the region the pristine beaches provide a stunning backdrop to Australia’s southern ocean, reached through a corridor of National Parks and wide swathes of unspoiled natural beauty.

The primary industries in the cooler southern part of the region are fishing and farming. The warm, dry northern areas are dominated by gold and nickel mining and industry-related services.

About 50 general practitioners work in the region across 22 practices, including Aboriginal Medical Services and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Kalgoorlie is well serviced by specialists.