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Aboriginal Health Practitioner – Purple House – Alice Springs

  • Free accommodation, utilities and internet
  • Support (leave and financial assistance) for further relevant study
  • A competitive remuneration package and relocation assistance

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Why Purple House?
Purple House began 21 years ago with a knock-out exhibition at the Art Gallery of NSW which raised over a million dollars. People from the remotest, most beautiful part of the desert, then used this money to develop their own organisation, with a culture of caring, compassion and determination.
At the time, the focus was to get family members home to Kintore on dialysis, for people to be looked after on country and to maintain the traditions of looking after country and passing on cultural heritage to future generations.
It took a little time…and a lot of hard work…but in 2004, Purple House started dialysis in Kintore, the first of its kind, and set a precedence for many others to follow.
Today, Purple House are proud to say that they have collaborated, supported and helped many communities to get their people home and now operate dialysis in 19 communities across the NT, SA and WA. They also run two mobile dialysis trucks, provide a range of support services, run a successful social enterprise and have big plans for more! Purple House have come a long way in 21 years!

What’s in it for you?
If you are looking for an approachable and communicative management team, an appreciation for who you are and what you bring to Purple House and the variety to work in a unit on your own or as part of a team then this could be the role for you. Working with Purple House not only offers rewarding career options, but a wide range of employee benefits including:

  • The chance to work “outside of the hospital environment” where you can work independently for a community-run healthcare provider
  • Support (leave and financial assistance) for further relevant study
  • A competitive remuneration package
  • Flights and transportation to and from your remote location
  • Free accommodation, utilities and internet
  • 35 days annual leave

What’s the role?
Purple House are after a self-motivated and hardworking Aboriginal Health Practitioner to join their Primary Health Care team in Alice Springs. As an AHP, you will be a key member of their Primary Health Care service, which is a small multi-disciplinary team providing culturally appropriate clinical care specifically for dialysis patients and their families. You will be central to maintaining cultural integrity and advocate strongly for their patients. You will maintain strong connections with external health services that recognise and respond to the social and cultural impacts on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
Responsibilities include, but not limited to-

  • Conducting patient assessments, treatment and referrals within scope of practice and in accordance with Primary Health Care Guidelines (CARPA manual)
  • Assisting in completing annual holistic health screening and chronic disease management plans in collaboration with patient and the GP
  • Assisting in coordinating internal GP, Allied health and specialist clinics and services for Purple House serviced patients
  • Scheduling and supporting patients to attend health care appointments as required
  • Advocating for patients and protect the rights of the individual
  • Providing health promotion and preventative health care advice to all patients

What do you need to apply?

  • A patient centred focus and eye on Purple House’s goal of getting people home on country
  • Being known for your compassion and empathy, a self-starter and being able to work autonomously
  • Ability to communicate with all sorts of people and being able think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems
  • Being culturally curious and have respect for culture and country
  • A flexible, good humoured and resilient style, and being passionate and ready for a challenge
  • A wealth of knowledge and experience in Indigenous chronic disease health care, bringing new ideas to the team
  • A Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care and registration with AHPRA as an ATSI Primary Health Practitioner

What’s it like living in Alice Springs?
Alice Springs is a small town of just 29,000 people located in the Red Centre of Australia, also known as the spiritual heartland of the country. With its dusty red earth, friendly locals and plunging skyline, you’ll not be disappointed by this remote town that punches way above its weight. Stunning landscapes, remote communities, and a unique pioneering history create a diverse and exhilarating destination to explore. A thriving, spirited outback centre, Alice Springs is as famous for the personality of its locals and contemporary and traditional art as the natural wonders, including the stunning Larapinta Trail and the MacDonnell Ranges, which surround it.

If this sounds like a role for you, we want to hear from you. APPLY TODAY by clicking the “Apply for this job” link
Applicants must address the selection criteria in a cover letter and provide a current CV along with contact details for at least 2 referees.
Want to find out more about this opportunity? Please contact Paul Wallwork on 08 8982 1011 or recruitment@ntphn.org.au

The Chief Health Officer Covid-19 Directions (No.55) 2021 (“the Directions”) made under the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 applies to workers in the role you are applying for and you will be requested to evidence your current COVID-19 vaccination status.

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Unlike other Primary Health Networks, we have a rural workforce agency. The Rural Workforce Agency NT attracts, recruits, and supports health professionals working across regional and remote communities in the NT. Support programs include orientation for new recruits, professional development, GP locum relief, grants and scholarships, workforce planning and advice, and practice management support.

Unlike other Primary Health Networks, we have a rural workforce agency. The Rural Workforce Agency NT attracts, recruits, and supports health professionals working across regional and remote communities in the NT. Support programs include orientation for new recruits, professional development, GP locum relief, grants and scholarships, workforce planning and advice, and practice management support.

Key Responsibilities, but not limited to:

To be considered for this oppertunity, you must meet the below essential criteria:

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Salary:

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Job Type:

Aboriginal Health

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