Paul Wallwork – Why I work for NT PHN

Paul Wallwork – Why I work for NT PHN
Paul Wallwork is the Workforce Nursing Consultant with NT PHN

The health and wellbeing of Territorians is important to us, and that begins with our employees.

In this series, we ask some of our employees to share their experience working with us and living in the Northern Territory.

Meet Paul Wallwork. Paul has been our Nursing Workforce Consultant for 14 months, a role that sees him communicate directly with health care practitioners and clinics right across the Territory. Let’s hear from Paul.

Paul: Hi, my name is Paul Wallwork, and I am the Nursing Workforce Consultant at NT PHN.

My job in a nutshell is to develop and grow the Northern Territory’s primary health care workforce.

I work closely with private practices, Aboriginal community-controlled health services, and not-for-profit organisations to attract and retain staff in this important sector. I also assist nurses, midwives, and health practitioners find fulfilling careers across the diverse regions of the Northern Territory, from Darwin City to rural and remote communities such as Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands.

It is gratifying working alongside the nurses, midwives, and health practitioners we recruit, who are exemplars in their profession and whose efforts make a significant difference to the health and wellbeing of Territorians every single day. Many come from other states and territories, and most of the recruitment and logistics happen over the phone. It is one of my great pleasures when I can travel and meet with them in person to see if I can provide further support while they are out in communities.

No two days are the same–I often adjust my approach to fit with the time, the place, the purpose, and the people. There are many different reasons why someone chooses to live and work in the Northern Territory, and it is rewarding to play a part in someone’s next chapter of their career.

Building Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the health sector is another critical part of my job. We recently partnered with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress for their 2-year Aboriginal Primary Health Care Graduate Nursing Program. This is where we place graduates in remote clinics and hospitals to gain valuable experience in the field and a graduate certificate in Remote Health Practice with Flinders University.

I find that everyone that works at NT PHN is dedicated, passionate and committed, and we all work together with the common goal of improving health outcomes for everyone living in the Territory.

Primary health care services in the Territory are growing rapidly and so are we.

If you are progressive, innovative and a critical thinker, join NT PHN today and make a real difference in the lives of all Territorians.

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