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This weeks featured jobs on our NACCHO Job Alert

1. Apunipima Cape York Health Council : Chief Executive Officer Closing 31 March

2.Apunipima Cape York Health Council : Director Clinical Services

3. Community Liaison Officer –  Gidgee Healing Closes 22nd March 2017

4. Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Worker : Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service

5. Youth Policy Officer  : Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia Close 23 March

6.Urapuntja Health Service :  3 positions currently available : No closing date

7. Aboriginal Health Scholarships : Win a HESTA scholarship : Closes March 20 



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1. Apunipima Cape York Health Council : Chief Executive Officer

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is committed to the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to ensure positive health outcomes for the people of Cape York. By tailoring its focus to each individual community, this organisation provides holistic health services, supporting individuals and families across the region. As part of their commitment to the region, the Board of Directors is seeking to appoint a new CEO to lead the organisation with a focus on continued and sustainable growth.

Based in Cairns and managing a diverse team of over 160 staff delivering services to 11 remote Cape York Communities, this role will focus on harnessing the organisation’s 23 years of experience in advocacy and service delivery as well as seeking new opportunities to support the existing client base.

The CEO will be particularly focused on developing the organisation’s capability and driving outcomes to achieve a more innovative primary health care health service. Key to the role are strong people leadership, commercial decision making in a not for profit environment, and the ability to build and maintain high level relationships to maximise the benefit to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as well as the individuals utilising its services.

Apunipima Cape York Health Council is looking for an Executive with a proven commercial success, strong stakeholder engagement and outstanding leadership skills. The successful applicant will be required to demonstrate a commitment to ensuring improved outcomes for the people of Cape York as well as experience in the management of health services or related industries.

Confidential enquiries can be directed to Ryan Webster on 07 3003 7731.

To apply or request an information pack please email

Applications close on Friday 31st March 2017.

Reference Number: 183587A_148904451643755
Contact Details: Ryan Webster

2. Apunipima Cape York Health Council : Director Clinical Services Close 24 March

An exciting opportunity is available to work as part of the Apunipima Cape York Health Council senior executive team, as our Director Clinical Services. This integral role will work collaboratively with the executive team to provide clinical leadership within the organisation, particularly in the area of clinical governance, supporting the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to the community of Cape York.

The key responsibilities for the role include, but are not limited to:

  • The development, coordination, implementation and evaluation of all clinical governance and risk management systems and policies within the organisation
  • Working within the executive team to ensure effective planning, implementation and evaluation processes support the delivery of evidence based, best practice medical services, in line with community health plans and contractual obligations
  • Development and maintenance of effective collaborative partnerships and strategic alliances with key external stakeholders, including Cape wide clinical governance collaborations
  • Provide support to the development and implementation of model of care/care pathways, assisting with the development of relevant frameworks and evaluation tools
  • Oversee high quality evidence based care delivery and activities of medical staff to ensure optimal patient outcomes

How do I apply?

To apply for this role please visit our web site Please note: applicants will be required to address selection criteria as part of the application process for this position

Download this position here NACCHO Job alert Mar 8 Apunipima

3. Community Liaison Officer –  Gidgee Healing Closes 22nd March 2017

Work Type/s: Full Time

Location: Regional QLD .

Applications close: 22 March, 2017.

Primary Health Care Be a part of Primary Health Care excellence in remote Australia Excellent salary package and remote living allowances

We are looking for the right person to take advantage of this exciting opportunity in remote Australia.

About us: Gidgee Healing is an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service that provides a broad range of primary health care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing in the Mt Isa, North West and Lower Gulf regions of Queensland.

Gidgee Healing is currently expanding the delivery of its Primary Health Care Services across the Lower Gulf region, to include the communities of Normanton, Mornington Island, Doomadgee and Burketown.

The opportunity: If you are an exceptional Community Liaison Officer inspired by the task of providing high quality health services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure they are able to access the best possible care and support – then we want to hear from you!

If you are the right person for this role, you will be committed to the philosophy and practice principles of an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service and will have the knowledge, experience and personal character to work with Aboriginal communities, families and individuals in culturally appropriate manner.

This role will be responsible for developing and implementing local community engagement strategies to actively increase awareness, access to and uptake of health services with the aim of achieving the best possible health outcomes for the Normanton community, with a particular emphasis on the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The role will entail service delivery across a variety of platforms, including clinic-based and community-based settings and may also include some outreach service delivery.

You will have strong interpersonal communication skills; and a demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working partnerships with community and other stakeholders. If you are someone who possesses these attributes and has a genuine commitment to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Lower Gulf region, we look forward to hearing from you.

The lifestyle: The township of Normanton offers a relaxed and casual lifestyle, with wealth of camping and exploring, scenic national parks, gorges, as well as pristine river, lake and open water fishing and recreation. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. How to apply for this job

To obtain a copy of the Application Information and Position Description, please contact Bronwyn Morgan on Ph. (07) 4743 6681 or email:, using the subject line: Community Liaison Officer enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applications are to be received by COB Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

4. Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Worker : Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service

The Illawarra Aboriginal Medical Service provides health and community services to the local Indigenous community.

The AOD Worker will work in a highly skilled team to deliver quality care to drug and alcohol clients.

Essential criteria:

  • Minimum of Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in the Community Services field specific to Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Demonstrated knowledge of case management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of treatment models
  • Proven ability in delivering presentations and facilitating group work
  • Proven ability in counselling single clients, couples and families, inclusive of youth
  • Demonstrated ability to use computer programs such as Microsoft Office, as well as the ability to gain necessary skills to utilise position specific programs
  • Current Drivers Licence
  • Working with Children Check


  • Knowledge of local AOD issues in Indigenous people

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

To apply for this position, please forward your Cover Letter, Selection Criteria Statement and Resume to

Applications will close at 5pm on Friday 31 March 2017
A criminal record check will be carried out on successful applicant.
Applications that do not address the Selection Criteria will not be considered.
Previous applicants need not apply.


5. Youth Policy Officer  : Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia Close 23 March

Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Community Development, Health Promotion, Indigenous, Policy & Research, Youth
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Perth

Applications close: 23 March, 2017.

About the Organisation

AHCWA is the peak body for the 22 Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services (ACCHSs) in Western Australia. We are an evolving organisation that acts as a forum to lead the development of Aboriginal Health policy, to influence and monitor performance across the health sector, to advocate for and support community development and capacity building in Aboriginal Communities.

We advocate for the rights and entitlements of all Aboriginal people throughout Western Australia, at a local, regional, State and National level.

To find out more please visit our website here.

About the Opportunity 

AHCWA has an exciting opportunity for a Youth Policy Officer to join our team in Highgate, Perth, on a full-time, fixed term basis.

As the Youth Policy Officer, you will ensure that the youth perspective is heard and reflected in relevant policy development and future program planning within the sector.

Working within the Policy team, your responsibilities will include (but not be limited to) the following:

  • Engaging with Aboriginal youth, youth services and other stakeholders to lead/ assist with policy analysis and development
  • Researching, evaluating and advising on current health related issues and youth affairs affecting youth within Aboriginal communities across Western Australia
  • Promoting the expansion of AHCWA’s current network of young Aboriginal people and expanding AHCWA’s youth representation on relevant consultative committees and working groups across WA
  • Providing input into the development, implementation, review and evaluation of an Aboriginal Youth Health strategy for AHCWA, in conjunction with the youth network and AHCWA’s senior management team
  • Assisting AHCWA in securing funding to ensure the sustainability of AHCWA’s Youth program and in particular to implement initiatives identified within the Youth Strategy
  • Establishing and coordinating the Aboriginal Youth Project Reference Group

To view the full position description, please click here

To be successful in this position you will have a relevant qualification or experience in a relevant field, experience in the formulation, analysis and evaluation of policy focusing on youth topics and previous experience in policy and program development, implementation, evaluation and review.

You will have an understanding of the issues that impact on young Aboriginal people in urban, regional and remote communities. Your strong interpersonal, communication and organisational skills will enable you to strengthen existing community partnership, establish and sustain stakeholder relationships, determine priorities and manage workloads in order to meet agreed timelines and achieve results.

Most importantly, you must be able to effectively communicate, promote and uphold AHCWA’s initiatives and values.

About the Benefits

AHCWA is committed to recognising and rewarding its employees. An attractive remuneration package, salary sacrificing benefits and additional leave entitlements is on offer. In addition, you will have access to a number of fantastic benefits including health and well being initiatives and a flexible and family friendly work environment.

How to apply for this jobApply here

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 10am Thursday 23rd March 2017
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6.Urapuntja Health Service :  3 positions currently available

The Urapuntja Community is situated on the Sandover Highway some 280 km north east of Alice Springs. Urapuntja Community comprises 16 Outstation communities spread out over some 3230 square km of desert. There are some 900 people who are mainly Anmatyerre and Alyawarra speaking people. Distances to the outstations vary from 5 to 100 kms from the clinic.

Note to above :

Urapuntja Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is celebrating 40 years of service. To mark the occasion we are planning events on the 28th of July 2017. We are also on the hunt for photo’s and stories documenting our history and would greatly appreciate you forwarding this to anyone you may know that has contributed to the success of our service.
For further information and to register interest please contact

Urapuntja Health Service developed from many years of negotiations by Aboriginal people to have their own health service.

Urapuntja is a community controlled health service with a Board of Directors which is elected from and by the community at the Annual General Meeting held each year. The Directors meets regularly to discuss issues and make decisions relevant to the Organisation.


Remote Area Midwife
Location Amengernternenh Community, Utopia, NT
12 month limited term contract full time (38 hours p.w.)
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General Practitioner
Location Amengernternenh Community, Utopia, NT
12 month limited term contract full time (38 hours p.w.)
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Remote Area Nurse
Location Amengernternenh Community, Utopia, NT
12 month limited term contract full time (38 hours p.w.)
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7. Aboriginal Health Scholarships : Win a HESTA scholarship to Rural Health Conference Cairns

Indigenous health students are encouraged to apply for a new scholarship to attend the National Rural Health Conference in Cairns, from 26-29 April 2017.

The scholarship covers return airfares to Cairns, four nights’ accommodation and conference registrations fees. “

The conference, hosted by the National Rural Health Alliance, is Australia’s pre-eminent event for people committed to better health and wellbeing in rural and remote communities.

Keynote speakers include Janine Mohamed, CEO of the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives, and Dr Mark Wenitong, Medical Director of the Apunipima Cape York Health Council.

There are 10 conference scholarships, provided by HESTA super fund in partnership with Rural Health Workforce Australia. They are for medical, nursing and allied health students who belong to Rural Health Clubs affiliated with the National Rural Health Student Network

HESTA Scholarship – Terms & Conditions

The HESTA National Rural Health Conference Scholarship will support 10 university health students to attend the 14th National Rural Health Conference in Cairns, Far North Queensland, from 26-29 April 2017.

At least one of the 10 HESTA scholarships will be reserved for a student with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage.

Scholarship funding includes return airfares, 4 nights’ accommodation with breakfast at Rydges Cairns and conference registration.*

* Please note: Successful applicants will be responsible for airport transfers, any additional meals (3 dinners) not covered by the accommodation package and the conference program, plus any additional hotel expenses. Breakfasts are provided as part of the accommodation package while lunches, morning and afternoon teas and one dinner are provided at the conference.

Each applicant must be a current member of a Rural Health Club affiliated with the National Rural Health Student Network and currently enrolled in a medical, nursing or allied health course in Australia.

Applicants will be assessed on their response to a series of questions in the online application form – with a particular emphasis on their interest in and commitment to practising in rural Australia.

Student Undertaking

Successful applicants will:

  • Agree to take part in media and promotional activities highlighting the scholarship program with HESTA and RHWA
  • Ensure that they have obtained permission from their university to attend the National Rural Health Conference, 26-29 April 2017
  • Provide immediate notification of withdrawal from or changes to their course of studies in 2017
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner throughout the conference
  • Repay scholarship funding received if they faily to comply with the conditions of this agreement

Key dates

  • Scholarship applications open: Wednesday 8 March 2017
  • Scholarship applications close: 5pm (AEDT) Monday 20 March 2017
  • Scholarship winners announced: Monday 27 March 2017

This is part of HESTA’s Reconciliation Action Plan that aims to increase equity between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.

Applications close at 5pm (AEDT) on Monday 20 March. Find out more and apply at


NACCHO welcomes new service to North West Queensland

Matt and Lizzie at Gidgee Normanton cropped

Pictured L to R: Matthew Cooke (Chair NACCHO), Elizabeth Adams (Chair QAIHC), Shaun Soloman (Chair Gidgee Healing) and Dallas Leon (CEO Gidgee Healing)

The peak Aboriginal health organisation today welcomed the opening of a new Aboriginal community controlled health centre in the community of Normanton in Queensland’s north west.

The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) Chairperson Matthew Cooke attended the opening and said the new Recovery and Community Wellbeing Centre was key to providing improved health services to Aboriginal people in the lower Gulf.

The new centre is a federally funded initiative which is operated by Gidgee Healing, an Aboriginal Medical Service, and The Salvation Army.

“Getting appropriate health and wellbeing services into remote parts of Australia is a huge challenge,” Mr Cooke said.

“It’s difficult for remote communities to get the quality health care they need.

“This centre will go a long way to helping many Aboriginal people get on the road to good health.”

Recovery and Wellbeing Centre Normanton cropped

Mr Cooke said the new Normanton Recovery and Community Wellbeing Service would be run by Aboriginal people for Aboriginal people.

“The population of Normanton and surrounding areas is overwhelmingly Aboriginal and they need access to culturally-appropriate health care.

“Having local people involved in this centre will be key to it’s success in attracting clients and improving the health of the community. It also has the potential to boost employment and training opportunities for local residents.

“This is a significant addition to the Gulf and we congratulate all involved in making it a reality.”