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This weeks featured jobs on our NACCHO Job Alert

1. Apunipima Cape York Health Council : Director Clinical Services

 2.Urapuntja Health Service :  3 positions currently available

3.Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Ass. (AIDA) : Policy officer Closes 15 March

4. Menzies Research Project Manager – Renal Team

5.University Centre for Rural Health- North Coast Research Fellow (Evaluation)

6.RACGP Indigenous Health Award


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1. Apunipima Cape York Health Council : Director Clinical Services

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


2.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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3.Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) : Policy officer Closes 15 March

The Australian Indigenous Doctors’ Association (AIDA) is a not-for-profit professional association contributing to equitable health outcomes and the cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We work to continually inform and support a culturally safe health care system as we strive toward our ultimate goal to reach population parity of Indigenous doctors in the medical profession.

We are looking for an experienced policy officer with high-level research, analytic and writing skills to join our small and supportive team. Experience working in a secretariat capacity for committees or working groups will be highly regarded. If you think you have what it takes to contribute to our important work please apply for this role.

Enquiries and applications

Please contact any enquiries.

Please send your CV and cover letter to by midnight on 15 March 2016.

Please visit

to download the duty statement and selection criteria.

Click here to download the Duty Statement and Selection Criteria PDF.

4.Menzies Research Project Manager – Renal Team

  • 12 month full time contract based in Darwin
  • GSL 8 $113,491 – $127,031 salary package (comprising gross salary $89,411 – $100,662, superannuation & salary packaging benefits)
  • Closing date: 19 March 2017
  • Contact: Gill Gorham via email or phone – (08) 8946 8529.

To view full position details, click here to view the PDF.

Applications should be emailed to and should include the following information:

  • A brief covering letter identifying the position being applied for
  • A statement addressing the selection criteria in the position description
  • A curriculum vitae (resume)
  • Names and contact details of three referees.

5.University Centre for Rural Health- North Coast Research Fellow (Evaluation

University Centre for Rural Health- North Coast
Sydney Medical School
Reference no. 398/0217

Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking

  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Share our enthusiasm for impactful research

About the opportunity 

This position will be based in the University Centre for Rural Health-North Coast, (UCRH), located in Lismore.  The UCRH has links to the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and the School of Public Health, and the Universities of Wollongong, Western Sydney and Southern Cross University.   UCRH research is focused on health priorities for our region, and aims to contribute to knowledge relevant to rural health priorities in Australia and internationally.

This part-time two year position sits within the NHMRC funded Centre of Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement in Indigenous Primary Health Care (CRE-IQI). The CRE-IQI’s vision is to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes by accelerating and strengthening large-scale primary health care (PHC) quality improvement efforts. The CRE-IQI supports collaborative efforts of researchers, service providers and policy makers to address priority areas for development of integrated quality improvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PHC. The position will work with the research team and key collaborators to progress priority projects and work programs, including evaluation, research capacity building and research translation.  The position will also be responsible for providing project management support to the CRE-IQI, including oversight of administration and reporting requirements.

For more information about the position please contact Dr Megan Passey on 02 6620 7516. If you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Julie Small on 02 8627 1223 or

If you would like to learn more, please refer to the Candidate Information Pack for the position description and further details.

Closing date: 11pm 20 March 2017


6.RACGP Indigenous Health Award

The RACGP recognises that improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of Australia’s highest health priorities. The RACGP supports research which makes a difference to health outcomes, policy and practice, and the capacity of general practice to engage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s health issues. It particularly encourages a systematic approach to strategic and policy-driven research focusing on primary care, developing collaborative approaches and the building of research capacity within populations and communities.

In 2003, the then RACGP President Professor Michael Kidd, waived his right to any form of payment and placed his allowance in a secure interest bearing account with the interest to be used as the basis of an annual award to support general practice initiatives in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. The RACGP Indigenous Health Award was offered for the first time in 2004. The award aims to build a wealth of research knowledge to draw on to improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes, and also to develop and encourage researchers in this important field of work in Australia.

Award Details

One or more RACGP Indigenous Health Awards, valued at up to $9,000 in total (excluding GST), are available for a 12 month period to provide support for:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students
  • medical students to gain experience in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical graduates undertaking GP training
  • GP registrars and GPs undertaking research and educational projects in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • other activities supporting the provision of high quality health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people


Applicants for the RACGP Indigenous Health Award must be:

  • a medical student; OR
  • a general practitioner or general practice registrar.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • training potential for applicants 40%
  • significance and relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health 20%
  • quality of the proposal 20%
  • value for money 10%
  • potential to build capacity in general practice clinical care, research and/or education and training 10%

Applications open on Tuesday 7 March 2017 and will close on Monday 8 May 2017 at 5pm AEST. Please click here to apply.

This award is made available by a fund established by Professor Michael Kidd AM and supported by RACGP member donations. 

For more information email

NACCHO Aboriginal Health Newspaper What WorKs Part 4 : NT’s #ACCHO Urapuntja Health Service Utopia receives the mark of quality


 ” The remote Central Australian Utopia Homelands increased its community health credentials when Urapuntja Health Service received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety within its practice.

The ongoing willingness of the Urapuntja Health Service team to work collaboratively with all providers has led to improved access to services and strengthened relationships between organisations within the community.

This approach was also recognised recently when the team was awarded the ‘NT Administrators Award” for Primary Health Care, recognising that Urapuntja’s community centred approach to care has strengthened the wellbeing of our mob and focussed on individual and family empowerment.

Urapuntja Health Service receives the mark of quality as an accredited practice from Page 4 NACCHO Aboriginal health Newspaper 24 Page lift out in this weeks Koori Mail

Established in 1977, Urapuntja Health Service is gearing up to celebrate 40 years of success. Community involvement has been critical to everything that the service achieves and confirms for clients that our service is a safe place where the experience of Aboriginality is understood and where complex needs are recognised and supported.

Urapuntja provides services to a population of approximately 1000 permanent residents who live in 16 homeland communities.

The service is unique, in that they deliver an outreach service to all 16 outstation communities every week and the primary clinic is not in the middle of the community (see picture below )


Senior people from each of the outstations comprise the board of management for Urapuntja Health Service and ensure that the organisation responds to the needs and aspirations of the community. The Board is a representative board based on clan structures rather than through the election of people from the membership.

The authority of the health board and community members determine how the service works . The team actively seeks guidance from community members when considering the delivery of services and community staff are key to the successful engagement of clients both within the traditional clinic setting as well as when providing clinical services at outstations.

The team co-ordinated and hosted a 2 day Family and Teen health festival in June, with the key focus being families together for ”Healthy Utopia Mob, Brighter Futures”.

This day saw 5 local organisations (NT Government Schools, Barkly Shire Council, Aged Care, Arid Edge and UHSAC) and 10 visiting services (RFDS Mental Health, Dietician, Baker IDI, NDIA, ITECH, Caylus, Contact Inc and NTG Remote Sexual Health, Dental Truck and Trachoma Team) work together for a successful 2 day event. . This planning took into consideration appropriate health promotion as well as ensuring it connectivity to Patient Information and recall systems to effectively capture data.

The success of the event is a testament to the teams firm commitment to delivering comprehensive primary health care that is accessible to all in the community, with a tangible improvement in health check access from the previous year of 103.3%.

The team have been led by local community ladies in understanding the importance and integration of Bush Medicine in the region.   The ladies were supported to undertake a group activity  prior to the health expo. The ladies collected and made 80 litres of bush medicine at the clinic.

The process of making the 80 Litres of Bush medicine was used as a group educational and social and emotional wellbeing activity of significant importance for local community and was undertaken within the self-funded shed at UHSAC clinic.

The ladies leading the group activity followed up and created a photo story board ‘bush medicine story’ to display at the health festival where they attended in person  to educate community through bush medicine story regarding bush medicine’s importance, uses and role in health, also supplied the product on the day to community members for use.

Ensuring that the messages from the event are carried through to ongoing service provision, group sessions have been established at the Alparra High School, with a strong focus on identifying personal strengths, self esteem, cultural identity and emotional resilience.

The health service has collaborated with the high school and the RFDS Specialist Mental Health Nurse.  The sessions have been aimed not only at students but also to provide an opportunity for school teachers to learn about culture and how it impacts on life for students.

 Urapuntja Health Service receives the mark of quality as an accredited practice

The remote Central Australian Utopia Homelands increased its community health credentials today when Urapuntja Health Service received a national award of accreditation, demonstrating its commitment to quality and safety within its practice.

Urapuntja Health Service received this important recognition from Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), the leading not-for-profit provider of general practice accreditation services within Australia.

AGPAL Chair Dr Richard Choong said accreditation shows the practice makes a significant investment and commitment to quality on a day-to-day basis, across all levels of the practice team.

“Achieving accreditation is a major achievement for any practice and a clear demonstration that Urapuntja Health Service is striving to improve their level of care to both patients and the community,” he said.

“Practices seek accreditation because they want to do their best and view this as another step towards excellence in patient care.”

To achieve accreditation, a practice team works over a 12 month period to implement the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Standards for general practices, (the recognised national standard), which provides a template for quality care and risk management

For further information on Urapuntja Health Service go to

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