Community Health Nurse

Covid Response Team

Footscray, Australia

Reference: 5285801

  • Be part of a newly-funded program
  • Reports to the LGA Lead - High Risk Accommodation Response
  • PT or FT fixed-term contract

Welcome to cohealth. A not-for-profit community health organisation that strives to improve health and wellbeing for all and lead the way in reducing health inequity in partnership with people and the communities in which they live.

About the role

This position sits within the Covid Response Cluster and works as part of the High-Risk Accommodation Response (HRAR) to prevent Covid transmission and improve preparedness and outbreak management for residents and workers in the high rise estates.

Working from a Social Model of Health framework, this role will work with the community to gain a deeper understanding of the health, wellbeing and social needs and strengths of individuals, families and the community. A major focus of the role will be health promotion, health education/counselling, care navigation and warm referral to appropriate health and community services, and advocacy with relevant stakeholders and service providers.

Key accountabilities include:

  • Work closely with health guides and key stakeholders to learn about and understand the community
  • Deliver community health nursing services; assessment, health monitoring and service navigation to residents
  • Provide nasopharyngeal swabbing to collect specimens for Covid 19 testing as required
  • Work in partnership with other HRAR staff if an outbreak response is required
  • Ensure appropriate referral to and utilisation of cohealth and other agency services in the care and support of residents
  • Liaise with other community agencies within the local area to maintain and continue to develop closer partnerships to improve outcomes for high rise residents
  • Work with HRAR community engagement co-ordinator and health guides to support their practice and development
  • Deliver twice-daily briefings for health guides and support their access to health information, training and resources that strengthens their role within local communities

About you:

  • Registered Nurse Division 1 with registration with current practicing registration with AHPRA, Minimum 3 years' post-graduate experience within a community setting
  • Demonstrates integrity and reliability, and fosters open honest communication, role models a positive outlook even during challenging times
  • Establishes respectful professional relationships that have clear boundaries with residents, staff and partner organisations
  • Demonstrates self-awareness and the ability to self-regulate during difficult situations, a high degree of initiative and the ability to work autonomously as a part of a broader team in a diverse community environment
  • Broad experience working with community members in vulnerable circumstances who have may have experienced issues related to their mental health, family violence or alcohol and other drug use
  • Demonstrated understanding of the social model of health and the importance of community engagement and self-determination

Why us?

Having a great work culture really means a lot to us. And a big part of that is having values that are aligned with one another - and with cohealth! This is why we're looking for someone that reflects cohealth's values of Inquiry and Innovation, Respect, Courage, Social Equity, and Trust.

We are accepting and reviewing applications immediately

People accepting employment with cohealth are unable to access our services, some exemptions may apply. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.


Applications Close: 07 Dec 2020