Career Opportunity

Outreach Community Nurse MhAP Program


Reference: 4988033

  • Part-time, Fixed term Position (22.8 hours per week until 30th June 2020)
  • Based in Footscray
  • Make a difference in the lives of others!

What We Offer

You will be joining a dedicated and caring team of professionals, you will also enjoy:

  • The opportunity to join one of Melbourne's most respected non-profit organisations
  • Role diversity and internal career progression opportunities
  • Keep your work-life balance in check with the flexibility of part-time hours
  • Generous salary packaging options, which will significantly increase the value of take-home pay

About the program

The Mobile health Access Point (MhAP) Program is an assertive outreach mobile health service that is funded by the North-Western Primary Health Network and delivered in partnership with Youth Support & Advocacy Service (YSAS).

The program offers a ‘soft entry point' into primary health care services for young people with health concerns by engaging them in locations in the Western Metropolitan Region of Melbourne where they are known to frequent. The health care model of this program is based on evidence-based principles of harm minimisation, client-centred care, brief intervention, care coordination, and cultural safety.

About the role

The role of the MhAP Community Outreach Nurse is to provide clinical leadership and primary health intervention for consumers engaging with the MhAP program.

This role reports to the MhAP Team Leader and is responsible for working collaboratively with other MhAP team members on elements of day-to-day service delivery to ensure the provision of high-quality, evidence-based services for consumers.

Your daily duties will be diverse, however, will include:

  • Ensuring clinical practice meets Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia codes of conduct, professional standards, guidelines, legislation, and regulations
  • Providing culturally-appropriate, goal-directed and client-focused engagement, assessment, treatment and support services for consumers
  • Facilitating a range of responses to meet the needs of the clients, including brief interventions, primary health support, AOD / mental health support, advocacy, and referrals to a range of youth and mainstream services as required
  • Working in conjunction with specialist medical, allied health and welfare service providers in the community
  • Working within a harm minimisation framework and provide clients with support to make informed decisions
  • Developing strategies and interventions that connect and engage young people with their local communities and relevant support networks
  • Implementing health promotion activities in conjunction with other MhAP staff and in consultation with service users and local stakeholders
  • Modelling appropriate behaviour and facilitate positive communication with young people
  • Ensuring client data and clinical notes are up to date, accurate and meet organisational and legislative requirements
  • Contributing to reporting processes for both partner organisations and funders as required
  • Maintaining clinical supplies and equipment to ensure smooth operation of the outreach clinic
  • Participating in the identification of risks to the program and organisation
  • Contributing to continuous quality improvement activities relating to service delivery
  • Undertaking promotional activities in the community to enhance program awareness and engagement
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with relevant stakeholders, (including funders, partner organisations, and other community and government-based agencies) to enhance program awareness and effectiveness
  • Attending relevant network meetings as required
  • Contributing to, and participating in, the evaluation of the MhAP program

About you:

  • Registered Nurse Division 1 with current practicing registration with AHPRA
  • Experience working in a community setting with marginalised and disadvantaged population groups, particularly those who are young and/or those with complex needs
  • Experience in responding to AOD, mental health and sexual health needs
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and commitment to, effective clinical governance and continuous quality improvement
  • Models appropriate behaviours and has the ability to motivate young people
  • Demonstrate integrity and reliability, and foster open honest communication
  • Capacity and willingness to work flexible hours, including evening work
  • Commitment to cohealth values and a working style that reflects this
  • Demonstrated understanding of adolescent development and the key issues facing young people, including those from CALD communities
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Child Safe Standards and how this informs practice
  • Demonstrated understanding of and commitment to the philosophy of Harm Reduction, especially as it applies to people who use drugs
  • Demonstrated experience responding to crises and accessing other support services, especially when a young person's safety is of concern
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with other service providers (incl youth justice, police, child protection, AOD, mental health, out of home care providers) and community
  • Current Victorian Light Rigid drivers' licence, or a willingness to gain this licence

If you have the passion, dedication and drive to make a difference in achieving high quality care with demonstrated success in working with clients then capitalise on this great opportunity, apply today!

Additional information can be obtained from the attached position description.

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.

Who is cohealth?

We believe in developing our people, to assist in driving continuous improvement within the organisation. At the same time, we're dedicated to creating a working culture where staff members can flourish. We work hard to ensure that all our positions are challenging and rewarding, where you can utilise and further develop your skills to truly make a difference.

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The successful candidate will be subject to the relevant pre-employment checks for appointment to positions (including provision of a valid Working with Children Check clearance number and criminal record history check)

Applications Close: 26 Jan 2020