Indigenous Health Project Officer | AQB758

Indigenous Health Project Officer | AQB758

05 Jun
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05 Jun

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Indigenous Health Project Officer

Regional QLD


Our Vision: To 'close the gap' in the health status of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people through a holistic approach to client health and wellbeing.

Purpose of the Position

This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and proactive person to further develop their career in Primary Health Care. The NCACCH Indigenous Health Project Officer role requires someone that is motivated to make a difference to patient care and improving access to health for First Nations people living in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.

To contribute to improving health outcomes for First Nations people with chronic health conditions through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care. Furthermore, contribute to Closing the Gap in life expectancy by improved access to culturally appropriate mainstream primary care services (including but not limited to general practice, allied health and specialists) for First Nations people.

Please note: Under s25 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld), it is a genuine occupational requirement for the incumbent to be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

Position Title: Indigenous Health Project Officer

Location: Birtinya; with travel within service region

Employment Status: Full-Time; 36 hours p/w

Position Report To: Program Manager- Chronic Conditions

Position Responsible For: Nil

Remuneration: Dependent on qualifications & experience. Salary sacrifice entitlement available (following successful probation period) Employer contribution to superannuation (12.75%)

NCACCH background statement:

North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (NCACCH) is a not for profit, community-controlled health corporation and is funded by the Australian Government's Department of Health (DoH), Central Queensland, Wide Bay & Sunshine Coast PHN and the Queensland Government Department of Health.

NCACCH is an innovative leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare, providing a range of services and programs through the implementation of the very first Brokerage Model for health service delivery. Through this highly successful Brokerage Model, NCACCH maintains contracts with over 800 primary and allied health professionals across the region.

With the purpose of providing a holistic and comprehensive primary health care service, NCACCH seeks to improve health and social outcomes to our community through;

Provision of access to a full regional network of health care professionals;

Encouraging choice for individual Indigenous community members. And through exercising this choice, building cultural sensitivity and inclusiveness across the community while simultaneously promoting market competition between health care service providers as they seek to attract Indigenous clients; and

Utilising partnerships with primary healthcare services and other specialised services, as a proactive tool to deliver community wide "Closing the Gap" health status improvement initiatives.

Our Vision: To 'close the gap' in the health status of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people through a holistic approach to client health and wellbeing.


The IHPO reports to the Program Manager for Chronic Conditions (PMCC) and:

Consults with the PMCC and CDMP staff in undertaking responsibilities and makes recommendations to achieving program aims and objectives.

Identifies areas for improvement of CDMP programs and services and makes recommendations to the PMCC.

Key Responsibilities

Develop and implement strategies to improve the capacity of mainstream primary care providers to deliver culturally appropriate primary care services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including taking an advocacy role in: Self-identification;

Uptake of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander specific MBS items including item 715 - Health Assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, care planning and follow up items;

Increase awareness of and maximising links between services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including those provided by Commonwealth and state/territory governments, AMSs, and other organisations;

Facilitate working relationships and communication exchange between mainstream organisations, AMSs and their peak bodies;

Develop and implement strategies to improve access to mainstream primary care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Increase awareness and understanding of the Council of Australian Governments targets to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage; and

Support the Care Coordinators and Outreach Worker;

Collaborate with local Indigenous health services and mainstream health services in a partnership approach for the delivery of primary care services.

Selection Criteria


A desire to work with a community organisation striving to improve the general health and wellbeing of First Nations people residing in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.

Experience working in an Aboriginal Medical Service and/or primary health setting with a sound knowledge of general practice and primary health care.

An understanding of the day to day issues relating to the delivery of health services to the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander populations residing in the Sunshine Coast and Gympie regions.

Strong organisational skills (prioritisation, problem solving, realistic goal setting, time management, reliability).

Highly developed interpersonal skills, including demonstrated liaison and negotiation skills.

Sound IT and Microsoft Office skills

High level communication and presentation skills


Certificate IV in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (Community Care) or related field.

Understanding of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and ability to navigate the health system to meet the needs of the community.

Required Qualifications and Experience

High level understanding and experience in program coordination, including implementation and evaluation

Understanding of the general practice setting

Demonstrated as possessing highly developed communication skills with the ability to liaise, consult and negotiate positive program outcomes in collaboration with clients, internal and external stakeholders

Ability to work autonomously and display initiative, self-motivation, time management and solution focused skills

Practical Requirements

Hold a current Suitability 'Blue Card' for working with children and young people or ability to obtain one

Hold a current Queensland Driver's Licence

First Aid Certificate

Satisfactory Police Check - no Serious/Criminal/Court Record

Work out of normal hours of duty, including some week-ends, will be required

Travel across the region will be required

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