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West Moreton Refugee Health Nurse

West Moreton Refugee Health Nurse Outreach Program Overview

The West Moreton Refugee Health Nurse Outreach Program (the Program) will facilitate access to refugee health assessment services as well as ongoing health care management by General Practices, contributing to a smooth transition for people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds into the Australian healthcare system.  The Program aims to improve:

  • Health outcomes for newly arrived refugees and people from a refugee background with chronic health conditions through better access to coordinated and multidisciplinary care;
  • Access to culturally competent mainstream primary care services (including but not limited to general practice, allied health and specialists);
  • How health services respond to refugee and asylum health needs, coordinate a response to newly arrived refugees and assist primary health care providers to deliver effective health screening.

Position Overview

Access will employ a Refugee Health Nurse to support the delivery of the aims and objectives of the Program. The purpose of this role is to support General Practice provide comprehensive health assessments, facilitate in the ongoing health management, and contribute to the smooth transition to the Australian Health care system for people from refugee and asylum back grounds. This role will:

  • Deliver placement and co-ordination services that improve health outcomes through continuity of care and access to health services within Primary Health care, for settling refugees;
  • Ensure a coordinated view of refugee settlement and health assessment activities across the West Moreton region, and responding to issues and barriers to a seamless patient journey to ongoing health care management in general practice;  
  • Ensure the appropriate transfer of all medical records in the placement and transition of settling refugees across services;
  • Support cross-sectoral governance, relationships and partnerships vital to appropriate management of refugee health;
  • Build and maintain relationships with key refugee health stakeholders, and contribute to effective communications and health projects within Access.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key refugee health stakeholders, and contribute to effective communications and health projects within Access.
  • Part-time position, working 4 days a week (60.8 hours working for a fortnight).
  • This is a fixed-term contract expiring on 30th June 2018.

Selection Criteria - Skills & Expertise/ Experience/ Qualifications


To be considered for this position you must possess:

  • Current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) to practice as a Registered Nurse/Midwife;
  • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent qualification;
  • Demonstrated high level expertise in performing health assessments with a chronic disease focus within a primary health care team environment;
  • Demonstrated previous experience working within a General Practice environment;
  • Ability to demonstrate high level knowledge and awareness of the health needs of refugees and asylum populations, and the use of interpreters;
  • Demonstrated high level ability to support coordinated case management including referrals to external agencies;
  • Demonstrated high level ability to capture real time accurate data and analyse to ensure accurate records and identify gaps in service delivery or unmet need and develop options to address areas for improvement;
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal and communication skills (both written and verbal) including the ability to evaluate and deal constructively with complex and conflicting situations with sensitivity, and produce a range of reports;
  • Demonstrated understanding of and experience in Continuous Quality Improvement and capacity to implement improvements;
  • Demonstrated highly developed advocacy and negotiation skills in order to represent Access in a professional and positive manner to government agencies and other external bodies;
  • Demonstrated high level of ability to support and mentor colleagues in the workplace;
  • Demonstrated high level ability to participate in education strategies, and health promotion and health literacy in relation to the health of people from a refugee/asylum backgrounds.

Other requirements:

  • Current Driver License;
  • Current QLD Paid Blue Card or ability to obtain one;
  • Rights to work in Australia


Forward your application addressing the selection criteria in no more than two pages with a current resume to close of business Tuesday 25th July 2017.


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