The position of Director Primary Health Care Services provides an opportunity for an experienced and successful leader to provide evidence informed models of primary health care service directed toward achieving greater client empowerment and breaking cycles of health inequity.
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is an independent not-for-profit Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service, governed by a Board of five Directors. Our primary population catchment is the Echuca and Moama Murray River region with services reaching out to the Loddon Mallee region.
Njernda is recognised for leadership in Aboriginal health in partnership with its other services related to family, childcare and education, aged care and youth and youth cultural healing. Njernda’s health service provides quality health care with AGPAL accreditation.
We have a strong history of successfully planning, implementing, and evaluating a range of health and ageing programs across the life course, including chronic health care programs. Njernda employs approx. 150 staff.
Programs under this role include:
|Maternal And Child Health Nursing
|AGED AND DISABILITY
|Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP)
|Home and Community Care Program (HACC)
|Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
|Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
|Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
|Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
|Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement
This position will, under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer lead the operational management of the health and ageing programs with the support of team managers and their teams. It is an expectation that the incumbent will contribute to a constructive workplace culture which engages and develops the talents of staff and provides an excellent health service to the Aboriginal community.
– The position requires leadership capabilities to foster a culture of growth and development.
– The director ensures the organisational culture, image and branding is maintained by strong corporate ethics, personally and professionally throughout the organisation. And the director should ensure managers operate in accordance with the vision and philosophy of the organisation and develop policy and programs to that end.
– Directors take a top level view of workflows, budgets, and regulating expenses, and is responsible for monitoring the operations and enhancing productivity.
– The director is responsible for ensuring the operation has the funds, equipment, and other resources necessary to deliver the operational outcomes.
– Directors are responsible for future looking responsibilities like research and development keeping a pulse on trends and advancement in health & ageing programming.
– The position requires hiring, supervising, and reviewing managers, as well as motivating staff.
– Assist the CEO in developing policies and programs, and developing briefings, according to best practice for primary health care service system for ATSI population.
– Prepare submissions to Federal and State governments and other bodies.
– Assist managers to develop, manage, analyse data and programs, and continually improve their programs and services.
– Provide a structure that ensures managers conduct professional supervision and support for staff to include ongoing training and development.
– Foster a strong team spirit within the organization.
– Organize with the CEO, community meetings to gain feedback from the community on programs and services.
– Represent the organization and/or community in forums outside the agency (e.g. on panels, on Committees etc.).
– Other duties as directed by the CEO.
The responsibilities of the position are:
– Provide expert level advice to the Executive on strategic planning and business opportunities, risk management, program operations, health needs of the Aboriginal community and continuous quality improvement.
– Lead the development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of work plans to achieve positive consumer outcomes, Njernda’ strategic directions and operational requirements, and take corrective action where necessary.
– Engage team managers and clinicians to ensure delivery of high quality clinical services.
– Ensure the safe and effective operation of the general practice which complies with all relevant legislation and accreditation requirements.
– Create a culture and systems that support learning, including clinical placements and registrar rotations.
– Maximise consumer outcomes and available revenue by operating primary care services in a manner consistent with government policy, quality imperatives and incentive payments.
– Working with the Murray Primary Health Network to understand their local priorities and collaboratively develop responses as appropriate.
– Ensure a robust system of clinical governance, including clinical support, incident reporting, risk management and consumer feedback and engagement.
– Ensure service delivery is compliant with clinical governance requirements, risk management policies and business sustainability.
– Provide accurate, on time reporting against responsibilities, and ensure achievement of organisational budget, data requirements and service agreements.
– Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, regulations, standards and policies.
– Provide expert opinion in the leadership team to inform continuous process improvement of operational systems, procedures and policies, information flow and organisational planning.
– Lead and manage key program area functions to ensure effective use of resources, cross program collaboration to benefit consumer experience and outcomes, and staff support, engagement, and development.
– Commitment to the use of evidence, consumer-focussed care, and the principles of co-design.
– An understanding of MBS items and collection.
– Effectively communicate with and educate internal and external stakeholders in a way that demonstrates a clear understanding of critical issues and inspires commitment from others to achieve organisational strategic directions.
Applicants must possess:
– Awareness and appreciation of Aboriginal societies and understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal people in contemporary Australia and the circumstances of Aboriginal people.
– Mandatory qualification at a degree level in health administration, management, field or 5 years or more experience in the field.
– Previous leadership success, including demonstrated commitment to use of evidence, achievement through influence and the fostering of innovation.
– Extensive knowledge of strategies to maximise operational performance for long term sustainability in a Primary Health Care Service and demonstrated capacity to implement them.
– Comprehensive understanding of relevant funding, policies, regulations, and reforms, including consumer-led funding models and their implications.
– High level conceptual thinking demonstrated through analysis of complex issues and implementation of effective solutions.
– High level written and verbal communication skills including preparation of proposals and grants, and the capacity to influence others to achieve organisational outcomes.
– Demonstrated excellence in collaborating with others, team building, communication, leading through influence and execution of multifaceted decisions.
– Proven ability to meet deadlines in a busy working environment.
– Sound understanding of information, communications, and information technology as it relates to health services management.
Commitment to Safety
All children have the right to be children and live free of abuse and neglect, so they can grow, learn, and develop. Everyone within Njernda is responsible for ensuring a culture of child safety, preventing child abuse, and abiding by the Child Safety Principles
Qualifications & Experience
Staff are required to:
-Njernda is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
-All Njernda sites are smoke free workplaces.
-Njernda is committed to employing people from diverse backgrounds and providing a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.
– Njernda has a commitment to environmental sustainability
To be Eligible for an Interview
The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume. Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential” to:
Corporate Services Manager
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564
– Written applications should include a covering letter. Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.
– Please check the closing date to ensure your application is received within the specified time. Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).
All applications close: 4th Aug 2023