General Practitioner

  • Base/Location:Njernda Medical Centre, Echuca
  • Reports To:Health Manager
  • Hours:Full Time or Part Time
  • Position Scope:

    The Role of General Practitioner is primarily to provide a general clinic service to the Aboriginal Community and involves the training of staff and students and assisting in devising and delivering health programs.

Organisational Values

A goal of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation is to be a leader in the care and protection of children and young people and in working with families and communities to build capacity, resilience and independence.

Case Managers will embrace Njernda’s vision for empowering our Aboriginal community and the organisations values:

  • Professional Integrity – We treat all our people with dignity and respect.
  • Quality – We always strive to do our best and improve the way we do things.
  • Responsibility – We commit to the actions we take to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients.
  • Client Focus – We work toward improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and community.


Key Accountabilities

1. Primary / Clinical Heath Care

    The role is required to provide primary health care for patients by examining, counseling, and treating the patient.

2. Care Planning and Case Management

    Participate in the development and implementation of case management and care coordination into service delivery within the program.

3. Public and Environmental Health

    The role works within a population health approach through a primary health care context, using quality improvement principles, processes, and tools. Supporting existing and new health programs within the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation.

4. General Duties

    Perform a range of general duties as directed in relation to the position.

5. Accreditation work within RACGP Guidelines

    Working within the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation accreditation policies and procedures.

6. Mandatory Requirements

    As stated.


Key Responsibilities

1. Primary and Clinical Heath Care

  • Provide primary health care services to clients
  • Development and on-going management of patients including Care Plans (GP Management plans) for clients diagnosed or identified as at risk of developing Chronic Disease.
  • Provide Care Planning services and management to other Njernda Aboriginal Corporation programs and services as required.
  • Involve Aboriginal Health Workers with all forms of client care through education and support wherever possible.
  • Authorisation and interpretation of pathology results.
  • Promote and conduct Health Assessments.
  • Notification of notifiable diseases.
  • Provide patient and staff Health Education as required.
  • Where required attend a home visit and provide off site clinics and health services.
  • Assessment and referral of social welfare issues.
  • In line with the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation requirements maintain patient medical records.

2. Care Planning and Case Management

  • In conjunction with relevant health professionals and Aboriginal Health Workers monitor care plans.
  • Actively organise and participate in client case management sessions where required.
  • Refer patients to care plan reviews as required.
  • Liaise and refer to Njernda Aboriginal Corporation programs and external agencies when required.

3. Public and Environmental health

  • Working within a Population Health context proactively assist in the identification, management, and support through the development of policies and procedures that tackle the major health issues facing the local Aboriginal community that Njernda Aboriginal Corporation services. including but not limited to:
    • Respiratory
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Heart Disease
    • Mental Health
    • Alcohol
    • Drugs
  • Awareness and support of the various health programs conducted at the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation, including:
    • Family Support Services
    • Baroona
    • Yakapna
    • Berrimba Child Care Centre
    • Best Start
    • HACC
    • Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing Program
    • Drugs & Alcohol Programs
    • QUMAX


General Duties

  • To collect, document and utilize patient data using the Communicare PMS.
  • Maintain documentation and client records for clients presenting to the Medical Clinic programs in accordance with the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation policy.
  • Ensure there is a transfer of professional skills and knowledge to Aboriginal Health Workers in the organisation.
  • Participate in the delivery of structured training and support for students and health workers at the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation where required.
  • To understand and promote the philosophy of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation.
  • Undertake other duties, which are incidental and peripheral to the main tasks, provided that such duties are reasonable within the employee’s competence and training.


  • Adhere to the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation accreditation program and processes.

Mandatory Requirements

  • Observe the safe working practices you have been trained in, as far as you are able, protect your own and others’ health and safety.
  • Participate in on-going training when necessary, including registrar training requirements and/or CPD points where applicable.
  • Participate in general staff and unit meetings.
  • Act at all times in a professional manner in accordance with the policies and practices of the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation.
  • All Njernda Aboriginal Corporation employees must comply with the code of conduct as articulated in the Njernda Aboriginal Corporation Policies and Procedures.
  • To provide continuity of care between Practitioners and other medical staff.

Key Selection Criteria

Applicants must be able to demonstrate experience and qualifications in:

  • Understanding of and Commitment to the Aboriginal community.
  • A qualified medical practitioner registered to practice in Victoria. Registration must be presented to HR annually.
  • Current Medical Indemnity Insurance. Insurance must be presented to HR annually.
  • Current provider and prescriber numbers.
  • Good computer and telephone skills.
  • Knowledge of Health Promotion strategies.
  • An understanding of working in a community-controlled health service.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multi-skilled team.
  • The capacity to participate in weekend rosters.
  • Knowledge and commitment to occupational health & safety legislation.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with patients, carers, and the Aboriginal community.


All applications close: 10th Jul 2020

Other relevant information

  • This is a full-time position comprising 37.5 hours per week or part-time as may be negotiated. In order to perform the duties of this position effectively you may be required to work additional hours or vary your working times, on any day of the week, as appropriate and necessary from time to time. There is no paid over-time, however, time in lieu arrangements will be negotiated as required
  • The position is currently based at ECHUCA, Victoria, subject to change based on strategic and operational needs of the organisation and program
  • Terms and conditions of employment will be included in an Employment Contract upon commencement
  • The successful applicant will be required to undergo satisfactory pre-employment checks, including providing at least two professional referees, completion of a medical declaration, Police Records Check, Working With Children Check, Victorian Driver’s License, and proof of identify and qualifications
  • Commitment to equal opportunity and occupational health and safety principles and practices is required
  • You will need to disclose any pre-existing illness or injury you know about which could be affected by the described work duties. Under section 82 (7) of the Accident Compensation Act, failure to disclose such a pre-existing illness or injury will mean that, if employed, you will not be paid compensation for that condition
  • Njernda Aboriginal Corporation has a smoke-free workplace policy.


To be considered for an interview all applications MUST:

  • include a current resume;
  • include a covering letter;
  • address the Key Selection Criteria;
  • and include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees.


Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential”

To: HR Manager
Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
84 Hare Street,
(PO Box 201)
Echuca Vic 3564


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). 

Applications may be posted, emailed, hand delivered or faxed (provided that a hard copy is posted on the same day).


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