Maternal and Child Health Nurse (Enhanced)

  • Base/Location:Njernda Medical – 84 Hare Street, Echuca
  • Reports To:Executive Director Health and Aging
  • Hours:Full time / Part time - 12 months – LSL Back Fill (with potential for ongoing)
  • Award:Nurses Award Reg Nurse Level 3
  • Position Scope:

    To provide a flexible, targeted Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service which maximises the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from birth to school entry and their families, in accordance with the 2019 Victorian State MCH program Service Guidelines, Enhanced MCH Program guidelines, funding and service agreements and Njernda Aboriginal Corporation policies and procedures. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are provided services that support the advancement of self-determination and self-management in the delivery of Maternal and Child health programs. The MCH service will provide culturally safe appropriate practices that enable optimal health, wellbeing and safety outcomes for children, mothers, families and staff belonging to Njernda’s Aboriginal community.

Organizational Values
Respect Establishing relationships based on respect and trust
Accountability Taking ownership and initiative of Njernda values to ensure trusted collaborations are formed
Resilience Encouraging cultural and spiritual growth to enable personal growth
Advocacy Working to transform the disadvantage and challenge that causes impact on our community
Cultural Sensitivity Welcoming and serving our community with understanding and without judgement


Key Responsibilities
      • -Providing the Key Age and Stage (KAS) visits as per the Victorian MCH Practice Framework and Guidelines.
      • -Identifying vulnerable children and ensure that they have access to the service by providing an Enhanced MCH service and other community strengthening activities to inform care for the best interest of the child including the development a child and family action plan.
      • -Work alongside an Aboriginal Family Support practitioner or cultural advisor within the program to provide parenting support strategies and activities which may include group work etc.
      • -Positively engage Aboriginal communities guided by primary health and early intervention frameworks and strategies in collaboration with Aboriginal staff.
      • -Building capacity within existing mainstream clinical services to provide improved access to care for Aboriginal children and their families.
      • -Monitor and facilitate the normal growth and development of children 0-5 years and implement culturally appropriate strategies to promote good health care outcomes for infants and children such as breastfeeding, smoking cessation, routine health checks, immunisation etc.
      • -Work in a multidisciplinary team/collaboration with members of the Njernda Health Service and Njernda Family Services teams in particular the Koori Maternity Service, GP’s and Early Childhood team.
      • -In consultation with management, report to Child Protection services as required under mandatory regulations.
      • -Undertake mandatory training/education and other duties as directed by management in accordance with award requirements.
      • -Participate in clinical supervision.



      • -Develop positive relationships with community stakeholders and provide visible presence at community events and meetings.
      • -Maintain positive relationships with relevant external stakeholders including hospitals and healthcare providers.
      • -Develop and maintain relevant professional skills and knowledge, consistent with the role, through education, research, and practice.

Administration & Compliance

      • -Comply with the standards of a child safe organisation in both practice and culture
      • -Commitment and contribution to Quality Improvement Activities
      • -Follow all applicable operational processes as directed by the Health Services Manager or their delegate to ensure effective delivery of health services including (but not limited to) the following systems:
        • o Infection prevention and control
        • o Medication management and authorisation
        • o Clinical and patient data and records management
      • -Meet data reporting requirements and maintain a high standard of health record documentation.


Key Selection Criteria / Qualifications and Experience               

Applicants must possess:


      • -Knowledge of safe and appropriate culturally centred practices for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander focused services, including employment of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
      • -Demonstrated understanding of social, physical, economical, and cultural strengths and challenges affecting Aboriginal communities and their ability to access adequate and quality services.
      • -Understanding of the purpose and expectations of the Victorian Child Safe Standards and demonstrated commitment to contributing to a child safe organisation in both practice and culture.
      • -Current registration with AHPRA- Division 1 Nursing and Midwifery.
      • -To hold an accredited postgraduate or recognised qualification in family and child health nursing.
      • -Demonstrated knowledge of child health, development and behaviour.
      • -High level of written and oral communication skills.
      • -Proficient computer skills and experience in Child Development Information System and Best Practice software (desirable).
      • -Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively.
      • -Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to develop positive stakeholder relationships

Desirable but not essential

      • -Identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
      • -Demonstrated experience working with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations.


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


Other Relevant Information

      • -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.


To be Eligible for an Interview

The Applicant MUST address the Key Selection Criteria and include a recent resume.

Applications should include a covering letter.

Please include the names and telephone contacts of at least two referees

Address your application marked: “Private & Confidential” to:

  •                   Human Resources Manager
  •                   Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
  •                   P.O. Box 21 Echuca Vic 3564


All applications close: 14th Jul 2024

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