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Nutritionist/ Dietician

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation - Tennant Creek, NT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Location: Tennant Creek and the surrounding Barkly region

Job Title: Nutritionist/ Dietician

Classification: Programs

Salary: $85,860 - $100,740p/a

Generous salary packaging: $15,899.94p/a

Professional development incentive: Allowance of $1,300p/a

Employment Type: Full Time

Reports to: Executive Manager Public Health Section

Employment conditions: Per AHAC Enterprise Agreement 2017 - 2020

Amazing further benefits including 6 weeks annual leave, free gym membership, free general dentistry, Remote retention allowance of $750 and Relocation assistance up to $5,000 to help you get settled into town!

Exciting opportunity for a full time Nutritionist/ Dietician,

based in Tennant Creek.

Join this community-based organisation and make a genuine difference to our community!

This is a Rewarding role where you will truly make a difference in the lives of our Remote Communities, providing the chance to experience real job satisfaction every day - don't miss out!

You will be joining a friendly and professional team, where you will receive personal and professional development opportunities from an employer who wants to provide optimum working conditions!

About us

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation (AHAC) is a multi-disciplinary organisation with approximately 120 employees across a diverse range of services, which provides primary health care services to the Aboriginal people of Tennant Creek and the surrounding Barkly region, dedicated to ‘Closing the Gap’ in Aboriginal health within remote Australia.

Anyinginyi consists of five different sections (Health Services, Business Services, Public Health Unit, Sports and Recreation, and Piliyintinji-Ki Stronger Families) which allow them to have a holistic approach to health ensuring that clients' physical and emotional health and wellbeing is given the utmost priority.

Anyinginyi's mission is to be a provider of high quality holistic primary health care services featuring prevention and treatment in the Barkly region in a culturally responsive way.

About the Tennant Creek region

Year-round blue skies, stunning landscapes and vibrant, diverse and warm communities - that's life in the Northern Territory! Only a short flight from most Australian cities, Tennant Creek is not just a must-see destination renowned for its individual identity and rich cultural heritage but is a remarkable community to set up home in!

500km north of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek was once a rough and tumble droving town but is now a modern town and one of the Territory's most populated areas. It is home to a major regional hospital, a university, schools, shops and a supermarket, accommodation, bars, clubs and restaurants, banking facilities, sporting clubs and an airport - everything you need to set up a relaxing new lifestyle! People from all walks of life find themselves calling Tennant Creek home.

About the Role

Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation has an exciting opportunity for a full time Nutritionist/ Dietician to join their Kalpa Purru Wirranjarkli – Public Health Section, here in Tennant Creek. This role is offered on a Full-Time basis.

Reporting to the Executive Manager, the Nutritionist/ Dietician requires strict confidentiality, initiative and innovation.

This position necessitates strong relationships with clients, effective collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of colleagues within the Public Health Section as well as other service providers, and a holistic philosophy to overall good health and wellbeing. More specifically, the responsibilities of this position will assist Anyinginyi to work toward improving Aboriginal health in Tennant Creek and surrounding region.

More specifically, some of your duties will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Work within the Anyinginyi Health Aboriginal Corporation framework of principles, policies and procedures and follow clinical protocols detailed in the CARPA Manual.
  • Work in a way that is appropriate to cultural sensitivities operating in the Aboriginal community.
  • Function as a team member with general practitioners, nursing staff, Aboriginal Health Workers, and other Health Centre staff.
  • Promote and support Aboriginal Health Practitioners (AHP’s) as the primary health caregivers in the community to facilitate the delivery of culturally appropriate health care.
  • Build the capacity of community members to make nutritious food choices by delivering education sessions in a variety of settings, including cooking demos.
  • Participate in health promotion activities within the organisation and the community.
  • Contribute to the public debate on healthcare.
  • Function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team by working collaboratively with a range of different health workers, consulting with other clinicians and contributing to team discussions and meetings.
  • Effectively manage patient and healthcare information and records using the electronic clinic database consistently and accurately.
  • Facilitate, encourage, and support the professional development of relevant staff in the area of nutrition and dietetics.
  • Represent Anyinginyi at relevant committees, working groups and conferences as required.
  • Undertake other duties as required.

The nutritionist/dietician will possess and demonstrate the following skills:

  • Demonstrate expert therapeutic nutrition/dietetic skills and utilise relevant clinical guidelines, clinical reasoning, policies and procedures for effective patient management
  • Demonstrate an ability to provide expert clinical advice to other therapists and healthcare providers
  • Demonstrate expert clinical decision-making when working with patients, students, other health professionals, and in legal proceedings as required.
  • Establish therapeutic relationships, listen effectively, and obtain and synthesise relevant history with patients/families/carers from diverse backgrounds and the relevant healthcare team
  • Recognise the need for a service outside the scope of practice and refer the patient accordingly for other therapies
  • Prepare joint management plans with other health professionals and communicate to patients/families and carers from diverse backgrounds in order to improve the health and wellbeing of patients
  • Provide dietary advice and education to patients, other health professionals and the general community as appropriate
  • Recognise and respond to issues where patients require advocacy
  • Be an advocate for the nutritional/dietetic profession
  • Develop, implement, and monitor a personal continuing professional development strategy
  • Organise health promotion events and make home visits focusing on nutrition management and treatment of obesity, anaemia, diabetes, and chronic diseases;
  • Critically appraise sources of health information
  • Report writing
  • Facilitate learning by patients, students and other health professionals
  • Contribute to the development of new knowledge by being able to conduct and apply research
  • Deliver highest quality care with integrity, honesty, compassion, and empathy
  • Exhibit appropriate personal and interpersonal professional behaviour

This position is required to mentor, train and give appropriate nutrition guidance to the Grow Well Team.

About you 

To be considered for this position, you must hold a tertiary qualification from a recognised Australian University, or equivalent status recognised by the Dietitians Association of Australia or other affiliate of the Federation of Nutrition Organisations, and eligibility for registration in Australia.

Experience working with an Aboriginal organisation or communities will be highly regarded but is not essential, provided you are able to demonstrate a clear understanding of the issues pertaining to Aboriginal Primary Health Care and the social determinants of health in our surrounding communities.

A thorough understanding of the primary health care system and issues relevant to closing the gap in health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including the ability to communicate and support the delivery of culturally responsive programs and services.

A confident communicator with the ability to conduct 1-on-1 and group sessions to educate clients and staff on best practice for health management, and you will be innovative in your response to the changing health needs of Aboriginal clients, with a willingness to incorporate local values and protocols in wellbeing programs and services.

Please note: A National Police Clearance and Ochre Card (NT Working with Children’s) card obtainment is a requirement prior to commencement in this role. Please refer to NT Safe for further information.

You will also need to possess the following: 

Essential skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated understanding of the philosophy which governs the operations of Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.
  • Respect for traditional Aboriginal culture and the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated high level of interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to communicate with clients and health professionals in a culturally diverse and multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated comprehensive experience in nutrition management, as as well as, development of educational material and delivery of community prevention education sessions.
  • Knowledge of the major food, nutrition and general issues affecting Aboriginal health in remote communities.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning, implementing, and evaluating community nutrition and public health programs using the principles of community development.
  • Commitment to ethical practice and maintenance of strict patient confidentiality.
  • Commitment to contribute to the further development of Primary Health Care and clinical practice within the organisation and communities throughout the Barkly region.
  • Be prepared to travel throughout the Barkly region to provide services at clinics and deliver group education sessions both in and outside Tennant Creek.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritise workload and manage time appropriately.
  • Excellent report writing and data management skills, plus highly developed computer literacy including word processing, excel internet and email functions.
  • A commitment to engage with Continuous Quality Activities within the section of Anyinginyi that you are employed in, on a personal and team level.
  • Understanding of workplace infection control, WHS, EEO and anti-discrimination as it applies to the workplace.

If you meet the above criteria and you’re interested in contributing to an organisation where you can really make a difference in our local community, we want to hear from you!

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