Jobs: Community Health Nurse, Melbourne

Community Health Nurse

Part time, ongoing, 30.4 hours per week


Western Region Health Centre, Health Works

, 30.4 hours per week

“To create healthy and connected communities in Melbourne’s West through

the delivery of high quality, accessible community and health services.”


The Western Region Health Centre (WRHC) provides a range of health and community

support services and are committed to innovation and quality in all we do.


Health Works, a program of the Western Region Health Centre (WRHC), aims to improve

the health and wellbeing of people who inject drugs in the western suburbs of Melbourne

using a holistic, social model of health. We aim to address the health inequities

experienced by people who inject in a way that is confidential, innovative, responsive and

based on a harm reduction framework.


We are seeking a committed and experienced individual to undertake community health

service provision and other health promotion activities. The successful applicant will have

a working knowledge of the social model of health, sound clinical skills and an interest

in developing and enhancing nursing skills in STI’s , Hepatitis C and HIV management.

Ideally you will have experience working within a community setting or harm reduction

model. You will also have a solid understanding of the clinical and psychosocial health

issues affecting people who inject drugs and the ability to devise care plans and health

promotion initiatives within a team setting.


The applicant is to be a Division 1 Nurse registered with the Australian Health Practitioners

Regulation Agency (APHRA). Post graduate qualifications in community health, public

health, BBV, STI’s, sexual and reproductive health are desirable. HIV and Hepatitis C

testing accreditation would be an advantage. Experience in working in community health

settings with marginalised groups is highly desirable.



• Division 1 Registered Nurse eligible for registration with Australian Health

Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and have an understanding of independent

nursing practice

• Demonstrated experience or interest in providing health services to people who

inject drugs

• A sound understanding and commitment to harm reduction especially in relation to

injecting drug use, health care access, blood borne viruses and other health risks

• A sensitivity to and understanding of the issues and needs of people from culturally

and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities who inject drugs

• Ability to work as a part of a multidisciplinary team

• Highly developed interpersonal and written communication skills

• Ability to develop harm reduction based health promotion activities to reduce health

risks associated with injecting drug use, and improve the general health of people

who inject drugs

• Computer literacy, including word processing and database skills

• A current driver’s licence



• Credentialed in HIV and Hepatitis C Testing accredited and registered with the Victoria

Department of Health

• Experience working in a multidisciplinary workplace of similar setting


Wages and Conditions: Nurses (Victorian Public Sector) Multiple Employer Agreement

2007 – 2011, Registered Nurse Grade 3B. Attractive salary packaging available.

For a position description please visit our website at or for further

queries, please phone Rebecca McBurnie, HR Assistant on 03 9680 1138.


Closing date for applications is 5:00pm on Sunday 6th May 2012.

Please submit your application via email to, to the attention of

Bernadette Suter and include:

• current resume

• covering letter

• a separate response to the Key Selection Criteria (located within the position

description) – please note that applications will not be considered without this


A pre-employment criminal record check is mandatory.

WRHC is an equal opportunity employer.