Position Details


Reference Number 159861
Position Title Nurse Practitioner - Urgent Care Centre (Expression of Interest)
Employment Status Permanent Full Time, Permanent Part Time
Program Clinical Support
Location Barwon Health North
Salary $0.00
Hours Per Fortnight 282
Position Summary

We are currently seeking expressions of interests from Nurse Practitioners who are interested in joining the Barwon Health North Urgent Care Centre. 

About Geelong and the region

Sitting within one of Victoria’s six regional health care centres. Barwon Health services the community of Greater Geelong and beyond. Geelong is Victoria’s second largest city after Melbourne, is recognised as a creative city-region, adaptive and enterprising, and is located close to the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula, Surf Coast and Great Ocean Road.  

The local government has also placed a great emphasis on innovation, employment and economic growth in the Geelong region. Those choosing to apply will have the option to live in a beautiful, affordable part of the world, or have the flexibility to commute to Melbourne. (40 minutes)

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About the Facility

Barwon Health is one of the largest and most comprehensive regional health services in Australia, providing care at all stages of life and circumstance. Health services available through Barwon Health cover the full spectrum from primary care, community services, aged care, rehabilitation, mental health, emergency and acute care. There are approximately 7000 staff across 24 locations, including University Hospital, McKellar Centre, Community Health Centres, Alan David Lodge and Barwon Health North.

A new community reach centre including an Urgent Care service will be opening in January 2020, the first of its kind in Victoria. We are looking for Nurse Practitioners to utilise their advanced scope of practice in an extended nursing role. You would be required to work autonomously and collaboratively within a team, and must have an advanced level of decision-making that will be pivotal in providing timely access to high quality and responsive care in the Urgent Care Centre.

This role will be a part of the North Area Health Team, and care will be delivered by a team of nursing professionals, supported by remote specialist advice from the Barwon Health Emergency Department (ED) and inpatient teams accessed by Tele-Health.

About the Barwon Health North Urgent Care Centre and the role

The Nurse Practitioner Urgent Care Centre will provide evidence based care in an ambulatory setting; to patients in consultation with Medical Practitioner and other health care providers in a diverse community. The Nurse Practitioner has a clinical leadership role in the program. Leading the clinical team in providing evidence based care and assisting with the development of all clinical team members. There is a requirement that they be an Endorsed Nurse Practitioner who is experienced and confident to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role within their scope of practise, providing innovative and flexible health solutions, whilst being a clinical leader influencing and progressing evidence based clinical practises and procedures. Specifically this will be achieved by:

  • Providing leadership, guidance and accountability pertaining to clinical standards to achieve high quality health care.
  • Demonstrating behaviours and attitudes that are consistent with Barwon Health's values and strategic plan and professional nursing philosophy.
  • Supporting the relevant Managers to build and maintain high performing clinical team that operates within a performance framework to drive a culture of accountability, best practice and innovation.
  • Fostering a culture of ongoing development and improvement.

The Barwon Health Urgent Care Centre provides a valuable service for consumers requiring non-emergency ambulatory care in the Northern Suburbs of Geelong. It is not to substitute normal primary care otherwise provided within General Practice.  The Urgent Care Centre will provide ready-access to urgent care for lower acuity conditions that traditionally result in an unnecessary emergency department episode at the University Hospital Geelong.

The onsite facilities include diagnostic capability for both Imaging and limited Point-of-Care Pathology. Image reporting will be completed by the day Registrar onsite with remote reporting of imaging after-hours. Pathology collection services for a broader range of pathology services are available at all hours. The Urgent Care Centre will build strong relationships with external service providers including local GPs, community pharmacy and a range of other community and emergency services.

The Barwon Health North Urgent Care Centre will open doors to the public 8AM – 10PM 7days a week. There will be 14 shifts a week available for Nurse Practitioners plus leave cover. Full time and part time hours available.

About the Culture

The Northern Suburbs is both dynamic and challenging environment; where staff draw on a large scope of practice and need to be able to think outside the square to work with some of our client cohorts. The possibilities to be innovative are endless. 

There is a strong and supportive team culture in our current services at Corio, which will align and integrate with those being delivered at Barwon Health North. Working together across a range of disciplines staff have a focus on clients and their health improvement or improving self-management skills to enhance  living with chronic illness. Our team culture can be best described as forward striving, involved, empathetic and innovative.

There is a strong alignment to Barwon Health values in our team and as a staff member of our team, you will be part of the culture that lives the values. That is to enable all of the team and clinicians own professional goals to be met in a supportive and accountable environment. Our leadership team understand the challenges at the coalface and we will work side by side with all staff to find solutions. 

Barwon Health staff benefits

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Professional development
  • Access to employee wellness facility
  • Salary packaging
  • Social club
  • Centrally located at University Hospital, only minutes from the vibrant waterfront
  • Our Commitment to Child Safety

At Barwon Health we harness a diverse and inclusive workforce where we value each person’s uniqueness. We will embrace diverse life experiences and the perspectives of our people, whilst providing high-quality health care to all members of our community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation.

Our organisation promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of our staff and consumers including children, and have appropriate recruitment resources in place to ensure background checks and reference checks are completed.

At Barwon Health we are committed to providing positive employment opportunities and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and welcome employment applications from candidates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background.

We Barwon Health is proud to be Totally Smoke Free.

Selection Criteria Essential: Can you please list Barwon Health's values?
Essential: Can you please choose one of Barwon Health's values and describe a situation in the workplace where you have displayed this value?
Essential: Endorsed Nurse Practitioner and Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) together with demonstrated ability to meet the ANMC competencies for the Registered Nurse.
Essential: Demonstrated advanced competency for Nurse Practitioner in Urgent Care
Essential: Current Victorian Divers Licence
Essential: Experience Working in CALD environments
Essential: Experience working in communities with low health literacy
Essential: Evidence of a focus on and a passion for high quality patient care
Essential: Confidence, ability and willingness to provide direct care within scope of practice
Essential: Demonstrated experience in Urgent Care
Essential: Demonstrate and provide evidence in the application of highly developed interpersonal, critical thinking and communication skills within a dynamic and complex multi-disciplinary environment
Essential: Experience in teaching and mentoring
Essential: Demonstrated experience in research
Essential: Demonstrated experience in the planning and implementation of innovative, proactive and creative service responses to emerging needs within a dynamic and changing organisational and social environment
Contact Person Carol Mioduchowski 
Contact Person Job Title North Area Manager 
Contact Number 0407 044 231 
Closing Date 15/12/2019
Position Description
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Please note that this position will close at 11:45pm on closing date. Please ensure your application is added before then as we do not accept late applications.