Maternal and Child Health Nurse

Full Time

  • Rare opportunity to step into this role within a health service setting
  • Make a valuable difference for pregnant women
  • Lead initiatives to support parents and children to thrive
  • Live a country lifestyle with the convenience of a regional centre only a short drive away

If you’re passionate about helping pregnant women, young children and parents in rural and remote communities…we want you!

We are seeking a passionate and qualified Maternal and Child Health Nurse in a full time, permanent capacity to cover the Hindmarsh Shire. Based at our Nhill campus you will regularly visit surrounding communities, including Dimboola, Rainbow and Jeparit. 

Joining our team, you will work closely with local GPs, Obstetricians and Yandilla Maternity Ward midwives in Horsham. Your role will incorporate delivering a Pregnancy Care Clinic and antenatal classes in addition to the usual Maternal and Child Health Services, Immunisations and parenting advice. This role also includes working with families involved in the Hindmarsh Day Stay program delivered in partnership with Tweddle.

We are committed to providing a family focused, primary health care service to maximise the health and wellbeing of children aged 0-6 years. Consultations with families will promote and monitor health, growth, physical, emotional, social and cognitive development of pre-school children plus health screenings at key ages.

The Pregnancy Care Clinic provides locals with services in-between visits to their GPs / Obstetricians, filling the gaps and reducing the amount of travel to access vital services, making a real difference in the lives of growing families in our rural communities.

On receipt of birth notifications, you will make initial contact with families including undertaking domiciliary postnatal visits and arrange follow-up visits as necessary.

This is a very unique opportunity to work in this space in a health service with close access to assistance with infection control, immunisations and education. You will be supported not only by the nursing and allied health staff but also by the team of Managers and Executive Directors at West Wimmera Health Service.

Wimmera Region

Located only a 45 minute drive to the city of Horsham, you can join the close-knit community of Nhill or, being a region known for its affordable housing, find a house on the river in Horsham and commute the open country roads to Nhill. Perfect for those seeking a relaxed, country lifestyle with nearby city amenities and opportunities.

Being surrounded by the Little Desert National Park, Big Desert Wilderness Park and Wyperfield National Park, Nhill offers some of the best birdwatching in the state. People come from all over Australia to see the endangered Mallee Fowl. These areas also offer fantastic spaces for four wheel driving, moto-bike riding, fishing, canoeing, skiing and other water sports, camping and bushwalking. It’s also a photographers and stargazers dream with wide open spaces, big clear skies and no light pollution. It also has the Australian Pinball Museum, the Nhill Aviation Heritage Centre, Little Desert Nature Lodge and the famous Mr Le Vietnamese street food restaurant. 

Nhill also hosts the Nhill Pony Express Enduro, a 4-hour off-road motorcycle event over some of the most demanding terrain, attracting the best off-road riders from across the country. And if that’s not enough, the nearby Mount Arapiles (famous for its rock climbing), Grampians National Park and Silo Art Trail all make for adventurous day trips.

Located on the Western Highway halfway between Melbourne and Adelaide, Nhill has a thriving community with a large proportion of businesses relating to agriculture, mostly grain and sheep production but there’s also a range of employment opportunities in trades, retail, health, education and professional services as well as the well-known Luv-a-Duck duck farm and processing plant. There are family friendly parks and playgrounds, quality schools, a modern hospital with a huge range of health services and Nhill Lake and wetlands.

About ten per cent of Nhill’s population is made up of Karen refugees who have been migrating here from the Thai-Myanmar border since 2010 as a result of a chance resettlement of one family and subsequent local leadership helping and encouraging more refugees settle in Nhill. The Karen community are boosting the town’s economy and population, contributing to the town’s thriving businesses and they even have their own shop, Paw Po Products which sells traditional Karen hand-woven items and provides a tailoring and sewing service to the community.

This opportunity is the perfect role for anyone that wants to be embraced by an organisation and community that will support you to live your dream life!

Further Information

For all enquiries, please contact Mrs Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health on (03) 5391 4281 or email alex.hall@wwhs.net.au.

To obtain a copy of the position description, please click here.

How to Apply

Applications including a cover letter and addressing the key selection criteria, together with a resume nominating three professional referees, should be addressed to Mrs Alex Hall, Executive Director of Community Health, via email to careers@wwhs.net.au.