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Registered Nurse Level 1 - MACH Scholarship positions

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Part time

$63,548 - $84,888

Registered Nurse

Job Title: MACH Scholarship positions
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 1
Position Number: 17557, several
Annual Salary: $63,548 - $84,888
Branch: Women Youth and Children
Section: Women, Youth and Children Health Programs
Vacancy Type: Temporary part-time 24 hours per week
Duration: 12 months
Closing Date: 7 December 2018
Contact Officer: Louise Murphy (02) 6207 9918

About us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day to day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Overview of the work area and position

Women Youth and Childrens Health Programs (WYCCHP) Maternal and Child Health (MACH) service, in partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Office, is offering several part-time (0.63FTE) positions with scholarship to support entry into the MACH nursing workforce. This opportunity is aimed at nurses planning to commence studies in the Child and Family Health field. Maternal and Child Health nurses support families by working in the model of Family Partnership to provide support, information and health advice within a multidisciplinary context. MACH Services are delivered across ACT from health centre locations and outreach clinic sites, during weekdays.


Eligibility/Other Requirements:




To be eligible for a MACH Workforce Initiative, applicants must:

1. Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia and hold unconditional registration.

2. Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.

3. Hold a minimum of one year full-time equivalent post graduate clinical experience – preferably with recent clinical experience in a relevant clinical area for example paediatrics, neonatal nursing, midwifery (highly desirable) or primary health care.

4. Be willing and eligible to enrol in, and committed to completing, the Graduate Diploma of Child and Family Health with a partnered university.

5. Have completed an accredited immunisation education course within the past five years or be willing to enrol and complete the recommended immunisation course before commencement of employment, if successful in receiving a scholarship.

6. Hold a current drivers licence.




• Midwifery qualification, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, paediatrics, neonatal nursing, or primary health care.


Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:


• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy.
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.

This scholarship involves a two year commitment - First year: The Registered Nurse (RN) will work with the MACH immunisation program three days per week delivering the early childhood National Immunisation Program. The RN will have completed the recommended online immunisation course prior to commencement of employment. On the completion of the accredited immunisation education and WYCCHP credentialing process the RN will work independently within the immunisation team. During the year the RN will complete the Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Health qualification, with the undertaking of completing the Graduate Diploma in the second year, whilst working as a MACH nurse.




There are several part-time positions available at 24 hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be paid pro rata for part-time hours. These positions are available for a period of 12 months commencing 1 March 2018 until 28 February 2019.


1. Provide quality direct clinical care to clients in the maternal and child health (MACH) context in accordance with primary health care principles and practices incorporating the vision, mission and goals of the ACT Health.

2. Effectively communicate with children and families to accurately assess their health needs, under direction of a clinical supervisor. Participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of interventions to ensure best health outcomes.

3. Advocate for the child and family by supporting, advising and educating in accordance with primary health philosophies that promote health and wellbeing.

4. Actively participate in quality improvement activities, professional activities and forums related to clinical nursing practice. Ensure a sound evidence base for nursing practice through appraisal and utilisation of contemporary research findings.

5. Practice in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council’s Code of Professional Conduct, Code of Ethics for Nurses in Australia and relevant, validated professional practice competencies.

6. Foster collegial relationships within the multidisciplinary team, including timely and appropriate referral for clients to deliver best practice health outcomes.

7. Assume responsibility for professional development of self in accordance with the expectation of the discipline for lifelong learning.

8. Undertaking other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the section.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

(Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually).

1. Demonstrated understanding of the nursing role in the primary health context.

2. Demonstrated ability to communicate with clients and colleagues and work effectively in a team environment to provide high quality service.

3. Sound computer skills with knowledge of data collection and reporting systems.

4. Demonstrated commitment to the provision of evidence based nursing practice and experience in quality improvement activities that promote best professional practice and improved health outcomes.

5. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to

For further information about the position and a copy of the Performance Expectations and Jobs Demands Checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.