15 May, 2023

Midwife – Maternal and Child Health

About the Organisation

The Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (DYHS) was established in 1974 and is the largest Aboriginal community-controlled health service provider in Western Australia, providing care to over 20,000 Aboriginal patients across four clinics in East Perth, Mirrabooka, Maddington and Midland.

Our staff enable the delivery of culturally responsive primary health services, focusing on prevention, early intervention, comprehensive care and care coordination including chronic disease management. 


About the Role

The Midwife will report to and be directly accountable to the Child and Maternal Health Coordinator, providing high quality and culturally appropriate midwifery care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers, babies and children as they present to the Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services. The position will be expected to comply with and demonstrate a positive commitment to the highest level of achievement in Equal Employment Opportunity, Work Health & Safety, Code of Conduct, Quality Improvement, Performance Management, Customer Focus and Confidentiality throughout the course of their duties.

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing midwifery care and intervention in the Derbarl clinic, home and community environment;
  • Conducing health assessments of individuals and groups presenting to the Derbarl Maternal and Child Health Program;
  • Assessing and developing healthcare plans in consultation with the GP’s  and other members of the Child Health Program team undertaking care planning and review;
  • Conducting healthcare/clinics including, health screening/monitoring, antenatal and postnatal and infant maternal healthcare;
  • Considering the ongoing implications of the health of individuals and groups beyond the immediate episode of care;
  • Identifying and providing comprehensive physical, psychosocial and emotional care for individuals and groups;
  • Participating, planning and evaluating preventative and health promotion programs;
  • Ensuring that recall registers, systems and individual and group documentation are continuously reviewed to appropriate professional standards;
  • As a member of Derbarl’s clinical team, ensure the objectives of the clinic are met by providing holistic health care to all patients that is culturally appropriate and meets best practice;
  • Actively participate as a member of the Child and Maternal Health team to ensure the delivery of quality comprehensive primary, emergency and related health services and programs to the clientele;
  • Demonstrating clinical skills for routine observations, wound management, taking of bloods, ECG and immunisations;
  • Referring to appropriate health professionals as required when further consultation is necessary;
  • Ensuring all care is carried out in accordance with Derbarl clinical policy and procedures.

Essential Selection Criteria:

  1. Registration with the Nurses and Midwives Registration Board of Western Australia (AHPRA) as a Midwife;
  2. A sound understanding of community midwifery practice and allied health teams, including the ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  3. Demonstrable experience in community based, primary health maternal and child health care;
  4. Demonstrable experience in working with pregnant women, newborns and infants;
  5. Knowledge of health issues for Aboriginal children and families;
  6. Experience in performing children’s health checks (0-5years);
  7. Sound written and verbal communication skills;
  8. Proven ability to be able to work within a team environment as well as independently;
  9. Computer literacy skills, with the ability to use patient information systems eg. Communicare;
  10. Preparedness to continue training towards increasing competencies;
  11. Demonstrated organisational, planning and time management skills along with an ability to adapt to changing needs;
  12. Ability to undertake triage of clients, in particular those presenting to the practice with acute or emergency problems;
  13. Paediatric phlebotomy skills;
  14. Current Western Australian Drivers Licence;
  15. Fully Covid-19 vaccinated;
  16. Current Working with Children Check;
  17. Current Western Australian Immunisation Certificate;
  18. National Police Clearance not older than 3 months.

Desirable Criteria:

  • Previous experience in community midwifery;
  • Knowledge of and certification in childhood immunisation practice;
  • Registered PAP smear provider;
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal culture, health and related issues and the ability to work effectively with Aboriginal peoples in a culturally safe manner.

The Benefits:

A competitive salary commensurate with relevant qualifications, skills and experience is on offer for the right candidate.

As a public benevolent institution, DYHS offers salary packaging up to $15,900. Other entitlements include study leave, long service leave after 7 years, 12 days of personal leave per year, NAIDOC Day holiday and professional development opportunities.

A copy of the Job Description can be obtained by contacting People Services on 1300 420 272 or work@dyhs.org.au.

How to Apply:

Please apply through SEEK, applications must include:

  • Current Resume including current contact details; and
  • Cover letter addressing the selection criteria (2 pages maximum) outlining your suitability for the role.

Please note that shortlisting will commence immediately.

Due to the high number of applications, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Institution embracing diversity and strongly encourages applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and welcome applications from all backgrounds. DYHS promotes a workplace free from discrimination and harassment.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Services Corporation reserves the right to contact current or most recent employer and evaluate past employment records of applicants selected for interview. DYHS reserves the right to re-advertise the position or to delay final selection if it is deemed that applications for the position do not constitute an adequate applicant pool. Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation is committed to a smoke free environment across all buildings, grounds and vehicles.