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Purple House provides dialysis in the most remote parts of Australia

Join the award-winning Purple House team and be part of a unique model of care that places people, culture and country at the centre of all it does.

Purple House is a non-profit Indigenous health service operating from a base in Alice Springs. The Pintupi communities of the Western Desert saw their elders with end stage renal failure forced into town to access services, so they built an organisation that has been getting people home on country by providing culturally appropriate remote dialysis services for two decades.

This innovative organisation has grown to operate permanent units in 19 remote communities, two Purple Trucks and a range of aged care, NDIS, primary health and social support services in Alice Springs and Darwin to provide a home away from home when people need to be in town. We even run a successful bush medicine social enterprise as well!

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Where's Your Next Adventure?

We’ve got exciting opportunities in remote communities across NT, WA and SA, as well as a diverse roles in our Alice Springs and Darwin bases. Purple House can work with you on your next adventure. We offer a range of flexible employment options and contracts to suit your needs.

Whether you’re considering your first job outside the big city, coming from overseas or are a seasoned remote worker– we would love to hear from you!

Why Join Us?

Freedom & Flexibility

We trust our people to do extraordinary work. You will have ownership over work that directly contributes to our success.

Work With The Best

Strong leadership with a difference - you’ll work closely with our Pintupi board, award winning CEO and amazing team members. It’s truly #notyouraverageworkplace

Generous Annual Leave & Salary Packaging

Packages to help our people make the most of their income and extra leave to recharge and look after yourself.

Cultural Learning

Immerse yourself daily in the world’s oldest living culture.

Make A Difference

Your skills and experience will have direct impact on patients and families lives.

Bring Your True Self To Work

We believe diversity, equity and inclusion make Purple House a better place to work.

Hear From Our People

Job Vacancies

Remote Dialysis Nurse

Position Title:Nurse (Dialysis)
Program:Clinical Services
Location:Remote dialysis site or Alice Springs as directed

 

About the Role 

We’re looking for passionate, caring people to join our team. You will have a unique opportunity to work as a dialysis nurse in one of our remote locations in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia.

We have casual and full time roles available and will consider sponsorship for an international candidate.

The role involves:

• Delivering  high standard dialysis clinical care in our facilities

• Coordinating the care of patients with complex health needs

• Providing training/education to dialysis patients and their families to encourage well-being and self-care

 

Your Benefits

• The chance to work “outside of the hospital environment” where you can work independently for a community-run healthcare provider

• Support (leave and financial assistance) for further relevant study

• A competitive remuneration package of $120K-$140K pa including PBI salary packaging

• Flights and transportation to and from your remote location

• Free accommodation, utilities and internet

• 35 days annual leave

• Variety to work in a unit on your own or as part of a team

• An approachable and communicative management team

• An appreciation for who you are and what you bring to the Purple House

 

About you

• You have a patient centred focus and share our commitment to get people home on country.

• You are known for your compassion and empathy.

• You are a self-starter and can work autonomously.

• You can communicate with all sorts of people.

• You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.

• You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and country.

• You are passionate and ready for a challenge. (But we are all here to share the fun!)

• Your style is flexible, good humoured and resilient.

• You have a minimum two years recent haemodialysis experience.

• You are currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA).

 

We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses).

 

If you think you have what we’re looking for Apply Now

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Position Title:Aboriginal Health Practitioner
Program:Primary Health Care Team
Location:Alice Springs, NT

About the role

We’re after a self-motivated and hardworking Aboriginal Health Practitioner to join our Primary Health Care team in Alice Springs.

As an AHP, you are a key member of our Primary Health Care service, which is a small multi-disciplinary team providing culturally appropriate clinical care specifically for dialysis patients and their families.

You will be central to maintaining cultural integrity and advocate strongly for our patients. You will maintain strong connections with external health services that recognise and respond to the social and cultural impacts on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

Some of your day to day responsibilities include:

• Conducting patient assessments, treatment and referrals within scope of practice and in accordance with Primary Health Care Guidelines (CARPA manual)

• Assist in completing annual holistic health screening and chronic disease management plans in collaboration with patient and the GP

• Assist in coordinating internal GP, Allied health and specialist clinics and services for Purple House serviced patients

• Schedule and support patients to attend health care appointments as required.

• Advocate for patients and protect the rights of the individual

• Provide Health promotion and preventative health care advice to all patients

• Collaborate as needed with internal social support, nutrition, aged care/NDIS, care coordination teams.

• Maintain patient records to a high standard, including progress notes, records of communication with or regarding patients, updating medical history and demographic information.

• Plus…lots, lots more!!!

About you

• You have a patient centred focus and eye on our goal of getting people home on country.

• You are known for your compassion and empathy.

• Your style is flexible, good humoured and resilient.

• You are a self-starter and can work autonomously, knowing when to ask for help.

• You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.

• You’re eager to learn and collaborate with your team.

• You are passionate and ready for a challenge. (But we are all here to share the fun!)

• You can communicate with all sorts of people.

• You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and community.

• You have a wealth of knowledge and experience in Indigenous chronic disease health care, bringing new ideas to the team.

• You have a Certificate IV in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care.

• You are currently registered with AHPRA as an ATSI Primary Health Practitioner.

 

We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses).

 

If you think you have what we’re looking for Apply Now

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

Community Medical Practitioner (Casual)

Position Title:Community Medical Practitioner (Casual)
Program:Primary Health Care
Location:Alice Springs NT

Wonderful opportunity to provide holistic health care, helping achieve outstanding outcomes for dialysis patients from Central Australian communities.

About the Role 

We’re looking for passionate female and male GP’s to join our team to provide holistic and culturally safe health care. You will work closely with a multi-disciplinary team caring for the health and wellbeing of our dialysis patients and families. You will have an opportunity to build strong relationship, spending quality time with patients.

Some of your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

• Provide high quality Primary Health Care Services to patients of all age ranges and health care needs, in keeping with best practice standards

• Respond to acute medical/health problems presented by patients including history taking, diagnosis, investigation, treatment and referral as appropriate

• Develop chronic disease management plans with the patients input, in line with national guidelines and pathways

• Provide appropriate health education and promotion to all patients as part of a preventative health care approach.

• Conduct annual holistic health care screening of regular patients to improve health outcomes, enhance care coordination of, and prevent ill health.

• Liaise closely with other members of Primary Health Care team for a collaborative approach in patient care.

• Collaborate closely with specialists and other external stakeholders to provide multidisciplinary approach to health care.

About you

• You have a patient centred focus and eye on our goal of getting people home on country.

• You are known for your compassion, empathy and ability to listen.

• Your style is flexible, good humoured and resilient.

• You are a self-starter and can work autonomously, knowing when to ask for help.

• You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.

• You are considerate and thoughtful in conflict management.

• You’re eager to learn and collaborate with your team.

• You are passionate and ready for a challenge. (But we are all here to share the fun!)

• You can communicate with all sorts of people.

• You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and community.

• You have experience working for an Aboriginal organisation and awareness of the issues pertaining to this region.

Essential

• Medical Practitioner’s Generalist registration with AHPRA

• Fellow of RACG or ACCRM

• Hold Practitioner Indemnity

We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses).

 

If you think you have what we’re looking for Apply Now

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

Maintenance Officer

Position Title:Maintenance Officer
Program:Operations
Location:Alice Springs NT

Full-time hours, admin Level 3 $30.22/hr (FT rate) – 38hrs per week + remote travel allowance as required.

    1. The Maintenance Officer is responsible for overseeing all maintenance works for Purple House infrastructure (including remote housing & facilities), grounds and vehicle fleet upkeep and management.
    2. This role also oversees the work of the Maintenance Workers, including planning and coordinating tasks, monitoring attendance and workflow, and reporting outcomes/incidents to management as needed.

This role requires periodic travel to remote communities. Vehicle and necessary tools provided. 

Must have:

    • Building/plant/fleet maintenance experience
    • Unrestricted NT driver license.
    • Able to travel to remote communities and conduct remote work for a week or so at a time.
    • Current National Criminal History check (less than 6 months) or able to obtain.
    • NDIS worker screening check or able to obtain.
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      • We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses).
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Desirable:

    • Knowledge of Alice Springs & remote communities

PD available upon request. General enquiries to: people@purplehouse.org.au.

Maintenance Worker

Position Title:Maintenance Worker
Program:Operations
Location:Alice Springs NT

Full-time hrs. Admin level 2 $27.37/hr (FT rate) – 38hrs per week + remote travel allowance as required.

    1. The Maintenance Worker contributes to all maintenance works for Purple House infrastructure (including remote housing & facilities), grounds and vehicle fleet upkeep and management.

This role requires periodic travel to remote communities. Vehicle and necessary tools provided. 

Must have:

    • Building/plant/fleet maintenance experience
    • Unrestricted NT driver license.
    • Able to travel to remote communities and conduct remote work for a week or so at a time.
    • Current National Criminal History check (less than 6 months) or able to obtain.
    • NDIS worker screening check or able to obtain.
    • We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses).
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Desirable:

    • Knowledge of Alice Springs & remote communities

PD available upon request. General enquiries to: people@purplehouse.org.au.

 

Engineer – Biomedical (Dialysis)

Position Title:Engineer – Biomedical (Dialysis)
Program:Laboratory & Technical Services (Science & Technology)
Location:Alice Springs NT
Full-time

About the role

Join an award-winning team who solve technical challenges to enable dialysis patients to return to country. You will be keeping our dialysis and water treatment systems operating as well as working on R&D projects in water conservation, rainwater harvesting, hospital greening, water chillers, instrumentation, mobile dialysis and palliative care. Our team develop relationships with our Aboriginal clients and co-workers, while supporting dialysis technology in the most remote communities in Australia.

The role is based in Alice Springs, with travel to remote communities as needed. (Vehicle, tools, accommodation and travel allowance provided for remote work.)

You’ll have the opportunity to learn from our highly experienced senior engineer and also supervise the technical development of trainees in the repair, maintenance and management of water treatment systems, reverse osmosis systems, dialysis machines and general medical and mobility equipment.

Your duties will be varied and include:

Maintenance and repairs to dialysis equipment, water treatment systems, general medical equipment, mobility equipment and patient-care areas.

Preventative maintenance and repair scheduling.

Education, training and technical support for the clinical team for device and system operation and maintenance.

Training for medical device users, technicians and others.

Investigating and recommending improvements to the management of medical and dialysis systems.

Participating in engineering design, system development, R&D project and work with academic institutions as required.

Providing internal consultancy and technical advice to project managers for new sites and refurbishments of existing sites. 

Come and help us design and build the next generation of remote dialysis units for SA, WA and the NT!

 

About You

  • You have a patient centred focus and commitment to our goal of getting people home on country.
  • You are known for your compassion, empathy and ability to listen.
  • Your style is flexible, good humoured and resilient.
  • You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.
  • You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and community.
  • You have experience working for an Aboriginal organisation and awareness of the issues pertaining to this region.
  • You have (minimum) category C drivers licence to drive in the NT.
  • Bush driving and 4WD experience.
 

We’d suggest you look at our website, Facebook and Instagram to see how we roll.

Applicants must have existing legal rights to work in Australia.

Submit an expression of interest to people@purplehouse.org.au (no expiry date)

Successful candidates must also have:

  • Current (less than 6 months old) National Criminal History Check.
  • Be able to obtain an NDIS Worker Screening Check.
  • Due to the requirement to travel in remote communities, we require all employees to have been vaccinated for Covid-19 (3 doses).
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No Agencies Please

You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on submission. 

Will be advertised until filled. 

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

 

Infrastructure & Planning Manager

Position Title:Infrastructure & Planning Manager
Program:Business Operation
Location:Alice Springs NT (some remote travel)

WDNWPT Aboriginal Corporation EA 2022 – Admin Worker Level 6 $95000 – $103000 pa. + super and generous salary sacrifice options.

About the role

The Infrastructure & Planning Manager is directly responsible for managing the lifecycle of all Purple House building assets and real property. The role will engage in planning and delivery of facilities maintenance, small to medium capital works improvement projects as required and ensure compliance of maintenance and improvement.  The current scope includes approximately 80 buildings with offices and accommodation in Alice Springs and Darwin, as well as dialysis units and accommodation across 19 remote locations (NT, SA & WA) and aged care facilities and accommodation in 2 communities (NT).

Key focus points:

  • Ensure Purple House facilities are appropriately maintained to support the organisations strategic objectives. Co-ordinating and monitoring the delivery of projects to achieve the program objectives, including financial reporting, risk management and stakeholder management.
  • Collaborate with Senior Management to identify and scope future projects and actively seek alternative funding sources for capital improvements.
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To be successful, you will need: 

  • Qualifications in Building Construction, Project Management or similar (cert IV minimum) – Building or trades qualifications acceptable alternative.
  • 3+ years Project Management or related experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a range of internal and external stakeholders to develop and deliver multi-year, high level, future focused plans based on a variety of factors and constraints.
  • Experience in scheduling of works across multiple projects, developing project plans and managing capital works budgets.
  • Sound knowledge of current WHS legislation and commitment to quality improvement.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both written and verbal and ability to work in a team.
  • Current National Criminal History check (less than 6 months old).
  • Covid19 vaccination 2 jabs + 1 booster.
  • Able to obtain NDIS Worker Screening Clearance.
  • Unrestricted driver license to be able to drive in the NT.
  • Provide First Aid & CPR (Minimum) or able to obtain.
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What we offer:

  • Competitive salary with excellent not for profit salary packaging options with CBB. 
  • 6 weeks annual leave plus 17.5% leave loading.
  • 3 Special leave days.
  • Other generous leave entitlements.
  • Relocation assistance.
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Apply now via the enquiry form below. (no expiry)

No Agencies Please

You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on submission; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. 

 

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

Dialysis Coordinator

Position Title:Dialysis Coordinator
Program:Dialysis
Location:Alice Springs NT

WDNWPT Aboriginal Corporation EA 2022 –$96,626 pa + 11% super + allowances + salary packaging

About the role

We are looking for a compassionate and well organised person to coordinate our two-chair dialysis unit in Alice Springs. We are looking for a strong patient advocate who will support patients in their management of complex comorbidities and developing health literacy.

As site coordinator, you will be responsible for delivering high quality, person-centred dialysis treatment for your patients, as well as oversee the day-to-day operations of the unit, including patient scheduling, equipment maintenance, and supply inventory. You will also help support new nurses in adapting to the Purple House dialysis environment during orientation.  

About you

  • You have a patient centred focus and are passionate about patient advocacy.
  • You are a self-starter and can work autonomously.
  • You can communicate with all sorts of people.
  • You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.
  • You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and country.
  • You are passionate and ready for a challenge
  • Your style is flexible, good humoured and resilient.

To be successful, you will; 

  • Have a minimum 2 years recent haemodialysis nursing experience.
  • Have a current Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority (AHPRA) registration.
  • Have unrestricted legal rights to work in Australia. 

If you think you have what we’re looking for, tell us why by submitting your one-page cover letter and resume here on SEEK.

We suggest you look at our website, Facebook, and Instagram to see how we roll.

For any enquires regarding the position contact our people team – people@purplehouse.org.au

We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses). 

No Agencies Please

Applications close 14th June 2024.

People are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on submission; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. 

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

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Employer questions

Your application will include the following questions:

  • Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
  • Are you currently registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)?
  • Which of the following statements best describes your Covid-19 vaccination status?
  • How many years’ experience do you have as a Dialysis Nurse?

Communications Coordinator

Position Title:Communications Coordinator
Program:Communications and Engagement
Location:Alice Springs NT

WDNWPT Aboriginal Corporation EA 2022 –$79,000-$85,000 pa + super + generous salary packaging allowances

About the Role 

The Communications Coordinator plays a key role in the development and delivery of diverse communications activities which promote the reputation and work of Purple House and support its service delivery. Working closely with the Communications & Engagement Manager, the Communications Coordinator will develop content which shares our story, coordinates campaigns, manages the organisation’s communication channels, and delivers stakeholder engagement activities.

About you

  • You have a patient centred focus and are passionate about patient advocacy.
  • You are a self-starter and can work autonomously.
  • You can communicate with all sorts of people.
  • You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.
  • You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and country.
  • You are passionate and ready for a challenge
  • Your style is flexible, good humoured and resilient.

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the production and publication of internal and external communications.
  • Develop, monitor, and maintain the Purple House website and social media channels.
  • Draft and edit content, design work, and documentation.
  • Project manage campaigns and special events.
  • Coordinate marketing collateral and merchandise.
  • Coordinate communication and marketing activities for the Purple House Social Enterprise Hub. 
  • Represent Purple House externally with a diverse range of stakeholders and support strategic engagement.

 

To be successful, you will; 

  • Demonstrated two (2) years’ work experience in Events Management, Communications & Marketing or related role.
  • Well-developed business administration, organisational and task management skills.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills with emphasis on written and verbal communication.
  • Excellent attention to detail which can be applied to proofreading and editing in a range of media – written, photographic and videographic.
  • Proven ability to engage with diverse audiences and outstanding customer service skills.
  • Experience in roles requiring good judgement and an understanding of organisational risk.
  • Intermediate to advance computer literacy, including experience with photo/video editing software and MS Office suite.

 

What we offer (depending on individual circumstances):

  • Purple House is a registered not for profit, we are able to offer excellent salary packaging options through Community Business Bureau (CBB) up to $15,899 per FBT year
  • Salary package up to $2,650 on Meal, entertainment and holiday accommodation card per FBT year.
  • Additional items covered under Remote Locations as applied by Salary Packaging by CBB.
  • Study leave after 12 months.

 

If you think you have what we’re looking for, tell us why by submitting your one-page cover letter and resume here on SEEK.

We suggest you look at our website, Facebook, and Instagram to see how we roll.

For any general enquires regarding the position contact our people team – people@purplehouse.org.au

We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses). 

No Agencies Please

Applications close 14 June 2024.

People are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on submission; and as such the closing date is subject to change without notice. 

We actively encourage and invite applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for all our positions.

 
Your application will include the following questions:
Which of the following statements best describes your right to work in Australia?
How many years’ experience do you have as a Communications Coordinator?
Do you have a current Australian driver’s licence?
 

What to expect from the recruitment process

Our process is all about making sure you’re the right fit for us and we are for you.

We can help dialysis nurses with sponsorship to Australia

Our team are here to answer any questions you may have on this process. To reach out, please email people@purplehouse.org.au

Learn More About Our Staff

Our Directors

Our all Indigenous board of directors is elected by the members of our corporation. They are Pintupi Luritja people from the communities of the Western Desert, and include dialysis patients and their family members. Our directors meet four times a year with an Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in November each year. In addition to the AGM, patients and members are also able to attend directors meetings to listen and contribute.

Sarah Brown AM

Chief Executive Officer
Sarah Brown AM is the Chief Executive Officer of Purple House, working with its board of Indigenous directors to run the organisation since its inception two decades ago.

Sarah was recognised with an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List “for significant service to community health, to remote area nursing, and to the Indigenous community”. In 2017 she was Hesta Australia’s Nurse of the Year and in 2018 made the AFR BOSS magazine’s ‘True Leaders’ list.

Rebecca Gordon

People Experience Manager

Bec moved to Alice Springs from Denver, CO, USA in April of 2021 and finally found her perfect fit at Purple House in April 2023.

She has a background in Nursing Education & Human Resources, performing recruitment, payroll, and rostering of educators for a nursing uni.  Bec is thrilled about joining the Purple House and looking after all our people. 

Award Winning Organisation

Purple House Enterprise Agreement:

WDNWPT (Purple House) Enterprise Agreement 10Feb2023 to 10Feb2026.pdf 

 

We are an approved Ausmed provider. 

Find out how to fast track your mandatory training here.

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Still got questions?

Send us a message and our team will be happy to answer

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