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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 eye on our goal of getting 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.

Fleet and Assets Coordinator

Position Title:Fleet and Assets Coordinator
Program:Operations
Location:Alice Springs NT

 

About the Role 

The Fleet and Assets Coordinator is responsible for attending to or coordinating the preventative and operational maintenance of Purple House’s real property, facilities/buildings including staff accommodation and support of the vehicle fleet.  Ensuring they are secure and fit for purpose and well maintained. With a focus on real property – maintenance and support, a background in trades and property maintenance will be highly regarded.

The role is based in Alice Springs, with travel to remote communities as needed.

A vehicle, tools, accommodation, and travel allowance are provided for remote work.

What you will be doing

  • Based in Alice Springs NT, you will have some remote travel to our service areas supporting staff accommodation or vehicles.
  • Coordination of Purple Houses remote maintenance program, ensuring that all assets/buildings are maintained and repaired appropriately in a timely manner.
  • Maintain and upkeep a register of scheduled and unplanned maintenance activities.
  • Complete general maintenance tasks as required. 
  • Promote a safe work environment in accordance with legislative requirements.
  • Support coordination of our fleet, ensuring vehicles are insured, registered, and maintained to a high standard.
  • Promote a safe work environment in accordance with legislative requirements, adheres to Work Health Safety guidelines, and report all incidents and near misses.

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 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 maintenance experience primarily in real property and facilities maintenance, scheduling and asset management.
  • You have an MR drivers licence (minimum).
  • Bush driving and 4WD experience. 

How to apply

If you think you have what we’re looking for, apply here on SEEK with your cover letter and resume.

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

Applicants must have unrestricted legal rights to work in Australia.

For general enquiries regarding the position contact people@purplehouse.org.au 

Successful candidates must be willing to provide a current National Police Check and undertake a NDIS Worker Screening Clearance. 

No Agencies Please

THE POSITION WILL ONLY BE ADVERTISED UNTIL FILLED.  

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. 

The Chief Health Officer Covid-19 Directions (No.55) 2021 (“the Directions”) made under the Public and Environmental Health Act 2011 applies to workers in the role you are applying for and you will be requested to evidence your current COVID-19 vaccination status.

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

Finance Officer

Position Title:Finance Officer
Program:Operations (Finance)
Location:Alice Springs NT

 

About the role

As our Finance Officer you will be responsible for providing assistance to the Senior Finance Manager and Finance Manager with junior accounting duties and administrative tasks. 

Key responsibilities include accounts payable and receivable, credit card and petty cash reconciliation, payroll and general administration support services. 

This is a shared function between two full time employees with each employee being primarily responsible for either Accounts Payable or Accounts Receivable.

About You

  • You’re experienced in accounts payable and receivable procedures.
  • You work proficiently with Microsoft 365 applications.
  • You have experience in payroll.  
  • You have an eye for attention to detail and accuracy.
  • You are a self-starter and can work autonomously, knowing when to ask for help.
  • You’re eager to learn and collaborate with your team.
  • Your well organised and know how to effectively manage your workload.
  • You can communicate with all sorts of people.
  • You are known for your compassion, empathy and ability to listen.
  • You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and community.

If you think you have what we’re looking for, please click apply’ here on SEEK with your cover letter and resume.

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

Applicants must have legal rights to work in Australia.

For general enquiries regarding the position or a copy of the position description contact people@purplehouse.org.au – Applications for the position will be accepted via SEEK.

Successful candidates must be willing to undertake a National Police Check and hold a NDIS Worker Screening Check. 

No Agencies Please

Will be advertised until filled else applications close 27 February 2023. 

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.

Occupational Therapist

Position Title:Occupational Therapist (12mth fixed term contract)
Program:Primary Healthcare Team
Location:Alice Springs NT

 

About the Role 

          This is a 12 month fixed term contract 

As a compassionate Occupational Therapist you will have autonomy to provide best practice care, working with people with end-stage renal failure to live a good life. The Occupational Therapist will demonstrate a specialist level of knowledge, collaborating within the multidisciplinary Primary Healthcare team, providing services to clients to promote function, independence, and quality of life.

“Working in such a diverse range of contexts with such a fun and unique team has given me the opportunity to challenge myself to think outside the box and learn new skills. The open-ended possibilities for growth and development as a professional gives me the satisfaction of providing meaningful care to those who need it most.” – Lauren

Your Benefits

  • The chance to work “outside of the mainstream environment” where you can work independently for an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation 
  • 6 weeks annual leave
  • Salary packaging – increase your take home pay by 6-12%
  • A supportive and collaborative team
  • An appreciation for who you are and what you bring to the Purple House

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 can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.
  • You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and community.
  • You have a drivers licence 
  • You hold a Bachelor or Masters of Occupational Therapy 
  • You have experience working as a sole clinician 
  • You will have knowledge of manual handling practices 
  • You are currently registered with AHPRA
  • You have experience working with people with end-stage renal failure and a range of complex co-morbidities; including working in areas of aged care, chronic disease, musculoskeletal issues, and disability

How to apply

If you think you have what we’re looking for, apply here on SEEK with your cover letter and resume.

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

Applicants must have current unrestricted legal rights to work in Australia. 

For general enquiries regarding the position contact people@purplehouse.org.au 

Successful candidates must be willing to undertake a National Police Check and NDIS Worker Screening Clearance.

No Agencies Please

Applications close 1 February 2023

It is a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses).

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

People Experience (HR) Advisor

Position Title:People Experience (HR) Advisor
Program:Operations (HR)
Location:Alice Springs NT

 

About the role

We are looking for a compassionate and self-motivated person to join our growing people team as a People Experience Advisor. 

How you will spend your time:

  • Support and resolve a broad range of employee queries from our diverse workforce.
  • Provide accurate interpretation of awards/enterprise agreements, industrial regulations and internal policies and procedures.
  • Manage the end-to-end recruitment process, including writing and posting job advertisements, reviewing applications, phone screening, presenting shortlists to hiring/HR managers and reference checking.
  • Prepare employment documentation, including contracts.
  • Management of the HRIS (Employment Hero), ensuring all information is entered accurately and adherence to compliance obligations.
  • Provide a high level of customer service to candidates and employees.

About You

  • You are known for your compassion, empathy and ability to listen.
  • You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.
  • You have high integrity and an eye for attention to detail.
  • You’re eager to learn and collaborate with your team.
  • You can communicate with all sorts of people.
  • You are culturally curious and have respect for culture and community.
  • You have experience working for a NFP or Aboriginal organisation and awareness of the issues pertaining to this region.
  • You will have current legal rights to work in Australia.

To be successful, you will have;

  • relevant tertiary qualifications in Human Resources
  • a minimum of 2-3 years’ experience in a HR generalist role in Australia 
  • experience in working with online HR platforms and technology
  • a sound knowledge of employment legislation and industrial instruments.
  • strong problem-solving skills; ability to manage ambiguity with an open mind and positive mindset

If you think you have what we’re looking for, please click apply’ here on SEEK with your cover letter and resume.

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

Applicants must have legal rights to work in Australia.

For initial enquiries regarding the position contact  people@purplehouse.org.au 

Successful candidates must be willing to undertake a National Police Check and NDIS Worker Screening Check. 

It is a requirement for all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (3 doses). 

No Agencies Please

Applications close 5 February 2023.

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

Bush Balm Manager (Part Time)

Position Title:Bush Balm Manager
Program:Social Enterprise Hub
Location:Alice Springs NT
 

About the Role 

In addition to leading the team and creating a nurturing, safe workspace, you’ll be doing everything from liaising with suppliers and sorting out orders and admin, working in the retail shop or bush balm kitchen, and keeping the Bush Balm house clean and well maintained.  The role is Part-time Monday to Friday (occasional Saturdays). Standard hours 30.4hrs, may be up to 38hrs per week. $40 to $43 per hour.

The role involves:

  • Manage procurement of ingredients and packaging, including liaison with suppliers
  • Manage the Bush Balm Shop and provide retail customer service Monday to Friday (occasional Saturdays) 
  • Present bush medicine workshops and presentations to external groups or media.
  • Manage and train the Bush Balm team. 
  • Identify and implement business development opportunities.
  • Report on business performance and maintain good practice in resource management.
  • Maintain quality control on all products and participate in all aspects of production.

 

About you:

  • You are responsible, reliable and demonstrate good judgement.
  • You are known for being organised, efficient and showing outstanding attention to detail.
  • Your style is flexible, good humoured and resilient. 
  • You are a self-starter and can work autonomously, knowing when to ask for help.
  • You are confident providing leadership and support to your team.
  • You can think on your feet to negotiate and solve problems.
  • You are considerate and thoughtful in conflict management.
  • You have an Australian driver licence.

 

You’ll also be someone who is…

  • Comfortable speaking in public and engaging with a wide range of people as you share the story of Purple House and traditional Central Australian Indigenous bush medicine.
  • Really reliable and happy to roll up your sleeves and do anything that’s needed!

 

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.

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

Applicants must have unrestricted work rights in Australia.

For general enquiries regarding the position or a copy of the position description contact people@purplehouse.org.au – Applications for the position will be accepted via SEEK.

Successful candidates must be willing to undertake a National Police Check and be able to hold a NDIS Worker Screening Check. 

No Agencies Please

Will be advertised until filled else applications close 27 February 2023. 

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.

Genuine occupational requirement exemption s25 Anti-Discrimination Act. Due to the cultural aspects of this role – this is a female identified position.

 
 

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.

Kerri Mitchell

People Experience Manager
Following a Jawun secondment in 2017 to the central desert,  the red dust captured Kerri’s heart and she had the desire to leave the Sydney corporate world of 31yrs, joining Purple House in 2018 as the HR Manager.

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