Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD)

Contribute to world-class rural health care through innovation, safety, quality care and improved outcomes for communities of Western NSW.

To be considered for interview, candidates must address the Selection Criteria in the Position Description.

Employment TypePermanent Full Time / Permanent Part Time (job share may be considered)
Position Classification: Registered Nurse
Remuneration: $65,692.82 – $92,236.06 pa / $33.13 – $46.52 per hr (plus super)
Hours per week: up to 38
Location:  Dubbo or Orange, NSW

Nurse Coordinator – Virtual Care (vCare)
Orange and/or Dubbo

  • Western NSW LHD has an established mentoring program that includes development in areas such as leadership, management and/or specialty areas.

About the role:
Our vision to shape the future of rural health is at the heart of our vCare service, which provides a team of dedicated nurses and doctors who assist our MPS teams to deliver the highest quality of care close to the homes of everyone in our district.

Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is one of the largest districts in New South Wales covering an area of 246,676 square kilometres, similar to the size of Britain. We deliver innovative health services to an estimated resident population of approximately 276,000 people.

While we’ve been operating vCare for over 14 years, recent world events have made virtual communication and service delivery more mainstream and we are expanding our cutting edge service.

As a vCare Nurse, you’ll work to the top of your scope of practice and together with the medical specialist team, support the on-site nurses and clinicians across 38 hospitals/multipurpose services in our district in in times of emergency care and escalation of care to a higher level as well as to proactively monitor patients for early detection of unwarranted clinical deterioration.

You’ll use critical thinking skills at both a systems and clinical level, multi-tasking to provide continuous, connected and co-ordinated care across the district and beyond.

We use cutting edge technology, so in each step you take guiding and supporting your colleagues, you feel like you are in the room and could reach right through the screen to hold something to help.  Sometimes, you could be online to one location for a number of hours, assisting the onsite team, till on the ground specialist services arrive.

You’ll co-ordinate transport, including by air, to move patients to the locations to receive the best care for their circumstance and you’ll advocate for patients that live in our district, but may be in care in tertiary hospitals, who are returning home requiring further care.

This is truly a rewarding role where you build strong professional relationships with teams right across our district.  The colleagues you help to develop their skills appreciate the expertise you provide and having walked in the same shoes, experiencing critical care events together, you develop unique bonds that underpin genuinely satisfying work.

Combine great working relationships with the contribution you make to ensuring location is no barrier for quality care, being a vCare Nurse one of the most worthwhile and recognised roles in our district.

Thinking of the future, your work as a vCare Nurse helps develop the skills that can lead to leadership roles in bed management, patient flow and campus management, however, with our commitment to be at the forefront of technology to improve patient care and experience – this role offers an ongoing opportunity to be at the cutting edge of virtual care.

This is a targeted position in accordance with GSE Rule 26: Employment of eligible persons. Whereby Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply and, where found suitable, will be given higher priority under affirmative action in order to improve access to employment and career opportunities. In the event there are no suitable Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants, then applications from non-Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be considered. 

Where you’ll be working:  
Dubbo is a major regional city with a population of around 40,000 people, situated on the beautiful Macquarie River, 420 kilometres north-west of Sydney.  It is a progressive city with a thriving town centre.  There are daily flights, trains and buses to the eastern seaboard and many regional towns.  Known as the cosmopolitan heart of New South Wales, Dubbo has great shopping and sporting facilities and provides a perfect base from which to explore the eastern interior of our beautiful state.

The Orange region boasts easy access to modern city infrastructure (home to 41,000 residents), services and culture, pristine natural environment and an unspoilt natural beauty in the landscape which enjoys four distinct seasons in the year. The calendar of cultural, food and arts events is full, and being a safe and secure place to live, it’s a great place to raise a family as part of a friendly community.

Regular flights to Sydney, Brisbane & Melbourne leave each week and it’s just over a 3 hour drive to Sydney or Canberra.

About us:
WNSWLHD is the largest employer in the region, with over 7,700 dedicated staff working across 3 major rural referral hospitals, 50 community health centres, numerous corporate and executive offices and 38 inpatient facilities – which include 25 multipurpose services and 4 district health services.

We are committed to building a workplace that values diversity, inclusion and belonging, by recognising and valuing the skills and strengths each person can bring to our organisation. As a vibrant and diverse region, rich in community and culture, we welcome applications from all ages and genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Watch our video to find out what it is like to work with the Western NSW Local Health District vCare Team:-

Some of the benefits of working with us include:

  • Genuine support in an inclusive, compassionate and caring team environment.
  • Interesting and challenging work that will bring your purpose to life, broaden your scope and fast track your career. 
  • Greater autonomy and responsibility to reach your full potential.
  • Opportunities to make an impact and shape the future of rural health through involvement in projects, innovations and research.
  • Opportunities for learning and development, including access to a mentoring program and in-house training with our Organisational Development Unit and eLearning system.
  • Access to Fitness Passport and free and confidential counselling services.

How to apply:
Candidates must read the Position Description and address the Selection Criteria for the role, providing examples where required. You must also upload a copy of your current CV as part of your application. For assistance, see our Guide to Employment with WNSWLHD. For further information on the remuneration and conditions, visit NSW Public Health System Awards.

Applications will close 28 Sep 2021 – 11:59pm.

For role related enquiries, please reach out to Maureen Hughes on 0448 301 323 or maureen.hughes@health.nsw.gov.au

Talent Pool
If we identify a surplus of suitable candidates for this role, you may also be invited to an eligibility list where you could be offered an alternative position per the relevant Award.