NSW Government

Job Description

It’s a great time to join Hunter New England Local Health District. Apply now for one of our eligible regional and rural positions. You could benefit under the NSW Health Rural Workforce Incentive Scheme!

Employment Type:

Various – Casual, Permanent Full and Part-time, Temporary Full and Part-time
Location: Merriwa Multi Purpose Service
Position Classification: Enrolled Nurse
Remuneration: $31.84 – $34.60 per hour + Super + Rural Incentives
Hours Per Week: Up to 38
Requisition ID: REQ456276

About the Role

  • You would work within a multidisciplinary team in a small rural Multi-Purpose Service.
  • You will be caring for up to 15 RAC residents as well as supporting a 2 bedded Emergency Department.
  • You will be working closely with the residents as well as another RN or EN. You directly report to a Health Service Manager.
  • You will be supported in this role by other senior clinicians, allied health staff and the health service manage

Where you’ll be working

  • Located 312km northwest of Sydney, Merriwa is centrally positioned between Dubbo, Newcastle, Tamworth and Bathurst.
  • Described as a rural charm, the small town is home to historic architecture and the Goulburn River National Park and Battery Rocks, which offer excellent bushwalking.


  • Rural Health Incentive package – (See Below)
  • Develop your career by working within a rural and remote facility with the opportunity of upskilling and becoming a clinical leader.
  • Have the opportunity to develop your career by working within a rural and remote facility with the possibility of upskilling.
  • Accommodation arrangements are negotiable – private accommodation, on-site or local. You can take your partner or even your pet.
  • Superannuation contributions 11%
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members
  • Paid Training and development courses ie Triage or CRANA
  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals.

Rural Health Incentives

This vacancy is eligible for an Attraction and Relocation package that includes the following:

  • Attraction incentive paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance of up to $20,000 for the first 12mths
  • Retention incentive of up to $10,000 thereafter annually
  • PLUS 3 months accommodation assistance (e.g. rent payments, mortgage re-payments, payments for commercial accommodation)
  • PLUS Relocation benefits (e.g. expenses incurred due to relocation such as leave for moving, travel to look at potential accommodation, removal and storage costs, transactional and incidental costs due to the sale and purchase of a home, plus more!)
  • PLUS Family Travel Assistance (e.g. reimbursement of a return economy air fare to and from the nearest capital city for a family member that is usually part of your household per year)
  • All payments and reimbursements made to part time employees will be on a pro-rata basis.

Attraction incentives will be paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance on top of your base salary.

Other forms of payment/package options (where you are eligible) need to be negotiated with the Convenor and may include:

  • Additional annual professional development days (up to 5 more per year)
  • Additional personal leave (up to 5 more per year)
  • Computer/internet reimbursement (e.g. laptop, wi-fi costs)
  • Return airfare to and from your work base (or equivalent motor vehicle allowance) so you can still visit family and friends

The total value of your incentive package would remain the same. Employees are responsible for seeking independent financial advice before accepting an Attraction and Retention Incentive package as part of their offer.

Additional Information

  • This position is full-time; however, part-time/job share arrangements may also be considered.
  • We are unable to accommodate visa sponsorship for applicants requiring a visa for this position.
  • An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full or part-time and temporary full or part-time vacancies.
  • Click below for the relevant Position Description:
    – Enrolled Nurse
  • Find out more about applying for this position
  • For role-related queries or questions contact Mark Schroder at Mark.Schroder@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:
All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). Additionally, Category A workers are required to receive a booster dose three months after completing the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations. New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health, or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (IM011 immunisation medical exemption form) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.
Acceptable proof of vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.
Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases – this is a Category A position. Please read and understand NSW Health policy directive (PD2022_030). All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.


Job Closing Date 08 Feb, 2024

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