NALHN - Aboriginal Health

At Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN), we are committed to enabling and improving workforce opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, as part of our Closing the Gap program. You will have a unique opportunity to work in a culturally supportive environment, where you can help to improve health outcomes.

The five key benefits of working for NALHN are:

  • Influence positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Build and learn new skills and develop your career pathway
  • Undertake meaningful and interesting work
  • Improve cultural responsiveness
  • If you are looking for an organisation where you can build your skills in a caring and supportive environment, we would like to hear from you.

A range of positions are available as part of the program, across a broad range of health services within NALHN.

About the NALHN Health Services

The available positions are based at the following health services, which are offered at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.

Women's and Children's Division

NALHN Women's and Children's program will improve perinatal outcomes by improving care coordination across hospital/primary health care for all Aboriginal women and mothers of Aboriginal babies attending NALHN services.

The Aboriginal Health practitioners within the Child protection service will provide advocacy for families accessing CPS services and support those families in decision making and accessing appropriate supports.

The positions will work alongside other non-Aboriginal staff to support the inclusion of cultural considerations in the assessments and interventions. The new positions will have the opportunity to work with leadership to further define the role and scope of these positions.

Division of Medicine

NALHN Division of Medicine will focus on improving Aboriginal identification and to support early identification of risk factors and disease through opportunistic screening and improvements in ongoing management of Aboriginal adults with chronic disease in the acute, intermediate and primary health care settings.

Cultural responsiveness will be championed through the work of Aboriginal Health Practitioners as well as introduction of an Aboriginal Allied Health Assistant Role.

Mental Health Services

NALHN Mental Health will develop a more culturally responsive approach to managing presentations of severe mental illness and psychological distress by Aboriginal people in NALHN.

An Aboriginal Cultural Healing Team consisting skilled Aboriginal staff will work with existing clinical and mental health staff and services in mental health units and the Emergency Departments of Lyell McEwin and Modbury Hospital.

Closing the Gap Program

In 2009 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) established the Closing the Gap program to improve health outcomes for and provide culturally appropriate services to address the needs of health needs of Aboriginal people in South Australia.

As part of this initiative, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) Closing the Gap proposal aims to improve the workforce opportunities within SA Health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Research undertaken over the past 10 years has shown that employing Indigenous staff and involving them fully in program design, delivery and evaluation and providing adequate training is key to successful outcomes.

In 2018, Closing the Gap remains a shared commitment. It is the story of a shared journey to continue to work together and enable and empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to live healthy and prosperous lives.


I can influence positive changes towards the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people in South Australia.

My cultural knowledge and life experience will help to break down barriers and improve an understanding of the challenges facing Aboriginal people.

At SA Health, my career is varied and diverse, enabling me to do truly meaningful and interesting work.

Current opportunities - apply now

NALHN are looking to recruit to the following positions that will be located at Lyell McEwin Hospital - applications closed on Friday 17 August 2018:

Women's and Children's Division

Job Ref: 667925 - Aboriginal Maternal Infant Care Worker
Job Ref: 664400 - Mother carer

Child Protection Service

Job Ref: 668081 - Aboriginal Wellbeing Officer
Division of Medicine
Job Ref: 665903 - Aboriginal Health Practitioner

Allied Health

Job Ref: 661701 - Allied Health Assistant
Mental Health Services
Job Ref: 669248 - Aboriginal Mental Health Worker