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Clinical Nurse (RN1)

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Organisation : Wintringham

Location : Melbourne, VIC Regional (Melbourne & Ararat)

Work type : Full-time

Sector : Aged Care & Seniors, Drug, Alcohol & Addiction, Homelessness & Affordable Housing, Law, Justice & Human Rights, Mental Health

Salary type : Annual Package

Salary : $100,000 plus motor vehicle allowance

Application closing date : 29 Jul, 2019

About the role

  • Work with an organisation committed to social justice
  • Wintringham promotes ongoing training and professional excellence
  • $100K plus generous motor vehicle allowance
  • Salary Packaging, Meals and Entertainment Packaging
  • Fixed Term Full Time
  • Travelling across metropolitan + rural Victoria


Wintringham provides aged care services to those who are financially disadvantaged and have previously been homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.   Supported by the Clinical Services Manager, Wintringham’s dynamic and highly skilled Clinical Care Team provides support to our residential and community sites ensuring that residents and clients receive high quality services that meet their health care needs.

Our Clinical Care Team are an integral part of our operations systems and play a vital role in the assessment, delivery and review of care to clients with complex needs. We are currently seeking a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with enthusiasm, experience and a sense of curiosity to join our team on a Full Time – Fixed Term until January 2021. As a key ‘go to’ person for prison and site based nursing staff, you will have an excellent understanding of current best practice guidelines in aged care and be confident in providing advice and guidance.


The successful applicant must be a Registered Nurse (Division 1) with experience in Aged Care (either residential or community).  Experience with palliative, wound, or continence management would be ideal. Candidates with a detailed knowledge of alcohol dependence and associated behaviours will be looked on favourably.


Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Practicing within a rural custodial setting to assess, plan, implement and evaluate older prisoner’s health needs.
  • Liaising closely with the Wintringham Clinical team
  • Assessing the needs of the individual within the boundaries set by the profession and the environment
  • Collaborate with Prison staff to identify cost affective future options for the Victorian older prisoner cohort


We are seeking candidates with the following:

  • A current driver’s licence and appropriate motor vehicle
  • A keen eye for detail
  • The ability to problem solve and improve practices in order to provide the safest possible service to our clients.
  • A Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (favourable)
  • A non-judgmental attitude and the ability to liaise with people from varying socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication skills with a keen eye for detail


Only applicants who accompany their resume with a cover letter addressing the following four questions will be considered for interview:

  1. Why you are interested in this particular position & organisation?
  2. How you can add value to our Clinical Care Team?
  3. What are the most important attributes you provide as a nurse?
  4. What areas of nursing do you enjoy the most?


“Wintringham is an Equal Opportunity employer and embraces differences in gender, diversity, ethnicity, race cultural background, ability, religion and sexual orientation.  We are committed to the safety of our older persons and have zero tolerance for elder abuse.


We acknowledge the first peoples of Australia and their unique role in our history and society and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for advertised positions.  We recognise the benefits that diversity and inclusion contribute to help Wintringham achieve our goals and vision of ending homelessness.”

About the organisation

Organisation Name : Wintringham

The founder of Wintringham is its Chief Executive Officer, Bryan Lipmann. 

Wintringham was established in 1989 in response to the frustrations of watching elderly men and women die in homeless persons’ night shelters, unable to access mainstream aged care services. Elderly residents were thought of as first and foremost ‘Homeless’ – aged care services wanted nothing to do with them.

It was decided to create a new Victorian welfare company called Wintringham and to build our own aged care hostels. With the active help of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Commonwealth Government and its Aged Care Minister at the time, Peter Staples, funding was secured for Wintringham to build three hostels for elderly, frail homeless men and women. These three became McLean Lodge in FlemingtonWintringham Hostel in Williamstown, and Wintringham Hostel in Port Melbourne.

Although Gordon House, Gill Memorial and Ozanum night shelters have now closed or been redeveloped, the problems of elderly homeless people unable to get into mainstream accommodation persist. In response, Wintringham is attempting to meet these needs by continuing with its program of building and managing additional housing and aged care facilities, while at the same time developing a wide range of community care and outreach services.

Starting with a fire in our belly, our collective passion for social justice has endured. The principles that guided us in those early days are still the ones that we follow today. We believed then and do now that the right to aged care services is a fundamental social justice issue and should not be dependent upon a person's wealth, behaviour or religion. 

Wintringham has also argued our clients are “aged and homeless” and not “homeless and aged” and therefore should be part of mainstream aged care funding programs. 

How to apply for this role

Applications not allowed for this job listing.

Please quote in application: Clinical Nurse (RN1) via Pro Bono Australia.

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