Primary Care Nurse Co-ordinator

Passionate about Primary Care Nursing?

Looking for a change for 2023?

Consider joining the team at Sydney North Health Network (SNHN)

Join the team of professionals that work closely with general practice, aged and community care across the Northern Sydney region.

See the Position Description attached and consider applying.


This role will allow you to support, coach and mentor the next generation of Primary Care Nurses, from mid-January 2023.

Sydney North Health Network (SNHN), is one of 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) established by the Australian Government to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health services for the community. Our focus is on patients who are at risk of poor health outcomes and we work to improve the coordination of their care so they receive the right care, in the right place at the right time. Better health outcomes for patients is achieved by working together with a network of health professionals including general practitioners, practice nurses, allied health providers, the Northern Sydney Local Health District and other health services. This partnership approach and community focus is reflected in our vision: Achieving together – better health, better care.

The purpose of the Primary Care Nurse Co-ordinator is to advocate for, support and mentor nurses in Primary Health Care Settings within the boundaries of the Sydney North Health Network Region.

This role will aim to help nurses become autonomous and competent health care workers within their scope of practice and help them to navigate a rapidly changing primary health care landscape. The Primary Care Nurse Co-ordinator will also respond to the needs of Primary health care providers and organisations seeking to employ nurses. The Primary Care Nurse Co-ordinator will work collaboratively with those health care providers to ensure workforce capacity and retention into the future.

Key outcomes:

  • Identify the cohort of nurses working in Primary care in the Sydney north region and assess the professional background, education aspirations and personal strengths.
  • Respond directly to the education needs and requirements of the cohort. Facilitate face-to-face practical and online learning.
  • Adapt learning opportunities to reflect the changing nature of public health considerations in response to current and future health challenges.
  • Ongoing management of the Nurse Transition Program including recruitment and selection of General Practices and placement of new graduate nurses.
  • Coordination, facilitation, and delivery of education program to nurses new to General Practice, including nurses new to primary care.
  • Adhere to the standards of relevant professional bodies or associations
  • Ongoing mentoring and liaising with all stakeholders to ensure aims of the NTP are met.
  • Work collaboratively with other primary health networks and peak bodies to further develop the capacity of nurses working in primary care .
  • Planning for workforce development and retention of Nurses.
  • Respond to the projected health workforce needs of the community into the future.
  • Develop relationships with internal and external stakeholders that recognise the diverse needs of culturally and linguistically diverse, LGBTQI and first nations health consumers and support the development of a nursing workforce to meet identified need.
  • Keeping abreast of latest best practice by attendance at relevant conferences and workshops and dissemination of that knowledge back through the wider organisation to support the above key outcomes.


The ideal candidate will have the following:


  • Tertiary Qualification – Degree in Nursing
  • Recent and relevant primary health care nursing experience
  • Excellent relationship management skills including an ability to build and maintain ongoing collaborative working relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders including practice staff, general practitioners, practice managers, external organisations, and industry professionals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills including effective supervision and report writing skills with the ability to participate in advisory bodies and influence senior stakeholders in strategic operations.
  • Well developed supervisory skills including an ability and passion to lead, mentor, coach and support nurses and practice staff.
  • High level organisational skills including the ability to manage competing demands and time effectively.
  • Strong demonstrated understanding of primary healthcare in an Australian setting.
  • Knowledge of or experience in implementing quality improvement methodologies.


  • Demonstrated clinical nursing education experience
  • Account management experience and/or demonstrable experience in delivery of services through establishing professional relationships.
  • Knowledge of behaviour change and/or change management principles.
  • Academic detailing and/or facilitation skills.
  • Experience working for a Not for Profit or government funded organisation.
  • Knowledge of Australian Health Care Reform.


A base salary commensurate with the not-for-profit sector will be provided and as a not-for-profit, attractive salary packaging options are available.

Special conditions

Some out of hours work on weekends or evenings may be required, for example, attendance at community forums or meetings, for which time off in lieu may be taken.

Successful candidates will be required to consent to a National Criminal Record, Reference and potentially Working with Children Checks if a requirement of the role.


If this exciting new role is for you please attach your resume and covering letter addressing the essential and desirable criteria within this advertisement.


Sydney North Health Network is an equal opportunity employer.


Please submit your application as soon as possible through this advertisement or send your application to dpettigrew@snhn.org.au.


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