Chief executive officer

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation

Logo of Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal CorporationThe name “Derbarl Yerrigan” is the Wadjuk Noongar name for the Swan River. The Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (DYHSAC) is an Aboriginal community-controlled health organisation which was established in 1974 as the Perth Aboriginal Medical Service and has been an integral part of the Perth (Boorloo) metropolitan primary healthcare landscape for the past 45 years.

DYHSAC provides holistic and integrated primary health care services to Aboriginal people living in the Perth metropolitan region. We employ 118 staff, have an annual turnover of $14 million and our GP services are delivered from clinics located at East Perth, Maddington, Midland and Mirrabooka. DYHSAC targets the social, emotional, cultural and physical wellbeing of Aboriginal people living on Noongar country. Our clinic services are robust and delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians.

For selection criteria and further information please download the position documentation.

Closing date: 

4pm, 30 January 2020


Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)


East Perth
Western Australia

Job category: 

  • Executive

Type of vacancy: 

Full time

Salary and conditions: 


Job description/overview: 

DYHSAC is seeking to appoint an experienced and highly competent chief executive officer (CEO) and strongly encourage candidates of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent to apply.

The position provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for a suitably experienced professional, with the ability to oversee the day-to-day operations of a well-established Aboriginal community-controlled health service currently operating through an extensive change management process.

The CEO will work directly with the DYHSAC board of directors, Aboriginal Health Council of WA (AHCWA) and the executive management team, managing the day-to-day operations and delivery of primary healthcare services to the local Aboriginal communities across four sites in the in the Perth (Boorloo) metropolitan region (East Perth, Midland, Mirrabooka and Maddington).

Currently operating through a period of change, DYHSAC is seeking an individual with extensive executive management experience including a proven ability to achieve key strategic objectives in a dynamic and challenging environment.

Selection criteria

  1. Proven ability to strategically lead a large organisation through a challenging change management process, exemplifying personal drive, integrity and respect for and compliance with the principles of Aboriginal community control
  2. Demonstrated team leadership and mentoring experience
  3. Demonstrated ability to work with Aboriginal organisations, communities and individuals in culturally appropriate ways
  4. Demonstrated understanding of the epidemiology of urban Aboriginal health issues across Australia in particular the Perth metropolitan area
  5. Sound understanding and demonstrated experience in the application of corporate and clinical governance principles
  6. Strong financial management skills including the application of appropriate risk management and mitigation strategies
  7. Experience in working with Aboriginal communities and stakeholders including: a board of directors, state and commonwealth health departments and primary health networks in order to engage, negotiate and form alliances that reflect agreed strategic outcomes
  8. Demonstrated high level of written and verbal communication skills including report writing, negotiation, facilitation and presentation skills and advanced computer skills in the Microsoft Office suite of products
  9. Relevant tertiary qualification in business, health management or human resources management or equivalent comparative management experience (minimum 3 years) at an executive level in the Aboriginal community-controlled health sector
  10. Knowledge of occupational health and safety, industrial relations, equal employment opportunity and any other applicable legislation.

Contact person and how to apply: 

For enquiries or to obtain an application information pack, contact Ms Ceri Writer, human resources manager, on 08 9421 3888 or email

Applications must include a cover letter, current resume (including contact information) and a document addressing all selection criteria.

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