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An ongoing EL1 Senior Project Officer vacancy in the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) team, was advertised in the APS gazette on 30 August 2019. 

As a member of the IPC and HAI team, the Senior Project Officer will be responsible for:

  • Project planning and management for national programs and initiatives to promote the implementation of the NSQHS Standard: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection
  • Research and analysis of data, evidence and contemporary practice in regard to IPC and HAIs
  • Stakeholder engagement, clinical consultation, and facilitation of working groups to develop policy, programs and guidance in regard to IPC and HAIs
  • Preparation of analyses and reports for a range of audiences.

Applications for this role will close at midnight AEST on Friday 13 September 2019. Instructions on how to apply are available in the Applicant Pack in the links below.

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An ongoing EL2 Program Manager, Indicator Development in the Safety & Quality Improvement Systems & Intergovernmental Relation team, was advertised in the APS gazette on 30 August 2019. 

As a member of the SQIS and IGR team, the Program Manager will be responsible for leading a small team to manage and delivery team programs of work to facilitate the maintenance and development of health care measurement and indicators to support local safety and quality improvement.

This position will also manage and supervise content work relating to:

  • Healthcare associated infection data set specifications and development of benchmarks;
  • Implementation of the Australian Hospital Patient Experience Question Set used to evaluate patient experience;
  • Development of a national strategy to assist severe incident monitoring;
  • Development and implementation of patient reported outcome measures (PROMs);
  • Identification and implementation of a survey to measure patient safety from the staff perspective;
  • Development, maintenance and implementation of clinical care standard indicators;
  • Maintenance and implementation support of the Australian Sentinel events list (version 2);
  • Development and review of maternal, neonatal, paediatrics safety and quality indicators.

Applications for this role will close at midnight AEST on Friday 13 September 2019. Instructions on how to apply are available in the Applicant Pack in the links below.

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An ongoing EL2 Manager, Intergovernment Relations and Projects the Safety & Quality Improvement Systems & Intergovernmental Relations (SQIS and IGR) team was advertised in the APS gazette on the 30 August 2019.

This position will lead a small team to manage the delivery of the SQIS & IGR team’s program of work with a focus on clinical trials and clinical quality registries. The position will manage a diverse range of high-level SQIS projects including:

  • Clinical quality registries governance and standards
  • Clinical trial governance framework and standards
  • Developing options for aligning standards of public reporting of safety and quality data across public and private hospitals
  • Implementation of the Australian national sentinel events list (version 2).

Applications for this role will close at midnight AEST on Friday 6 September 2019. Instructions on how to apply are available in the Applicant Pack in the links below.

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This position will lead a small team and work in collaboration with the Program Director to manage the delivery on primary care strategies as part of the National Standards team’s commitments to:

  • Develop strategies, standards and tools to improve safety and quality in primary care
  • Develop implementation resources for primary safety and quality standards and communication strategies to generate engagement.

The position will support the Director and have a role in the management of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme and projects to support the implementation of the National Safety and Quality Accreditation (NSQHS) Standards.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Previous experience in policy development or complex project management at a national or state/territory level
  2. Highly developed analytical skills and conceptual ability, with the demonstrated capacity for strategic judgement
  3. Demonstrated understanding of safety and quality standards and Accreditation schemes
  4. Superior writing skills and secretariat skills including the preparation of policy papers, agenda and minutes
  5. Well-developed ability to communicate with influence and cultivate productive working relationships with stakeholders.
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This position will report to the Stream Director, AURA, IPC/HAIs and will support the operation and enhancement of the AURA Surveillance System, and contribute to analyses and reporting of national antimicrobial resistance (AMR), antimicrobial usage and HAI data.  The position will be located within the AURA and Infection Prevention and Control/ Healthcare Associated Infections (IPC/HAIs) team.

Key responsibilities include:

  1. Supporting the operation and enhancement of the AURA Surveillance System and surveillance of HAIs
  2. Supporting and contributing to ongoing analyses and reporting of AURA Surveillance System and HAI data to promote use of these data in improving health service delivery
  3. Preparation of reports, briefing notes, and other resources to support the utilisation of epidemiological and other data analyses.
  4. Contributing to support for expert panels and advisory committees, and participate as required on these groups, for the development of appropriate responses to AMR and HAIs

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Appropriate qualifications and experience with respect to epidemiological analyses and/or health data analyses, database management, surveillance methods and use of evidence to inform public policy in the Australian context
  2. Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to liaise and work effectively with a range of stakeholders, and within a multi-disciplinary team
  3. Well-developed negotiation, influencing and consultation skills
  4. Highly developed oral and written communication skills including demonstrated ability to prepare reports and high level briefing documents, present publicly to large audiences, and explain complex technical issues simply
  5. A comprehensive understanding of Australia’s health care systems, including the development and application of national approaches to surveillance and coordinated disease outbreak responses.
Job advertisement

The Healthcare Variation program is part of a priority area of work for the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) that concerns quality, cost and value. The aim of this priority area is to have a health system that provides appropriate and high value care. As a part of this work, the Commission has undertaken a program to publish the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation (the Atlas) series and other publications. To date, the Commission has released three Atlases and commenced work on the fourth Atlas in the series. Each Atlas identifies marked variations in national healthcare use, and opportunities for the health system to improve.  
The Healthcare Variation Reporting Manager will work in collaboration with the Director to plan, manage and coordinate the development of the Atlas series and other healthcare variation publications.  The Healthcare Variation Reporting Manager will have a strong understanding of the Australian healthcare system and considerable experience in:

- Managing public policy programs

- The strategic planning and implementation of major projects

- Developing and managing relationships with a broad range of stakeholders

- Using national administrative data sets.


Key skills for this role include:

- Highly developed analytical and research skills to inform policy and change clinical practice, including the ability to interview healthcare experts and interpret and synthesise quantitative and qualitative information

- Collaborative leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to manage and develop staff

- Demonstrated capacity for sound judgement and the ability to apply lateral thinking to identify innovative solutions to complex problems

- Demonstrated project management skills for complex and high profile programs of work

- Knowledge and understanding of a range of healthcare datasets, including the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS), Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) and National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD), and the challenges associated with the use of healthcare data to monitor and drive improvements in care. 


Applications for this role will close at midnight, 13 December 2019. For further information please refer to the applicant pack or contact Gillian Giles on (02) 9126 3634

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The Director, Communications is responsible for developing and implementing the Commission’s strategic communications to enhance its reputation as the leading national agency for improving safety and quality in health care across Australia.

Leading a small team of communications professionals, the position is responsible for external communications functions, with a particular focus on the development and implementation of innovative solutions designed to help the Commission better disseminate its work to relevant audiences.

Positions duties and responsibilities include:

1. Develop and lead an integrated communications program including production of digital and hard copy publications, and a media engagement program that effectively promotes the work, priorities, brand and reputation of the Commission.

2. Provide appropriate expert communications advice and support to the Commission Executive on communications opportunities and risks, particularly on complex or sensitive matters.

3. Provide leadership to, and oversee activities of, the Communications team, including establishing priorities and managing workflow and performance to ensure timely delivery of outputs in consultation with the Director, Planning, Strategy and Evaluation.

4. Develop and manage highly effective and collaborative relationships with the senior executive of the Commission, and key external stakeholders.

5. Work closely with the Director, Planning , Strategy and Evaluation, the COO and other Directors to identify and maximise communication opportunities through the development and implementation of successful strategic approaches relating to digital development, media relations, issues management, brand and reputation development, website content and maintenance, and publications production.  

6. Develop the Commission’s strategic communication goals and activity plan with a core focus on developing relevant platforms, channels and tools for the delivery of the Commission’s products, which aligns with the Commission’s workplan and key strategic directions.

7. Develop a wide range of high-quality communications that respond to the needs of the Commission and reaches target audiences; to be delivered via appropriate communications channels, within agreed budget and timelines.

8. Provide advice, support and capacity building about document editing and publication to the Executive, program teams and communications staff.

9. Identify and pursue creative opportunities for the Commission’s reputation and brand.


For further information about this role please refer to the Applicant Pack or contact Naomi Poole on 9126 3536.

Applications close Wednesday 19 February 2020, midnight EST.