Tasmnina GovernmentThe Tasmanian Health Service Australia, is seeking interest for a Senior Epidemiologist. {Image1}

Tasmania offers an envious lifestyle with some of the most amazing natural attractions, a wide range of opportunities, quality education systems, short commutes, exceptional local beer, wine and food.

Vacancy: 

Fixed term, full time, shift work, position working 76 hours per fortnight, commencing as soon as possible until 30 June 2022.

Following an announcement by the Tasmanian Government, a Public Health Direction was issued on 10 September 2021 requiring that all Health Workers are vaccinated against COVID-19. This step is critical in protecting both our health workforce and vulnerable Tasmanians in our care.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Tasmania Government

Undertake analysis and interpretation of SARS-CoV-2 and other communicable disease data, and lead or participate in investigations of disease outbreaks and subsequent control activities.

Develop and maintain surveillance activities, including information systems, and prepare high level epidemiological reports.

Duties:

  1. Develop and maintain surveillance and reporting functions, including information systems, in relation to SARS-CoV-2, and other communicable diseases as required.
  2. Identify research needs and data collection processes to analyse and review epidemiological data for surveillance purposes including identification of trends and clusters of disease.
  3. Participate in the collection of data to assist in epidemiological investigations, inform public health policy and programs, and report on contracted services.
  4. Prepare high level epidemiological reports and contribute expertise to preparation of briefing notes, media, reports, presentations, publications, and ministerial correspondence.
  5. Contribute to the ongoing improvement of reporting from the Communicable Disease Prevention Unit (CDPU).
  6. Provide expert advice to the Department of Health and other key stakeholders on SARS-CoV-2 regulatory matters.
  7. Liaise and maintain networks with intra and interstate laboratories and other providers who submit notifications of diseases and associated surveillance data in relation to SARS-CoV-2, and other communicable diseases as required.
  8. Conduct routine audits of notifications received from diagnosing laboratories and specified data sets for quality assurance purposes.
  9. Represent Tasmania on national and local committees and working groups, in relation to the SARS-CoV-2 incident response and other communicable diseases as required.
  10. Actively participate in and contribute to the organisation’s Quality & Safety and Work Health & Safety processes, including in the development and implementation of safety systems, improvement initiatives and related training.
  11. The incumbent can expect to be allocated duties, not specifically mentioned in this document, that are within the capacity, qualifications and experience normally expected from persons occupying positions at this classification level.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities:

The Senior Epidemiologist operates under broad direction from the Manager - Epidemiology and Surveillance, and as part of a communicable disease epidemiology team, and is responsible for:

  • Exercising independent professional judgement in relation to developing frameworks for surveillance activities, analysis, interpretation, and reporting procedures for communicable disease data.
  • Presenting high quality statistical analysis of public health data to inform public health action and to promote communicable disease awareness amongst health providers and the public.
  • Assessing public health needs in relation to surveillance activities which support operations of the CDPU.
  • Conducting investigations and statutory functions under the Public Health Act 1997.
  • Where applicable, exercise delegations in accordance with a range of Acts, Regulations, Awards, administrative authorities and functional arrangements as mandated by Statutory office holders including the Secretary and Head of State Service. The relevant Unit Manager can provide details to the occupant of delegations applicable to this position. 
  • Comply at all times with policy and protocol requirements, including those relating to mandatory education, training and assessment.

Pre-employment Conditions:

It is the Employee’s responsibility to notify an Employer of any new criminal convictions during the course of their employment with the Department.

The Head of the State Service has determined that the person nominated for this job is to satisfy a pre‑employment check before taking up the appointment, on promotion or transfer. The following checks are to be conducted:

  1. Conviction checks in the following areas:
    1. crimes of violence
    2. sex related offences
    3. serious drug offences
    4. crimes involving dishonesty
  2. Identification check
  3. Disciplinary action in previous employment check.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Demonstrated extensive experience and expertise in communicable disease surveillance and epidemiological activities in a public health setting.
  2. Demonstrated advanced skills in statistical data analysis, interpretation and epidemiological report writing.
  3. Demonstrated highly developed communication, interpersonal, problem solving and decision-making skills with the ability to apply these skills within a sensitive setting and to ensure effective partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  4. Demonstrated ability to meet defined objectives, priorities, and deadlines, including reviewing and adjusting as required, and establishing required systems and procedures to guide the work and track progress.
  5. Demonstrated conceptual and analytical ability, including the ability to reason through problems and complexity.
  6. Knowledge and understanding of emergency management processes as they relate to public health, or the ability to quickly acquire.

Contact: 0491 963 941
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Working Environment:

The Department of Health is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of patients, clients and the Tasmanian community through a sustainable, high quality and safe health system. We value leading with purpose, being creative and innovative, acting with integrity, being accountable and being collegial.

The Department seeks to provide an environment that supports safe work practices, diversity and respect, including with employment opportunities and ongoing learning and development. We value the diverse backgrounds, skills and contributions of all employees and treat each other and members of the community with respect. We do not tolerate discrimination, harassment or bullying in the workplace. All employees must uphold the State Service Principles and Code of Conduct which are found in the State Service Act 2000. The Department supports the Consumer and Community Engagement Principles