Epidemiologist COVID 19 – Expression Of Interest

at NSW Government - Health System Support Group
Location Sydney, Australia
Date Posted August 17, 2020
Category Government positions
Job Type Full-time
Closing Date 06/09/2020
Salary $113735 - $129658
Reference Number REQ181399
Supporting Document/s NSWH_RequisitionPD_REQ181399.pdf 59.88 kB


Epidemiologist COVID 19 - Expression Of Interest

Organisation/Entity: Health System Support Group
Job Category: Population Health | Population Health Management
Job Location: Sydney Region
Job Reference Number: REQ181399
Work Type: Various
Total Remuneration Package: $113735 - $129658
Closing Date: 06/09/2020 - 11:59 PM

Public Health Response Branch (PHRB) Expression of Interest
Thank you for your interest in assisting the NSW Health with the COVID-19 response.
We have opportunities to assist the Epidemiology and Surveillance Team within the Public Health Response Branch (PHRB) based at St Leonards.
Who is eligible to express their interest?
Everyone who is:

  • an Australian Citizen, or
  • a permanent resident of Australia, or
  • a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand Passport, or
  • a citizen of another country with an appropriate visa that allows you to work in Australia
  • persons interested in helping NSW Health with the COVID-19 response can apply for this role
What a COVID-19 Epidemiologist will be doing?
The COVID-19 Epidemiologist is part of the Epidemiology and Surveillance team within the Public Health Response Branch (PHRB) responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Team provides advice and contributes to a range of development and implementation of processes and procedures for state-wide surveillance, analysis and reporting of COVID-19 and to assist in outbreak and response activities.
Working time
The PHRB is scheduled across 7 days a week over two shifts (8.30 am - 4 pm and 2.30 - 10 pm).
Classification: Health Manager Level 2 or 3
Salary range: $97,812.00 - $116,013.00 for HSM2 / $113,735.00 - $129,658.00 for HSM3
Hourly rate: $49.33 - $58.51 for HSM2 / $57.36 - $65.39 for HSM3
Click here to see Position Description for more details.
Key skills required
1. Experience in communicable diseases epidemiology and surveillance methods, biostatistical methods and competent in the use of SAS, R or similar statistical package.
2. Demonstrated ability to undertake data quality activities, prepare and analyse data using appropriate statistical methods, and prepare high quality epidemiological reports.
3. High-level conceptual and analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex information accurately.
4. Good organisational skills and capacity to deliver high quality products within agreed timeframes.
5. Strong inter-personal, negotiation and conflict resolution skills and experience in working effectively with stakeholders with competing priorities to achieve mutual outcomes.
6. High-level oral and written communication skills with demonstrated effective report writing skills.
7. Practical experience in disease surveillance and management of disease outbreaks.
Key accountabilities of the role
  • Coordinate surveillance COVID-19, including core and enhanced data collections, and undertake regular review of data quality and enhancement of surveillance processes.
  • Undertake routine and detailed analysis and reporting of notifications data and other data.
  • Develop and coordinate projects aimed at identifying risk factors to improve control measures.
  • Contribute to the development of state and national evidence-based policies and resources for the prevention and control of COVID-19 and contribute to Public Health Response Branch (PHRB) and NSW Health planning.
  • Provide written briefings and reply to correspondence related to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases.
  • Contribute to other projects and programs as required.
  • Contribute to meetings and other duties within the COVID-19 team as requested.
  • Work quickly while maintaining a high attention to detail.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
Key challenges
  • Gathering relevant data from Public Health Units for the completion of timely reporting.
  • Assisting with the investigation of outbreaks and utilising methods to ensure that data are timely, and accurately reported.
  • Implementing quality monitoring and improvement measures to improve the reporting and investigation of outbreaks.
  • Being able to identify and escalate issues as required.
Things to consider when expressing interest:
  • Your availability will need to be across 7 days per week, for 5 shifts (morning and afternoon)
  • Weekend and/or evening work will be required

What do I need to provide?

  • Attach your current resume / curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum 5 pages) ONLY to the application
  • Complete the pre-screening questions on the application form.
  • Provide your availability including time frame/duration you are available.
  • 2 x referees will need to be supplied prior to an offer being made.
Are you currently a NSW Government employee?
  • Current NSW Health, NSW Ministry of Health and NSW Government staff, must have their manager’s approval prior to expressing interest.
  • This will be an off-payroll arrangement for current Public Sector Staff, your agency can invoice NSW Health for salary expenses.
  • The team works on a shift work arrangement, you will be required to amend your working conditions to accommodate shift working.
Who will view my EOI?
Manager and Team leaders, of PHRB teams may review your expression of interest.

Our Commitment to Diversity
NSW Health values diversity and is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture that reflects the community we serve. We encourage applications from diverse community groups including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ+, those with special needs and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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