Surveillance Officer 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 $74406 - $100090
Reference Number REQ181389
Supporting Document/s NSWH_RequisitionPD_REQ181389.pdf 59.49 kB


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 Surveillance Officer Team Member will be doing?
The COVID-19 Surveillance Officer is part of the Epidemiology and surveillance team within the PHRB responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Team ensuring high quality COVID-19 surveillance data in the relevant NSW health databases and 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 1
Salary range: $74,406.00 - $100,090.00

Hourly rate: $37.53 - $50.48

Click here to see Position Description for more details. 
Key skills required
1. Tertiary qualifications or equivalent experience in a public health field.
2. Practical experience in disease surveillance and management of disease outbreaks.
3. High level experience in the use of computer applications, in particular Microsoft Access and Microsoft Excel, experience with statistical analysis programs is desirable.
4. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
5. High level experience with managing databases and undertaking data quality activities.
6. Attention to detail.
7. Ability to learn new tasks quickly. Flexibility to adapt to changing business needs.
Key accountabilities of the role
  • Coordinate the collection of epidemiological and laboratory data from public health units and laboratories.
  • Collate data to determine risk factors and assist the epidemiologist to prepare and distribute regular summary reports on the findings.
  • Assist epidemiologists in the investigation of clusters and outbreaks.
  • Contribute to meetings and other duties within the COVID-19 team as requested.
  • Work quickly while maintaining a high attention to detail.
  • Escalate issues and problems appropriately.
  • 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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