Employment Type: Permanent Part Time
Position Classification: Genetics Counsellor Lvl 3
Remuneration: $111,228 – $114,007 per annum plus superannuation
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ325963
Applications Close: 31 July 2022 – 11:59pm
In line with the Public Health Order, all NSW Health workers are required to have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by 30 September 2021 and two doses by 30 November 2021 or have an approved medical contraindication certificate. You will be required to provide a record of your COVID-19 vaccination status if successful.
About the opportunity
This position is an exciting opportunity to be the first to fill a new role in NSW Health Pathology – laboratory genetic counsellor. This is a chance to learn new skills while developing and shaping this new role. The successful applicant will need a relevant background in genetic counselling (particularly in relation to carrier screening) with the ability to work independently, communicate with healthcare practitioners and patients with minimal supervision, and contribute to development of policies and procedures.
You will be working at the NSW Health Pathology Genomics service located at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick. The focus of the position is on reproductive genetic carrier screening, but there will be scope for the successful applicant to play a role in other activities of the laboratory.
Being part of NSW Health Pathology means you’re helping create better health and justice systems every day.
We operate more than 60 laboratories and around 200 collection centres across NSW and conduct over 60 million tests per annum. Our network of pathologists are supported by scientists, technicians and support staff who quickly and accurately assess samples so clinical teams can make the best possible treatment decisions for patients. We encourage our staff to be involved in research and innovation opportunities to help create safer, healthier communities. Our Forensic & Analytical Science Service provides independent, objective analysis to the NSW criminal and coronial justice systems.
What we can offer you
- Generous salary packaging options and other fringe benefits
- Corporate wellbeing programs, including the Fitness Passport
- Learning and development opportunities, including in-house training with RTO My Health Learning
What you’ll be doing
Provision of genetic counselling support for laboratory activities including liaison with referrers and providing support for laboratory staff in interpreting and prioritising test requests, with particular responsibilities in the area of genetic carrier screening. Provision of comprehensive genetic counselling, with minimal supervision from a Clinical Geneticist, to individuals and families with a known or suspected genetic disorder, with a particular focus on the genetic testing process ranging from assisting with informed consent, discussion of results with clinicians from other disciplines and return of complex results to patients and families as appropriate.
Interested in joining Australia’s largest public pathology service? Apply now by addressing the following questions:
- Relevant undergraduate degree in a non-nursing, non-medical discipline, as well as a post graduate qualification in genetic counselling and have attained Part II certification in genetics counselling form the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA)
- Demonstrated substantial knowledge and experience in the provision of genetic counselling to individuals and families.
- Demonstrated experience in the field of reproductive genetic carrier screening
- Demonstrated understanding of the application of genomic medicine in clinical care and research
- Proven ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team and operate autonomously with minimal direct clinical supervision
- Demonstrated well developed interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders
- Demonstrated computer literacy and ability to use health information systems
- Ability to work in a responsible and efficient manner and to manage competing priorities to meet deadlines.
Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Infectious Diseases
This is a Category A position. All Category A applicants must read and understand NSW Health Policy Directive PD2020_017 Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination Against Specified Diseases. All recruits must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in this policy. All recruits must provide evidence against specified diseases and comply with the requirements of this policy at their own cost prior to appointment.
This position is a permanent position. To be eligible for permanent appointment to a position in NSW Health, you must have an Australian citizenship or permanent Australian residency. Please note: A person who is not an Australian citizen or a permanent resident is only eligible for temporary employment for a period not longer than the duration of their current visa.
New to NSW Health Pathology?
The preferred candidate may be required to undergo a functional assessment prior to appointment.
If the selection panel identifies more than one suitable candidate for the role, an eligibility list will be created for future permanent part time, temporary and casual vacancies.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
NSW Health Pathology is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive workplace. We seek to recruit from diverse applicants and create teams with skills, perspectives and experiences that complement each other at work. We welcome suitably qualified applicants regardless of age, ethnicity, socio-cultural background, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.