DHHS seeking expressions of interest to meet the needs of the COVID-19 workforce-priority need for epidemiologists, epidemiology support staff, case and contact management officers

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are still seeking expressions of interest to meet the needs of the COVID-19 workforce. There is current priority need for epidemiologists and epidemiology support staff, and case and contact management officers.

  • Please complete the DHHS COVID-19 Human Resources Registration Form ASAP including your availability.
    • Then submit a CV to publichealth.hr@dhhs.vic.gov.au stating you have completed the EOI form.
    • Preference will be given to those who with maximum availability for ASAP start.
    • For roles that have not been prioritised or created, please still complete the EOI to record your details in our database for future job matching.
    • For Q31 be highly descriptive including using key terms about experience, disciplines or interest areas so that it can be searched for future roles.

The following roles are in Intelligence (Q29 Intelligence and Public Information). This will involve shift work (day and evening) moving over to a 7 day/week roster.

  • Epidemiologists – provide information and reports to the Lead Epidemiologist, prepare and participate in Intelligence section briefings, provide supervision support to other epidemiologists and support officers. They are expected to maintain oversight of data cleaning and power BI and Stata code development, manage incoming and outcoming information from multiple sources and assist with preparation and distribution of daily Situation Reports. Masters or higher qualification in epidemiology, with experience working as an epidemiologist. Stata skills highly regarded.
  • Epidemiologist Support Officers – search, collate and report information and data, work with Data Support Officers including daily data cleaning and data quality tasks, keep accurate and complete records on electronic surveillance system. Master of Public Health (or studying). Experience or knowledge of epidemiology, biostatistics, and data cleaning necessary. Expected to maintain awareness of peer-reviewed evidence and grey literature.

The following roles are in Case and Contact Management (Q29 Health and Operations). This will involve shift work (day and evening) moving over to a 7 day/week roster.

  • Case and Contact Management Officers – may work in triage and notification, new and existing case management, contact tracing, and outbreaks. Undertake telephone triage, risk assessment and case interviews. They are expected to provide advice and support on isolation and exclusion to community members. Data is entered for use by Intelligence. Tertiary degree in health science, nursing or related public field; post-graduate qualification in public health or environmental science desirable.

The following roles are in Specialist Medical Advice (Q29 Health and Operations). This will involve shift work (day and evening) moving over to a 7 day/week roster.

  • Specialist Medical Advice Officers – respond to multiple requests for specialist medical advice in different and evolving categories of need from internal requests or external clinician hotlines. They must gather information quickly, and produce rapid guideline and policy response to emerging issues for immediate distribution to health and other sectors. They also provide assistance to outbreaks from Case and Contact Management. MD/MBBS or Infection Control Clinical Nurse Consultant/Specialist; MPH and/or fellowship of a specialty Australasian college/faculty and/or recent or current clinical experience desirable.

All roles will be contracted as paid casual positions. If your EOI meets a current workforce need, you will be contacted by team leads for review and approval. For any further queries, please direct to publichealth.hr@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

Thanks to Global Health Alliance Melbourne for sharing this EOI from the Department of Health and Human Services.


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