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Public Health Officer, Data & Intelligence (Vpsg4)

Department of Health - Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency
Source: uWorkin


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Location: Melbourne | CBD

Job type: Full time

Organisation: Department of Health

Salary: $87,640 - $99,438

Occupation: Information Management

Reference: VG/1526930

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

This Public Health Officer position will utilise your skills in relation to the investigation, surveillance, management and control of COVID-19. This job offers an excellent opportunity for those wishing to build or further their experience and skills in public health.

This position serves as the day to day operational lead for the wastewater surveillance program and utilises skills and experience in relation to the effective and timely logistic, data and resource management for an effective surveillance program with a wide group of internal and external stakeholders. The position provides technical support, advice and professional guidance on wastewater surveillance to DH colleagues as well as key external stakeholders such as participating laboratories, water utilities and sampling contractors. The role contributes to the development, implementation and adherence to operational protocols, management guidelines and training resources to colleagues and external stakeholders on the response to COVID-19. The role is a supervisory one of at least one other team member.


Ensure accurate and timely review of wastewater surveillance sampling requests, laboratory results and case-location and other data in the wastewater surveillance data management and reporting systems to support surveillance and control objectives.
Liaise with laboratory and sampling service providers and water utilities to plan and coordinate wastewater surveillance activities including changes in sampling locations, sampling schedules and follow-up and resolution of any data queries.
Participate in the on-call roster to receive laboratory reports with wastewater detections and related review, reporting and escalation for public health actions.
Prepare, review and present written and verbal reports in relation to wastewater surveillance detections to key stakeholders as per program SOPs and update with additional information through completion.
Prepare, review and update as need wastewater surveillance SOPs to guide standardized efficient and effective work processes.
Prepare, review and present written and verbal reports, including preparation of briefing material for senior management in relation to wastewater surveillance notifications and investigations.
Actively contribute to broader communicable disease surveillance, prevention and control strategies including building and maintaining relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

This role may require regular or ad hoc participation in a stand-by roster. Stand-by is a mechanism whereby employees are rostered to be available outside their ordinary hours of duty to attend to urgent or emergency work requirements.

Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

Please note: For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including a national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

Melbourne, VIC

Government, Defence & Emergency


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