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The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Genetic Counsellor Part Time in Randwick NSW

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network

Branch Randwick NSW AU

Position:
Genetic Counsellor
Location:
Randwick NSW

Graduate in health sciences, science, nursing or counselling discipline. Research activities undertaken range from basic laboratory-based science through to…

A level 2 Genetic Counsellor position is available in the SCHN, based at CHW and working across Sydney Local Health District Partner Hospital sites, with the main focus being on the recruitment and documentation of patients for the Renal Genetics flagship project being conducted under Program 1 of the AGHA. Additionally, this position will be involved in recruiting for the Centre of Personalised Immunology, with particular focus on autoimmune conditions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in genomics, with the potential to gain exposure to the broad range of genetic counselling activities. This 0.4 FTE position is available for 2 years.

BACKGROUND

The Australian Genomics Health Alliance (AGHA) brings together more than 50 partner organisations committed to integrating genomic medicine into healthcare across Australia. The AGHA goal is to shorten diagnosis times, provide access to treatment and enable early intervention for people with genetic disorders. The AGHA NHMRC Project is a five year health services research project funded by an NHMRC Targeted Call for Research grant. The research program is to develop the knowledge to translate genomic technology into clinical practice to benefit patients and their families. There are 4 AGHA Work Programs, across 2 main disorder groups (Rare Disease and Cancer). Program 1 is focussed on building “A National Diagnostic and Translational Research Network”, while Programs 2, 3 and 4 will address data storage and sharing, health economics and policy development, and workforce, education and ethics.

SCHN Clinical Genetics Services

The Sydney Children’s Hospital Network (SCHN) incorporates the Children’s Hospital at

Westmead and the Sydney Children’s Hospital at Randwick and provides local,

state-wide and national services. Clinical genetics diagnostic and counselling services are provided through the Departments of Clinical Genetics (CHW) and Medical Genetics (SCH) by multidisciplinary teams of clinical geneticists, genetic counsellors and support staff.

SCHN Research

The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (SCHN) is the largest paediatric healthcare entity in Australia. It brings together the advanced facilities, expertise and services of both Sydney’s children’s hospitals to provide the very best care for sick children and their families.

SCHN Research is the research arm of the Network and is committed to undertaking world-leading research that can be directly translated into enhanced clinical care. The clinical excellence achieved at SCHN is underpinned by a strong research culture which aims to find cures for the prevention and treatment of ill health in children. Ground-breaking research into the causes, treatments and cures of many childhood illnesses is conducted across the Network at Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Kids Cancer Alliance and Kids Research Institute at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, changing the face of healthcare on an international scale. Research activities undertaken range from basic laboratory-based science through to frontier gene therapy, clinical trials of new treatments and medicines and research that inform policy and practice. One of the key research themes for SCHN is Genomics Rare Disorders, which is also at the centre of the Australian Genomics Healthcare Alliance.

A level 2 Genetic Counsellor position is available in the SCHN, based at CHW and working across Sydney Local Health District Partner Hospital sites, with the main focus being on the recruitment and documentation of patients for the Renal Genetics flagship project being conducted under Program 1 of the AGHA. Additionally, this position will be involved in recruiting for the Centre of Personalised Immunology, with particular focus on autoimmune conditions. This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in genomics, with the potential to gain exposure to the broad range of genetic counselling activities. This 0.4 FTE position is available for 2 years.

This position is Temporary Part Time working 16 hours per week up to 02/07/2019 and is classified as a Genetic Counsellor Level 1/2.

SCHN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourage all suitably qualified applicants to apply, including Indigenous Australians, and people from culturally diverse backgrounds.

**You may be required to work in any facility within The Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Should this occur, reasonable notice will be provided.**

As this is a “Category A” position, please refer to the Application Guide for vaccination requirements.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply. We recognise the value of Aboriginal staff providing health care to Aboriginal children and families that access the services we provide at the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. Aboriginal job applicants are encouraged to visit the NSW Health Aboriginal Recruitment tool, Stepping Up to assist in preparing your application.

This position requires a Working with Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Commission for Children and Young People. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Commission and Young People Website https://check.kids.nsw.gov.au/

Selection Criteria
1. Graduate in health sciences, science, nursing or counselling discipline

2. Post graduate qualification in genetic counselling or have attained Part I certification in genetics counselling from the Human Genetics Society of Australasia (HGSA

3. Demonstrate understanding of the application of genomic medicine in clinical care and research.

4. Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.

5. Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team and operate autonomously with minimum direct clinical supervision.

6. Skills with computer assisted tasks important to the process of genetic counselling, including use of Microsoft packages (or equivalent), web skills including familiarity with web searching, and use of databases for management of data collection.

This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children’s Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check

or proceed with Standard Application Form.

Employment Type: Part Time
Location: Randwick, NSW, AU
Posted on: 2017-04-13
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