Registered Nurse Level 3 Grade 2- Clinical Nurse Consultant

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Clinical Nurse Consultant/Specialist

Job Title: Clinical Nurse Consultant
Classification: Registered Nurse Level 3.2
Annual Salary: $114,377
Branch: Medicine
Section: Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Vacancy Type: Temporary Full-time
Duration: Six months with the possibility of extension.
Position Number: 22181
Closing Date: 18 January 2018
Contact Officer: Amor Seastres (02) 6244 2702  

About Us

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.

Canberra Hospital and Health Services (CHHS) provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.

The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health Services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities.

ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.

Overview of the work area and position

The Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine operates from the Canberra Hospital campus. We provide nursing service to both inpatient and outpatient with varied Respiratory conditions, such as Tuberculosis (TB) case management, TB screening, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)  management, Asthma Education and care of adult patients with Cystic Fibrosis.

The Clinical Nurse Consultant (CNC) will play a crucial role in the day-to-day coordination of the unit, have an advanced knowledge of medical nursing and be responsible for clinical nursing support, operational management and strong leadership.

The successful applicant will have advanced clinical skills, experience in managing systems of clinical governance, leading quality improvement and participating in research and the capacity to represent the service throughout the ACT and liaise with colleagues nationally. This is a rewarding and exciting position within an innovative service that will require someone with the ability to be flexible and manage change within the service.

Eligibility/Other Requirements

• Be registered or be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
• A current driver’s licence.

• Holds or is progressing towards a postgraduate qualification relevant to the area would be an advantage.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
• Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
• Comply with ACT Health Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination policy, (OMU).


This is a temporary position available for six months with the possibility of extension.


1. Management of the Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control program for the ACT.

2. Have expert knowledge of and experience in the treatment and management of TB. Be a TB resource person, providing advice to the ACT stakeholders including Specialists, The Public Health Unit, General Practitioner’s (GP), nursing and allied health, students and the general public.

3. Direct care and case management of patients with TB in the ACT. To provide a patient centred approach for patients and their families living with TB that incorporates individualized care coordination across health settings including coordination between diagnostic tests, outpatient treatments, inpatient visits, community care and other resources as required to achieve access to timely and appropriate referrals and appointments.

4. Provide TB screening service for the ACT – surveillance, contact tracing, staff health, migrant and refugee screening.

5. Provide BCG vaccination service for target groups in the ACT.

6. Supervise and provide direct nursing care and education for patients accessing Asthma, COPD, Smoking Cessation and Sleep services through the Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine.

7. Manage and be accountable for the nursing budget for the Department.

8. Participate in staff recruitment and orientation.

9. Provide leadership, facilitation and coordination in partnership with the multidisciplinary team to facilitate change management, quality and research initiative.

10. Consistently display commitment to, compliance with and leadership in high quality Customer Service, Workplace Diversity, Occupational Health and Safety and Industrial Democracy principles, practices and relevant legislation relating to these areas and an understanding of and commitment to the ACT Health Values.

11. Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

1. Extensive clinical experience in providing a high standard of clinical and nursing care
for patients requiring TB and respiratory management

2. Proven oral and written communication skills and the ability to establish and
maintain relationships with internal and external service providers and stakeholders.

3. Proven record of behaviour and attitude consistent with professional standards and professional development of self and others.

4. Proven ability in managing systems for clinical governance through the development of clinical practice and quality improvement activities, education and performance evaluation.

5. Knowledge and understanding of current issues, developments, policies and innovations specifically in nursing and respiratory services.

6. Understanding of financial and human resource management in the delivery of an efficient and effective service.

7. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How to Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to  

For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist please contact the Contact Officer above.