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Registered Nurse Level 2 - Palliative Care Consult Liaison

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time


Registered Nurse

Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person-centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary, and community‚Äźbased health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

The Division of Cancer and Ambulatory Support (CAS) provides comprehensive cancer screening, diagnostic, assessment and treatment services in inpatient, outpatient and non-admitted treatment settings. The division is also responsible for immunology, specialist palliative care, medical physics and radiation safety, walk in centres and organisational outpatient support through Central Intake, transcription, policy support and the Central Outpatients Department.

The Palliative Care Service at Canberra Health Services is a consult liaison service operating during business hours and services patients with palliative needs throughout the wider hospital campus. The role of Palliative Care Nurse is a Registered Nurse Level 2 position. The position reports to the Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant and is an integral member of the specialist team. The position is a critical reference point for patients and families with complex nursing, medical and psychosocial needs relating to their overall diagnosis, treatment or adjusting to a new palliative care diagnosis.

The role also provides support and education for staff across diverse professional background and as such is a highly experienced professional.

Working closely with other disciplines in all wards in Canberra Hospital, the role provides leadership in nursing care of patients and their families or carers along with direct care of complex patients. Services include facilitation of access to resources, responding to crisis and leadership in palliative care conversations.


Under limited direction of the Palliative Care CNC you will:

1. Provide a patient and family centred approach to palliative care assessment of clients with life limiting illness and their significant others.

2. Provide therapeutic discussion with treating specialty teams utilising best practise principals.

3. Provide advocacy for patients with life limiting illness who find it difficult to speak out.

4. Attend weekly palliative care Multi Disciplinary Meetings and contribute to active discussion around patient care.

5. Assist with the education of patients and their carers/loved ones on issues arising from palliative care service provision whilst in hospital and proposed discharge plan.

6. Maintain own education and that of and generalist ward staff (in-service) on palliative care specific issues on request.

7. Co-ordinate complex care for patients and their families and awareness of the resources and support available in ACT and surrounding area.

9. Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.


CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

Behavioural Capabilities

To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:

Strong organisational skills with a high degree of drive

Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change and provide responsive services to meet clients' needs

ability to prioritise workloads

Well developed negotiation skills

Position Requirements/Qualifications:


Be registered or be eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

Be registered under the Working for Vulnerable People Act.

Highly Desirable:

At least 3 years post graduate experience in working with people with life limiting illnesses and/or post graduate education in palliative care

Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.

Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.

Note: This is a temporary position available for four months with the possibility of extension

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.

Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening, and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.


These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

  1. Proven expertise and knowledge in the clinical care of patients with life limiting illnesses and their significant others.

  1. Demonstrated high level communication and interpersonal skills including proven ability to work effectively as part of a multidisciplinary team.

  1. Demonstrated ability to coordinate complex care for patients and their families and awareness of the resources and support available in ACT and surrounding area.

  1. Demonstrated ability to provide education tailored to internal and external stakeholders including patients, their families and staff.

  1. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service's values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.


Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and

A response to the selection criteria under “What You Require”. In no more than 2 pages

Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

CHS Contact: Erin Wells (Specialist Palliative Care) Email:

Job Ad Reference 024NS
Date Listed 02 August 2022