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Research genetic counsellor

Wentworthville, New South Wales
Job Type
Full Time
11 Oct 2021

Sydney Children's Hospitals Network is the largest paediatric health care entity in Australia. We care for thousands of children each year in our hospitals and in their homes - with one purpose in mind - to help young people live their healthiest lives.

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time, up until 2 October 2022
Position Classification: Genetics Counsellor Lvl 2
Remuneration: 82783 - 95298, full time equivalent salary
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ253437

What you'll be doing

A Research Genetic Counsellor position is available in the SCHN, based at both SCH and CHW sites, to support activities of the Australian Genomics Clinical and Diagnostic Research (AGCDR) Network in NSW. There will be a mixture of administrative and clinical duties including data management for AG-CDR Network projects, assistance with development and distribution of Australian Genomics resources to assist research genomics initiatives, and clinical genetic counsellor backup to the Acute Care Genomics project.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in genomics implementation activities and to gain exposure to genetic counselling in the acute care setting. This full time position is available as a 12 month contract, in the first instance, with a possibility of extension until end 2023, subject to availability of further funding.

Background Information

Australian Genomics-CDR
Australian Genomics is working toward the optimal approach to integrating genomic medicine into healthcare across Australia. In its first phase of work (2016 - 2020) funded by the NHMRC and MRFF, Australian Genomics implemented a program of research evaluating how genomic testing impacts the care of patients across a range of disorders. It also identified the economic and policy implications of genomic testing across the health system, and piloted the infrastructure to support the sustainable implementation of genomic medicine.
Building upon these established networks and activities, Australian Genomics has recently been refunded by the NHMRC (2021- 2023) to consolidate Australia's excellence in genomic health research and delivery into clinical practice. In this second phase of work, Australian Genomics will support other government-funded genomic research projects, distil research outcomes to inform policy and practice, and progress national standards to genomic data management. Australian Genomics will work with Governments, Patient Advocates and the genomic community to find an equitable, efficient and ethical approach to genomics in healthcare.

In support of the Clinical, Diagnostic and Research network, developed from the clinical and research knowledge gained from the initial 5 year project, the state-based genetic counsellor/data managers to assist with coordination of CDR activities, including liaison with other AG-CDR funded staff.

The position will be based at SCHN-Westmead but involve support to AG-CDR activities being conducted by SCHN-Randwick and other partner institutions of the CDR. In NSW partners currently include clinical sites (e.g. SCHN, RPAH, RNSH, Hunter Genetics), university research (USyd, UNSW), and other research institutions (Garvan Institute).
  • Post-graduate qualification in genetic counselling (Masters of Genetic Counselling) or equivalent (Part 1 Certification in genetic counselling from the Human Genetics Society of Australasia).
  • Demonstrate understanding of the application of genomic medicine in clinical care and research.
  • Excellent organisational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem-solving skills; including flexibility and creativity

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

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

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

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.

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination is required for all NSW Health staff in line with the recent NSW Government Public Health (COVID-19 Vaccination of Health Care Workers) Order 2021 (including any amendments):
  • Applicants living in an area of concern are required to provide evidence of their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or have booked an appointment to receive a COVID-19 vaccination on or before 19 September 2021 and will need to provide confirmation of booking for second dose prior to 30th November 2021
  • All other applicants are required to provide evidence of their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by 30th September 2021 and confirmation of booking for second dose prior to 30th November 2021
  • From 30th November 2021 onwards, all applicants to provide evidence of first and second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination

If you have a medical reason and cannot be vaccinated:
A COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Contraindication form must be completed by a GP or Medical Practitioner.
An exemption to the Public Health Order requirements will only be considered if you are unable, due to a medical contraindication, to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Applications Close: 26 September 2021

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  • Job Reference: 395353628-2
  • Date Posted: 11 October 2021
  • Employer: Sydney Childrens Hospital Network
    Sydney Childrens Hospital Network
  • Location: Wentworthville, New South Wales
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Other
  • Job Type: Full Time