WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
JOB AND PERSON SPECIFICATION
MEDICAL SCIENTIST – PART-TIME (0.9FTE)
DEPARTMENT OF CARDIOLOGY
DIVISION OF PAEDIATRIC MEDICINE
COST CENTRE: 02210 POSITION NO: WC0696
CLASSIFICATION CODE: MS2 DATE CREATED: August, 1999
TYPE OF APPOINTMENT: DATE REVISED: June 2006
[ X ] Permanent
[ ] Temporary
[ ] Other
Job and Person Specification Approval
Divisional Director Date
The Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service (CYWHS) was established to promote,
maintain and restore the health of women, children and young people in South Australia. The
Service plans, develops and coordinates health services as part of an integrated health
The Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service efficiently conducts and manages, within its
identified resources, health services for children, young people and women, including:
• Specialist hospital services
• Primary health care and population health programs
• Integrated community care services
• Services to address the health and well being of particular populations, including Aboriginal
• Education and training programs
2. SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES
The Medical Scientist is responsible for day to day performance of the non-invasive
procedures performed by the Cardiology Department. On occasions, the Medical Scientist
may be required to take on the higher duties of the Senior Medical Scientist including support,
supervision and teaching of junior technical staff. The Medical Scientist will be responsible for
some aspects of the cardiac database and will maintain and calibrate cardiology equipment
and participate in assessing suitability of new cardiological equipment. The Medical Scientist
actively participates in departmental audit, teaching, research and development activities.
3. REPORTING/WORKING RELATIONSHIPS
The Medical Scientist is accountable to the Divisional Directors, Medical & Nursing, via the
Medical Unit Head, Department of Cardiology. The Medical Scientist reports to the Senior
Medical Scientist on day to day issues. The Medical Scientist will work in a collaborative
manner with a range of multi-disciplinary staff throughout the hospital and its external
4. SPECIAL CONDITIONS
• This is a part-time position of 33.75 hours per week.
• Some out of hours work may be required
• The Medical Scientist is expected to participate in an after-hours on-call roster to provide
24 hour emergency cover to the Cardiology Department.
• Must be prepared to participate in the staff appraisal process.
• Must be prepared to take part in outreach clinics (Flinders Medical Centre, country South
Australia and the Northern Territory.)
5. STATEMENT OF KEY OUTCOMES AND ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES
5.1 Contribute to the effective management of scientific support for the Cardiology
• Performing complex investigations to the highest clinical standards (echocardiography,
electrocardiography, 24 hour electrocardiography, event recording, stress testing etc.)
• Providing analysis and interpretation of the results of the above investigations on
patients referred by the Cardiologists, and through the Cardiologists from the Neonatal
and Paediatric Intensive Care Units and other patients independently referred by the
Haematology/Oncology and occasionally other Units.
• Undertaking haemodynamic monitoring and recording and analysis of same, in the
Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory.
• Entering data from all tests onto the cardiology database and ensuring rapid
dissemination of results to the relevant medical staff and reports to the hospital
• Implementing and where necessary assisting in the development of standards and
quality control procedures for equipment and measurement systems used within the
• Assists in supervising, coordinating and supporting the technical staff in order to
ensure the performance and reporting standards of non-invasive and invasive
cardiological testing is performed to the highest clinical standards and in the most
• Maintaining the equipment and related consumable stores in the Cardiology
Department and being responsible for repair of the same equipment.
• Participate in the assessment of the suitability of new equipment for the Cardiology
Department and assist in developing acquisition processes for the same.
• Providing professional advice to relevant medical, scientific and technical staff within
and outside the Cardiology Department on appropriate scientific and technical matters.
• Contributing to the development and implementation of new and improved
methodologies and techniques related to all areas of cardiac investigations.
• Participating in an Annual Leave roster and roster for the provision of 24 hour
emergency services for non-invasive and invasive cardiology testing.
• Taking part in paediatric cardiology outreach clinics at Flinders Medical Centre, and in
country centres (Mount Gambier, Port. Augusta and Whyalla) and contingent on
support by the Northern Territory Health Department, at outreach clinics in Northern
Territory (Darwin, Katherine, Gove, Groote Eylandt and Alice Springs).
• Participating in quality control programmes, all aspects of cardiological audit and
assisting in the preparation of the monthly department statistics.
• Dealing with and resolving technical problems as they occur.
5.2 Contribute scientific expertise to the teaching and education role of the Unit and
the Division of Paediatric Medicine by:
• Contributing to the orientation, training and development of new or relief medical,
scientific, technical, nursing and clerical staff.
• Teaching other scientific and technical staff and, at the discretion of the Medical Unit
Head, trainee medical staff and others, and undertaking self-education where
necessary in the performance of all non-invasive cardiological testing and
haemodynamic physiological monitoring.
• Maintaining an appropriate knowledge of current clinical, scientific and technical
literature related to paediatric cardiology, and passing on relevant information to other
• Attending the Cardiology Departmental teaching and clinical meetings where possible.
• Providing lectures and practical instruction in non-invasive and invasive cardiological
testing to medical, nursing and technical staff as required.
5.3 Assist in the general efficient and effective running of the Cardiology Department
and the Division of Paediatric Medicine by:
• Maintaining regular contact with the Senior Medical Scientist and Medical Unit Head to
discuss problems and any proposed changes to duties, workload or priorities.
• Assisting in the resolution of conflicts/difficulties.
• Attending and participating in meetings and training workshops as advised by the
Business Manager and participating in staff appraisal and staff development activities.
5.4 Contribute scientific expertise to the research role of the Unit and the Division of
Paediatric Medicine by:
• Participating in activities that develop scientific skills.
• Undertaking data collection and analysis for intra and inter departmental research
• Providing advice to staff undertaking research projects within and outside the
• Contributing to the development of new research methodologies and protocols.
6. OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:
Occupational Health & Safety
Ensuring a safe working environment at all times by maintaining effective work practices, adopting
procedures and practices which comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and taking
reasonable care to protect your own health and safety and the health and safety of others.
Promoting and implementing policies and procedures in relation to EEO and the prevention of
bullying, harassment and intimidation.
Managers and staff have a shared responsibility for ensuring that the working environment enables all
staff to achieve their greatest potential.
Demonstrating knowledge and commitment to patients’ rights and responsibilities with regard to
health care provision.
Demonstrating an understanding of confidentiality and information security policies and procedures.
Promote and apply policies, procedures and practices that ensure the elimination of discrimination
against all people with disabilities in accordance with the Disability Discrimination Act.
Code of Fair Implementation Practice
Comply with the Principles of the Code of Fair Information Practice, adopted by the Department of
Human Services, which regulate the collection, use, disclosure, storage and transfer of all personal
patient/client information within the Department and throughout its funded service providers.
I agree to accept and undertake the responsibilities stated above:
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ESSENTIAL MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
• A Degree in Science or Applied Science or
• Associate Membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Laboratory Scientists.
• Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registration (ASAR).
• Ability to work unsupervised
• Ability to work both independently and within a multidisciplinary team
• Ability to handle distressed parents and children with composure and compassion
• Demonstrated accountability for professional standards of practice
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally
• Good interpersonal skills
• Ability to operate effectively under pressure and time constraints
• Ability to prioritise workload to ensure efficient running of the Unit
• Analytical and problem solving skills
• Conflict resolution skills
• Ability to manage resources
• Experience in haemodynamic monitoring in a cardiac catheterisation laboratory.
• Experience in echocardiography.
• Sound knowledge of O.H.&S principles and procedures in a patient clinical service and/or
• Practical knowledge of personal computers to allow keyboard entry of clinical data to
• Sound knowledge of human cardiac anatomy and physiology with a demonstrated interest
in congenital heart disease.
• Associate Membership of the Cardiac Society of Australia & NZ.
• Experience in rheumatic heart disease
• Experience in paediatric echocardiography.
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND WOMEN’S HEALTH SERVICE
WOMEN’S AND CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Advice to Employment Applicants
The following information is intended to assist applicants who wish to apply for employment at Women’s & Children’s
Merit and Equity
It is the responsibility of a selection panel to use fair, equitable and open processes to recommend the
applicant who best meets the requirements of the person specification. The person specification
outlines the criteria relevant to a position, and include the qualifications, experience, knowledge,
aptitudes and skills required to effectively undertake the responsibilities of the position.
Applicants are requested to submit a written application that includes:
• a separate document which addresses the essential and desirable selection criteria (see the
section below titled “Selection Criteria”);
• a covering letter which summarises how you meet the selection criteria and quotes the vacancy
number and job title;
• a resume which provides full personal details, qualifications, previous employment and
• includes the names and addresses of three referees together with their telephone and facsimile
numbers and e-mail address, if available;
From the written applications the selection panel will make an initial assessment of the applicant’s
ability to meet the essential and desirable requirements of the job (as listed in the person
specification). Depending on this initial assessment, the panel will decide whether an applicant
warrants further consideration and may then use other processes to assess the suitability of
applicants (eg interview, presentation etc).
How To Lodge An Application
Applications must be submitted by the closing date (stated in the advertisement) and can be
submitted in one of the following ways (unless the advertisement states otherwise):
Post: Recruitment and Retention Unit, Human Resources, Women’s & Children’s
Hospital campus, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide, South Australia 5006
In person: Human Resources Reception, Ground Floor, Angas Building, Women’s &
Children’s Hospital, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide, South Australia 5006
Fax: (int+61 8) (08) 8161 7449. Please include a cover sheet stating the number of
pages, vacancy number and job title.
firstname.lastname@example.org Applications exceeding 10 pages in length
should not be e-mailed. The application should be submitted as a MicroSoft Word
document using your family name as the file name with the .doc extension (eg
smith.doc). Please note that the formatting contained within documents can
change on electronic transfer. The hospital takes no responsibility for the final
format presentation of the application. NOTE: Human Resources will not take
responsibility for organising additional copies of application received by
email (or for the final format of application). It would be appreciated if the
application (including the number of copies required) be faxed or posted to
the address as stated above.
* The preferred method for lodging an application is delivery either by post or in person.
Intending applicants must obtain a copy of the job and person specification from the contact person in the advertisement.
This comprises two documents. Firstly, the job specification which details outcomes, duties, reporting relationships etc.
Secondly, the person specification which describes the skills, qualifications and experience of the person required for the
position. These are expressed as essential and desirable selection criteria.
For further clarification about the position after reading the job and person specification, contact the
person nominated in the advertisement.
If you require information on salary or conditions of employment at WCH, contact the Human
Resources Department on (08) 8161 7249.
To enable the selection panel to assess candidates' suitability for a position, applicants are required to
address the essential and desirable selection criteria specified for that position. The purpose of your
statement of claims is to show the selection panel that you have the experience, skills, knowledge and
qualifications to undertake the advertised job which assists the panel in meeting the merit principle.
Your statement of claims should use each of the essential and desirable criteria as a heading
describing underneath how you meet the criteria. Applicants should address each selection criterion
individually and should cite evidence to support their claims. The types of information/examples to
include when addressing selection criteria can include (but does not need to be limited to)
examples/experience from work, reports you have written, volunteer work, reading or research you
have done, courses/educations/qualifications, projects you have worked on or teams/committees you
have participated in. It may also be useful to define each criteria to demonstrate your understanding
of the criteria. One or two paragraphs on each criteria is usually sufficient. Applicants are encouraged
to draw on experience gained in both the paid and unpaid workforce, including that obtained through
voluntary and community work, and experience gained in the home environment.
Desirable criteria are used by the selection panel to select applicants when a number of applicants
meet the essential criteria. It is not essential that you meet any of the desirable criteria for you to be
shortlisted for the position, however it is preferable that some desirable criteria are met.
Applicants should be aware that if they do not address the selection criteria, they may not be
considered for the position.
An example of addressing criteria on verbal and written communication skills is as follows:
Demonstrated high quality verbal and written communication skills
My high quality verbal communication skills have been demonstrated by:
• consulting widely with members in my role as union delegate (from Aug. 2003 to current) by
speaking at union meetings, representing members views at consultative meetings and briefing
working parties on current issues;
• chairing department section meetings at WCH and presenting staff issues to management;
• successfully working with a range of medical, nursing and allied health staff at the Migrant Health
Service which primarily caters for people of non-English speaking background.
My high quality written communication skills have been demonstrated by :
• in my role as Policy Officer at Department of Human Services from Apr. 1998-Dec. 2003:
- preparing research summaries for management;
- preparing monthly briefings for the Chief Executive;
- preparing ministerials;
- drafting letters in response to requests from the public.
My written work receives little amendment from supervisors or peers.
Comments: This response provides sufficient evidence demonstrating verbal and written communication skills. It provides
detail on the role the employee was in, relevant dates, action taken, skills acquired and some detail on results or evaluation
Your résumé should provide information in the following areas:
Personal details - Full name, home address, home telephone number, work telephone number and e-
Work history - Place most recent position first, for example:
Oct 1995 – current Finance Officer
Women’s & Children’s Hospital
Describe the key duties and achievements in that position
It is important to highlight any work experience that is of particular relevance to the advertised
Education - List most recent qualification first, for example tertiary then secondary.
Other Studies - List any current or past study, for example short courses or staff development
undertaken, either through the hospital or outside organisations (for example: report writing,
management skills etc).
Other skills or interests - List any other skills or interests that could be applied in the work-place (for example:
treasurer/army reserve/women' health centre, etc).
Referees - List their names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail address.
Preparing For The Interview
You may wish to speak to the enquiries person in the advertisement to clarify the duties of the
position. The hospital website www.wch.sa.gov.au may also be useful for obtaining background
information on the hospital such as the hospital divisions, annual report, strategic directions etc
Before the interview you may wish to anticipate some of the questions that might be asked using the
selection criteria as a guide. You may also wish to be ready to discuss some past work examples to
demonstrate your suitability for the role. Organising a practice interview with two or more
colleagues/friends may also be helpful.
The Hospital will acknowledge receipt of applications and the selection panel will then contact
shortlisted applicants for interview. All applicants will be notified by mail at the conclusion of the
Copies of Education Certificates, Academic Transcripts etc
Originals of any academic qualifications/transcripts should not be included with the application but may be brought to the
interview. Please do not place applications in folders or plastic sleeves.
The panel may verbally contact one or more of the nominated referees either to obtain or confirm
information about an applicant in relation to the requirements of the position. Applicants should
therefore ensure that their nominated referees are in a position to comment on their ability to meet the
selection criteria. A selection panel may only contact someone not listed as a referee with the consent
of the applicant.
Applicants in Adelaide will usually be interviewed in person at the WCH. Interstate or overseas applicants will usually be
interviewed by conference telephone to enable all members of the selection panel to converse with the applicant.
The successful applicant will be sent an employment contract, which will specify the salary and
conditions of employment. Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback from the chair of the
Immigration Non-Permanent Residents
Appointees are required to notify the Hospital of any Immigration work restrictions that may prevent
them from fulfilling the terms of their contract of employment.
Appointees are required to complete a Pre-Employment Health Assessment Questionnaire.
All applicants, with the exception of permanent government employees, will be required to complete
an authority to access person history information form which will be forwarded to SA Police for the
purpose of accessing any offender history information.
The panel must not discriminate against an applicant on the basis of a characteristic unless it directly
impacts on that applicant’s ability to fulfil the position. As an equal employment opportunity employer
which values diversity, the Hospital has a policy to make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs
of a person with a disability. If intending applicants have a special requirement, they need to advise
the Hospital, either in their application or by personal communication, to the chair of the selection