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An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic and highly experienced Patient Services Assistant – Grade 2, to join our Radiation Oncology Department.
Austin Health is one of four health service ‘hubs’ in Victoria which operate radiotherapy services. Austin Health operates two radiation oncology centres in Victoria under the State Governments hub and spoke model. The metro hub is based at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre (ONJ Centre) in Heidelberg and the Ballarat Austin Radiation Oncology Centre (BAROC) is housed in the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC). Both centres provide multi-disciplinary care including both nursing and allied health services, innovative and progressive approaches to treatment underpinned by the guiding principle of patient centred care and wellness for all patients.
The multi-disciplinary teams at both sites are committed to excellence in practice and care. Staff undertake a range of professional development activities, are involved in research trials and liaise and consult with a wide range of specialists and health care professionals to ensure the care offered is at the leading edge of technology. The equipment at both sites is state-of-the-art, and the treatment options available ensure every disease site is treated according to best practice.
The ONJ Radiation Oncology Department runs weekdays and some public holidays. The department is located on Level 2 in the ONJ Centre. There are 3 Linac Machines, 1 MR Linac machine, 1 MR Simulation Machine and 1 CT Simulation Machine within the department. There is also a Brachytherapy service that runs twice a week and Superficial Treatment as well. The department provides patient centred care and treatment to inpatients and outpatients that are referred to the service.
The role of the PSA involves the performance of a wide range of tasks, which include those set out below. Due to the different service needs of wards and departments the range and types of tasks may vary from area to area.
Serving of patient meals and beverages in accordance with dietary restrictions
Changing of water jugs
Collection of meal trays
Maintenance of pantry areas
Cleaning of nourishment bars
Routine and periodical cleaning tasks include but are not limited to:
Cleaning rooms such as bathrooms, showers, utility rooms and offices
Dusting, both damp and dry
Interior window cleaning
Cleaning patient lockers, over bed and bedside tables and the like
Mopping and buffing floors
Disinfecting beds and discharge cleaning
Cleaning/changing bed screens and rails
Cleaning the pan rooms including pan trolley, buckets, pans, bowls, suction bottles and tubing.
Wash rinsing of CSSD trays.
Cleaning of commodes, wheelchairs and seats (other than actual rinsing after use, which remains the responsibility of nursing staff)
Cleaning of IV poles.
Cleaning of patient transport and conduct equipment safety checks
Removal of soiled linen and infectious waste
Under the supervision of nursing staff, assist with patient movement and handling in accordance with the “movesmart” system
Transportation of patients according to the relevant protocol
Transport of deceased patients
Perform duties as assigned under emergency response procedures
Attend to patient flowers
Restocking of imprest supplies and stock distribution
Delivery or reception of urgent messages
Directing ward visitors to the nurse in charge
Answering of telephones and relaying telephone messages when an area is unattended
Such other duties as are directed by the nurse in charge of the shift and which are relevant to the role of a PSA.
In line with the patient care objective, PSA staff are encouraged to adopt a team approach and assist each other in the performance of daily tasks.
To ensure the highest standard of service, PSA staff will actively participate in training programs.
Safety is the responsibility of all staff and safety hazards are to be reported to the appropriate staff. PSA staff should also ensure that their work practises do not place people at risk.
No private information, whether it be medical condition or otherwise, is to be divulged to the patient or any other person. Medical records and other documents remain confidential.
PSA’s should observe manual handling and infection control regulations in regard to all tasks.
Comply with Austin Health policies & procedures, as amended from time to time, which can be located on the intranet (The Hub): http://eppic/
Report incidents or near misses that have or could have impact on safety – participate in identification and prevention of risks
Comply with the Code of Conduct
To be successful in this role you must demonstrate/Key responsibilities will include:
A commitment to Austin Health values: Integrity, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.
PSA Certificate – Certificate III in Health (Patient Services)
Willing to work in a hospital environment with sick people
Willingness to carry out all PSA duties and tasks and work in a team
Ability to use initiative and to prioritise tasks and problem solve
Physically capable of undertaking the full range of PSA duties
Basic verbal and written English skills
Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.
All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check conducted by Austin Health and if required, a Working With Children Check.
Austin Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.