Department of Health

Expressions of interest are sought for all clinical skillsets – doctors (general, limited and specialist registrants), nurses, midwives, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, allied health professionals (therapies and sciences) and paramedics. University students enrolled in many of these disciplines will also be integral to the COVID-19 health workforce response.

Since April 2020 more than 15,000 dedicated members of Victoria’s health workforce have expressed their interest in working within the Victorian health system as part of the response to COVID-19. Over 100,000 shifts have been undertaken during the pandemic by this surge workforce.

The department is seeking additional candidates to offer their time and skills to assist with the COVID-19 Health response.

If you would like to express interest in any of the opportunities listed below please register at Torrens Health or apply for roles that have been advertised by services undertaking these roles.

This Workforce Suitability Table shows which settings your professional background might be best suited to.

Expressions of interest: workforce surge opportunities

COVID Positive Pathways

Purpose

The COVID Positive Pathways program (C+P program) is the Victorian statewide program for assessment and management of COVID-19 patients. The C+P program provides an initial clinical and social assessment, then allocates pathway care, monitoring and support for all people who test positive for COVID- 19. It also ensures that patients who are at risk of deteriorating are identified early and transitioned to higher levels of care.

Role information

  • Position is remote where contact with patients is via telephone. Note – there is no physical interaction with COVID-19 positive clients in this role.
  • Key activities include:
    • Conducting clinical and social welfare calls to C+P clients and allocating to a low, medium or high-risk pathway.
    • Providing advice to individuals who are positive for COVID-19.
    • Referring patients to appropriate health and welfare agencies.
  • Training and supervision will be provided.
  • Recommended professions: Nurses (Grade 2), Allied Health Professionals (Grade 1). Please see Workforce Suitability Table for more detail.

For more information, visit: COVID Positive Pathways program or contact Torrens Health to apply.

COVID-19 vaccination program

Purpose

To prepare and/or administer the COVID-19 vaccine to suitably screened and consenting individuals, according to vaccine administration protocol.

Role information

  • Positions are available at both metro and regional vaccination sites.
  • Key activities include:
    • Determine clinical suitability for vaccination, including identifying any contraindications.
    • Obtain and document informed consent from individuals.
    • Administer the COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with training protocols.
    • Document that vaccine has been administered in the electronic immunisation register.
    • Preparing vaccine doses for administration by reconstituting (where relevant) and drawing up doses from multi-dose vials.
  • All health professionals are to complete the online Commonwealth COVID-19 Vaccination Training Program. Other online training may also be required.
  • Support and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment will be provided.
  • Recommended professions: Allied Health (including indicated students), Dental professionals (including indicated students) and many more healthcare professions. Please see Workforce Suitability Table for more detail.

For more information, visit: COVID-19 vaccination program workforce or contact Torrens Health to apply.

COVID-19 testing program

Purpose

To deliver COVID-19 tests to suitably screened and consenting individuals.

Role information

  • Positions are available at both metro and regional sites with short-term and long-term positions available.
  • Key activities include:
    • Collecting swab samples from members of the public and attending to care as needed.
  • Training, support, and appropriate Personal Protective Equipment will be provided.
  • Recommended professions: Allied Health (including indicated students), Dental professionals (including indicated students) and many more healthcare professions. Please see Workforce Suitability Table for more detail.

For more information, visit: COVID-19 testing workforce factsheet or contact Torrens Health to apply.

Public Health Officers/Team Leaders - Contact tracing  

Purpose

This position contributes to the investigation, management, and control of COVID-19. The position provides technical support, advice, and professional guidance on public health issues to a range of stakeholders.

Role information

  • Position is remote and requires shift work.
  • Key activities include:
    • Undertake disease notification follow-up.
    • Consistently apply communicable disease prevention and control policy, protocols and program guidelines.
    • Ensure accurate and timely recording of communicable diseases data.
    • Provide advice on communicable disease matters to management within the department, regions, local government, external agencies and members of the public.
  • Recommended professions: Nurses, medical practitioners, paramedics, midwives, pharmacist, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Please see Workforce Suitability Table for more detail.

For more information, visit: Public Health Officer/Contact Tracer - Job Description or contact Torrens Health to apply.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Spotter

Purpose

The PPE Spotter will provide support and guidance for staff when donning and doffing PPE when staff are providing care and support to patients and when staff are in common areas interacting with other staff members.

Role information

  • Position is located on-site.
  • Key activities include:
    • Spotting and supervision of appropriate use of PPE, including observing, guiding, correcting technique during donning and doffing.
    • Formal and informal monitoring and auditing of appropriate use of PPE within clinical settings (e.g. when providing care to patients) and non-clinical settings (e.g. breakrooms, cafes).
  • Recommended professions: Nurses, allied health professions, and many more healthcare professions. Please see Workforce Suitability Table for more detail.

For more information, visit: Torrens Health COVID-19 National Aged Care Support Taskforce or contact Torrens Health to apply.

Hotel quarantine

Purpose

Works closely within a multi-disciplinary team to provide high quality patient care and clinical functions in the network of quarantine hotels throughout the state.

Role information

  • Position is located on-site.
  • Key activities include:
    • Symptom, wellness & health checks.
    • Preparation & maintenance of patient records.
    • PPE, clinical waste & sanitisation controls.
    • Hygiene control measures.
  • Recommended professions: Registered Nurses, Enrolled nurses or a current registration with Ahpra. Please see Workforce Suitability Table for more detail or contact Torrens Health to apply.

For more information, visit: Torrens Health - Opportunities.

Aged Care Support Task Force

Purpose

Provide support for aged care providers by joining ready-to-deploy teams that deliver surge health professionals to Aged Care facilities.

Role information

  • Position is located on-site.
  • Key activities include:
    • Provision of a range of support to aged care residents as part of a ready-to-deploy team to provide surge health professionals to Aged Care facilities in each region of Australia.
  • Recommended professions: Registered nurses, nursing/midwifery students (3rd year and above) enrolled nurses, nurse practitioners and personal care attendants. Please see Workforce Suitability Table for more detail.

For more information, visit: Torrens Health COVID-19 National Aged Care Support Taskforce or contact Torrens Health to apply.

Key questions

What clinical skillsets will be of interest for potential outbreak response?

Expressions of interest are sought for all clinical skillsets – doctors (general, limited and specialist registrants), nurses, midwives, allied health professionals (therapies and sciences) and paramedics.

Successful applicants may be required to work within a modified scope of practice or within different settings such as aged care and dedicated COVID-19 clinical settings.

When will I know if there is interest in my experience?

As an expression of interest process, the information provided by applicants will assist in identifying people as potentially suitable for further discussions regarding employment opportunities.

You may be contacted to seek further information to determine suitability for employment for a specific position.

Given the evolving needs of the pandemic response, clinicians with the skills and knowledge to work in COVID-19 clinical settings  will be initially targeted.

There are also certain geographic areas across Victoria that may be in greater need of surge staff during periods ahead.

This means that there may be people who are more suitable for certain roles, or who live closer to certain Victorian health services, that get contacted sooner.

Expressing your interest is not a guarantee that a person will be contacted or offered employment within the Victorian health system.

Members of the Victorian health workforce also have the option to apply for formally advertised vacancies that are made available by Victorian health services.

When should I expect further contact?

This depends on your skill sets and where you live.

Your details will be retained until December 2021 so you may be contacted at any stage up until that time.

You can also apply for specific advertised vacancies made available by Victorian health services.

How will my information be used?

The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) collects the information that is provided via the online form.

Information will be provided to Torrens Health to assist in the placement of candidates within the Victorian health system.

For more information on the department’s handling of any personal information, please refer to the department’s privacy statement.

Who can I contact if I want further information about my application?

If you registered through the Working for Victoria – Health portal, please email Torrens Health or phone on 03 8823 0550 if you want further information about your application.

Reviewed 01 December 2021

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