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Project Officer - Aged Care

Melbourne City Mission

About the program

The North and West Metropolitan Region Palliative Care Consortium is an alliance of organisations providing palliative care for people living in the north and west metropolitan region of Melbourne. Consortium members include community palliative care services, public hospitals (palliative care units and palliative care consultancy services) and the North Western Melbourne PHN.

Our Consortium:

  • Promotes collaborative approaches to quality improvement in end of life and palliative care
  • Works to optimise the community’s access to high quality end of life and palliative care support
  • Assists the Victorian Department of Health (DoH) to implement the Victorian Government’s end of life and palliative care framework and other policies and programs to support people with a life limiting illness and their carer’s, families, friends and communities.

Melbourne City Mission (MCM) is the fund holder and employing agency for the Consortium. The roles and services of the Consortium and MCM function separately, with the Consortium Management Group being the key driver of Consortium priorities.

About the role

Our Consortium is seeking a Registered Nurse (Division 1) or Allied Health clinician with project management experience to work part time (0.8 EFT) within a small, dynamic and supportive team to continue the implementation of our Palliative Care in Aged Care and Disability Strategies.

This is a 12-month role with the possibility of an extension beyond June 2023.

Key responsibilities include:

Continue the implementation of the Palliative Care in Aged Care Strategy:

  • Actively supporting the ongoing involvement of the Aged Care Advisory Group and other working groups and communities of practice
  • Working in collaboration with the sector to plan a program for the Palliative Care and Aged Care Summit and support its successful execution
  • Continuing to publish ‘palliative care in aged care newsletter’
  • Further strengthening our consortium’s collaboration with Palliative Care Victoria, Safer Care Victoria, the North Western Melbourne PHN and General Practices to implement initiatives that facilitate information flow and coordination.
  • Directly engaging with Residential Aged Care managers and their workforce to promote the Steps Framework and Goals of Care Trajectory and embed Goals of Care into practice.
  • Continuing to support and mentor Community Palliative Care Services to introduce Needs Rounds in aged care facilities.
  • Working with stakeholders to quantify and describe gaps in knowledge and skills and identify resources and training to address same.
  • Working closely with End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) and Palliative Aged Care Outcomes Program (PACOP) program managers to implement their programs and promote their methodologies and resources.
  • Promoting the use of the electronic handover form and supporting and encouraging the use of ‘ehandovers’ in the aged and acute sectors.
  • Supporting participating aged care facilities to successfully implement and evaluate the medication imprest system

Implementing the Palliative Care in the Disability Sector Strategy. Key responsibilities include:

  • Undertaking stakeholder engagement initiatives.
  • Implementing and evaluating capacity building initiatives within the sector.
  • Establishing and promote linkages, communication and collaboration between the palliative care and disability sectors.

Evaluating Strategies by working with the Consortium Manager to define performance measures for strategic objectives and collect and report outcomes date and information to the Consortium Manager and Consortium Management Group and undertaking report writing and other project related tasks as required to fulfil obligations of the project.

Skills and experience

  • You are a qualified and experienced clinician
  • You have a successful track record in managing projects in the health sector
  • You are aware of the challenges in providing palliative care in aged care and disability sectors and know how to influence change in this sector
  • You have excellent stakeholder engagement skills and know how to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all levels in organisations
  • You are a great communicator and have strong written and verbal skills
  • You are computer literate especially in Microsoft Office applications
  • You can work from home
  • You hold a current Victorian Driver’s Licence

How to Apply

For more information, including a position description, closing date and how to apply, please click “apply for this job” to be redirected to our website.

For more details or assistance with application submission please email: recruitment@mcm.org.au, using the subject line: Project Officer - Aged Care enquiry via EthicalJobs.

Applicants will be required to undergo a pre-employment safety screening process as part of the MCM selection process. Appointments to MCM roles will be subject to the following safety screening checks (as applicable to the role): National (and International if applicable) Police Check (which includes Proof of Identity Check), Victorian Employee Working with Children Check, Qualification Verification Check, Employment History Check, NDIS Worker Screening Check, Right to Work in Australia and current and valid driver licence. All costs associated with safety checks (except National Police Check) will be at applicants’ expense. MCM employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 consistent with the Victoria public health orders regarding COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Procedures and applicants will be required to present acceptable proof of their vaccination status as part of their application.

Our commitment to diversity

At HHA/MCM, we embrace differences in gender, age, ethnicity, race, cultural background, disability, religion and sexual orientation. We know that diversity and inclusion help us to attract, recruit, engage and retain a team of talented people. If you require specific support to apply for this position, please advise the recruiting manager whose contact details are listed in the advertisement. We will work with you to identify the best way to assist you.

Our commitment to safety

HHA/MCM is committed to the safety of its clients and employees, taking a zero-tolerance approach to violence within the workplace and abuse, including child abuse and abuse of people with disability. All employees are required to comply with the Child Safe Standards.

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