Alfred Health is a leader in health care delivery, improvement, research and education. We are the main provider of health services to people living in the inner southeast suburbs of Melbourne, from ambulatory, to inpatient and home and community based services.
- Fixed Term - until 30th June 2022
- Part time - 36 hours per fortnight (0.45 EFT)
- Classification - Clinical Nurse Consultant C
- Caulfield location
- Staff benefits
Alfred Home - Acute and Community (HAC) is a clinical program across Alfred Health, of which the Health Independence Program (HIP) is a part. The HIP program plays an integral role within Victoria’s health care system, supporting people to maximise their independence and functioning, and minimise long-term healthcare needs. HAC oversees a diverse group of services promoting effective care, from acute care back into the community. These services are provided in hospital, community based settings and in people’s homes.
Our Community Integration services within HAC, act to provide a responsive, person-centred, effective system of care that aims to improve health outcomes and the quality of life for our clients and broader community. Our focus is working with services and our clients to ensure coordination and consistency of continuing care over time, and through the different stages of a person’s condition. We do this through fostering an environment of self-management, health promotion and community integration.
The Mobile Assessment and Treatment Service [MATS] is one of these programs. The service provides a rapid response, clinical in-reach to residents predominantly of aged care facilities and on occasion to the wider community who are at risk of presenting to an emergency department, for reasons that could be managed outside of the hospital setting. MATS has clinical oversight by Geriatricians, and encompasses MATS Medical, Nursing and pharmacy roles, with access to Allied Health services through HARP. The MATS patient cohorts are the frail and elderly, or those with severe disability in residential settings. Often MATS patients have a range of chronic conditions and conditions of ageing.
Alfred Health’s Palliative Care Service provides a predominantly consultative service, whereby they provide advice on pain and other symptom management, facilitate discharge planning and assist with complex decision-making, particularly relating to end-of-life care.
The MATS Palliative Outreach Clinical Nurse Consultant will provide clinical expertise to MATS patients with needs aligning with a palliative approach through to terminal care until death. The aim will be to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of terminally ill MATS patients and their families, whilst supporting existing services involved in their care ie: RACF/supported residential service staff and GP’s to provide best care. They will have responsibilities including- clinical care, service development (as this is a new role within MATS), and leadership, mentoring and staff development.
- Will work across the acute/sub-acute hospital to RACF and home environments, in collaboration with the patients primary care clinicians eg: GPs and Residential Aged care Facility (RACF) staff.
- Will provide direct patient care including, thorough assessment, identification of current state, implementation, administration and review of interventions in keeping with patient or family/MTDM wishes. They will work closely with MATS Medical staff and pt’s GP & RACF staff, to ensure all clinical care needs are met as per their recommendations.
- They will assist with resource allocation in relation to palliative care needs of MATS patients across the service.
- Provide education and support to RACF staff on best practice principles of palliative approach.
- Involves liaison between health care professionals both in the community and within Alfred Health.
- This role models leadership, and develops pathways to support and develop Gr 4A & 3B MATS RNs, and other members of the MATS team.
- Will be responsible for developing robust pathways within MATS for the community management of our patients using a palliative approach, and will include building terminal care best practices into MATS suite of services.
- The position requires excellent communication and documentation skills to foster effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders to the patient’s care.
- Work collaboratively with Palliative care services of Alfred health including PATS, and with the Specialist Community Palliative Care services of our catchment.
- Registered Nurse Division 1 with a current practicing certificate with AHPRA
- Post graduate qualification in Palliative Care Nursing
- Current Victorian driver’s licence
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Prior experience at grade 5 level
- Recent clinical experience in relevant areas, preferably acute general medicine, chronic disease or geriatrics.
- Demonstrated ability to work positively and flexibly with internal and external services.
- Commitment to continuing professional development.
- Salary Packaging
- Discount Health Insurance
- Child care services
All enquiries to Georgina Calder Acting NUM on 0429 358 722 or Emina Pilav on 0439 803 544 MATS Team Lead.
Alfred 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.