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 December 2022
- Part-time –up to 64 hours per fortnight
- Classification code – ZJ1-ZJ12
- Alfred location
- Staff benefits
Spleen Australia – a clinical service and registry was established in 2015. Originally starting as, the Victorian Spleen Registry in 2003, Spleen Australia now covers Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania.
The service was established to address the increased lifelong risk of some fatal bacterial infections that exist in people; who have had a splenectomy or born without a spleen (asplenia), or those with a non-functioning spleen (hyposplenism). Hyposplenism can be a consequence of some medical illness e.g. rheumatoid arthritis.
The primary cause of these patient’s increased risk of sepsis is the loss of the spleen’s role in filtering microorganisms from the circulation and its important role in antibody formation. Spleen Australia is a clinical service that has an ongoing medical relationship with enrolled patients. There are over 12,000 patients registered with the service. The service consists of nurses who are supported by a team of Infectious Diseases Physicians, works closely with GPs, treating doctors and patients. The service is also engaged in and supports a range of research projects in the area.
Working as part of a nursing and medical team you will be primarily responsible with coordinating patients who have had a splenectomy or have a diagnosis of a non-functioning spleen, who are specifically at risk of acquiring an overwhelming sepsis. Patients are provided with; health information and education, along with the provision of regular updates regarding their vaccination status and prophylactic antibiotic regime. The role also involves promotion of the service to relevant health services and providing information to GPs and health professionals supporting people who have had a splenectomy or are rendered hyposplenic.
Qualifications and Experience
- Division 1 Nurse (APHRA registration)
- Advanced nursing practice skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work within a team
- Ability to work autonomously and be self-directed
- Experience working with patients in an ambulatory setting providing health information and advice
- Intermediate computer skills (experience in Word, Excel)
- Salary packaging
- Novated leasing
- Onsite gym
- Easy public transport access and discounted staff car parking
If you are interested in this position or would like any further details, please contact Penny Jones on 9076 3828
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.