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Laboratory Specimen Processing Clerk

LocationThe Alfred
Work TypeFull Time - Fixed Term
Positions3 Positions
Job no: 62425
Category: Technical and Support, Other Technical / Support
  • Fixed Term - ending late June 2023, Full Time - 80 hrs per f/n with flexible monthly ADO's
  • Classification - HS1A, Administrator
  • Great staff benefits!

Alfred Health

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 - ending late June 2023
  • Full Time - 80 hrs per f/n with flexible monthly ADO's
  • Classification - HS1A, Administrator
  • Location - The Alfred and Sandringham Hospital on occasion
  • Great staff benefits!


Department Summary

Alfred Pathology Service (APS) provides a comprehensive range of pathology testing, consultation services and collection services to clinicians and patients of Alfred Health. The Service has 5 units (Anatomical Pathology, Biochemistry, Haematology, Human Molecular and Microbiology).

Position Summary 

  1. Take part in a rotating roster, including on-call, weekends and public holidays, or 5-of-7 day or 4-on-4-off roster as required.
  2. Receive specimens for all Pathology disciplines.
  3. Data entry of patient test requests in the Laboratory Information System.
  4. Prepare specimens for analysis and storage. Prepare 24-hour urine collections. Scan & load blood culture bottles onto the Microbiology analyser.
  5. Distribute specimens to all Pathology Units.
  6. Edit patient and specimen details, including additional tests requested by doctors.
  7. Prepare samples for referrals to external laboratories.
  8. Load samples on to the Pre-Analytical Track and trouble-shoot any track errors should they arise. 
  9. Answer general queries for test and sample requirements for both internal and external stakeholders. 
  10. Answer telephone enquiries and provide pathology results to authorised people.
  11. Office Administration duties including receptionist (switchboard) duties, and patient-facing tasks such as covering the pathology outpatients front desk, as required.
  12. Maintain the section’s refrigerators and freezers. Defrost and clean freezers as required.
  13. Rotate between shifts at both Alfred and Sandringham laboratory in line with operational needs.
  14. Perform other duties as requested by the Specimen Processing Supervisor

Experience Required

  • Successful completion of Year 12 or equivalent; with skills in written and spoken English necessary for performance of duties.
  • A record of stable employment in a laboratory or industrial environment.
  • Familiarity with computer keyboard. Touch-typing skills are highly desirable.
  • Technical skills appropriate to laboratory functions are preferable but not essential.

Staff Benefits

  • Generous salary packaging and novated leasing are available through Maxxia
  • Onsite child care services
  • Onsite staff gym, a payroll deductible expense
  • Access to health and wellbeing incentives
  • Discounted health insurance


Enquiries? Please get in touch with Craig Lindley, Administration Supervisor at [email protected]

Applications close at 11 pm Friday, 23rd December 2022

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.

All Alfred Health employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This is in accordance with the Vaccination of Health Care Workers (COVID-19) Directions - Health Services. All Alfred Health employees are required to be vaccinated against influenza. This is in accordance with the Mandatory Vaccination of Health Care Workers (Influenza Vaccine) Directions - Health Services Establishments for influenza.