WW6108 - Senior Clinical Coder Records - (Full-time) - 12 Months - Childrens Health Queensland hospital and Health Services - South Brisbane - QLD

The position of Senior Clinical Coder Records will:

  • Accurately assign specific morbidity and procedural classifications to patient episodes to meet state and national data reporting requirements.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to quality improvement activities relevant to clinical coding.

Responsibilities / Duties: 

You will fulfil the accountabilities of this role in accordance with the CHQ HHS values and as outlined below.

  • Assign morbidity and procedural classifications to patient episodes:
    • Abstract and verify relevant information from the medical record and clinical information systems;
    • Utilise appropriate resources and liaise with team members and clinicians to clarify information as required.
    • Identify discrepancies between clinical information systems and patient records, and feedback through appropriate channels;
    • Assign accurate ICD-10-AM, ACHI codes and DRG grouping according to Australian Coding Standards, national and state clinical coding authority guidelines, Queensland Health Admitted Data Collection Policy and legislative guidelines within designated timeframes;
    • Review the accuracy of DRGs allocated to admitted patient episodes prior to finalising coded data.
    • Update information systems as required.
  • Complete Queensland Cancer Registry notifications.
  • Maintain a well-developed knowledge of anatomy, clinical disease processes, pharmacology and diagnostic and procedural terminology together with coding-related systems and standards.
  • Utilise the 3M Codefinder Software and other relevant patient information systems to assist in the assignment and verification of ICD-10-AM codes.
  • Actively participate in and contribute to quality improvement activities, education activities and other initiatives within the clinical coding team.
  • Adhere to relevant Queensland Health policies, standards and relevant legislative requirements.
  • Actively participate in a working environment supporting quality human resources management practices including employment equity, anti-discrimination, occupational health and safety, and ethical behaviour.
  • Develop a positive culture within the Division of the Chief Information Officer which encourages and recognises high performance, builds leadership capabilities and supports staff to maximise their health and wellbeing.
  • Other duties as delegated by line manager


You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate the following key attributes. Within the context of the ‘Your Role and Responsibilities’described above, the ideal applicant will be someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • High level of experience and demonstrated expert ability in the classification of diseases and operations using ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS across a variety of clinical speciality areas. High level knowledge of state and national developments in ICD-10-AM, activity based funding and the application of these within healthcare management.
  • Demonstrated high level commitment to continuous quality improvement and expertise and experience in the implementation, management and maintenance of quality management activities in relation to coded data.
  • Demonstrated high level interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills for effective liaison with other staff, including clinicians in relation to clinical coding, documentation and Activity Based Funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to consistently achieve deadlines, appropriately prioritise workload and work effectively as part of a team.

  • Qualifications/Professional Registration/Other Requirements

    While not mandatory, the following qualifications and work experience are highly desirable:

    • Degree in Health Information Management (or equivalent)
    • Comprehensive Medical Terminology course or Challenge Examination in Medical Terminology
    • Intermediate ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS clinical coding course (or equivalent)
    • Advanced ICD-10-AM, ACHI and ACS clinical coding course (or equivalent)
    • Evidence of coding proficiency with a minimum of two years full-time coding experience within a large health care facility.

    Your Application
    Please provide the following information for the Selection Panel to assess your suitability:

    1. A written response of no more than 2 pages addressing your ability to meet the requirements of the role listed under ‘How will you be assessed?’ and within the context of the ‘role and responsibilities’.

    2. Your current CV or resume, including two referees that can attest to your performance and conduct in the workplace. Referees should have a thorough knowledge of your capabilities, work performance and conduct within the previous two years, and it is preferable to include your current/immediate/past supervisor. By providing the names and contact details of your referee/s you consent for these people to be contacted by the selection panel. If you do not wish for a referee to be contacted, please indicate this on your resume and contact the selection panel chair to discuss


David Hansen
Clinical Coding Manager – Health Information Services
Telephone: (07) 3068 5287
Email: David.Hansen@health.qld.gov.au

Applications Close On: 
29 August 2017