WW6553 - Clinical Coder - Senior - (Full / Part Time/ Telecommuting) - Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service - Cairns

    Your employer — Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service

  • The Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service strives to provide excellence in health care,
    wellbeing, research and education in Far North Queensland.
  • The Health Service is the primary provider of health services to residents of the Cairns, Tablelands and
    Cassowary Coast regions with a population of over 250,000 people, as well as providing specialist
    services to the Torres Strait and Cape York region. Cairns Hospital is the primary referral hospital for Far
    North Queensland.
  • We provide an extensive range of health services at more than 30 regional, rural and remote facilities
    across a geographical area of 142,900 square kilometres.
  • The Health Service is 95 percent self-sufficient with only a small number of high-level acute services
    being provided in Townsville and Brisbane.
  • Our staff are a part of the community we serve, and we strongly believe that health outcomes are
    enhanced by involving our community in the planning and evaluation of local health services.

Responsibilities / Duties: 

Your opportunity

To classify inpatient episodes for Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service using the current
edition of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th
Revision, Australian Modification (ICD10AM). The successful applicant will be responsible for computer
entry of such codes within the Queensland Health designated timeframe following patient discharge.

    Your role:

  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role in accordance with CHHHS values as outlined above.
  • Follow defined service quality standards, occupational health and work policies and procedures relating
    to the work being undertaken in order to ensure high quality, safe services and workplaces.
  • Utilisation of the 3M CodeFinder software for diagnosis and procedure code assignment and computer
    entry of coded morbidity data onto HBCIS.
  • Generation and monitoring of Outstanding Diagnoses Reports from the HBCIS computer system to
    ensure that morbidity data on all inpatient episodes is completed within the designated timeframe.
  • Completion of appropriate electronic cancer registration according to guidelines
  • Participation in quality improvement and ongoing education activities relating to coding roles and
    practices (eg. PICQ, DRG audits, Unit Meetings).
  • Liaison with health professionals to ensure clear and concise documentation of clinical data which
    facilitates the accurate coding of inpatient data.


How you will be assessed?

You will be assessed on your ability to demonstrate the following key capabilities, knowledge and
experience. Within the context of the responsibilities described above under ‘Your role’, the ideal applicant
will be someone who can demonstrate the following:

  • Demonstrated competence in Clinical Coding using the current edition of ICD10AM and the ability to
    interpret and apply coding conventions as required by the Australian Coding Standards. Please note that
    applicants may be requested to complete a coding test as part of the recruitment process.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the relationship between clinical documentation, ICD-10-AM codes and
    DRGs. Ability to work independently and to prioritise and organise workload to ensure that deadlines are
    met in a timely manner in accordance with Queensland Health policies and industry benchmarks.
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to allow effective liaison with a range of health
    service personnel and to work within a team environment.
  • Knowledge of contemporary human resource management practices including occupation health and
    safety, employment equity, anti-discrimination and ethical behaviour.

Your application

    Please provide the following information to the panel to assess your suitability:>

  • Your current CV or resume, including the names and contact details of two referees. 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.
  • A short statement (maximum 1-2 pages) on how your experience, abilities and knowledge would enable
    you to achieve the key responsibilities and meet the key attributes.


How to apply

  • Queensland Health encourages applicants to apply on-line for our vacancies through
  • To do this, access the 'apply online' facility on the Smart jobs and careers website.
  • Online applications have special requirements:
  • You need to create a ‘My SmartJob’ account before submitting your online application. Details are
    available through the Queensland Government Smart Jobs and Careers website at
  • You can ‘save and submit later’, allowing you to organise your attachments for submission at a later
    time, but before the closing date of applications;
  • By applying online you can track your application through the process, maintain your personal details
    through registration and withdraw your application if required.
  • Do not attach photographs, certificates, references or other large graphics to your application.
  • Any documents attached to smartjobs should be in Microsoft Word, or .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .png, .rtf, .txt, .doc
    or docx. Do not upload zipped files, pdf documents created through Microsoft Word 2007, tagged pdfs or
    protected documents.
  • Late applications cannot be submitted via the Smart jobs website, so please allow enough time before
    the closing date to submit your application. If approval has been granted by the Selection Panel for a
    late application to be considered, please contact the Recruitment Services team to arrange this.
  • If you experience any technical difficulties when accessing www.smartjobs.qld.gov.au please contact 13
    QGOV (13 74 68).
  • Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.
  • All calls relating to the status of your application once the job has closed should be directed to the
    contact officer on the role description.
  • If you require any other assistance, please contact Recruitment Services on 07 4226 5124.

Additional information

  • Applications will remain current for the duration of the vacancy.
  • Future vacancies of a temporary, full-time and part-time nature may also be filled through this
    recruitment process.
  • Pre-employment screening, including criminal history and discipline history checks, may be undertaken
    on persons recommended for employment. Roles providing health, counselling and support services
    mainly to children will require a blue card, unless otherwise exempt.
  • Employees who are permanently appointed to Queensland Health may be required to undertake a
    period of probation appropriate to the appointment.
  • All Queensland Health staff, who in the course of their duties formulate a reasonable suspicion that a
    child has suffered, is suffering, or is at unacceptable risk of suffering significant harm in their
    home/community environment and may not have a parent able and willing to protect the child from harm.
    have a legislative and a duty of care obligation to immediately report such concerns to Child Safety
    Services, Department of Communities.
  • Some roles within Queensland Health are designated as ‘Vaccination Preventable Disease (VPD) risk
    roles’. A VPD risk role is a role in which the incumbent may be exposed to the risk of acquisition and/or
    transmission of a VPD. If you are applying for a role that has been designated as a VPD risk role you
    must be able to provide evidence that you either have been vaccinated against the VPD’s listed in the
    role description; or you are not susceptible to the VPD’s listed in the role description.

    You will be asked by the recruiting manager to supply this evidence if you are the preferred candidate for
    the role. Any job offer would be subject to the supply of evidence related to VPD in addition to other
    required employment screening. The majority of our frontline clinical roles require at a minimum
    vaccination against measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), pertussis (whooping cough) and
    Hepatitis B. The following tools will assist if you are required to provide evidence of VPD vaccination:

    • VPD Evidence guide
    • VPD evidence form – Doctor
    • VPD evidence form – Self

    Please head to our Vaccinations Homepage for more information on how to provide your evidence.

  • Applicants will be required to give a statement of their employment as a lobbyist within one (1) month of
    taking up the appointment. Details are available at

Reference Number: 


Applications Close On: 
18 March 2019