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Health Professional Level 2 - Dietitian - Acute Support Nutrition Department

Canberra & ACT, ACT

Full time

$70,197 - $84,816


Job Title: Dietitian - Acute Support Nutrition Department
Classification: Health Professional Level 2
Annual Salary: $70,197 - $84,816
Branch: Medicine
Section: Acute Support Service
Vacancy Type: Temporary Full-time
Duration: 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency.
Position Number: 34274, several 
Closing Date: 21 June 2018
Contact Officer: Andrew Slattery (02) 6244 2544  

About us:

ACT Health is a values-led Directorate. Our values guide our day-to-day actions, behaviours, decisions and communications to successfully deliver the best services to meet the needs of our community. They were developed by us, for us and are unique to our work.
Canberra Hospital and Health Services provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community-based health services to the ACT and surrounding region.
The key strategic priority for acute services is to deliver timely access to effective and safe hospital care services. The hospital delivers a full range of medical, surgical and obstetric services, including complex procedures in areas such as cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and neonatal intensive care.

Strong links exist between hospital and community-based services, as many of the operational divisions deliver services across the continuum of care to ensure continuity of care for patients. The community based services of ACT Health include Early Childhood, Youth and Women’s Health; Dental Services, Rehabilitation and Community Care; Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Services. In addition, Justice Health Services are provided within the Territory’s detention facilities.

ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University.
The ACT Health Division of Medicine provides a range of medical specialties and allied health services. A strong emphasis is placed across all sections on accessible and timely care, delivered to a high standard of safety and quality. This is underpinned by the Division’s commitment to research and training. The Division works in partnership with professional colleagues, consumers, and a range of government and non-government service providers to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

Overview of the work area and position:

The Nutrition Department within Acute Support Services, Canberra Hospital and Health Services are primarily responsible for the management of core functions and provision of Nutrition based allied health services within ACT Health. Services include;
Clinical Dietetic Services to: Inpatients on the Canberra Hospital Campus including the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children and the Adult Mental Health Unit; Outpatients requiring specialist care from the ACT and regional NSW; Operation of centralised Special Diet Service; Operation of Infant Feeding Service; Coordination of ACT Health Clinical Education Program for Nutrition and Dietetic students from various local universities
Food Service governance activities in partnership with the Canberra Hospital Food Service Department.

Under supervision, you will provide clinical dietetic services across the Canberra Hospital Campus and contribute to service improvement and quality improvement/quality assurance activities of the department.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:


• Tertiary qualification (or equivalent) in Nutrition and/or Dietetics.
• Member (or eligibility for membership) of the Dietitian’s Association of Australia.

Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

• Undergo a pre-employment Police check
• Registered under the Working for Vulnerable People Act 2011.
• Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
• Comply with ACT Health credentialing and scope of clinical practice requirements for allied health professionals


Current driver’s licence.


These are temporary positions available for a period of 12 months with the possibility of extension and/or permanency. An order of merit list may be established to fill future vacancies at level over the next 12 months. This position may be required to participate in overtime, on call, and rotation roster (including Food Service rotation). Some weekend duty will be required.


Under professional supervision:

1. Promote positive client outcomes through the provision of high quality clinical services and health promotion activities in/across designated areas or units as part of a multidisciplinary team.

2. Provide individual or group service delivery.

3. Apply knowledge, skills, and professional judgement in the delivery of routine services.

4. Under close professional supervision:

5. Provide appropriate assessment and interventions using established principles, techniques and methods with support.

6. Liaise with carers and other service providers as required.

7. Complete clinical and administrative data collection and evaluation to standard.

8. Participate in education programs and contribute to teaching and training for areas of clinical service delivery.

9. Participate in team and program related service activities as required.

10. Participate in implementation of clinical governance activity, quality improvement projects, research programs, and health promotion in areas relevant to service.

11. Participate in supervision, continuing professional development and performance management.

Note: These positions may be required to participate in overtime, on call, and/or rotation roster.

This duty statement outlines a range of possible duties that staff are expected to perform at this level. The emphasis placed on each duty will vary according to the requirements of each position.

Selection Criteria

These are the key criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resume and experience.

Your statement of claims against the selection criteria should summarise how your skills and experiences would enable you to fulfil the responsibilities of the position. It is therefore in the interests of candidates to present their application in a way that demonstrates significant outcomes associated with each of the criteria, as well as the capabilities and behaviours that underpin them.

(Please note that it is not necessary to address the capabilities and behaviours individually)
Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in delivering evidence-based nutrition care including the ability to translate dietary requirements into food based recommendations and the ability to liaise with service providers to ensure continuum of care.

1. Demonstrated high level written, oral and interpersonal communication skills including proven ability to communicate effectively with clients and work as an effective team member.

2. Demonstrated ability to provide professional education for staff and clinical supervision for students.

3. Demonstrate commitment to and involvement in evidence based practice and quality improvement activities.

4. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with ACT Health’s values of Care, Excellence, Collaboration and Integrity.

How To Apply

To complete your application, you must prepare responses to the Selection Criteria and upload this as part of your application along with a current curriculum vitae. For more information on how to apply go to  

For further information about the position and a copy of the performance expectations and jobs demands checklist, please contact the Contact Officer above.