Job Alert: Senior Medical Advisor, National Surveillance - AMR and Antibiotic Usage

Posted by on 15 September 2016 | Comments

Senior Medical Advisor, National Surveillance - AMR and Antibiotic Usage

Introduction
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) was established to lead and co-ordinate improvements in safety and quality in health care at a national level. The Commission identifies issues and policy directions and recommends priorities for action. It has responsibilities to report publicly on the state of safety and quality, disseminate information and knowledge, consult widely and provide strategic advice to Health Ministers on ‘best practice’ thinking to drive quality improvement.

In July 2011 the Commission was established as a CAC Act Authority and is funded jointly by the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

The Commission undertakes programs in a number of key safety and quality areas, including accreditation, healthcare acquired infections, medication safety, clinical handover, and recognising and responding to clinical deterioration. The Commission also undertakes work looking at safety and quality issues in specific health care sectors such as primary health care and mental health, and has developed a program to look at the involvement of patients and consumers in improving safety and quality of care.

The Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Australia (AURA) project brings together a wide range of passive and targeted surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AU) in hospitals and the community to inform strategies to prevent and contain AMR in Australia.

The AURA Surveillance System provides accurate and comprehensive data to inform important health and policy decisions about preventing the emergence and containing the spread of AMR nationally and globally.
AURA is using a model of expanding, enhancing and coordinating current surveillance activities to form a comprehensive national picture. Creating a national surveillance system allows different pieces of data to be brought together to enhance understanding of what is happening locally, at a state level and nationally. It also helps with international collaboration and supports comparison of trends and patterns to identify opportunities to address AMR globally.

Position Description
Position Number: 20023803
Position Title: Senior Medical Advisor, National Surveillance - AMR and Antibiotic Usage
Position Level: Medical Officer Grade 6 (MO6)
Employment Type: Part-time (0.6 FTE), Non-ongoing until 30 June 2017
Reporting To: Program Director, Commonwealth Programs
Location: Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Level 5, 255 Elizabeth Street, Sydney.

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