Position Details
Reference Number 32509
Position Title Clinical Nurse Consultant Grade 5
Employment Status Permanent Full Time
Location Austin Hospital
Department / Ward / Clinical Area Day Oncology
Hours per Week 40.00
Position Summary

Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across 3 campuses in the northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.

An exciting opportunity currently exists for an enthusiastic and highly experienced Cancer Nurse to join our Ambulatory Cancer Services team.

  Details of Department

Clinical Services are provided in a range of inpatient and ambulatory settings. Inpatient services include an acute clinical haematology ward, an oncology/surgical oncology ward and a palliative care ward. Ambulatory services include Radiation Oncology, Day Oncology, Apheresis, multidisciplinary cancer meetings and clinics, cancer clinical trials, and Wellness and Supportive Care.
All Austin Health metropolitan based Cancer Services are delivered within the Olivia Newton-John Cancer, Wellness & Research Centre (ONJ Centre) at the Austin Hospital. This state of the art facility provides a model of individualised cancer care for patients and their families. 
Austin Health is one of the largest cancer service providers in Victoria.  A complete range of services are delivered to patients and their families, including medical oncology, clinical haematology, radiation oncology (Austin Health and BRICC), cancer genetics, palliative care, wellness and supportive care programs, an active volunteer program and specialist cancer surgery (Division of Surgery).  These are provided within an environment that integrates research, teaching and training.


Details of position/position requirements

The Cancer Clinical Nurse Consultant is responsible for collaboration with relevant medical staff, for effective advance practice nursing management of patients who are receiving: 

1. Combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy across solid tumour streams and / or 

2. Oral chemotherapy and other antineoplastic agents for cancer 

This role will deliver evidence based nursing care that meets professional, organisational, legal and ethical standards in order to optimise health outcomes for these patients.


As an advanced practice nurse the role is pivotal in leading and supporting cancer nursing standards and professional development across cancer services, particularly in the area of systemic and oral cancer therapy management. This includes assuming the role as Secretary of the Systemic Cancer Therapies Safety Committee.


To be successful in this role you must demonstrate:

  • Current registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • A commitment to Austin Health values
  • Post-graduate qualification in cancer nursing
  • Membership of specific specialty Association and/or nursing professional body as required
  • Minimum of five years’ experience with systemic and oral cancer therapies, and accredited in antineoplastic drug administration and handling
  • Experience working in a senior cancer clinical role (CNS or above) within the ambulatory cancer services environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated negotiation, problem solving and analytical skills with a commitment to Quality Improvement and Patient centred care 
  • Excellent communication skills: written, verbal and interpersonal
  • Demonstrated ability to consult and collaborate with others and work as an effective member of a team to deliver organisational outcomes
  • A sound understanding of information technology including clinical systems and Microsoft applications
  • Research, publication and public presentation experience


Applicants should address these Key selection criteria in their application.

Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check conducted by Austin Health and if required, a Working with Children Check.

Austin 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.

Selection Criteria Essential: Current Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Essential: Post graduate qualification in Cancer nursing
Essential: At least 5 years experience in the management of cancer patients, preferably in the ambulatory setting
Contact Person Angela Mellerick
Contact Number (03) 9496 3491
Closing Date 07/04/2020
Position Description
Cancer CNC Mar 2020.pdf Open
Application Guide click here to view