Clinical Coder

ACT Canberra Health Services
    June 22, 2020
    Canberra, Australia
    Job Type
    Reference No.
    PN 47219
    Pay Rate
    $84,967 - $117,890
    Application Close Date
    Contact Name
    Dianne Ramadan
    Contact Email
    Contact Phone
    02 5124 3242


    Canberra Health Services

    Finance and Business Intelligence

    Health Information Services

    Medical Records


    Clinical Coder Level 1

    Salary Range: $84,967 - $117,890 (PN: 47219, several)


    Our Vision: Creating exceptional health care together

    Our Role: To be a health service that is trusted by our community

    Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind

    Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)—a catchment of approximately 400,000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley. CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

    • The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
    • University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
    • Four Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
    • Six community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
    • A range of community based health services including Early Childhood Services, Youth and Women’s Health, Dental Health, Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services.


    Overview of the work area and position

    The Finance and Business Intelligence (FBI) Branch is led by the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) who reports to the Chief Executive officer of Canberra health Services. The FBI Branch is responsible for the development and maintenance of budgets, financial management, and for providing strong operational finance and performance reporting analysis across the health service. The five sub-units within the FBI branch include the Financial Management Unit, Revenue and Financial Services, Patients Accounts, Business Intelligence and Health Information Services.

    Health Information Services provides a range of functions including scanning and health record management, clinical coding and casemix data generation, patient identifier maintenance, clinical record forms design and managing access to personal health information to facilitate patient care follow-up, research, quality improvement, education and hospital management purposes.

    Clinical coding is an essential function for Canberra Health Service to support clinical research and education, to facilitate accurate funding reimbursement, assist in the planning and evaluation of health care services and to fulfil local and mandatory national data submission requirements.

    Under general direction you will be responsible for the timely and accurate coding of inpatient records. This will involve abstracting relevant information on-line from scanned clinical records and other associated clinical information systems and assigning complete and accurate codes in accordance with established coding procedures and standards.  You will play a key role in determining appropriate DRG allocation, optimising coding throughput, ensuring targets and key performance indicators are met and participating in routine coding quality improvement activities.

    Eligibility/Other Requirements:


    • Completion of an approved HIMAA clinical coding certificate course or equivalent.


    • A minimum of three years clinical coding experience using the current edition of ICD-10-AM, covering a broad range of casemix in an acute tertiary hospital, with ability to accurately code an average of three – four records per hour.

    Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

    • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.

    Notes: Part-time and full-time positions are available with the possibility of working on-site at Canberra Hospital or coding remotely e.g. working from home. Applicants may be required to complete a coding examination to assess coding competency as a component of the recruitment process. Selection may be based on written application and referee reports only.

    How to Apply: For further information, please visit (Ref 01Q1T)

    Contact Officer: Dianne Ramadan (02) 5124 3242

    Applications Close: 06 July 2020

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