14 May, 2024

Newborn Bloodspot Screening Educator

$75,841 yearly
  • Victorian Clinical Genetics Services
  • Parkville VIC, Australia
Part time, Fixed term Education Laboratory & Technical Services

Job Description

Role Type: 12-month part time contract (0.5 FTE)
Salary: $75,841 p.a (pro rata) + superannuation
Join Our Team as a Newborn Bloodspot Screening (NBS) Educator!

The opportunity:

Are you passionate about newborn health and education? We have an exciting opportunity for a part-time role within the NBS Laboratory funded by the Victorian Department of Health.


As an NBS Educator, you'll play a crucial role in our laboratory's mission. Here's what you'll be doing:

  • Providing information, education, and support to clinicians, health professionals, and families.
  • Assisting with NBS policy development and implementation.
  • Liaising with external hospitals, parents, and health professionals to facilitate inquiries.
  • Supporting ongoing quality assurance projects and data collection/reporting.
  • Collaborating with the laboratory team including pathologists, scientists, technicians, and support personnel.

About your new team

Our laboratory is at the forefront of newborn screening, testing for conditions such as congenital hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis, metabolic disorders, and more recently spinal muscular atrophy and severe combined immunodeficiency.

What’s in it for you?


  • Maximise your pay through salary packaging including entertainment and novated leases
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a role that fits around your schedule
  • Work alongside experienced medical scientists, technicians, and support personnel in a supportive and collaborative team environment
  • Be part of a vital public health program funded by the Victorian Department of Health

Your responsibilities include:

  • Be familiar with overall NBS testing processes and follow-up protocols sufficient to educate stakeholders and parents
  • Educate midwives and other health professionals on: NBS sample collection, obtaining high quality samples and obtaining informed consent; timing of collection and problems of transfusion and prematurity; information delivery to parents at the time of collection; and insufficient samples / contaminated mislabelled samples
  • Develop educational resources for on-line and face-to-face delivery


What we need from you:

  • Cert IV Training and Assessment or equivalent (or obtained in first six months of employment)
  • Ability to travel to metropolitan and regional maternity services to deliver education
  • Previous experience in delivering ongoing education to health professionals
  • Practical knowledge of neonatal blood collection and positive patient identification

For more information regarding responsibilities and requirements please refer to the to the position description. Any specific questions related to this position should be directed to Ronda Greaves at ronda.greaves@vcgs.org.au.


Who we are


The Victorian Clinical Genetics Service (VCGS), a not-for-profit subsidiary of the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), offers integrated genetic testing, diagnostics, and counselling globally. Our experts collaborate closely to ensure accurate interpretation of complex genetic tests. VCGS is actively involved in driving translational research, policy development, and fostering an inclusive and positive working environment that values diversity and prioritizes equal opportunities for all. We are dedicated to developing our staff and creating a culture centred on respect and continuous learning.

Join us!

We welcome individuals of diverse genders, ages, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, abilities, religions, and sexual orientations in our workplace. We actively encourage talented individuals from all walks of life to apply for our job openings. Our commitment lies in fostering a workplace that is barrier-free and inclusive, aiming to attract the most skilled candidates.

If you feel this role is right for you, please apply with a copy of your resume and cover letter addressing the selection criteria.

To view the full list of responsibilities please click here to view the position description.

For any questions related to the recruitment process, feel free to reach out to our Recruitment team at recruitment@mcri.edu.au. Ensure that you include the position number and job title in the subject line. Please refrain from sharing your application to this email address.

Please note, we reserve the right to close the vacancy prior to the closing date once a sufficient number of applications have been received.

Applications close:  Friday 24th May 2024 AUS Eastern Daylight time

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