NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

Employment Type: Full-time and Part-time Permanent roles available
Position Classification: Hospital Assistant Grade 3
Location: Armidale, NSW
Remuneration: $56,483 p/a + 11% Superannuation + Salary Packaging + Rural Incentives
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ458914
Closing date: February 20 2024

Operations Assistant / Wardsperson
Armidale Rural Referral Hospital

Embark on a gratifying journey with us, where your unwavering commitment paves the way for enduring opportunities and stability in the long term.

About the role:

In this job, you play a crucial role in making sure the Perioperative Unit runs smoothly. You’ll work with the team to check what equipment is needed for surgeries, making sure everything is clean and works well. You’ll also help identify equipment that needs maintenance and keep track of supplies. Your job involves cleaning carefully, and following state-wide specific standards and rules to keep things safe and prevent infections. When moving patients, you’ll use the correct techniques to keep everyone safe. You’ll also assist with getting patients ready for surgery while respecting their privacy. Following instructions during surgeries and being careful when moving things around are very important. Your support in the Perioperative Unit helps the nursing staff, making our healthcare operations successful.

Where you’ll be working:

The Armidale Rural Referral Hospital Operating Theatres play a vital role in delivering critical care services to Armidale and surrounding areas, serving as the central referral hub for smaller centers in the Tablelands cluster.

We’re dedicated to advancing surgical services in the Armidale region and enhancing knowledge through medical and nursing research, educational programs, and patient advocacy. Our workplace fosters collaboration, openness, and respect, empowering individuals to apply their expertise to uphold the principles of “Excellence. Every patient, every time.”

Armidale Operating Theatres consist of Three Theatres and an Endoscopy room, we have 2 to 3 lists operating per day and the following surgery are below.

  • Theatre One: Orthopaedics, Ophthalmic
  • Theatre Two: General, Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Emergencies
  • Theatre Three: Obstetrics/Gynaecology, Urology, and Emergencies
  • Procedure Room (Theatre 4): All Endoscopic procedures

You will have thorough orientation and training within the unit by staff and NUM.

About You:

Join our team as a mature individual if you’re experienced as an Operations Assistant or interested in learning about endoscope maintenance. Your good communication with multidisciplinary team members, managing time well, and knowing how to prioritize tasks will be a great fit. You understand how to keep things clean and safe, following guidelines for infection control. Be prepared for a flexible schedule, including weekends and being on call sometimes. Your past success working well in a team shows you’ll be a valuable part of our group. Come be part of a job that values your skills and hard work. Your contribution will make our teamwork even better.


  • Four weeks annual leave (pro-rata for part-time employees)
  • Superannuation contributions 11%
  • Salary packaging – Up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing.
  • Fitness Passport
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family members
  • Opportunity to work and collaborate with a range of non-clinical and clinical professionals.

Need more information?

2) Find out more about applying for this position

For role-related queries or questions contact Jo Grieve at Joanne.Grieve@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:
  • This position is full-time; however, job share and/or part-time arrangements will be considered.
  • An eligibility list will be created for future permanent full or part-time and temporary full or part-time vacancies.
  • To be eligible for employment in this position you must be an Australian Citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia, or a New Zealand citizen with a current New Zealand passport. Employment of a temporary visa holder may only occur if no suitable local candidate is identified for the position; in this instance, you may only be offered employment in line with the conditions and expiry date of your visa.
  • Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2
  • Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.
  • This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.
  • All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.
  • Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.
  • Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via nswhealth@salarypackagingplus.com.au or 1300 40 25 23.
  • HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.

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