Clinical Coder

Canberra Health Services
    Canberra, Australia
    Job Type
    Reference No.
    Ref 0298B
    Pay Rate
    Salary Range: $89,649 - $124,387 (PN: 25180 - 0298B)
    Application Close Date
    Contact Name
    Dianne Ramadan
    Contact Email


    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) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:

    The CFO Division is responsible for developing and maintaining budgets, providing strategic financial advice, procurement and supply, and operational reporting across the health service. Additionally, the CFO Division includes the Health Information Services (HIS) team, which provides a range of services including:

    • Provision of health records and personal health information for patient care, research, quality improvement, education, and medicolegal purposes.
    • Clinical record scanning and management.
    • Clinical coding and casemix data generation.
    • Patient identifier management.

    Clinical coding is an essential function for Canberra Health Services 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 the Digital Health Record (DHR) 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.


    CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Behavioural Capabilities

    To be successful in this position, it is expected that the successful candidate will have the following attributes:

    1. Ability to work within a team environment as well as independently with minimal supervision.
    2. Adaptability and flexibility to accommodate change.
    3. Highly motivated with strong organisational skills and attention to detail.

    Position Requirements/Qualifications:


    • Completion of an approved HIMAA clinical coding certificate course or equivalent.
    • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide Digital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates and contingencies.


    • 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 3 – 4 records per hour.

    Prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

    • Undergo a pre-employment National Police Check.

    Note: Part-time hours will be considered and the full-time salary noted above will be pro-rata. There is possibility of working on-site at Canberra Hospital or coding remotely e.g. working from home. Applicants may be required to complete a coding test 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 0298B)

    Applications Close: 24 March 2023


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