SA Health, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
    Lyell McEwin & Modbury Hospitals - Elizabeth Vale & Modbury, Adelaide, Australia
    Job Type
    Reference No.
    Pay Rate
    ASO3 $34.03 - $36.27 per hour + 25% loading / ASO4 $38.55 - $40.41 per hour + 25% loading
    Application Close Date
    Contact Title
    Manager Coding Services
    Contact Name
    Gill Hacket
    Contact Email
    Contact Phone
    (08) 8133 2272


    • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network - Lyell McEwin & Modbury Hospitals - Elizabeth Vale & Modbury
    • Salary: ASO3 $34.03 - $36.27 per hour + 25% loading / ASO4 $38.55 - $40.41 per hour + 25% loading - Casual up to 31 May 2024

    About Us:
    The Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) provides care for more than 400,000 people living in the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide and boasts newly redeveloped wards and Emergency and Outpatient Departments, with plans for the addition of more brand-new facilities in the near future. NALHN provides a full range of high-quality medical, surgical, maternity, diagnostic, emergency and support services. NALHN offers a range of primary health care services across the northern metropolitan area of Adelaide, with a focus on providing preventive and health promoting programs in the community, and transition and hospital substitution and avoidance programs targeted at chronic disease and frail aged.

    With a workforce of almost 6,500 employees, NALHN works to ensure quality and timely delivery of health care, whilst building a highly skilled, engaged and resilient workforce based on a culture of collaboration, respect, integrity and accountability.

    Our core values of respect, integrity and accountability underpin our commitment to provide excellence in care, innovation, creativity, leadership and equity in service provision and health outcomes to the Northern area communities.

    At NALHN Everyone Has a Story, Everyone Matters, Everyone Contributes and Everyone Grows.

    Benefits of working at NALHN:
    From salary packaging to flexible working arrangements, a large range of opportunities for movement and career progression, you’ll find there are lots of benefits of working with Northern Adelaide Local Health Network.

    Salary packaging is an option for saving money by paying for some of your everyday expenses from your salary before it is taxed.

    Across SA Health there are always opportunities for you to develop your skills and career at any of our metropolitan or regional sites.

    Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants from interstate or overseas.

    About You:
    Are you a dedicated, compassionate and enthusiastic Clinical Coder looking for an opportunity to join a dynamic, growing healthcare network where you will be part of a supportive team delivering high quality care to the community? If so, then this could be the opportunity for you. This position will offer you professional growth opportunities within a supportive and inclusive culture.

    In this role you will have strong interpersonal and communication skills which will enable you to successfully problem solve, resolve conflicts and negotiate, including the ability to engage in difficult conversations, whilst building and maintaining relationships. An ability to effectively manage multiple, diverse and competing priorities and demonstrated resilience within a stressful and complex environment is essential to this role.

    About the Role:
    An exciting opportunity is presented to work within the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network as a Clinical Coder within the Corporate Services Division.

    As a Clinical Coder you will be responsible for the timely allocation of ICD-10-AM codes (or subsequent versions) to inpatient episodes of care to produce accurate and comprehensive morbidity & casemix profile for NALHN situated at Lyell McEwin and Modbury Hospitals as well as the provision of coding and casemix advice to clinicians within NALHN resulting in accurate recording of clinical & morbidity data.

    Key responsibilities of this role include:

    • Ensuring accurate, timely and detailed abstraction and classification of inpatient episodes of care on to the relevant Hospital database, according to the ICD-10AM or subsequent versions and following established State & National guidelines and coding standards.
    • Providing support in the assistance to medical and other clinical personnel to ensure the allocation of ICD-10-AM diagnoses and procedure codes are correct and complete, and can be substantiated by documentation within the medical record.
    • Ensuring the production of attestation forms for each inpatient separation through the use of the 3M Australian Coding and Grouping application (or other relevant grouping application) and ensure their verification by the appropriate medical officer.
    • Ensuring the maintenance of medical record procedures in relation to the coding unit.
    • Accessing pathology via OACIS computer system to ensure accurate coding of inpatient data.
    • Demonstrating competence in the knowledge of the ISAAC data collection process, definitions and procedures to a competent level.
    • Demonstrating competence in the knowledge of Casemix funding and DRG principles.

    As an Advanced Clinical Coder you will be responsible for more complex and intricate clinical coding, for quality clinical documentation, mentoring less experienced clinical coders and Divisional Clinicians to provide a comprehensive and appropriate primary medical cause/diagnosis and treatment.
    Key responsibilities of this role include:

    • Translating the narrative descriptions of diagnoses and procedures into valid, accurate and complete ICD-10-AM codes which reflect the complete clinical picture of the patient, reason for admission and treatment administered.
    • Performing clinical coding at an advanced level, covering a broad Casemix, using appropriate initiative, judgement and resources, such as the Australian and State Coding Standards, internet, anatomy books, abbreviation books, dictionaries etc., to make coding decisions in abstraction and assignment of codes.
    • Applying and maintaining at all times, a high level of knowledge and performance outcomes for advanced abstraction, code assignment, interpretation and application of the National and South Australian (SA) Coding Standards.
    • Ensuring correct allocation and sequencing of all additional diagnosis and procedure codes in accordance with the Australian Coding Standards.
    • Ensuring the correct assignment of codes and appropriate DRG assignment.

    To be eligible for this position, you must have satisfactory completion of the Health Information Management Association (HIMAA) coding course, together with demonstrated competency in ICD-10-AM coding.

    For Advanced Clinical Coders it is desirable to have successfully completed the Intermediate Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA) Clinical Coding Course in ICD-10-AM (current edition), together with demonstrated advanced competency in ICD-10-AM coding.
    The South Australian public sector promotes diversity and flexible ways of working including part-time. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the flexible working arrangements for this role.
    Appointment will be subject to a satisfactory Criminal History Check.


    • National Police Certificate (NPC) for employment involving no contact with vulnerable groups required for this position (general employment)

    Immunisation Risk for this position is – Category C (minimal patient contact)
    SA Health Services are required to implement the Addressing vaccine preventable disease: Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination policy in the workplace.
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are encouraged to apply.  Job Ref: 854069

    Gill Hacket
    Manager Coding Services
    Phone: (08) 8133 2272

    Application Closing Date
    26 January 2024 - 11.55PM

     854069 - Clinical Coder_Advanced Clinical Coder - Casual - ASO3 - role description.pdf
    854069 - Clinical Coder_Advanced Clinical Coder - Casual - ASO4 - role description.pdf

    * Refer to the SA Health Career Website - How to apply for further information.

    Applications close: 26 January 2024

    For further information and to apply visit and search for Job Ref: 854069

    Gill Hacket
    (08) 8133 2272

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