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Environmental Services Assistant

/   |   Posted on September 16, 2021

Neerim Health (NH) is seeking an energetic and detail orientated Environmental Services Assistant for a range of shifts in aged care and hospital cleaning, and laundry duties. Also available are afternoon and evening shifts for our theatre operating suite.

You will be responsible for thoroughly cleaning a range of areas with attention to detail, excellent attendance and a strong work ethic. You will also have the ability to walk, stand, reach and bend for extended periods at a time and to lift and move items.

All applicants must hold a satisfactory working with children check and national police record check. Experience in cleaning an aged care or health care setting is preferred.

A full Position Description can be found on our website at www.neerimhealth.org.au

Applications quoting position title, addressing the key selection criteria, and including a curriculum vitae and 2 recent professional referees should be addressed to Alexandra Blackwood, hr@neerimhealth.org.au

Full position Description

Position Title:

Environmental Services Assistant


Organisation wide

Reports to:

Nurse Unit Manager, Theatre



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Our Purpose

To provide high quality care in an environment in which the organisation can flourish

Our Vision

To be considered the most highly valued provider of community and individual wellbeing

Our Values

A passion and commitment for what we do

Professionalism, respect for all and a commitment to diversity and social inclusion

A commitment to quality and continuous improvement

Enthusiasm in working together for a common goal to meet the changing needs of our community

Neerim Health (NH) is a private not for profit entity owned by its members. It is incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act (2012) and is located in the township of Neerim South with a population of 1300.
NH has a 90-year history serving the community and there is strong community support and ownership of the organisation. NH has a Board of Management elected from the local community who have a strong mix of professional skills and an active interest in the community and its development.
The organisation has a mix of services including:

  • 25 register residential aged care beds with full Accreditation achieved in April 2018
  • 8 hospital beds
  • 10 bed active day procedure theatre with a mix of public and private surgery
  • Commonwealth funded Short Term Restorative Care (STRC) Packages
  • NH is registered with the Department of Health and Human Services as a private hospital
  • Provision of Meals on Wheels services

NH has the equivalent of 40 full time staff made up of approximately 90 full time, part time or casual staff. There is also a very active volunteer base.

The Environmental Services and Theatre Assistant is responsible to the Nurse Unit Manager, Theatre for a range of aged care, hospital and theatre cleaning.

  • Perform duties within the context of NH philosophy, values and policies and procedures
  • Acknowledge and respect the diversity in the nature of our residents, patients and clients and the many aspects of their lives – physical, psychological, spiritual and social
  • Work as per your contract of employment, relevant Award / Agreement and agreed roster
  • Read and understand all policies and procedures including all revised policies and procedural documents
  • Understand and work within the Risk / Quality Management Framework and Infection Prevention framework including policies, procedures, tools, templates and reports as applicable throughout the organisation
  • Work within the parameters of general legislative compliance – including but not limited to OHS laws and guidelines, Fair Work Australia Act, Aged Care Act, Privacy Act, Health Records Act
  • Follow the objectives of the strategic and operational plans as directed by the CEO

  • Clean premises and equipment of clinical and non-clinical areas including the NH Theatre (training to be provided) including hard and soft surfaces; glass surfaces; window coverings and walls; furniture; high level cleaning; cleaning of public areas; outdoor cleaning; rubbish removal; waste and linen removal; and undertake infectious cleaning as required
  • Operate specialised cleaning equipment
  • Empty bins, wastepaper bins and kitchen waste bins
  • Vacuum all offices and meeting rooms
  • Mop all wet areas in designated areas
  • Clean and mop toilets
  • Wipe down kitchen benches, computers, desks, filing cabinets, chairs, tables etc
  • Re-order supplies as required.
  • Notify the Team Leader or delegate of any damage or repairs required
  • Check and replenish paper towel dispensers
  • Conduct cleaning duties specific to hospitals
  • Comply with infection control policies and procedures in a healthcare environment

  • Strong personal ethics and a conscientious approach
  • Ability to work in a team and in a collaborative environment
  • Empathetic to values of NH
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills at the level required to fulfil the role

  • Willingness to undertake Hand Hygiene, Basics of Infection Control and Pandemic Planning training before commencing role

  • Experience in cleaning a health setting including aged care or aged care related field

  • Salary and conditions are in accordance with the NH EBA
  • NH operates under an Equal Opportunity Policy and Occupational Health & Safety Policy in accordance with current legislation.
  • Effective risk / quality management is a core competency expected of everybody involved at NH
  • The Environmental Services Assistant is expected to conduct her/himself with professional integrity towards residents, patients and clients
  • Under the Accident Compensation Act, it is the applicant’s duty to advise NH of any pre-existing condition, which could be aggravated by the type of employment they are applying for. Failure to do so seriously jeopardises any entitlement the employee might have for a work-related aggravation of that non-disclosed pre-existing condition.
  • Under the relevant State and Commonwealth legislation all applicants are required to undergo a National Police Check and a Statutory Declaration is required for any staff working in aged care along with a Working with Children’s Check

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