Pathology Collector Information Kit

The below FAQs are provided for people seeking more information on how to become  Pathology Collector at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM).

If you are interested in applying for a Pathology Collector role with our company, please ensure that you read this information. This information provides a thorough description of the role, duties, requirements to be considered as a suitable applicant and the process of training, should you become employed by DHM. 

FAQs

A pathology collector works in a pathology collection centre, hospital, clinic or medical practice or does home visits to take pathology specimens from patients.

Taking pathology specimens generally involves using a needle to take blood specimens from patients. Other pathology specimens taken or processed by a pathology collector may include skin scrapings, tissue or bodily fluids, e.g. urine, faeces, semen, sputum, swabs including genital swabs.

Pathology collectors also conduct tests such as ECG screening and Holter monitoring. These specimens and tests are sent to pathology laboratories to assess patients for medical problems.

Once you gain employment with the Company, you will receive comprehensive, professional training in pathology collection. You will be paid as you learn new skills, which will enable you to quickly reach a professional standard in pathology collection techniques.

For eligible candidates, Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM) provides a traineeship program. All employees, regardless of previous experience, will be required to participate and complete the DHM training program.

The program is completed over a minimum period of 12 months. As part of your training, you will receive a comprehensive orientation course, face-to-face teaching and intensive on-the-job training and support. DHM is an enterprise RTO (NTIS-91814). At the completion of your training period, you may also qualify for Certificate III in Pathology (HLT37215).

DHM will also support you in your career by providing you with opportunities for ongoing professional development and prospects to progress with in the company. We are happy to employ staff who begin with no experience or qualifications in pathology collection.

We are unable to offer pathology collection work experience, however we do encourage you to apply for a position with us if you meet our criteria set out in this pack.

Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology (DHM) and Barratt & Smith (BSP) offer full-time and part-time employment in the following categories:

  • Collection Centre Pathology Collector - Collects specimens from patients in our collection centres. These may be stand-alone facilities or attached to doctors' surgeries. Most of our pathology collectors are posted to collection centres.

  • Domiciliary Pathology Collector - Collects specimens from patients in their homes or in institutions, such as aged care facilities. This is a highly personal job, offering home based services to patients who cannot attend a clinic or collection centre.

  • Hospital Pathology Collector - Collects specimens from patients in hospitals where we provide pathology services.

  • Speciality Pathology Collector - Collects specimens from patients in speciality clinics or through corporate and institutional screening services. Speciality clinics may include facilities such as drug rehabilitation clinics. Speciality screening may be conducted in businesses that require their employees to be screened for occupational reasons.

The job is a highly responsible one requiring:

- a commitment to provide excellent medical care for patients

- a commitment to provide excellent service to doctors and medical scientific staff

- excellent record-keeping skills

- good written and oral communication skills

- physical capability to assist less mobile patients and to carry out procedures.

A Pathology Collector enjoys a rewarding job offering:

– a supportive team environment

– a high level of professional training which may lead to a Certificate III in Pathology

– professional and personal support provided by NSW's premier pathology practice

– a high degree of personal responsibility

– flexible work arrangements

– a complete DHM/BSP uniform

Pathology Collectors take pathology specimens. Taking pathology specimens generally involves using a needle to take blood specimens from patients. Other pathology specimens taken by a Pathology Collector may include body/skin tissue or fluid. They also conduct tests, such as ECGs.

If you answer 'Yes' to the questions below, you have the potential to be a successful Pathology Collector.

Pathology Collectors need to work to strict protocols and procedures. This is important in order to:

– protect patient health, maintain their security and treat them with respect

– ensure that specimens are not tainted or spoiled

– protect their personal safety.

Interpersonal skills, sometimes in a difficult environment, are important. We are dealing with patients, some of whom are vulnerable and frightened. In any case, dealing with people in a caring environment requires particular caring skills.

Maintaining good working relations with our doctors and our medical, scientific and support staff is important to provide good quality care and to ensure a successful practice.

– assisting patients who have mobility problems or who are disabled

– assisting patients who may find the procedures distressing or uncomfortable

– driving for extended periods and continually getting in and out of cars and carrying collecting equipment when doing domiciliary visits

While the duties of a Pathology Collector do not generally require heavy lifting, there are occasions when patients who have mobility problems require assistance, for example, on and off beds, etc. in the collection centres. Occasionally, patients have fainted during procedures and they require assistance. Additionally, taking specimens requires bending, reaching and twisting. Performing the domiciliary runs requires a physical effort to continually get in and out of cars.

It is essential, therefore, that Pathology Collectors have the physical fitness to do these physical and often repetitive tasks.

As a responsible employer, DHM and BSP have a duty of care to our staff not to exacerbate existing injuries or to cause new ones. It is essential that all Pathology Collectors have the necessary physical attributes and standard of health to do the job.

Applicants will be asked to sign a statement about their physical and medical status prior to employment. They may also be required to undertake an occupational physical and/or medical examination before an offer of employment can be made.

To become a Pathology Collector it is essential that you have a First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003) to Provide First Aid.

At your own cost, you must complete the nationally recognised First Aid Course (HLTAD003) through any recognised training organisation of your choice. To help you out we have listed below seven organisations that provide the appropriate First Aid Course (though you may choose an organisation that is not listed below).

Allens - 1300 559 064
St Johns - 1300 360 455
Australian Red Cross - 1300 367 428
First Aid Training Chatswood - (02) 9281 4111
Vital First Aid - 1300 880 343
Premium Health - 1300 721 292
First Aid Institute Australian - 1300 857 243

All healthcare workers are required to be able to provide evidence of protection according to the following table. Acceptable evidence of protection includes a written record of vaccination signed by the provider and/or serological confirmation of protection (This does not include a statutory declaration).

Infectious diseaseAcceptable evidence to demonstrate protection
Hepatitis B

Documented evidence of a completed, age appropriate, course of Hepatitis B vaccine and documented evidence of anti-HB>10mIU/mL; or documented evidence of past Hepatitis infection (anti-HBc).

Six weeks after you have had your last Hepatitis vaccination, you must have a blood test for Hep B Ab and send a copy of the result to the training department as proof of your vaccination status.

(as a minimum - documented evidence of commencement required at interview)

Diptheria, Tetanus, PertussisDocumented evidence of dose of adult dTpa vaccine.
Measles, Mumps, RubellaAs a pathology collector you may be required to collect blood in specialised clinical settings such as oncology or neonatal wards that have patients with compromised immune systems, therefore we require documented evidence of two doses of MMR vaccine at least one month apart; or documented evidence of positive IgG or Measles and Mumps, and a Rubella titre >30.
VaricellaHistory of chickenpox; or documentation of physician diagnosed shingles; or documented evidence of a positive varicella IgG; or documented evidence of age appropriate varicella vaccination.

 

You are required to have a national valid police check at all times whilst employed by Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology. This process is 100% online.

Companies who provide National Police Checks include:

CVCheck

Fit2Work

Veritas Check

The online application process also requires face-to-face identification verification.

NSW Police    

You are required to have a valid Working With Children Check at all times whilst employed by Douglass Hanly Moir.

To start your working with children check, go to www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au.

Applicants for this position must have the appropriate working rights to work in Australia.

A current drivers licence is essential. To be a domiciliary pathology collector you must have an unrestricted NSW drivers licence.

It is company policy to provide company vehicles for company purposes; however, from time to time or in particular areas and regions, pathology collectors may be asked to use their personal car on company business. This would generally be for domiciliary visits or to provide relief. The company provides a vehicle allowance to cover the reimbursement of cost for this; however, it will be a requirement that staff who do use their car have appropriate motor vehicle insurance.

Employment rate: From $23.6343 per hour depending on service and experience.

You may be required to work in a variety of rooms within the area with shifts starting no earlier than 6.00 am and finishing no later than 7.00 pm, with the exception of hospital-based staff who will be rostered according to the hospital's needs.

We operate in Sydney, and regional areas of New South Wales. We serve Port Macquarie in the north, to Wagga Wagga in the south, to Mildura in the south west and Dubbo in the central west. You will be employed for an area. You may be required to work in any collection centres in this area. On occasion, you may be required to work in a neighbouring area. We will try to employ you within a convenient distance to your home.

DHM and BSP operating areas are:

Metropolitan: Cabramatta, City East, Central Coast, Fairfield, Greater West, North Shore, North West, Northern Beaches, Penrith/Blue Mountains (BSP), South West, Southern Suburbs

Regional: Dubbo, Hunter Valley, Manning Great Lakes, Mildura VIC (BSP), New England, Newcastle, North Coast, Orange (BSP), Wagga Wagga

How do I apply?

You can either submit your application online below or email your application, quoting reference R9001 in the subject line, to the Human Resources Department - jobs@dhm.com.au

Your application should contain the following:

– Full name
– Home address
– Contact phone number
– Highest formal education
– Relevant qualifications in the medical field (these are desirable but not essential)
– Employment history- evidence of employment for the past three years, including each employer's name, position title, brief description of your duties, the reason why you left
– A statement why you think you would make a good Pathology Collector
– Your preference for full-time, part-time or casual employment
– Names and contact details of of two work-related referees 
– If you are a previous Sonic Healthcare employee, where/when you were employed

What happens after I apply?

1. Your application will be assessed to see if you have successfully met all the selection criteria.

2. If your application indicates that you have, you will be contacted by phone, by a Manager to answer a few preliminary questions.

3. If the Manager assesses that you have initially been successful in meeting our standards, you will be invited to attend an interview. 

4. At this time, you will be asked to complete the Fitness for Work Declaration before being interviewed by the Manager and Clinical Supervisor, who will be your potential supervisors.

5. Subject to your health assessment interview and National Police Check you may be offered a position and will then commence the DHM Pathology Collection Training Program.

Applications will be assessed on the applicant's match to the job criteria and the information requested in the 'How do I apply?' section of this information pack.

Applications should be received at least five weeks before the start of the traineeship.

Applicants may expect an initial telephone interview and, if successful, progression to a formal interview. The formal interview will be held at least three weeks prior to the commencement of the traineeship. Late applications or applicants who cannot be accommodated in the current traineeship, will be considered for the next available training course.

Applicants for this position must have the appropriate working rights to work in Australia, and will be required to have a valid satisfactory National Police Check.

Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology is an equal opportunity employer