Epidemiologist, Public Health COVID-19 Program Branch, Data and Intelligence

The Department of Health plays a critical role in the Victorian health system and is responsible for shaping it to meet the health needs of Victorians into the future. We also lead the Victorian Government's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Working with our partners, we oversee Victoria's health system including mental health, ageing and aged care and preventive health. We are committed to developing and supporting a workforce that is well equipped and highly motivated to provide responsive and quality services to all Victorians. All jobs can be worked flexibly and we encourage job applications from Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, LGBTQI+ and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and differences to realise the potential of our employees for innovation and delivering services.

Job Details
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Department: Department of Health
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Administration / Secretarial
Classification: VPSG4
Work Location: Melbourne - CBD
Reference: VG/DH/PH/1694612
Closing Date: 06-Feb-2023
Salary Range: $90,067 - $102,192
Job Duration: 30-Jun-23
Attachments: Reviewed - DIME-Epidemiologist - Reporting & Data Management x 4 (1).docx (Word, 335KB)
Job Specification

Reviewed - DIME-Epidemiologist - Reporting & Data Management x 4 (1).pdf (PDF, 208KB)
Job Specification

Contact: Alexander Fidao

Position Details



Working within the Public Health Division, the Epidemiologist will include the provision of public health advice to Government and other government agencies, oversight of infection prevention and control activities, case contact and outbreak management support, advice around physical distancing and other health directions and the provision of public information and data intelligence.The role will work with key stakeholders to implement the transitional strategy of the Data and Intelligence function as it is integrated into Public Health division. 


Are you  


  • An experienced person who is passionate about public health and supporting the Victorian response to COVID-19?


  • Able to provide strong strategic and operational leadership and build relationships with people and key stakeholders?


  • Able to work in complex contexts to identify risks, gaps and solutions in a time pressure environment?


The Epidemiologist role provides high quality epidemiological insights and public health advice based on their knowledge, comprehensive research and analysis of data to solve complex problems for a diverse group of stakeholders. They will possess excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills to liaise and negotiate effectively with key stakeholders, often in a fast paced and ever-changing environment.

Key accountabilities 


  • Provide high quality epidemiological insights to team leads and management based on comprehensive research and analysis.
  • Analyse, transform, clean and interpret data related to COVID-19 using statistical software (either Stata or R) as well as other programs including Power Bi and excel.
  • Produce regular team reporting products and proactively look for opportunities to adjust or improve these where possible.
  • Provide guidance and authoritative advice to internal and external stakeholders and contribute to detailed, comprehensive reports, ministerial briefs and cabinet and agency submissions on complex issues.
  • Contribute to and facilitate the flow of information across the department and with key external stakeholders.
  • Keep accurate and complete records of your work activities in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's records, information security and privacy policies and requirements
  • Take reasonable care for your own health and safety and for that of others in the workplace by working in accordance with legislative requirements and the department's occupational health and safety (OHS) policies and procedures.

Mandatory Vaccination Policy

The department is committed to providing and maintaining a working environment which is safe and without risk to the health of its workers and clients. As it is an essential element of any role within the department that employees be able to attend work onsite and to do so safely, employees are required to be up-to-date with their vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of their employment. This requirement applies unless they have a medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID -19. Therefore, the department will ask any prospective employee, who has been identified as the preferred candidate for a role within the department, to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status prior to any offer of employment being made. If a prospective employee has a relevant medical condition which means they cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19, they should contact the department to discuss their individual circumstances.


Applicants are encouraged to apply online, submitting a cover letter and a current resume.

The Jobs and Skills Exchange (JSE) Recruitment Policy allows for priority consideration for Victorian Public Service (VPS) and select employees of the Victorian Public Sector who apply through the Jobs Skills Exchange (JSE) jobs board platform.

As such, these employees are strongly encouraged to submit their application through https://www.vic.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-exchange rather than via external advertisement.

For this position, you are not required to address each of the key selection criteria in a separate written document.

Preferred candidates will be required to complete pre-employment screening, including national police check and misconduct screening.

Applicants must be an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold a valid work permit or visa. Work eligibility will be checked as part of the recruitment process.

For further information please visit the Department of Health <https://www.health.vic.gov.au>

Click 'Apply Now' to submit your interest in this position.

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