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Health Vacancy N.N. 10747396
Professional Services Review Closing date: Thursday, 18 April 2019
Job Title: Senior Legal Officer
Division: Professional Services Review
Branch: Professional Services Review
Section: Case Management Unit
Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time
Salary: $104,866 - $124,356
Location: Canberra Airport - ACT
Classification: Executive Level 1
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999
Position No: NP

Job Description

Duties


Professional Services Review (PSR) seeks an experienced lawyer for a position as a Senior Legal Officer (EL1).

PSR

PSR is responsible for reviewing and examining possible inappropriate practice by practitioners when they provide Medicare services or prescribe Government subsidised medicines under the PBS. PSR examines suspected cases of inappropriate practice that have been referred by the Chief Executive Medicare.

The Role

The Senior Legal Officer will perform a legal role as part of the Case Management Unit in PSR. The Case Management Unit is a small team that reports to the General Counsel PSR and supports the Director PSR, Committees and the Determining Authority to manage and progress cases referred to PSR efficiently and effectively. This role includes providing guidance on procedural, legislative and regulatory matters in the context of the PSR scheme (set out in Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973) and in relation to privacy, FOI and PGPA Act requirements.

The Senior Legal Officer’s duties would include, under appropriate direction:

• Drafting correspondence to the Chief Executive Medicare, PSR panel members, practitioners under review and their legal representatives

• Taking responsibility for the handling of FOI requests and privacy matters and providing advice on the PGPA Act, as required

• Managing a small team of case managers, including reviewing work and organising workflow

• Drafting statutory decisions on behalf of PSR’s decision-makers, which involves interpreting medical information in order to make legally-sound decisions within PSR’s statutory framework and according to principles of administrative law

• Attending committee hearings (usually interstate) to advise PSR Committees

• Providing legal advice on the operation of the PSR scheme as required.


 

Eligibility


Job Specific Capabilities

• High level writing and proof-reading skills
• Capacity to work independently and experience working collaboratively in a small team
• Excellent attention to detail
• Capacity to become quickly familiar with legislation including, specifically, Part VAA of the Act, related regulations and the Medicare Benefits Schedule
• A working knowledge of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 and the Privacy Act 1988 or the ability to quickly acquire such knowledge;
• Capacity to become familiar with medical records and terminology


 

Notes


Qualifications and Experience

• Completion of a Bachelor of Laws degree (or equivalent)
• Legal experience in either an administrative law or general government context

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against selection criteria. Applicants should obtain a copy of the selection criteria at https://www.psr.gov.au/psr-agency-corporate-information/employment-opportunities before applying or by emailing recruitment@psr.gov.au.

Applications should include a CV and a statement addressing each of the selection criteria of up to 300 words per criterion.

What we offer

• A flexible, diverse and inclusive workplace and attractive remuneration
package including paid parking
• Exciting and fulfilling work in a small government agency with tangible outcomes
• The opportunity to work with highly regarded medical practitioners and to gain experience in a tribunal based scheme
• Experienced leaders who encourage and support you to develop your interests and expertise and achieve your ambitions

PSR encourages workplace diversity and welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people of non-English speaking background and people with a disability.

To find out more, visit our website at www.psr.gov.au

About Professional Services Review 

PSR was established in July 1994 as an Agency within the Health Portfolio to protect the integrity of Medicare and the PBS. PSR is responsible for reviewing and examining possible inappropriate practice by practitioners when they provide Medicare services or prescribe Government subsidised medicines under the PBS. PSR examines suspected cases of inappropriate practice that have been referred by the Chief Executive Medicare.

PSR is established under Part VAA of the Health Insurance Act 1973, which sets out the role and powers of the Agency, as well as the process that it must follow when conducting its work.

Through the performance of its statutory role, PSR protects patients and the community from the risks associated with inappropriate practice, and protects the Commonwealth from having to meet the cost of medical and allied health services provided as a result of inappropriate practice.

PSR encourages workplace diversity and welcomes applications from Indigenous Australians, people of non-English speaking background and people with a disability.

To find out more, visit our website at www.psr.gov.au.

To Apply

Selection Documentation: recruitment@psr.gov.au
Position Contact: Kylie Neville, 02 61209160
Apply Address: e-mail application to: recruitment@psr.gov.au
Agency Recruitment Site: https://www.psr.gov.au/psr-agency-corporate-information/employment-opportunities
AGENCY INFORMATION
 
Applicants to vacancies notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette should be aware that;
.  the names of successful applicants may also be notified in all formats of the electronic Public Service Gazette
.  applicants found suitable may be offered similar employment opportunities by other Australian Public Service agencies
 
This notice is part of the electronic Public Service Gazette PS13-Thu - 28 Mar 2019 Published by Australian Public Service Commission.
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