Changing lives through innovative cancer care
We want to attract the best, the brightest and the most passionate people work with us to improve the lives and outcomes of Australians living with cancer. We foster a nurturing and supportive working environment for our staff and offer many opportunities for learning, career growth and development.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse rewards and celebrates innovation. We provide cancer treatment in a way that supports, nurtures and empowers patients, their families and carers.
A culture of uncompromising, patient-centred care underpins everything we do. Our patients can access specialist cancer services delivered by a multi-disciplinary team under one roof, eliminating the need to navigate a series of appointments at different locations.
Our concentration of expertise and specialisation in rare and complex cancers ensures we achieve above the New South Wales average survival rate for cancer treatment. Our specialists work in multidisciplinary teams
In addition to top-class medical facilities, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse offers complementary therapies and allied health services through the Lifehouse LivingRoom, a unique supportive care and integrative oncology centre.
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse difference
Our values drive our culture, represent what we stand for and guide how we act and make decisions. Collaboration, Respect, Empowerment, Nurture and Discovery define us and our mission to advance the understanding, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
These values create a workplace culture of respect and innovation, where all employees are empowered to cultivate an environment of compassionate support. Ensuring all employees believe in and embody our values helps us achieve our core mission and to create compassionate environment for everyone.
Though it is an incredibly rewarding profession, we know that there are challenges associated with working in cancer care. Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is proud to be the first hospital in Australia to introduce Schwartz Rounds for staff, a support and wellness program that provides employees with a safe space to talk openly. The Schwartz Rounds are a significant support for attendees to address the challenges and feelings that can arise from working in oncology. During the confidential, hour-long group discussions, hierarchies fade away and all participants have the opportunity to speak and be vulnerable in a compassionate space. They have been proven to increase insight into the social and emotional aspects of patient care and improve teamwork and interdisciplinary communication.
We also highly encourage all employees to access our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling service. EAP is a high-quality, short-term, professional counselling service that allows employees to deal confidentially with personal or professional issues ranging from trauma and depression to relationship issues or work/life balance.
We support our staff with competitive salaries, a generous annual leave scheme, paid parental leave, a retirement pension fund and the opportunity to salary package through SmartSalary. Salary packaging helps to lower your taxable income and increases your take-home pay, with increased benefits for full-time employees such as vehicle leasing and the potential to package essential expenses such as education and development courses, superannuation and relocation expenses among many others. Casual and part-time staff are also eligible for selected benefits.
We offer many scholarships that allow employees to further their education and professional development while working, thanks to the generous philanthropic donations of our staff and donor communities.
Physical, psychological and financial wellness is crucial to maintaining a healthy work/life balance, which is why Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is committed to improving and maintaining staff wellness in and outside of work. Whether you’re involved in clinical care, research or work in a corporate role, all employees are encouraged to use all staff wellness benefits that will help them stay well and provide uncompromising patient care every day. By putting you first, we are ensuring you put that value back into the patients you treat, and that you love coming to work every day.
Our free on-site facilities include yoga and boxing classes, after-hours access to the LivingRoom gym and a personal trainer. We also offer highly discounted rates for ClassPass memberships – a flexible type of gym membership that gives you access of hundreds of fitness classes wherever you are, whenever you want to work out.
Free onsite parking available is also available for staff working evening, nights and weekend shifts.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is located in the heart of the Camperdown-Ultimo health and education precinct, steps away from the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the University of Sydney. Proximity to extensive research facilities and technologies allows our staff to easiliy collaborate and share information and ideas, fostering a thriving ecosystem of innovation.
We have exceptional professional development programs including partnerships with local universities and fantastic e-learning programs.
We recognise the potential of professional development to help our staff deliver the best outcomes possible for our patients.
New graduate program
We are seeking applications for our New Graduate Nursing program commencing February 2021.
Applications for our New Graduate Nursing program are now open. We offer new graduate placements in our day therapy unit, clinical trials department, surgical and medical wards and operating theatres, to start in February 2021. The program includes supernumerary time at commencement, monthly new graduate meetings and four paid study days over the year.
- Successfully complete their study and be eligible to register with the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia APHRA.
- Be available to undertake 24 months’ employment (72hrs a fortnight)
- Overseas students must have documented proof of English language skills.
- Have Australian citizenship or a visa which permits employment in Australia for the duration of the program. There is no sponsorship available for student visa holders.
- Display effective interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrate professional accountability for own actions.
- Demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional development.
- Send a copy of third-year clinical placement review/appraisals.
Your cover letter should address the selection criteria above as well as your reason for applying to the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse New Graduate Program. Please nominate two referees on your CV.
Applications to be emailed by 5pm, Friday 31st July 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No applications will be reviewed after the closing date. For any enquiries, please contact Sheila Collins, Clinical Support Services Manager on (02) 8514 0211.
If you are looking for a working holiday or for more permanent migration, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has many opportunities for experienced nurses across our many departments. With over 600 staff from all corners of the world, you will be able to work in multidisciplinary teams, with supportive leadership and the potential for career development opportunities. Learn more here.