CHIRP Community Health (Castlemaine District Community Health) is an equal opportunity employer that values and respects diversity. Our policies and practices are inclusive of clients, staff and volunteers of diverse cultures, sexualities and gender.

Our community based not for profit organisation employs approximately 41 part-time staff providing a range of primary health care and community services. These include Community Health Nurse Programs, Physiotherapy and Exercise Programs, Alcohol and Drug Counselling, Housing support, Family Services, Health Promotion and Generalist Counselling. Some programs are offered by outreach from the Castlemaine Centre to smaller towns within the district.

All appointments are subject to a satisfactory police check and Victorian Working with Children’s Check.

If you are looking at volunteering please see our Volunteer page here.

Current Career Opportunities:

Support for COVID Testing Clinic : Generalist Health Worker Positions
(1) Specimen Collector (oropharyngeal and bilateral nasal swabbing )
(2) Administration Support



Castlemaine Health and CHIRP Community Health work proudly within our local community to provide a wide range of services and programs aimed at promoting health and preventing illness.

The Roles

The Generalist Health Worker – Specimen Collection and the Generalist Health Worker – Administration Support are members of the health care team supporting Victorian’s health response to COVID 19 and may undertake any of the following activities (dependent on the level of achieved educational preparation and assessed competence of the individual):

  1. Collecting specimens for COVID 19 (Specimen Collection only)
  2. Completing non-invasive temperature checks and documenting findings and contact details
  3. Taking bookings, entering data and coordinating patient flow

The COVID-19 Testing Clinic currently operates Tuesdays and Fridays between 10.00am-12.00pm, with additional days scheduled as required to meet surge demand.

Position Description

COVID Testing Generalist Health Worker – Specimen Collection PD – September 2021

COVID Testing Generalist Health Worker – Admin. Support PD – September 2021

Eligibility – Specimen Collection

The following professional groups can be expected to safely and effectively undertake swabbing for COVID-19 testing:

Ambulance Attendant (Diploma)* Medical students (year 3, 4, or 5)
Dentists Registered nurses
Dental/Oral health therapists Enrolled nurses
Dieticians* Occupational therapists*
Physiotherapists Paramedics
Physiotherapy students (final year) Paramedic students (year 3)
Speech pathologists Paramedicine graduates
Speech pathology students (final year) Pathology Collector (Certificate trained)
Medical practitioners Patient Transport Officer (Certificate trained) *

* These professional groups can only undertake oropharyngeal and bilateral nasal swabs, not nasopharyngeal.

 Skills and Experience – Administration Support

  1. Previous experience in phone and office-based administration and/or customer service roles
  2. Prior experience working with people from diverse backgrounds, personalities and varying needs
  3. Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, including a collaborative and cooperative approach to building relationships with others
  4. Demonstrated commitment to the principles of the Social Model of Health
  5. Sound computer literacy, including experience with the Microsoft Office suite


For Specimen Collection, successful applicants will be employed according to the terms and conditions of the Award or Enterprise Agreement applicable to their discipline.

Successful applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


How to apply

For further information, please contact:

Mark Nally

Director of Nursing Clinical Care

Castlemaine Health

03 5471 3491

Position descriptions and applications addressing the key selection criteria can be submitted on the Castlemaine Health website:

All appointments are subject to a satisfactory National Disability Insurance Scheme Worker Screening Check (NDIS Check).

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