Clinical Products Advisor
The Clinical Products Advisor is appointed by the nursing
division to assist nursing staff, medical and other hospital
personnel when requested, in the selection, evaluation and
procurement of medical devices. This includes equipment, clinical
products and consumable items.
The position works closely with clinical staff, Material Resources and Biomedical Engineering to ensure all products are
properly integrated into the clinical setting.
Consultation will occur with other relevant groups, for example,
Infection control, O,H&S and pharmacy when required.
The RCH Clinical Products Advisor:
- Works collaboratively with staff to identify the most suitable
clinical products for the RCH
- Coordinates trials & evaluations to facilitate the
selection of clinically appropriate products
- Is responsible for the appropriate assessment, standardisation
and rationalisation of clinical products purchased by the hospital
- Ensures systems and processes are in place to properly specify
and evaluate products before purchase
- Ensures the outcomes are properly documented
Biomedical Engineering at the RCH is responsible for ensuring
that all medical and laboratory equipment is operating according to
manufacturer's guidelines and standards.
The department provides advice concerning:
- The acquisition and replacement of equipment
- Introduction of new technology
- Replacement of existing equipment and
- Education and training
The technical safety and performance of medical equipment purchased
by the hospital is assessed by Biomedical Engineering.
Primary purchasing function of all products across the
Liaise with suppliers concerning product information and
negotiate pricing and contracts
Manage and facilitate major procurements including open
tender, restricted tender, expressions of interest
Manage the delivery of hospital goods
Ensure the appropriate evaluation documentation is provided
prior to the purchase of medical devices
Refer to the Clinical Products Advisor when clinical advice is
HealthShare Victoria (HSV) was established by the
government to facilitate the reform of procurement within the
public health care sector. HealthShare Victoria was formerly called Health Purchasing Victoria (HPV). HSV facilitate access to products
and services and manage state contracts on behalf of the government
and participating health services.
At present, all Victorian Public hospitals and health services are obliged to use HSV contracts unless an exemption has been granted pursuant to the
Health Services Act 1988. HSV reports to the Minister for
Health. More information can be found on their website https://healthsharevic.org.au
NB. Access to HSV contracts is available to all public hospital
personnel with a hospital email account. Please discuss with Material Resources to obtain a login.