WW6589 - Classification Manager - Full-time - IHPA - NSW


Executive Level 1 – Classification Manager (several positions)


The Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) was established in December 2011 as part of the National Health Reform agenda. IHPA is independent of Commonwealth, state and territory governments and is governed by the Pricing Authority, which is primarily responsible for the proper and efficient performance of IHPA’s functions. 


IHPA’s mission is to promote improved efficiency in, and access to, public hospital services through setting the national price and levels of block funding for hospital services. IHPA is also responsible for developing national classifications for health care and other services delivered by public hospitals. 


The Acute Care Classifications section is responsible for the ongoing refinement and management of the Australian Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (AR-DRG) classification and the underpinning diseases and interventions classification system: 

  • International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, Tenth Revision, Australian Modification (ICD-10-AM), which is used to classify diseases and other health problems 
  • Australian Classification of Health Interventions (ACHI), which is used to classify procedures and interventions 
  • Australian Coding Standards (ACS), which specifies coding standards that provide guidelines to assist users of the classifications in obtaining consistency in clinical coding nationally.
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Responsibilities / Duties: 

Key Responsibilities - Executive Level 1 – Classification Manager

The EL1 Classification Manager positions oversee various components of the ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and AR-DRG classification development processes.

This may include any of the following depending on the focus of the EL1 position within the team: 

  • Managing the work programs and proposals to refine ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS and/or AR-DRGs and associated system components. 
  • Planning, managing and reviewing processes established to refine and develop the classifications. 
  • Developing and project managing deliverables associated with classification development and its supporting components. 
  • Developing and delivering education material for the classifications. 
  • Managing and developing responses to clinical coding queries. 
  • Review of classification development processes with a view to establishing innovative solutions for classification development in the future. 
  • Providing advice and support as required to other sections in IHPA, IHPA’s advisory working groups and national and international stakeholders on matters relating to clinical classifications, clinical coding and standards.
Essential: 

Key Capabilities - Executive Level 1 – Classification Manager

People and Leadership: provide leadership, direction and program management to the section. 

Strategy: take responsibility for the section’s operations including conceptual development, planning, continuous improvement, people development, and change control and stakeholder management of the program of work.

Operations / Technical: achieve the section’s objectives. Ensure closure and deliver on intended results. Build the section’s operational capability and responsiveness, steer and implement change as well as deal with uncertainty. 

Communications: communicate clearly and concisely with the ability to negotiate persuasively. Listen, understand and adapt to audience. 

Stakeholder Relationship Management: cultivate productive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including the section’s staff, other IHPA management and staff, committees and working groups. 

Governance: apply IHPA’s governance framework ensuring its internal control measures such as risk management, delegations, compliance, finance, HR, workplace health and safety and ICT are managed effectively.

Desirable: 
  • Qualifications in Health Information Management, Health Economics, or other relevant qualification will be an advantage. 
  • Experience in the development of healthcare classifications and coding standards, particularly the AR-DRG and ICD-10-AM/ACHI/ACS classifications.
Enquiries: 

For further information and to submit an application please refer to Department of Health

Applications Close On: 
19 May 2019