Job description

We are seeking to appoint a Data Scientist to join a high-performing multidisciplinary team of business intelligence and analytic specialists at Western Health. With the support of the Manager, Performance Unit and Director of Health Information and Performance, this role will be responsible for establishing the use of data science applications at Western Health, and will work to incorporate machine and predictive analytics into clinical and operational practice. The Data Scientist will work closely with clinical areas on several projects earmarked for this role including prediction of inpatient discharges, forecasting Emergency Department demand as well as reducing hospital acquired complications by predicting their likely occurrence.

The successful candidate will have excellent computer language skills in R or Python (or equivalent), well-developed data management and analysis skills to work in a dynamic and high performing team environment. Recent graduates will be considered.

To be Successful in this Role you will have:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification in Computer Science, Statistics/Mathematics, Data Science or related discipline
  • Proficiency in an appropriate computer language such as R or Python (3+ years), with ability to build algorithms
  • Experience in machine learning techniques
  • Highly developed skills in the extraction, analysis and reporting of data, with a high level of attention to detail
  • The ability to develop strong working relationships with business stakeholders, with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • The ability to manage competing demands with a structured approach to problem resolution


  • Lead the implementation of machine learning and predictive analytic initiatives at Western Health
  • Design, develop and implement predictive models using statistical modelling, machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Support the data collection, analysis and reporting of data to assist business areas with decision-making and improve health outcomes
  • Provide support to key stakeholders in relation to interpreting and analysing patient activity data and related performance metrics
  • Meet and discuss with key stakeholders to gather requirements and assist with data model design

About Us

Our workforce of over 9,000 employees are driven by our values of ‘Compassion, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Safety’ (CARES). We value our people and provide them the opportunity to grow and develop. Our teams are friendly and supportive, ensuring we deliver a safe, person-centred and connected patient experience.

Western Health is in a period of rapid growth. Our services comprise of four acute public hospitals: Footscray Hospital, Sunshine Hospital (including Joan Kirner Women's and Children's), Williamstown Hospital and Bacchus Marsh & Melton Hospital. We also operate Sunbury Day Hospital, Hazeldean, Grant Lodge Residential Aged Care, as well as community health centres in Melton, Caroline Springs and Bacchus Marsh and a range of community-based services. We care for a diverse community of more than 1 million people with complex care needs ranging from Neonates to Geriatrics.

Our employees enjoy a wide range of benefits such as:

  • Professional development support
  • Career advancement opportunities
  • Salary packaging including novated vehicle leasing
  • Work-life balance

Western Health is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and retaining diversity in our workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Western Health is committed to providing a safe environment for the children and young people who are involved in our services, sites and operations. We follow and abide by all legislative requirements to keep children and young people safe.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory Police Record Check, an Immunisation status clearance (including evidence of COVID 19 vaccination) and (if applicable) a Working with Children’s Check.

Western Health do not accept unsolicited resumes/applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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