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Ophthalmic Assistant

Requisition ID: 8016 

Position Number: 20026802

Posting End Date: May 23, 2018

City: Winnipeg

Site: Health Sciences Centre

Department / Unit: Ophthalmology Dept 

Job Stream: Clinical Support 

Union: CUPE-1550(204)

Anticipated Start Date: 05/24/2018 

FTE: 1.00 

Anticipated Shift: Days

Daily Hours Worked: 7.5

Annual Base Hours: 1950

Salary: $18.515, $19.071, $19.643, $20.231, $20.839, $21.464


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Position Overview

The incumbent is responsible for organization of the clinic including:  ensuring the smooth flow of patient and clerical activity; liaising with referring physicians, hospital departments, nurses and patients in the clinic; coordinating pre-op testing and surgeries; assisting with minor surgical procedures and patient education pre and post operatively; administering medications (under direct physician supervision); pre-screening triage patients and performing tests; maintaining and calibrating equipment; and ordering pharmaceutical stock and office supplies.


  • A minimum of six months related experience in a clinical environment is required.  
  • Previous experience working with children in ophthalmology preferred. 

Education (Degree/Diploma/Certificate)

  • Complete high school education, Manitoba standards, required.  

  • Successful completion of an Ophthalmic Assistant course (institutional or home study) recognized by the Joint Commission on Allied Personnel in Ophthalmology is required or must be attained within one year of hire. 

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

  • Typing 50 wpm required.  

  • Medical terminology (75% pass mark) required.  

  • Basic computer skills (Microsoft Office Word) required. On-the-job training provided on computerized office system.

  • Dictaphone preferred.



Qualifications and Skills

  • Preference will be given to those applicants competent in an Indigenous language and/or knowledge in Indigenous customs, traditions and values.
  • Knowledge of clinical optics, ocular motility, visual field testing and ocular pharmacology preferred.  
  • Good interpersonal and English communication skills, both oral and written, required.  
  • Good organizational skills and excellent problem solving skills required.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to exercise tact and patience with difficult situations.  
  • Must be able to function well under stress.


This position is subject to a Criminal Record Check, including Vulnerable Sector Search, an Adult Abuse Registry Check and a Child Abuse Registry Check. The successful candidate will be responsible for any service charges incurred.


Please note that an employee is not permitted to hold two or more positions across the WRHA legal entity that combine to equal more than 1.0 EFT. The WRHA legal entity includes Churchill Health Centre, Deer Lodge Centre, Grace Hospital, Health Sciences Centre, Middlechurch Home of Winnipeg, Pan Am Clinic, River Park Gardens, Victoria General Hospital, WRHA corporate programs, and WRHA community health services.


Interviewed candidates may be called upon to participate in a skills assessment.


Any application received after the closing time will not be included in the competition.

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