Specialist/ Senior Specialist – Medical Oncology | Part-time Temporary

ACT Government

  • Half Time
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

  • Published : 2023-01-10
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Job Description

  • Job Title Medical Specialists


Closes: 17 January 2023

Classification: Specialist Band 1-5/Senior Specialist

Salary: $188,151 - $254,198 plus superannuation

Position No: 25795 - 027YW

Directorate: Canberra Health Services

Advertised (Gazettal date): 06 January 2023

Contact Officer: Paul Craft on




Our Vision: creating exceptional health care together

Our Role: to be a health service that is trusted by our community

Our Values: Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind


Canberra Health Services (CHS) is focussed on the delivery of high quality, effective, person centred care. It provides acute, sub-acute, primary and community‐based health services, to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) and surrounding region. More information can be found on the CHS website:  CHS website

A 0.5FTE temporary part-time position as Staff Specialist in Medical Oncology is available at The Canberra Hospital. It is expected that the applicant will have general experience and expertise in Medical Oncology. Responsibilities will include outpatient care, supervision of trainees/junior medical staff/medical students, attendance at multidisciplinary meetings and participation in research activities of the unit.

The appointee will join the Department of Medical Oncology of the Canberra Region Cancer Centre. The Unit is located within The Canberra Hospital and provides a medical oncology service to the Australian Capital Territories and South-Eastern NSW.

Canberra Hospital is the single tertiary teaching hospital for the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding NSW region serving a population of over half a million. It is a modern 600-bed hospital providing most trauma services, most medical and surgical sub-specialty services and is the principal teaching hospital for the Australian National University Medical School (ANU).

The unit supports an active clinical trials research program and has developed translational research links to the John Curtin School of Medical Research at the ANU as well as the Queensland Institute of Medical Research. These collaborations include biomarker development (cancer stem cells and gene panels), compound screening, novel cancer targeting methods (epigenetic and ribosomal biogenesis) and immunotherapeutic. Phase I clinical trial capability is also being developed and the appointee would be expected to contribute to this as well as translational projects being conducted. Skills to be able to integrate clinical service and research are desirable.


Medical Staff in the Canberra Health Services enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at https://www.health.act.gov.au/careers/applying-work-us/enterprise-agreements

Strong research links are maintained with the ANU, University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. All specialties are represented with the exception of organ transplantation. The hospital has well developed post graduate teaching programs. A fully equipped medical library is available on site with a large collection of hard copy and on line journals and textbooks.

The preferred candidate maybe considered for a conjoint position in ANU at an academic level commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.  The academic position will be held for the duration of the Canberra Health Services employment and will be subject to regular performance reviews.  No remuneration is attached to the University position.  The employee will be responsible to the University on academic matters and to The Canberra Hospital and Health Services / Canberra Health Services for clinical/ research matters.

For more information in relation to conjoint positions with the ANU please contact Professor Paul Fitzgerald, Director, ANU School of Medicine and Psychology (02) 6125 2622 paul.craft@act.gov.au


  • Manage the diagnosis and treatment of outpatients referred for cancer treatment and conduct outpatient clinics.

  • Work collaboratively with all members of the clinical team to maximise patient care and treatment outcomes.

  • Contribute to the education and training of the clinical team and in particular actively participate in the supervision and training of junior medical staff including interns, resident medical officers and registrars.

  • Be familiar with and observe all relevant ACT Health Care policies and guidelines.

  • Undertaking other duties as directed, within the approved scope of clinical practice ensuring the delivery of high quality person and family centred, safe and high quality patient care.

  • Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the organisation.


    CHS is committed to workforce diversity and to creating an inclusive workplace. As part of this commitment we welcome applications from all diversity groups. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability and people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, or Questioning (LGBTIQ) are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Position Requirements/Qualifications:

    For employment at either the Specialist 1-5 or Senior Specialist

  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA), in the relevant specialty with no conditions, undertakings or reprimands.

  • Fellowship of Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in Medical Oncology or equivalent specialist qualifications.

  • CHS is leading the drive to digitally transform health service delivery in Australia through the implementation of a territory wide Digital Health Record. Computer literacy skills are required which are relevant to this role as you will be responsible for completing required documentation and becoming a proficient user of the Digital Health Record and/or other Information Technology systems; once proficient, you will need to remain current with changes, updates, and contingencies.

  • You will need to understand how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.

  • You will need to fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and other related frameworks.

  • Not be the subject of an unresolved scope of clinical practice review of by a state/territory credentialing and scope of clinical practice committee (such as the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee) or a current inquiry by AHPRA.

  • Have had no substantiated performance or behavioural issues in the last three years, no such matters currently under investigation, and  have not been found to display behaviours and/or performance inconsistent with CHS values.

  • For Senior Specialist we will also expect that you:

  • Have demonstrated advanced clinical experience outlined in a CV that clearly and comprehensively outlines the applicant’s professional history.

  • Have been employed at the equivalent of a Specialist Band 5 for a period of at least three years.

  • Have demonstrated their advanced ability to provide leadership to their colleagues through either clinical or administrative means.

  • Have gained demonstrable advanced experience and attained such ability in the relevant speciality that is acceptable to CHS, to justify a recommendation for advancement to Senior Specialist by the Review Panel.

  • Be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake duties and responsibilities deemed by CHS as those expected of a Senior Specialist.

  • Be able to demonstrate that they are performing at a level consistent with this competency framework.

  • Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:

    • Be granted their Scope of Clinical Practice through the CHS Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).

    • Undergo a pre-employment National Police check.

    • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening and vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.

    Note: This is a part-time temporary position available at 20 hours per week for a period of up to three months with the possibility of extension.  The full-time salary noted above will be paid pro-rata.

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    Career interest categories:

    Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services


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