Specialist / Senior Specialist – Paediatrics | Part-time Temporary

ACT Government

  • Half Time
  • Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

  • Published : 2023-01-09
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Job Description

  • Job Title Medical Specialists


Closes: 20 January 2023

Classification: Specialist Band 1-5/Senior Specialist

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

Position No: 37958 - 027V4

Directorate: Canberra Health Services

Advertised (Gazettal date): 05 January 2023

Contact Officer: Dr Blessy Charles on



(02) 5124 7607

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

Canberra Hospital is the only paediatric tertiary teaching hospital for the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding NSW region, serving a population of over half a million. Canberra Hospital is a modern 600-bed hospital providing most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.

The Division of Women, Youth and Children provides a broad range of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services. The provision of services is based on a family-centred, multidisciplinary approach to care in partnership with the consumer and other service providers.

Paediatrics at Canberra Hospital, co-located within the Centenary Hospital for Women, Youth and Children, can cater for up to 48 inpatients, and has an active medical and surgical day stay and clinical investigation unit, and a busy and growing outpatient department.

There is a tertiary accredited Level 6 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The hospital also offers subspecialty paediatric care in areas of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes and Paediatric Surgery.

The Outpatient department includes a range of multidisciplinary clinics and is actively supported by staff specialists and visiting consultants from Canberra and from Paediatric tertiary hospitals in Sydney.

There is a Paediatric Surgical Unit that performs a wide range of paediatric and neonatal surgery and is an accredited paediatric surgical training centre. The emergency department for the Canberra Hospital sees over 18,000 paediatric presentations per year and is accredited with the Royal College of Physicians (RACP) for paediatric basic training and Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) training.

The department has an FRACP training program with a paediatric fellow, 10 registrars, 6 SRMO positions and 5 PGY2 positions. We regularly have candidates undertaking the Sydney Child Health Program (SCHP) in preparation for RACP or Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) training. There is an active junior doctor teaching program which is producing quality trainees interested in continuing in paediatrics. Involvement in departmental teaching is required and research is encouraged and supported.

The preferred applicant may be considered for a conjoint appointment with the Australian National University at an academic level commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience. The academic appointment will be held for the duration of the Canberra Health Services appointment and will be subject to regular performance reviews. No remuneration is attached to the University position. The appointee will be responsible to the University on academic matters and to (The Canberra Hospital/CHS) for (research/clinical) matters.

The Staff Specialist will work alongside the paediatricians in the Paediatric Department and will report operationally and professionally to the Unit Director of Paediatrics and the Executive Director, Medical Services.

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 blessy.charles@act.gov.au


  • Manage inpatients and outpatients referred to the General Paediatric Service and in doing so, promote a commitment to high quality, customer service principles, practices and attributes.

  • Contribute to the on-call requirements in General Paediatrics and provide support for acute paediatric inpatients.

  • Initiate and manage clinical governance systems within the Paediatric Department by practicing evidence-based medicine, participating in clinical audit and morbidity and mortality review and contributing to the review and maintenance of policies and guidelines.

  • Contribute to the education and training of students attending ANU Medical School, junior medical staff, postgraduate trainees and other members of the clinical team during the provision of clinical care and contribute to research in areas of medical interest related to the clinical practice or science of Paediatrics.

  • Undertake other duties appropriate to this level of classification which contribute to the operation of the section with the delivery of high-quality person and family centred, safe and high-quality patient care.

  • Promote a collaborative approach to care that enables all members of the clinical team to feel respected and valued and optimises patient care and treatment outcomes.

  • 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.


    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 the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or equivalent specialist qualifications.

  • The successful applicant will need to be for the On-Call Roster.

  • Hold a current driver’s license.

  • 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 curriculum vitae 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 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 for 11 months at 32 hours per week and the full-time salary noted above will be paid pro-rata.

    For more information on this position and how to apply “click here”

    Career interest categories:

    Healthcare, Medical and Allied Services


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