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Specialist 1-5 - Trauma And Retrieval Anaesthetist

ACT Government Health - Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical
Source: uWorkin


Full Job Description
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)—a catchment of approximately 400, 000 people. It also services the surrounding Southern New South Wales region which includes the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Goulburn, Mulwaree, Palerang, Queanbeyan, Snowy River, Upper Lachlan Shire and the Yass Valley.

CHS administers a range publicly funded health facilities, programs and services including but not limited to:

The Canberra Hospital: a modern 600-bed tertiary hospital providing trauma services and most major medical and surgical sub-specialty services.
University of Canberra Hospital Specialist Centre for Rehabilitation, Recovery and Research: a dedicated and purpose-built rehabilitation facility, with 140 inpatient beds, 75-day places and additional outpatient services.
Five Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
Seven community health centres: providing a range of general and specialist health services to people of all ages.
A range of community based health services including early childhood services, youth and women’s health, dental health, mental health and alcohol and drug 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 clinical/ research matters to Canberra Health Services.

For more information in relation to conjoint positions with the ANU please contact Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes, Director, ANU Medical School (02) 6125 2622 dean.medicalschool@anu.edu.au

About our great city, Canberra, Australia’s National Capital:
Canberra is a city with outstanding amenities and excellent housing, educational and leisure opportunities. It is home to national icons and monuments as well as natural treasures. The coast and ski fields are nearby; Sydney is only three hours away by road. For more information on our great city and your future, visit: https://canberra.com.au/work/

Position Overview:
Canberra Health Services are looking for enthusiastic and experienced Anaesthetists to assist in meeting the ever-increasing service demand of a swiftly growing population. We are seeking anaesthetists who are eager to learn and those who are engaged to grow the next generation of anaesthetists as we expand our service into the Surgical Procedures, Interventional, Radiological and Emergency (SPIRE) precinct which is due to open on the main Canberra campus in 2024.
Learn more about SPIRE go to www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/planning-future/spire-project

The Canberra Health Services Department of Anaesthesia, Peri-operative Medicine and Pain Management is a busy department that facilitates over 32, 000 anaesthetic procedures (elective and emergency) per year. Perioperative Medicine has become a significant focus of our department. We operate in a variety of environments, including Canberra Hospital which is the largest tertiary and trauma facility in the region, Calvary Public Hospital, John James Calvary Hospital, National Capital Private Hospital and other private day surgery locations within Canberra.
The breadth of anaesthetic procedures undertaken are all encompassing (cardiac, neurosurgery, and neonatal surgery) with the exception of solid organ transplant. As the primary teaching hospital and major trauma centre for ACT and the Southern NSW region, exposure to interesting cases is a certainty.

ACT Health is a partner in teaching with the Australian National University, the University of Canberra and the Australian Catholic University. Due to these partnerships and the flexible nature of this employment opportunity, excellent research opportunities are available.

Employment Conditions and Benefits


A full time Senior Medical Officer employed in the ACT Public Service is entitled to a package up to $369,057 per annum (pro-rata for fractional appointments) under the ACT Public Sector Medical Practitioners Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017. A new enterprise agreement is currently awaiting approval from the Fair Work Commission.

This package is inclusive of salary, a minimum 11.5% super contribution and:
  • Private Practice Schemes, with a minimum payment (Scheme A - 20%) $42,435 -$52,367.
Additional Benefits

Benefits additional to Remuneration include:
  • Generous leave provisions, including training and education leave up to the following:
o 4 weeks training/education leave
o 4-5 weeks annual leave per annum;
  • Strong mentorship and supervisory support;
  • Medical Education expenses allowance (MEE) reimbursement up to $19,014
  • Access to PBI taxation benefits;
  • Ability to apply for up to $55,000 in reimbursement of relocation expenses;
  • Access to additional payments for work undertaken on Extra Surgery Schemes;
  • Research opportunities; and
  • The opportunity to contribute to the development of Models of Care for the new SPIRE precinct.
About You:
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.


Under limited direction you will:
1. Provide direct specialist anaesthetic services at the Canberra Hospital and remote critical services with the Capital Region Retrieval Service, ensuring that clinical, strategic and key performance indicators are met.

2. Contribute to and participate in unit management, clinical audit procedures, quality improvement, utilisation reviews and educational activities within the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management and the Capital Region Retrieval Service.

3. Ensure high standards of medical record keeping for patients of the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management and the Capital Region Retrieval Service, including completion of casemix reports if appropriate.

4. Assist in and/or supervise the educational and professional development of nursing staff, undergraduate students, post graduate students, resident medical staff and registrars associated with the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management and the Capital Region Retrieval Service.

5. Assist in the development of policies and procedures for the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management and the Capital Region Retrieval Services to ensure high standards of clinical care and maintenance of a Centre of Excellence.

6. Develop and maintain liaison with other centres, providers and professionals within and external to the Departments and provide high standards of professional advice/opinions in relation to the service.

7. Represent the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Management and the Capital Region Retrieval Service on committees and working parties relevant to the Departments if appropriate and/or required.

8. 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.

Position Requirements/Qualifications:
  • Relevant registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia or equivalent specialist qualifications.
  • Be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
  • Ability to work days, nights and weekends at a minimum of 0.5 FTE.
  • Specialised training in major trauma, including ballistic injuries and burns
  • Training and experience in anaesthesia for major head and neck surgery.
  • Current experience in retrieval medicine, including Aeromedical patient transport and winch rescue in an AW139 helicopter.
  • Demonstrated currency in HUET training.
  • Qualification in Medical Simulation.
  • Have an understanding of how the National Standards and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of this role as detailed in the CHS Exceptional Care Framework, Clinical Governance Framework, Partnering With Consumers Framework and all other related frameworks.
Please note prior to commencement successful candidates will be required to:
  • Be granted with their Scope of Clinical Practice through the Medical Dental Appointments Advisory Committee (MDAAC).
  • Undergo a pre-employment Police check.
  • Obtain a Compliance Certificate from OMU (Occupational Medicine Unit) relating to assessment, screening & vaccination processes against specified infectious diseases.
Annual Base Salary: Specialist 1-5 - $180,732 - $223,029

(Starting salary will be negotiated within this classification for the successful candidate, depending on experience and expertise).

What You Require:
These are the key selection criteria for how you will be assessed in conjunction with your resumé and experience:

1. Extensive experience in the practice of Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, with an active interest and sound knowledge of evidence based medical practice within the specialty of Anaesthesiology and Pain Management, and proven experience in daily operations in providing direct and remote clinical care to critically ill and injured adult and paediatric patients.
2. Demonstrated strong commitment to teaching at all levels including medical, nursing and allied health professional staff.
3. Demonstrated ability to communicate concisely, diplomatically and effectively with a variety of health and non-health professionals, with the ability to work as part of a team, provide leadership, and work in a multidisciplinary environment.
4. Proven commitment to the maintenance and further development of skills applicable to the area of Pre Hospital and Retrieval Medicine as well as Anaesthesiology and Pain management, including involvement and commitment to quality improvement and continuing medical education.
5. Demonstrates a commitment to work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience and displays behaviour consistent with Canberra Health Service’s values of Reliable, Progressive, Respectful and Kind.

How to Apply / or Want to Know More?

Applications must be submitted through the e-recruitment system. Applications must include a copy of a current resumé, and
  • A response to the selection criteria under “what you require”
Where possible include specific relevant examples of your work.

CHS Contact: Shannon Dougan; 02 5124 7061

Job: Senior Medical Officers
Salary Range: 164,470.00 - 202,960.00
Contact Name: Shannon Dougan
Contact Email: shannon.dougan@act.gov.au
Closing Date: 18/May/2021, 8:59:00 AM

Canberra, ACT

Health, Medical & Pharmaceutical


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