Specialist 1-5 - Trauma and Retrieval Anaesthetist

$180,732 - $223,029 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • Canberra ACT, Australia
  • 20 Apr, 2021
Full time Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Closes: 18 May 2021
Classification: Specialist Band 1 - 5
Salary: $180,732 - $223,029 plus superannuation
Position No: 50423 - 01V7F
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 20 April 2021
Contact Officer: Shannon Dougan on shannon.dougan@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 7061

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

About us:
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, 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 online 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

Total Remuneration Package: $336,303 - $401,602 inclusive of salary, ARIn and applicable allowances and 11.5% super.
Group Attraction and Retention Incentive: $50,000
Please note: The ARIn will be reviewed every 12 months where the ARIn may be terminated or adjusted under the terms of the ARIn policy. To continue payment the ARIn must continue to meet the eligibility criteria as outlined in the ARIn framework. The maximum combined salary and ARIn amount for this position is $401,602

Benefits additional to Remuneration include:

  • Generous leave provisions, including training and education leave up to the following:
  • 4 weeks training/education leave;
  • 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.

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.

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

Note: 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).

Job Closing Date

18 May, 2021