Specialist 1-5 / Senior Specialist - Paediatrician

$185,645 - $250,812 yearly
  • ACT Government
  • ACT, Australia
  • 25 May, 2022
Part time Executive and Management Medical, Health, and Social Work

Job Description

Part-time Permanent

Closes: 30 June 2022

Classification: Specialist Band 1-5/Senior Specialist
Salary: $185,645 - $250,812 plus superannuation
Position No: 57223 - 0226T
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 17 May 2022
Contact Officer: Mary Burke on Mary.Burke@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 2712

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

Under current Public Health Emergency Directions all Canberra Health Services staff are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

In order to be eligible for employment with Canberra Health Services you will be required to provide evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 by way of a Vaccination Certificate or provision of an authorised exemption, for consideration. Please ensure you include this information with your application documentation.


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:  https://www.CanberraHealthServices.act.gov.au/

An exciting opportunity exists for a Paediatrician with experience in the delivery of forensic assessment and holistic medical care for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The successful candidate will provide expert medical advice and guidance; contributing to the ongoing development of a dynamic and innovative service that delivers high quality, evidenced based best practice medical services for children and families, encompassing:

  • Holistic, trauma informed care for children at increased risk of poor health and developmental outcomes due to child abuse and neglect
  • Streamlined service pathways and assisted navigation for consumers
  • Cross service collaboration and integrated service delivery
  • Comprehensive multidisciplinary care

Women, Youth and Children Community Health Programs deliver a range of primary health care community-based services to children, families and women.  These services include support, education and information; counselling, assessment and screening; early identification and referral; and the delivery of public health programs.  Services are delivered within a multi-disciplinary context.

The Child At Risk Health Unit (CARHU) is an multidisciplinary team that provides specialist health services to children, young people and their families or carers who have been affected by abuse and/or neglect. The medical staff work in collaboration with police, child protection services and community-based agencies to support the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children.

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 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 Zsuzsoka Kecskes, Director, ANU Medical School (02) 6125 2622 dean.medicalschool@anu.edu.au


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.

Behavioural Capabilities

  1. Strong clinical and communication skills in a multidisciplinary context
  2. The ability to work respectfully in partnership with a range of stakeholders
  3. Strong organisational skills for example, the timely provision of medico-legal reports

Position Requirements/Qualifications:

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

  1. 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.
  2. Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) or equivalent specialist qualifications.
  3. Have an understanding of how the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) indicators align with this role.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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:

  1. Have demonstrated advanced clinical experience outlined in a CV that clearly and comprehensively outlines the applicant’s professional history.
  2. Have been employed at the equivalent of a Specialist Band 5 for a period of at least three years.
  3. Have demonstrated their advanced ability to provide leadership to their colleagues through either clinical or administrative means.
  4. 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.
  5. Be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake duties and responsibilities deemed by CHS as those expected of a Senior Specialist.
  6. 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.


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

  1. Proven experience in the fields of developmental paediatrics, behaviour and child protection including forensic medical assessments, and ability or willingness to attend court matters arising out of medical assessments and as an expert witness.
  2. Demonstrated high level of communication and interpersonal skills, including an ability to provide mentorship, work as a team member in a multidisciplinary environment, and liaise within the health system and with external agencies.
  3. Demonstrated ability and active commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision of medical, nursing and allied health professionals.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of current developments and practices in the field of Paediatrics and Paediatric Forensic Medicine with the ability to apply these to research, training professional development and quality management activities.
  5. Demonstrates understanding of, and adherence to, safety and quality standards, work, health and safety (WH&S) and the positive patient experience. Displays behaviour consistent with CHS’s values of reliable, progressive, respectful and kind.

To be considered for a Senior Specialist position, you will also be assessed against two or more of the following selection criteria:

  1. Clinical: Show advanced clinical expertise in their speciality area, which may include the ability to work without supervision, as recognised by their peers.
  2. Safety and Quality: Provide leadership through:
  • a demonstrated ability to be effective in leading safety and quality activities, including experience relevant to specialist college accreditation
  • providing senior medical input to the safety and quality activities of the medical unit and clinical division, and
  • participating actively in specialist college accreditation, as overseen by the Australian Medical Council.
  1. Teaching: Provide senior input using demonstrated experience in the development and provision of teaching and training at CHS and services in the surrounding region.
  2. Research: Undertake speciality-specific research and/or have relevant publications of research in a respected health or medical journal.
  3. Administrative functions: Support the medical unit director in the administration of the unit and provide senior medical input to the development of policies and practices of the unit.

Job Closing Date

30 Jun, 2022