Specialist 1-5 - General Medicine

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

Job Description

Closes: 21 April 2021
Classification: Specialist 1-5
Salary: $180,732 - $223,029 plus superannuation
Position No: 10499, several - 01VA3
Directorate: Canberra Health Services
Advertised (Gazettal date): 07 April 2021
Contact Officer: Dr Ashwin Swaminathan on ashwin.swaminathan@act.gov.au or (02) 5124 5148

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 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:
The Department of General Medicine (GM) manages patients with multiple active co-morbidities or undifferentiated illness under the age of 80 years that requiring ongoing hospital care. We are a busy inpatient service with consultation and outpatient clinic responsibilities.
We are a diverse specialty and are looking at introducing joint roles to give applicants the opportunity to have a flexible job plan and work in complementary areas within the Division. As such, the General Medicine role will be combined with the expanding Hospital in the Home (HITH) Service with the aim of managing patients with a wide array of acute medical conditions in the home (e.g. infections, heart failure, COPD, exacerbations of neurological conditions) rather than in the hospital setting. The HITH department is well resourced with medical, nursing and allied health staff. The position will undertake rapid access clinics and ‘in reach’ into the Emergency Department to assess suitable patients to transfer to the HITH model of care.
Applicants should have had training and experience in Acute and General Medicine. Medical sub-specialty training is desirable. The successful applicant will work in a multidisciplinary clinical environment with a team of nursing and medical staff, including Advanced and Basic Physician Trainees in General Medicine. The successful applicant will be expected to take a role in teaching and assessment within the Australian National University (ANU) Medical School and will be involved in education and training of medical students and junior medical staff (including physician trainees). There are significant opportunities to undertake research and quality assurance projects.

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.

Eligibility/Other Requirements:

  • 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 Physicians (FRACP) preferably with General Medicine accreditation although relevant specialty accreditation will be considered or equivalent specialist qualifications.


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

Note: Within this recruitment process there are both permanent and temporary positions available. The hours for each role will be determined when positions are offered. Annual Salary: Specialist 1-5 - $180,732 - $223,029. Total Remuneration Package: $280,553 - $345,852 inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 11.5% super. (Starting salary will be negotiated within this classification for the successful candidate, depending on experience and expertise). Reimbursement of relocation costs may be available if you are the successful candidate for a permanent position.

Job Closing Date

21 Apr, 2021