First listed on: 03 June 2019

Specialist / Senior Specialist / Visiting Medical Officer - General Paediatrics and Paediatric Gastroenterology

A growing service with exciting opportunities

  • Great location and lifestyle
  • Free parking and easy commuting
  • An attractive remuneration package will be negotiated

Specialist / Senior Specialist / Visiting Medical Officer - General Paediatrics and Paediatric Gastroenterology

Salary Range: Indicative total package value of between: $253,396 - $341,850 ($253,396 - $312.366 Specialist 1-5 only) inclusive of salary, applicable allowances and 10.5% super. Other allowances could include a value of up to $271,494 - $359,948 as applicable.

(PN: 28964)

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.
  • Three Walk-in Centres: which provide free treatment for minor illness and injury.
  • Six 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.

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.

Overview of the work area and position:

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 (PatCH), collocated within the Centenary Hospital for Women, Youth and Children, can cater for up to 50 inpatients, and has an active medical and surgical day stay and clinical investigation unit, and a busy and growing outpatient department. 

There is also a tertiary accredited Level 5 NICU. The hospital also offers subspecialty paediatric care in areas of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine, Paediatric Endocrinology 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 RACP for paediatric basic training and 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 DCH in preparation for RACP or RACGP training. There is an active junior doctor programme which is producing quality trainees interested in continuing in paediatrics. Involvement in departmental teaching is required and research is encouraged and supported. 

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.

Qualifications and experience


  • Registered or eligible for registration as a medical practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner’s Regulation Agency. 
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Paediatrics or equivalent specialist qualifications.
  • Be registered under the Working for Vulnerable People Act. 


  • Dual training in Gastroenterology and General Paediatrics.

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.

Note: Visiting Medical Officer Contracts will be for a 3 year term. The generic VMO contract is available online:

Salary, Remuneration and Conditions:

Starting salary will be negotiated within this band for the successful candidate, depending on their experience and expertise.

Reimbursement of relocation costs may be available if you are the successful candidate.

Medical Staff in the Health Directorate enjoy excellent conditions, and our Enterprise Agreement is available at

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:

Contact Officer: Dr Anne Mitchell, Clinical Director Paediatrics (02) 5124 7607

For further information, please visit

Applications Close: 18 June 2019

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