11 Jan 2017

Part-Time Staff Specialist in General Paediatrics

Hunter New England Local Health District – Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Job Description

Hunter New England Local Health District require a “Staff Specialist in General Paediatrics” in Maitland NSW:

Provide clinical management and treatment of patients at the The Maitland Hospital and other hospitals within the Lower Hunter and Hunter Valley Sectors within the scope of practice granted by the Hunter New England Health (HNEH) Medical and Dental Appointments Advisory Committee. The role includes:

  • Providing a safe, efficient and effective General Paediatric inpatient and outpatient service at consultant level to the Maitland Hospital and Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD)
  • Providing an acute on call service at the Maitland Hospital.
  • Providing consultative service to the Emergency Department and other departments within the Maitland Hospital.
  • Providing paediatric liaison with the community health services in the The Maitland Hospital and other hospitals within the Lower Hunter and Hunter Valley Sectors in relation to children with developmental and behavioural problems and child protection concerns.
  • Contribute to Maitland Hospital and planning and the effective management of resources.
  • Engage in Undergraduate and Postgraduate educational activities and staff development programmes The Maitland Hospital and other hospitals within the Lower Hunter and Hunter Valley Sectors
  • Provide professional leadership for health professionals including participation in quality and risk management activities.

An opportunity now exists to join a team of 4 experienced General Paediatricians for 12 months. The role will be 0.6 FTE and will involve provision of in-patient care and ambulatory care services at The Maitland Hospital (TMH) as well as ambulatory clinics in neighbouring towns. Acute paediatric skills will be maintained by involvement in the after-hours on-call roster at The Maitland Hospital.

TMH serves a local community of 70,000 and a wider community of 200,000. Maitland is one of the fastest growing communities in regional NSW, and is the gateway to the Hunter Valley.

The Children’s Ward has 16 beds with approximately 1000 medical admissions per annum, as well as providing paediatric surgical, orthopaedic and ENT services. The Emergency Department sees around 15,000 children and young people per year.

There are around 1600 births per annum at the hospital which has a 8 bed level 3 Special Care Nursery (SCN), providing services to those babies, as well as stepdown care from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at John Hunter Children’s Hospital. The SCN acts as a referral centre for babies born in smaller hospitals in the Hunter Valley.

The Paediatric Clinic at Maitland is a stand-alone clinic with 5 consulting rooms. As well as General Paediatric clinics, combined clinics are held with Consultants in Paediatric Cardiology, Surgery, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Neurology and Dietetics.

The Paediatric Service has strong links with the John Hunter Children’s Hospital and with the University of Newcastle. There is active involvement in teaching medical students through the Joint Medical Program of the University of Newcastle and University of New England. There is the opportunity for clinical research.

Selection Criteria
Registrable as a medical practitioner with the AHPRA. Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Paediatrics) and/or Equivalent Specialty Qualifications/Other specialist recognition as provided for in the Health Insurance Act 1973.

Clinical skills necessary to handle any paediatric or resuscitation procedure relevant to this level of paediatric/Neonatal service.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with patients, colleagues and staff.

Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a clinical team.

Demonstrated commitment to quality improvement, patient safety and risk management

Demonstrated commitment to medical education including the delivery of undergraduate and post graduate teaching

Demonstrated current clinical practice of high standard and ability to adapt clinical practice in accordance with contemporary evidence based best practice

Demonstrated commitment to continuing self-education and development, including evidence of participation in continuing medical education and continuing professional development

This position requires a Working With Children Check (WWCC) issued by the Office of the Children’s Guardian. For more information on how to apply for the clearance, please visit the Office of the Children’s Guardian website www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check

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