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Director Medical Services (H20_3280)

This Director of Medical Services role is a unique and wonderful opportunity to advance your professional medical leadership career. Reporting to the Executive Director Royal Darwin and Palmerston Hospitals your primary responsibilities will include clinical governance to support the Divisional Co-Directors to deliver safe, quality clinical care, operational management and clinical oversight of pharmacy, medical records, medical administration and safety and quality. Success in this role will be measured by your ability to influence, lead and bring reform to these mission critical portfolios. You will have the overall responsibility for an operational budget of $56 million, 8 direct reports and 200 staff. Working closely with your professional peers, you will demonstrate emotional intelligence and influential leadership style to drive reform in key areas including but not limited to patient flow, contemporary models of care, medical administration and a successful recruitment and retention program for Junior Medical Officers.

The Royal Darwin Hospital is co-located in the northern suburbs of Darwin with the 100 bed Darwin Private Hospital. It is a University teaching hospital affiliated with Flinders University (NT medical program), the Menzies School of Health Research and the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre. With 367 beds it provides a broad range of services in specialty areas to the Darwin urban population as well as serving as a referral centre to the whole Top End of the Northern Territory, a population of around 200,000, including rural and very remote Aboriginal communities. There is a strong clinical focus on Indigenous health and chronic diseases. Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) is the only tertiary level hospital, which supports other smaller hospitals including Palmerston Regional Hospital, Katherine Hospital and Gove District Hospital as major referral centre. RDH has almost all major medical and surgical specialities (except cardiac surgery) and level 3 ICU and Emergency departments.

Palmerston Hospital with 116 beds is a subacute service and opened in August 2018 as an extension of Royal Darwin Hospital, including an Emergency Department, Day and low acuity Surgery, Rehabilitation, a Medical ward, a GEM ward and Ambulatory care services.

The Northern Territory offers a great lifestyle, spectacular geography and unique medical opportunities not available elsewhere in Australia. The city of Darwin is one of the most vibrant and multi culturally diverse cities in Australia – it’s one of Australia’s best kept secrets! The city provides all the amenities to enjoy this tropical lifestyle including fishing, sailing, sport or just relaxing under a palm tree. National parks abound - a weekend in Kakadu, a trip to the Kimberley, camping out in Litchfield Park - it’s all at our doorstep. It is a vibrant growing community full of opportunities for both single people and families. Darwin’s close proximity to Asia enables easier and cost-effective access to popular holiday destinations such as Bali and Singapore for Darwin residents.

The successful applicant will be eligible for registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration and a fellow with an Australian Medical College or equivalent.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Principal Consultant, Lynette Boerth

M: +61 (0)431 293 861


Applications Close: 08/06/2020