Job Description

Location: Melbourne | Northern Metropolitan

Job type: Not provided

Organisation: Austin Health

Salary: Salary not specified

Occupation: Health and Allied Health, Research, Medical

Reference: 35056

Austin Health is the major provider of tertiary health services, health professional education and research across 2 campuses in the northeast of Melbourne and state-wide. Austin Health is world-renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation.

An exciting opportunity currently exists for two (2) enthusiastic and experienced anaesthetists to join our anaesthesia department in a full-time capacity. A genuine interest in advancing our department’s academic perioperative medicine services is essential. The candidate will be expected to contribute to a dynamic and expanding perioperative anaesthesia team at the Austin and The Surgical Centre campuses. Experience and expertise in developing and implementing changes, pathways and supporting quality assurance initiatives in this perioperative space is essential. The candidate should have a keen interest in anaesthesia education and will be expected to play an active role in trainee education and professional development.

Details of Department

Austin Health has three campuses, the Austin Campus, the Repatriation Campus and the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. Anaesthesia services are provided by the Department of Anaesthesia for both the Austin site and The Surgery Centre on the Repatriation Campus. The organisational structure of the Department of Anaesthesia includes a Director of Anaesthesia, two Deputy Directors of Anaesthesia, Director and Deputy Director of Anaesthesia at The Surgery Centre, and Head of Research.

The Department of Anaesthesia is located on Level 2 of the new Austin Tower. The Department comprises 33 full-time Staff Anaesthetists, 75 Visiting Anaesthetists, 26 Anaesthesia Registrars/Fellows, 4 Critical Care HMOs, 3 Research Nurses, 2 Pain Nurses, 3 Anaesthesia Liaison Nurses, and 5 Administrative Staff. The Austin operating theatre complex is situated on Level 2 of the Harold Stokes building and consists of 12 theatres, 2 endoscopy suites and 2 procedure rooms. Anaesthesia is also undertaken in Radiology and in the Cardiology Cath Lab. Over 25 000 procedures were performed last year at the Austin and The Surgery Centre.

The Surgery Centre opened in July 2008 on the Repatriation Campus. It is an autonomous elective surgery centre but is incorporated into Austin Health. It consists of 8 theatres, and two endoscopy rooms, and has a separate Head of Anaesthesia. Administrative services are provided by the Department of Anaesthesia at the Austin Campus.

Most surgical specialities, with the exception of obstetrics and complex paediatric surgery, are undertaken at the Austin and are covered by the Department. Surgical specialities include thoracic, cardiac, neurosurgery, hepatobiliary, upper GI, colorectal, general, orthopaedic, ENT, plastics, maxillofacial, ophthalmology, urology, gynaecology and vascular. The Austin is a state wide referral centre for liver transplantation and spinal injuries.

The Austin also has a Pain Service encompassing acute and chronic pain, and a Perioperative Medicine group. The Austin is co-located with the Mercy Hospital for Women and whilst the Anaesthesia Departments at both hospitals are separate they have close ties.

Key responsibilities will include:
Provide comprehensive and high quality routine anaesthesia services to patients allocated at Austin Health demonstrating clinical leadership in service delivery.

Undertake thorough pre-anaesthesia assessments on such patients and perform pre-anaesthesia clinics for high risk patients as agreed with the Director of Anaesthesia

Provide post-anaesthesia follow up for patients as part of the anaesthesia team. Undertake special anaesthesia or related clinical procedures as identified within your scope of clinical practice

Contribute, if required, to on call duties.

Assist the Head of Unit in administrative duties as required.

Attend staff meetings and professional development activities where reasonably able to do so.

Essential Knowledge and skills:
A commitment to Austin Health values: Integrity, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Be a Registered Medical Practitioner with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)

Hold a Fellowship of the FANZCA or its equivalent.

Have appropriate training and experience applicable to the field of Anaesthetics. Sub-specialty interests strongly encouraged.

Demonstrated commitment to high quality patient care.

Demonstrated capability and interest in research

Demonstrated commitment to teaching.

Demonstrated ability to communicate at all levels.

Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration.

Computer skills including use of email and the internet.

Demonstrated understanding of Clinical Governance.

A commitment to Austin Health values: Integrity, Accountability, Respect and Excellence.

Work with us! Your reward is to work in a collaborative environment which will provide you with opportunities for ongoing training and development. Your benefits will include salary packaging, and employee assistance program.

All appointments are made subject to a satisfactory National Police Check conducted by Austin Health and if required, a Working With Children Check.

Austin Health is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve. Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged.

Application Instructions:
To apply for this position it is important that you follow the instructions below.

Click on ‘Apply Now’ at the end of this page. You will be directed to sign in/register through the Austin Health Careers Site. Complete the registration process as prompted.

Once you have completed the registration stage, you will be re-directed to the Austin Health Online Credentialing and Application form to complete your credentialing application.

Please follow the instructions on the Austin Health Online Credentialing and Application Form to ensure your application is processed through the Medical Workforce Unit at Austin Health.

Please note: You will be required to attach copies of the following documents to your online application:

Cover letter

Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Undergraduate (Medical) Qualification Certificate

Specialist Medical College Fellowship Certificate

Evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Proof of Identity (Current Passport or Australian Drivers Licence)

Current Medical Indemnity Certificate

Working with Children’s Check Card (where applicable)

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