The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides neonatal care for the sickest babies and infants from Victoria, interstate and overseas. With over 900 admissions per year the unit (located on Butterfly ward) provides intensive care and high dependency care for babies with medical and surgical problems from other hospitals in Melbourne and country Victoria, southern New South Wales and Tasmania and from the RCH Emergency Department. The neonatal intensive care unit provides specialised mechanical ventilation services and the RCH is a national referral site for Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO). The RCH delivers the state-wide paediatric, Infant and Perinatal Emergency retrieval (PIPER) service. NICU is a 24 hour service that operates 365 days a year. The neonatal unit is a leader in implementing innovative family and patient centred models of care. The department of Neonatal medicine is a leader in National and International research efforts and projects.
An exciting opportunity exists for a full time dynamic and experienced clinician to join the RCH team as the Director of Neonatal Medicine. The Director is a critical leadership role providing guidance and strategic direction for Neonatal Medicine and the Neonatal Intensive Care ward (Butterfly) at RCH in line with the RCH vision and strategy “Great Care Everywhere”. The Director has responsibility for overall leadership, strategic and operational performance of Neonatal Medicine and NICU and its services, as determined by agreed key performance indicators at a state, national and international level.
The Director will ensure that Neonatal Unit consistently provides the highest quality family-centred care, education and research, whilst maintaining a sound and sustainable financial position, strong staff engagement and support, as well as effective relationships with the community and consumers of care. An ability to successfully manage and motivate a multidisciplinary team, including leading educational activities and promoting and facilitating original research will be the key to success in this role.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain a strong and respectful culture by committing to The RCH Compact is essential. You will be responsible for:
Fostering a high performance culture that aligns to the RCH Compact
Promoting and environment of co-operation and continual improvement of team performance, patient outcomes and experience.
Identifying, building and maintaining strong working relationships with all internal non-clinical services, clinical units (including the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit; Department of Paediatric and Neonatal Surgery; and the Paediatric, Infant, Perinatal Emergency Retrieval Service (PIPER); external stakeholders (including all other Victorian Neonatal Units), and with the campus partners: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the RCH Foundation and University of Melbourne.
Facilitating and driving high quality original research in the Department, including building and supporting relevant internal and external research collaborations.
Collaboratively developing and contributing to the educational activities of the department to facilitate a learning environment.
To be successful in this role you will have:
Eligible for specialist registration with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.
Fellowship with a relevant college.
Formal leadership training is desirable.
A higher degree such as MD or PhD is desirable.
Experience in a major public teaching hospital preferably at department/director level or demonstrated experience leading a department and or large group of professionals.
Other information and how to apply:
The role of the Director Neonatal Medicine is 1.0 FTE and will be an initial 3 year appointment. Applicants must apply online attaching certified credentials and a completed “SMS Application for Appointment Form”. For further information please contact Ed Oakley, Chief of Critical Care firstname.lastname@example.org
To view the position description and to apply please visit https://rch.mercury.com.au
Applications close 29th October To learn more about The Royal Children’s Hospital and living and working in Melbourne:
What our department does: https://www.rch.org.au/picu/
We are more than just a children’s hospital: https://vimeo.com/53977649
We are part of Melbourne’s Biomedical Precinct https://www.melbournebiomed.com/
To learn more about living in Melbourne visit https://www.visitvictoria.com/
The RCH is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, all members of the LGBTI community and peoples with disability.
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About The Royal Children's Hospital
The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) has been providing outstanding care for Victoria's children and their families for 150 years.
We are the major specialist paediatric hospital in Victoria and our care extends to children from Tasmania, southern New South Wales and other states around Australia and overseas.
With a passionate, highly skilled and committed staff campus wide of close to 4,000, we provide a full range of clinical services, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and young people.
We are the designated state-wide major trauma centre for paediatrics in Victoria and a Nationally Funded Centre for cardiac and liver transplantation.
When it comes to training and research we partner with the very best. Our campus partners, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) and The University of Melbourne Department of Paediatrics, along with the RCH Foundation, are on site with the hospital in Parkville. Together, we are committed to improving the health outcomes for children today and in the future.
The RCH is a key member of the Victorian Paediatric Clinical Network, working to implement the Department of Health Strategic Fram...ework for Paediatric Health Services in Victoria (2009).
The RCH actively contributes to the implementation of Victoria's Cancer Action Plan 2008–11 through membership of the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) and the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (Victorian CCC).
The RCH also leads a number of state-wide services, including:
Victorian Paediatric Rehabilitation Service (with Southern Health, Bendigo Health, Eastern Health and Barwon Health): delivering paediatric rehabilitation services to children, adolescents and their families.
Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program (with Southern Health and Very Special Kids): providing a multidisciplinary approach to palliative care for children across Victoria.
Victorian Forensic Paediatric Medical Service (with Southern Health and Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine): providing assessment and care for abused, assaulted and neglected children and adolescents.
Victorian Infant Hearing Screening Program: conducting hearing screenings of newborn babies while they are in hospital. The delivery of this service involves working with diagnostic audiology and early intervention services from across Victoria, Australian Hearing, Cochlear Implant Clinic, Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital, The University of Melbourne School of Audiology and Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
The RCH has always held a special place in the hearts of all Victorians and in 2010, as testament to our leadership and advocacy role, the RCH was awarded the prestigious Committee for Melbourne 2010 Melbourne Achiever Award, for outstanding contributions to the Melbourne community. Our volunteers were awarded both individual and team awards at this year's Minister for Health Volunteer Awards and the team that successfully separated conjoined twins Krishna and Trishna was recognised with the prestigious RSL ANZAC of the Year Award.
The Royal Children’s Hospital is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.